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Getting close to the finish here.
 
Just finished talking to Karen about the last final changes to make to the Grandmother Fish files before we ship them to the printer. It's all finally coming together.

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Here's an example of an extremely common misunderstanding about Y-chromosome lines and mtDNA lines. The results say that a few men are the direct paternal-line ancestors of 2/3 of European men. That means they are the direct ancestors of all Europeans. They are related to European women and to 1/3 of European men through a mixed male/female line. In the same way Genghis Khan is the direct paternal-line ancestor of many men in parts Asia, but he's the direct mixed-line ancestor of all the people in that area. Y-chromosomes track all-male descent. MtDNA tracks all-female descent. But most descent is a mix of male and female, so it doesn't register. Several male contemporaries of these men are also ancestors to all Europeans, although their Y-chromosome lines have died out. All-male lineages are easy to track and fun to talk about, but that represents only a fraction of our ancestry.

Ancestry in deep time requires an understanding that our brains never evolved the instincts to parse. It's a struggle, and seemingly every news article about Y-chromosome lines and mtDNA get it wrong. Concepts such as "most recent common ancestor," "identical ancestors point," "Y-chromosome Adam," and "Mitochondrial DNA" are strangely hard.

h/t +Robin Laws 

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For such a large and culturally diverse place, Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonisation by peoples from the east ...
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Go, Ireland! I rank gay marriage as the number one social reform for us First-World liberals to be pushing for today.
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3rd world liberals too!
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Just backed this cool kids' RPG on Kickstarter. The make-believe aspect of roleplaying is easy for kids to get into.
 
The No Thank You, Evil! Kickstarter has been live for only one day but we're already close to reaching our goal. We have a lot of great things planned once we cross into the stretch goal territory - will you help us get there?

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Monte Cook Games is raising funds for No Thank You, Evil! a Game of Make-Believe for Families on Kickstarter! A game of make-believe for creative kids and their families from the team that brought you Numenera and The Strange
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This is so perfect for my daughter. By the time it will be released, she'll be 5.
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+Rob Heinsoo on 13th Age, Glorantha and more!
 
After some technical difficulties yesterday, Episode 2 of Tales of Mythic Adventure is up on the website! With special guest +Rob Heinsoo! 
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Robin Laws does 13th Age! How cool is that!

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Preorder my intro 13th Age adventure, The Strangling Sea, and get the PDF right away: http://bit.ly/1CiPJCz
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The evolution of awe, its purpose, how to get more of it and why we should.

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Because it moves us to do things for the greater good.
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If you're anything like me, you may well enjoy the informed, light-hearted, geek-friendly podcast that +Kenneth Hite and +Robin Laws put together. I know I do.
 
Ken and Robin talk playing real people, juju-using drug cartels, collaboration tips, and Ogedei Khan:  http://bit.ly/1Fs3vn6
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Part of my Friday morning routine every week! Wouldn't miss it. :)
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Got 13th Age but missed all indie games, over the edge, Everway, etc.
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Come again?  On Firefox, I get: Content Encoding Error

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Favorite "weird" character creation rules:

Look at five art cards that appeal to you.  Make up a story about them (everway).

Brainstorm a show, complete with characters, and the arc of the first season.  Now people should decide what characters on the show they want to play and flesh them out a bit.  (Prime Time Adventures)

Pick a class.  Ok, here is your character sheet; circle the things you want (Apocalypse World).

Roll a pile of dice.  Then take turns; on your turn ether set or specify one character element for anyone on the table (Fiasco).
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Half male, half female.

The natural is more interesting than the supernatural. Angels and ghosts are sort of pedestrian, but flesh-and-blood living beings are out of this world.
 
It’s tough being a guy. I imagine it’s just as tough being a girl. What if you were exactly half of each? Bilateral gynandromorphs are rare animals that are exactly one half of each sex. They have occurred in insects, crustaceans, spiders, and birds. We know how some come about, but the birds are giving scientists a heck of a time.
In the Hindu faith, Shiva is the destroyer. Anything that has a beginning must have and end, so as Brahma made the world Shiva must destroy it so that it can be remade. On a more positive note, Shiva is also the god of change, making people better versions of themselves by destroying the ego and ...
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Final touches on the cover for the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers.
 
Today, Jeff, Karen and I are in the studio working on Grandmother Fish. Jeff is a graphic expert, so he and Karen are working together on getting the cover just right. Then Karen and I will be working on final text edits.

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creator of Grandmother Fish, the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers.
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Pro game designer, humanist Sunday school teacher, Burning Man devotee, lifelong evolution fan.

Children's science book
Grandmother Fish. Illustrated by Karen Lewis. In development. Funded on Kickstarter 2013.

Tabletop roleplaying games
13th Age. Co-designer with Rob Heinsoo. 2013.
Omega World. 2002.
D&D 3rd Ed. Lead designer with Monte Cook and Skip Williams. 2000.
Everway. 1995
Over the Edge. With Robin D. Laws. 1992.
Ars Magica. Co-designer with Mark Rein*Hagen
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Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame. Steven Pinker says Grandmother Fish is "a lovely contribution to scientific literacy."
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owner of Grandmother Fish LLC, game creator
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inventing easy ways to explain complex concepts
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  • Grandmother Fish LLC
    creator, publisher, 2014 - present
    Help me bring to life Grandmother Fish, a book that teaches evolution to toddlers. Raising needed funds on Kickstarter starting in June. See www.grandmotherfish.com.
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    free lancer, 2013 - 2014
    13th Age, etc.
  • Amazon.com
    Senior game designer, 2011 - 2013
    Living Classics Facebook game
  • Wizards of the Coast
    Game designer, 1993 - 2008
    Everway, D&D 3rd Ed, miniatures games
  • Real Networks/GameHouse
    Game designer, 2009 - 2010
    Collapse! on Facebook, UNO Boost on Facebook
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local news coverage of ABC27 on the trial of Talaag E. The judge a self professed Muslim is irate and ignores the police officer and the wit

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We've all been waiting for the Sacred Wolf (while at the same time, our hearts go out to the angel over Iran):

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 --

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
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I think I'm moderately well-read, yet I've never read any Didion. I kept hearing how terrific The Year of Magical Thinking was, pick

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