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Continuing with my sudden adoption of #RPGaDay2015, day #2 is "Kickstarted Game most pleased you backed."

Which is difficult.  I've backed a lot of games, supplements, and accessories.  If it were accessories, I might mention the Gaming Paper Megadungons, which have been good quality interesting pre-made map geomorphs that can be laid out into an interesting to-scale map.

Supplements would probably cause me to pick The Sense of the Slight of Hand Man, a fantastic Dreamlands-focused campaign for Call of Cthulhu.

Hm.  I think I'll go with Tenra Bansho Zero, which is both a staggeringly imaginative game from Japan, a true feat of translation, and the door opening to a raft of other games being introduced from there.  Although both Dungeon World, Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, and Deadlands Noir are also good picks.
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Well, why not start this #RPGaDay2015 here?  

Let's see, Day #1 is "Forthcoming Game You're Most Looking Forward To".  

That's an interesting question.  One of the topmost ones is probably *Savage Worlds: Rifts*, where I'm curious to see how they're going to adapt all the different things in Rifts to Savage Worlds.  I'm also looking forward to the overdue *TimeWatch* rpg, where the gumshoe system is used for agents travelling through time to fix what's been broken by evil time travellers.  A month earlier, I might have brought up *Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls*.

I think I'll go with Savage Worlds: Rifts, for now.  The mix of a different system to an established world that hasn't been open to adaptation (or even a new edition) is interesting.  But Y'know, if I were going to run something, it'd probably be Call of Cthulhu. :)
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Have you backed a project for extra money, or with no reward selected, just for the awesomeness of the project?  This came up in the comments for another kickstarter, and I thought it might be fun to chat about.

For instance, I backed the short film of "The Bridge Partner" for five bucks without selecting a backer level.  I didn't feel like dropping in $10 (the acknowledgement level), so I just pledged for five.  Looks like the film's been completed and been showing in a number of film festivals, so good for them!
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Strangely donating to bad projects didn't demotivate me as much to cut back on pure donations @.@;
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Playing Heroica with my daughter on #TabletopDay or whatever the hashtag is. And now for more Little Mermaid... 
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Help!  My wife just stole my unicorn LEGO figure!
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Good to know.  Will be making plans for a Fizzy Wigs shopping trip.
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Anyone else dropping by GenghisCon this weekend?  My daughter's going to be staying at a friend's house Friday night, so I'll actually get to hang out for a bit.  Also thinking of bring Rose by Con Jr. for a bit.
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So, my wife put on Back to the Future II and it's just crazy how wrong it all is.  I mean, yes, everyone remembers the hoverboards, but Doc Brown mentions how he had his blood replaced, the McFly family has a garden of grapes growing in the ceiling of their kitchen, a videogame that requires using your hands is a "baby's toy" and the weather is controlled to the second.

Then again, how exciting would it have been if they had arrived at the real future?
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Well you've still got 9 months, a lot can happen between now & Oct 21. Who knows? But are some of these ideas really futuristic or just plumbed silly. Could be in the works. Hahaha.
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If my daughter is playing with my Harry Dresden FUDGE dice in my Yog-Sothoth.com dice tower, and rolls four (-) sides, should I worry?
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Did I miss something?  Suddenly when I open a kickstarter, the video starts playing automatically.  Yesterday it seemed to play at full volume, today it seems to play without sound at first, which is a bit of an improvement.

What's going on?  Is this new or am I nuts?
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I have plugins that block videos unless you click on them anyway. I have plugins that block every fucking thing.
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This is amusing.  I've got a Yoda alarm clock that I'm really not using - maybe I should bring it into work?
 
Collide LEGO, Star Wars and Make It Functional
I was at +Talbots Toyland Inc yesterday, one of the last local, independent toy stores in the Peninsula, a region south of San Francisco. 

Check out this LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Alarm Clock
Talbots has an extensive LEGO section to fit every price point and for toddlers to adults. This was mixed in with all of the #LEGO sets.

The Force was strong on this one  - I have never seen anything like it before. I can see this being the perfect gift for a little boy or big boy. Awesome clock for your favorite techie or engineer in your life for his/her cube, office or home. 

Found this +YouTube video to fully show what this LEGO #StarWars Darth Vader Alarm Clock looks like out of the box
It stands. It sits. The only con - it does not make the Vader heavy breathing sounds!
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your office is cool looking all the fun toys :) 
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If being excited about a telepathic super-gorilla living in the sewers under Central City in the Flash is wrong, I don't want to be right. :)
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Of course, now I'm picturing an odd-couple like sitcom set under the streets of Central City, with Gorilla Grodd and Solomon Grundy sharing an apartment and arguing about who messed up the living room.
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So, I'm full up on Kickstarters right now.  Please don't anyone start anything awesome for a month or so.

(I couldn't not back the Masks of Nyarlhotep Companion, having enjoyed the 0.9 release so much.)
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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.

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