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Wow, someone really needs to let it go. A kickstarter to shut down an established publishing business on the basis the KS creator doesn't like the word-count of the books they publish? Someone has 'issues'.
Nicholas James is raising funds for Shut Down Nouvella! First-ever *Reverse* Kickstarter on Kickstarter! Help us preserve the future of the Great American Novel and end the emergence of novellas—pocket-sized works of "literary fiction."
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If it weren't a marketing event, buying all of ones merchandise is in general not the best approach to shut someones business down ^^;

Its like I realized somewhere between V20 Companion and the announcement of V:tM 4th edition that backing OPP Kickstarters doesn't necessarily improve their books in the way I'd prefer it ^^;
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Thinking of how to make Fight go easier in Roll20.

I really don't want to use cards for scripting, it's too slow face-to-face and it would be horrific over a VTT.

I'm coming round to the idea of providing cards that will help with the background stuff that goes on - wound penalties, stances, advantage and disadvantage dice to try and provide a quick reminder of some of the mechanical effects that occur during fight.

We're playing tonight, so I'll see how things go & either amend cards, ditch the whole idea or come up with something else.

Have I made any glaring errors, or is there anything that can be improved upon?
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Third session last night and although we didn't get to use the cards for fight, the wound tolerance cards were useful, especially in roll20 where screen space is at a premium.

We have two of the four chaps with superficial wounds (a minor disagreement involving a knife, a cart mounted harpoon-gun & four goons - not all at the same time might I add.

The cards sat in their hands, but the fact they had a wound penalty was immediately obvious & the guys more often than not mentioned them.
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I've updated my Roll20 Burning Wheel dropbox folder (that has the dice sets) with a set of playing cards for indicating wound penalties. 

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Preaching to the converted I know, but why hasn't this been posted here yet?
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+Adam Koebel's got a negative trait. It's named "Calls Some Traits Negative"
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Hmmm, alarm bells ringeth. Owner of Californian medical marijuana supplier looking for 40k for "perpetual motion" charger. What could possibly go wrong?
Daniel Clark is raising funds for 3-D Printed Solar Apparatus (perpetuel motion), nano tech on Kickstarter! 3D Printing, Solar Power, IPhone of Solar, Innovation. Magnetic Spin, Air Cooled. Concentrated Photovoltaics, Light Trapping, Solar Tre
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I think we should give him the 40K, just... not the 40K he's thinking about. Yes, that's right, we send round some Space Marines to whoop his ass!! 
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A TB map if ever I saw one.
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It's amazing how powerful organisations, such as MI5 & The Met in this case, who are not even connected to  a conspiracy will still do their utmost to...

1: Not do anything substantial to combat that conspiracy, and
2: Fight to keep that conspiracy a secret, for 16 years no less

...and thus protect and enable the conspiracy by utilising the power of the state to do so, even if they are unaware of their role, or in this case do so out of a sense of protecting the status quo.

That is a powerful group of elements on a conspyramid; The Adams Family, The Head & The Suit (heads of an organised crime syndicate), Mr X at the Bank of England, the Metropolitan Police's Operation Beregon, and MI5.

#NightsBlackAgents
Detectives bugging the phone of a businessman suspected of laundering millions for organised crime gangs heard him romancing the wife of a Bank of England insider to glean highly sensitive informat...
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Level 4 on the Conspyramid?
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I've updated my Roll20 Burning Wheel dropbox folder (that has the dice sets) with a set of playing cards for indicating wound penalties. 

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I put together a background jpg consisting of the table, pretty picture & the four note cards. During play we add the BITs of players as text on top of the cards and then move the text field back to the map layer to get them out the way. It's not ideal but keeps everyone's BITs on show (phnar phnar).
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Been working on BWG game table for Roll20. We had our first play session on Monday, and it went well. None of the players have ever played BW before, but all have the rulebook and a willingness to learn the game. 

Roll20 is a nice a easy VTT to use as player & GM, and the BWG character sheet is a godsend. However, because these are new guys, I wanted to have the guys roll dice and be able to hand dice to one another when they help, as well as have to work out the test logging for themselves. 

I used rollable tables with different coloured dice for each player. All the players can roll all the different dice, and they have begun the time-honoured tradition of stacking their dice on the table. Overall, I think it worked well, the feedback was immediate, artha was spent, extra dice rolled and we could crack on straight away, without having to check the chat log (which we didn't open all evening). 

The dice were adapted from the excellent http://game-icons.net/ website, and I can make them available if desired.
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Thank you, sir! IMO this is far better than regular rolling in Roll20. My players seem to love it, and we all seem pretty excited to try it out when we start playing. This is right in time for our new campaign!
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Risks and challenges

"The plan is to mass produce spaceships so many obstacles have risen and will arise. Studying has found the solutions and finances will solve the obstacles."

Well, if that's the risks and challenges sorted out, I feel I should shower you with moneys.

