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John Fiala
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Some really fantastic art of various superheroines - take a look.
 
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Overwatch: because Oracle is already taken
Earlier in the week I saw the most amazing Oracle fan art being spread around. I found the source: Miguel Mercado, aka merkymerx, and asked for permission to share more of his badass illustrations of DC and Marvel women with you.
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So, here's an odd one. It's not really a kickstarter. I mean, even beyond the kickstarters that are basically pre-orders, this is really just... sort of a store. You order it, they'll make it by hand and send it out to you, and it's all custom - choose size, leather color, etc.

On the other hand, these are really pretty looking dice trays. And with the current exchange rate, it's a 30% discount for those of us in the US, which even applies to the shipping, which is naturally high for shipping a large heavy object. And happily they did do an earlier kickstarter (for signs) which seems to have gone off without a hitch.

I'm tempted, I've got to say.
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I have moved onto Etsy and while I have had a couple of projects that I could have used Kickstarter for, I decided to go a different route to raise the initial money. I funded the printing for a calendar I made for this year myself and just sold through Etsy, but I may not always be able to do that.  KS does also get you a different audience and it forces you to do a lot more marketing. It may be that I will use it again at some point in the future, but it would be in the pre-order type of category that seems to suffer from a lot of negative backlash. I personally find using KS quite stressful.
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Quote of the Day:

"Unfortunately, if you put “dragon” down under “what I want to be when I grow up” your guidance counselors will want to have a talk with you."

Ursula Vernon, from http://tkingfisher.tumblr.com/post/137594716073/chroniclesofmiddlegrade-ursula-vernon-loves
chroniclesofmiddlegrade: “ursula-vernon loves dragons. You only have to read, oh, the title of her award-winning Dragonbreath series to know that. Here, Ursula shares how she first fell in love with...
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So, I'm a little... bemused by Shadow of the Demon Lord. When the kickstarter was collecting funds, it was the $24 level to get a copy of the pdf - well, you got the starter pdf, you got the rulebook pdf, and you got your name in the rulebook. Fair enough.

Having skipped that, I now can take advantage of the New Year's Shadow of the Demon Lord bundle, which gives me the rulebook pdf and three adventures for ten bucks. That's... kind of a shame for the backers at that level.
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A fair question - it's at drivethrurpg.  http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/161061/Demon-Lord-BUNDLE
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Picked up a copy of the Schoolgirl RPG from Lulu that arrived in the mail last night - it's basically the same idea (and system) as the Maid RPG, just with less 'you're serving the gamemaster's character' odd whims. You just roll up your cyborg catgirl student and try and survive the aliens invading or whatnot. The main strength of it is the large number of random tables.

Most amusing bit so far is the line about Gygax showing up and attacking the characters for playing in a game which doesn't have a detailed list of polearms.
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Of course, now I'm thinking that Third Period History should be taught by Mr. Gygax.  This semester: polearms with two axe-heads!
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Some fantastic fan art of classic heroines. Check them out!
 
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Overwatch: because Oracle is already taken
Earlier in the week I saw the most amazing Oracle fan art being spread around. I found the source: Miguel Mercado, aka merkymerx, and asked for permission to share more of his badass illustrations of DC and Marvel women with you.
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+John Fiala No worries.  Moved it to the "+1 All The Things!" category which is the best fit for this one. :-)
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Why does Kickstarter suggest I follow my friends, present me with a nice list of friends I can follow, and then tell me I don't have a connection to that user when I attempt to follow them? Good lord!

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So, continuing with "John is bemused by a kickstarter", we've got "The Ninth World: A Skillbuilding game for Numinera". This game made by the folks at Lone Shark Games, just finished with a healthy $133k, which the back of my envelope says is 266% of the original $50k goal. This is a good result - a nice healthy pile of cash for the game.

But... it's not nearly as good as their last kickstarter did, "Apocrapha", which is a horror-based game of the same style (card adventure game) that they did last year, which blew up to about 500% of their original $66,666 goal.

There's a number of differences between the games that might explain why Ninth World didn't do as well as the first - for one, different genres, although I would have thought Numenera would have brought more folks to the table given how popular the kickstarters have been for the RPG. On the other hand, they were run at different times of the year - maybe January's still a bad month for Kickstarters? The other project took place during the spring.

The big difference for me, as far as backing, was that the other game hasn't shipped out yet, and I wasn't comfortable backing this game until the previous one shipped out. But then, I'm a curmudgeon.

Or... maybe people just don't know what a skillbuilding game is, and didn't want to gamble money on finding out they didn't like it? 
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Well, now I'm happily safe from spoilers on the new Star Wars movie. All four of us (My wife, my mother and father, and myself) had a fun time.
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Well, now I'm happily safe from spoilers on the new Star Wars movie. All four of us (My wife, my mother and father, and myself) had a fun time.
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Sorry - somehow G+ autoposted to the last group I posted to, instead of to public.

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Greetings folks!

For my birthday I got the Toxic City Mall box along with a box of the Army Painter Zombie paints. Yay me! (I've already got the base set, as well as a bunch of the 3rd season kickstarter bennies that I picked up cheap on ebay a bit ago.) It's a very Zombie birthday.

I haven't started painting any of them, but I'm excited to start soon.
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So, I don't know if anyone else has backed this. I don't know a lot about the guy who's doing this, although apparently he's done quite a few kickstarters in the past.

It's a buck. One buck for the pdf. Everyone will vote on what the game will be about, and then he'll write it.

But it's only a buck. What the heck - if it melts down, I waste more on bad coffee. :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/218255739/the-1-play-what-you-want-mystery-campaign-rpg-proj/description
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I did this a while back for Geekgold on RPGGeek... and the person who won never got back in touch with me. :/
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    Developer, 2012 - present
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Drupal Developer, Web hobbiest, roleplayer and reader
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Hey.

I'm John Fiala, a Web Developer and Gamer who works mostly in Drupal, an Open Source PHP CMS.  I live in Denver, and am fairly active with things.

I like to play both Boardgames and Roleplaying games.
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