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John Fiala
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Humble Book Bundles are always fun, and this one's got a bunch of Linux-related books from No Starch Press.
Pay what you want and support the Electronic Frontier Foundation!
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Well, this is new.

I've seen games that have had print-and-play components, and I've seen projects where you get to print out your own dungeon decor/walls and the like, but this is the first time I've seen a project which is both a game and intended to be printed out by the consumer, on their on 3D printer. No shipping. No manufacture. And a goal of only 1,200 Euro.

FC0B, but... wow. A big change.
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Well, if the 3D printer files get shared like that, it's no different from pdfs of books being shared either, really.
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Some really fantastic art of various superheroines - take a look.
 
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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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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, I now have every Zombicide box that's out there in the wild - Naturally my Wolfburg hasn't arrived yet, but I've got plenty of Zombie related goodness until that turns up.  Both a used copy of Prison Outbreak and a in-shrink copy of Angry Neighbors arrived in the mail yesterday from a board game geek auction.

A little disappointed to see that the supplies in Prison Outbreak are placeholders instead of useful items.  I noticed that in Rue Morgue and Black Plague there aren't any items that aren't useful in a way.

Not sure what to track down next, although I am interested in getting the Dork Tower Survivors, if only for the humor value of them. :)
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My S2 has only 6... still wrapped because they're identical to the S1 dice.

i'd be interested to know if your S2's Objective Tokens use a different shade of red than the S1/S3 tokens? Mine do, and it annoys me to no end because it keeps me from mixing hidden Objectives from both sets. i bought a set of plastic tokens to make up for that, but the red/white Objective token mis-prints the red side (offsets it by about 2mm), making that token useless as a hidden Objective. Aaarrrggg.
 
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The second edition of 7th sea is hot today - blowing through stretch goals and with a quickstart adventure for backers. Plus, you can get a pdf collection of every book from 1st edition!

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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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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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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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    Developer, 2012 - present
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