H/T Reddit.
Trevor HM Cooper is raising funds for HotelsInSpace on Kickstarter! Tasha9503 plans to mass produce spaceships and call them HotelsInSpace. The spaceships can also take crews past our moon.
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Well, glad he's going to solve all these issues with 100k CAD. Idiot should have launched a gofundme page...
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When I see the map of Crow's Foot, I see Seven Dials and St. Giles. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Dials
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Giles,_London

The District Of Crow’s Foot
Within Crow’s Foot lie two distinct areas; the Rookery of Six Dials and the Island of St. Galvani.

The Rookery of Six Dials
“The stranger who finds himself in the Dials for the first time...at the entrance of Six obscure passages, uncertain which to take, will see enough around him to keep his curiosity awake for no inconsiderable time…” Cirus Dyckens, Author.

A seven-sided sundial (1) of Tycheros design sits at the centre of six cobbled streets. By day and night the streets are filled with market stalls, beggars and all manner of the city’s destitute, the mad and the criminal. All here live, work and die together in closely packed tenements rudely separated into factories, squalid, over-cramped housing and shops. 

A persistent oily-black smoke seems to hang above Six Dials from the poor-quality coal scavenged to burn in the vain attempt to keep warm, either in the shared fireplaces within the over-crowded tenements, or the braziers on the streets around which the homeless huddle. Countless factory chimneys churn out pillars of greasy black smoke from the cheap plasmic-oil burners that help keep the gears of the city and the Empire moving.  

On the streets of Six Dials you will find...

The abandoned Bluecoat Station House. (HQ to The Crows)
Witchyard Gin Distillery (2)
Bone Carvers - taking leviathon backbone and making all matter of item.
Butchers  - poor quality, cheap off-cuts of leviathan meat as well as other meats, best left obscure.
Pawnshops 
Booksellers
Public Houses
Cheap brothels
Cheap ginhouses
Warehouses
Wetherall and Sons Coal Warehouse (HQ to the Lampblacks)
St. Martin’s School of Sword-Fighting (HQ to the Red Sashes)
Printers / Pamphleteers - both political and religious
Illegal Whispering Galleries
Fine upstanding Clothing manufacturers (Sweatshops) 
Small churches - either tending to, or admonishing the poor of six dials.
The Iruvian Church of Six Dials - ministering to the small Iruvian diaspora of six dials. 
Drug dens
Overcrowded tenement buildings
Smugglers’ hideouts along the canal banks

St. Galvani’s Island

To the North of Six Dials lies the Island of St. Galvani. Originally a Rat-Plague hospital and its grounds, the island is an example of extremes within the city. To the West of the main road bisecting the island lies the Grand Hospital of St. Galvani and it’s manicured gardens, high walls and high security, and to the West, the sinking squalor of abject poverty, hunger and death within the Eastside Slums. Now one of the worst slums within Akaros, a site of overcrowding and squalor, a confusing warren of semi-derelict and collapsed tenements that makes Six Dials look positively affluent. 

The hospital still remains sitting within an incongruous well-tended park to the west of the main north-south road,  and offers treatment to the well-to-do of the city and the Empire, for it is still a well-regarded institution for infectious diseases.

To the east of the main road that splits the island, the land  is slowly subsiding into the main canal. Semi-abandoned and partly-collapsed tenements rot where they stand, abandoned long ago by the previous inhabitants. Now, these buildings act as overflow for the teeming masses of the city’s poor. East St Galvani is the lowest point someone can find themselves in, and life there is nasty, brutish and short.  

(1) ”Rumour has it that old Hiram Neale originally planned seven roads joining at the sundial so as to fit in as many houses as he could, but he changed it to have only six upon the advice of a Whisperer. Of course, the stupid bugger had already ordered and paid for the sundial by then!” An overheard street conversation, Duskwall.

(2) Duskwall Gins
"the principal cause of all the vice & debauchery committed among the inferior sort of people".”  Duskwall Magister, year 845

The most famous and best quality gin within the Empire is Blackvale Sapphire Gin. While all gin is produced from the Jenever berry, Gilbert’s only uses Skovlan-grown Jenever berries and distil them using a secret Distillation Method known only to the Gilbert Family, owners of the Blackvale Distillery in South Duskwall.

Within Six Dials and St Galvani, Blackvale Sapphire is a luxury far beyond the means of most. Usually a cheaper, nastier and rougher street-gin is drunk, colloquially known as a Bluecoat gin, typically manufactured within the smaller more basic distilleries throughout the city, including Six Dial’s own Witchyard Distillery. 
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Ah, nice one brad. I shall have a look.
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The body of a missing Hollywood scriptwriter discovered in a car in Californian storm drains. 
the dead body has had its hands removed.
A missing script detailing the "Truth" behind the US invasion of Panama.
Allegations the scriptwriter was working with the CIA at the time and had intimate knowledge of the operation.
The suspected hands of the, presumably murdered, script writer being 200 years old.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2905392/Hollywood-screenwriter-mysteriously-killed-20-years-ago-working-CIA-hands-sent-autopsy-200-years-old.html

This has an #NBA op written all over it.
The findings, published in a new documentary The Writer With No Hands, call into question the close relationship Hollywood enjoys with the CIA.
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Neil, I feel your pain. I hate linking to the Daily Fascist. I am a bad googler.
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