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Jason Lutes
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Cartoonist, teacher, game designer
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Okay, here's a link to my blog, which I am going to try to update weekly:

https://lampblack-and-brimstone.com

And here's a link to sign up for L&B news:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeckdohVx_8jsA2mrAc5oSDQzIAf9Totnkc0wfVovLg6xwJIA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thanks for all of your support, everyone. I have really enjoyed meeting new folks and discussing games via this community, and I hope we can stay in contact.

Happy new year!

As a part of end-of-year accounting for L&B, I pay out profit shares to contributors and donate 10% of DTRPG sales to the Southern Poverty Law Center. This year I'm happy to announce that I was able to give $800 to the SPLC. So if you bought an L&B product this year, thank you!

Along with this auspicious beginning to the new year, I am quitting Facebook and paring down my life in order to focus as much as possible on comics and RPG stuff. Since G+ is sinking, the first steps in this department are to reboot my old blog, connect it to the L&B shopfront, and start posting again on a regular basis. I'll let you know here when that's all in order, which should be within the next 10 days. I'll also be setting up a mailing list for anyone who wants to stay apprised of our activities.

My priorities right now are Stonetop (design & layout) and Freebooters 2e (development/playtesting). My contributions to both of these projects have been minimal over the past 9 months due to book tour stuff, but the dust has settled and I am super-eager to dig back in.

Thanks for your patience! Watch this space for more details.

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Got my Good Society cards in the mail today. The portraits are amazing! I pick one up and can get instantly into character. Beautiful work, +Aviv Or!
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Now that my book tour is mostly wrapped up and my next book is still in the early stages of development, I'm hoping to put more time into the L&B stuff. And as the G+ ship sinks faster, I'm thinking harder about where to swim ashore.

Right now I'm considering revamping the L&B shopfront website to hold an "official" L&B forum (and possibly a blog), with the commercial stuff shunted off to one side.

How many of you would realistically make use of something like that?
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For years I've been on the lookout for an easy-to-use world mapping tool that delivers attractive results, and invariably I've been disappointed. But I just dropped $20 on Wonderdraft based on a blog rec and am really amazed by its capabilities.

I love drawing maps by hand, but sometimes I want to be able to turn out something quickly -- like over the week between collaborative world gen and the first proper session of a Freebooters campaign. I'm still in early stages of tinkering with the toolkit, but so far I really like what I see.

I swear I'm not a shill, just wanted to share this in case anyone hadn't seen it!
Wonderdraft
Wonderdraft
wonderdraft.net
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Sleeping Beauty background art by Eyvind Earle, 1959.
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I'm hosting a game night this Wednesday that will likely have 10-12 attendees. I'd like to run an RPG. Right now I'm leaning toward a Freebooters Funnel (so it would double as a playtesting session for the current Funnel rules).

For the Funnel I would divide the players into 2-3 teams of 3-4 villagers each, and have them assaulting the citadel of the dark lord that has ruled over their families for generations. Each team would be assigned or come up with a different avenues of approach.

My plan is for each avenue of approach to involve 3-4 challenges before the confrontation with the dark lord. One player on each team would be nominated as a caller/leader, responsible for organizing and communicating their team's plan to tackle each challenge. I would describe the situation facing Team A, then leave them to formulate a plan while I move on to Team B, etc. then return to each team in turn to resolve their plan (as communicated by the team leader) by the usual procedures. My hope is to produce a satisfying one-shot session for a dozen players with a minimum of waiting/downtime.

Anyone ever done something like this before? Are there any potential problems that I may not have considered? Any ideas for incorporating further opportunities for play within each team as I'm dealing with other teams? Any existing "assault the citadel"-style adventures/examples that I can look to for ideas?

Thanks!

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West coast and NYC friends! As I write this the future of our nation is yet unwritten, but barring civil war and/or the apocalypse this is where I'll be this week:

SEATTLE
Thursday Nov. 8, 7pm: Eilliott Bay Book Company, with Megan Kelso!

PORTLAND
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10-11am: Portland Art Museum, "Metropolis: The City in Literature" with Ingrid Roja Contreras, Jamel Brinkley, and Ron Spillman.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 4:50-5:20pm: Portland Art Museum, "On Im/Migration" with Ali Fitzgerald and Jonathan Hill.

BROOKLYN
Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30pm: Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, with Gal Beckerman.

MANHATTAN
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7pm: New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium at Parsons.

Links below. Hope to see you, somewhere!
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This Thursday, I'll be talking at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal, along with the legendary Julie Doucet!

Then I'm off to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, where on Saturday I'll be "in conversation" with Alexander Chee. If you haven't read Alexander's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I highly recommend it -- I took it with me on the plane last week as homework and couldn't put it down.

https://www.facebook.com/events/684057031969275
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