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Jay Shaffstall
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Gamer, dad, computer science professor, mad programmer
Gamer, dad, computer science professor, mad programmer

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A selection of our personal pictures from Origins 2017

For anyone going to Origins 2017 with kids, we do still have spots in our family LARPs. We run one session Wednesday afternoon, and another Thursday morning.

The LARP this year is the Quest For The Dragon's Eggs, where parents and kids compete to get the most dragon eggs. We have puzzles galore, and life sized board games, along with of course the ever popular strings and chairs.

We'd love to see you there!

So I've discovered I enjoy doing some PHP tinkering, and that I enjoy earning some extra cash. I figured why not combine two things I enjoy and help out any of you who need some PHP tinkering done.

If you have a website that is powered by PHP and need some customization done, contact me and we'll see if I can help you out.

I'm a developer with 15 years of industry experience and almost 15 years of teaching experience. If you ask me if I have experience in platform X, the chances are good I'll say no. But I'm a quick learner, so the chances are also good I can help you anyway.

I'm currently booked up through late June, so if you have tasks you need done, get in touch so we can figure out if I can help you and when.

Some of the things I've done for people lately:

A MediaWiki plugin that allows people to login with their Patreon credentials. Useful if you have an active Patreon campaign and want to include a wiki for those folks to use.

A restriction on MediaWiki that allows you to prevent people who are not authorized from adding certain categories to articles.

Fixed an existing plugin that allows NodeBB to take over the job of handling Wordpress comments. The existing plugin did not properly handle custom post types.



Now and then as a parent you have moments that remind you that you don't just have a kid, you have a developing adult who's way more awesome than you were at their age.

Recently for me, it was seeing my daughter perform in an improv comedy show. She was one of two performers, and had to switch characters pretty frequently. She kept track of the running jokes that evolved and brought them back at great times. I've always loved her sense of humor, and it was fun to see her share it with a crowd.

But the best thing is that this was her first improv comedy experience. I asked her if she wanted to do a western themed improv comedy show and she said, "Sure, what's improv comedy?" She was willing to jump in and do it, and did a great job at it.

Thanks to Brad Roberts for helping with this and making it a great experience for Amelia.

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Any feedback veteran Crafters have for my daughter would be much appreciated.
I'm pleased to announce that my daughter's business website now features an online store to purchase her Dangles.

I'd challenged her to start a business and over Christmas she came up with one where she creates beaded ornaments she calls Dangles. They're suitable for Christmas use or anywhere that you want a little color (rear view mirrors, offices, etc). She also put some artwork up on CafePress for purchase on earrings, phone covers, etc.

I'm proud of her for keeping at it! She's gone through the process of getting a business checking account (and wrote her first check recently at the post office to ship her first online order). Tons of learning going on, and she's excited about all of it.

If you know someone who might want an ornament, feel free to share the site with them.

https://dreamdesignsohio.com/shop


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I'm pleased to announce that my daughter's business website now features an online store to purchase her Dangles.

I'd challenged her to start a business and over Christmas she came up with one where she creates beaded ornaments she calls Dangles. They're suitable for Christmas use or anywhere that you want a little color (rear view mirrors, offices, etc). She also put some artwork up on CafePress for purchase on earrings, phone covers, etc.

I'm proud of her for keeping at it! She's gone through the process of getting a business checking account (and wrote her first check recently at the post office to ship her first online order). Tons of learning going on, and she's excited about all of it.

If you know someone who might want an ornament, feel free to share the site with them.

https://dreamdesignsohio.com/shop


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It's a bit of a drive for those in Columbus, but if you're into old western TV shows and movies, you might find a day trip to Western Days Ohio enjoyable.

This free festival in New Concord, Ohio on April 29th is a celebration of those old TV shows and movies. We'll have a parade featuring lookalikes for those famous stars, such as John Wayne, the Lone Ranger, Tonto, and more.

The festival will feature music by the Wayfarers, pony rides for kids, archery and pellet guns by Deerasic, a 50/50 raffle, and more. Kate Hoefler, a local author, will read her book to kids, and there'll be plenty of other activities for the youngsters.

If you're not into the festival idea, the day before, on April 28th, we'll have an evening fundraising dinner. This one costs money, but you'll get an evening of food and entertainment, including western singalongs, an improv comedy show, and meeting those lookalike western stars. Proceeds from the dinner help to keep the festival itself free.

For more details on the festival or the dinner, see: http://westerndaysohio.org/

In keeping with my tradition lately of running non-Risus adventures using Risus, I recently ran a Time Watch adventure (Queen of the Nile, one of the sample adventures from the book) using Risus.

I like the Time Watch rules well enough, but I had a short amount of time in which to create 6 pregen characters, and I wanted something that would flow quickly for a one-shot. I'd also had some direction from my daughter that one of the characters must be a cat.

So I went the Risus route. One of the things I love about Risus is how each character can creatively use their cliches to fully participate. The cat character used all the typical cat behaviors (weaving through people's legs, etc) pretty effectively in combat, while the western outlaw was free to use his six-shooters.

I also have a group that loves to get creative with their actions, and Risus works great with that.

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The university game club I advise is doing an Extra Life fundraiser right now, playing games for 24 hours straight to raise money for Children's Hospitals.

If you feel so inclined, head over to one of their pages and donate a few bucks for their dedication.

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.search&filter=participant&searchTerm=muskingum+university

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Hello all, I've recently finished up a three-year run of a LoGaS game over at rpol.net and am starting another.

Fair warning, this is a low-power level game. I've expanded the Average and Superior ratings and assigned point ratings to them. None of the PCs will start out at more than the top level of Superior.

Powers are also limited. We'll be using some of the talents from The Long Walk, but others of them will be restricted.

We're aiming for more of a street level game.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, head over to http://rpol.net/game.cgi?gi=68956 and read through the public material there for more detail.

We have four players right now, and can take a few more.
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