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A deal is in the works with a major publisher! Meanwhile, Karen and & still have some of the 100 signed & numbered copies from the 1st edition. For now. 
 
A deal for Grandmother Fish is in the works with a major publisher. Further details (including preorder information and publication date) to be announced in the New Year. 

The first edition is sold out except for Dymocks Camberwell in Australia and the Centre for Inquiry—Canada. The only inventory Karen and I have left are the last of our 100 signed & numbered collector copies (http://bit.ly/gf-store).
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Backed it. With Apocalypse World, Vincent taught me something about RPG design. Again. 
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The task resolution system does double duty, resolving the PC's and the NPC's actions simultaneously. That get twice as much resolution out of each die roll. PCs are unique instead of "types." "Class" design is remarkable in content and presentation. GM actions are plot actions rather than NPC actions. 
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Any election in which the authoritarian fear-monger loses is a good election. Thank you, Iowa Republicans.
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The news item that seems to be lost is that Trump tied for 2nd with Rubio.  Given that Trump, Sanders, Clinton, and Bloomberg,  are all more authoritarian than Cruz, Rubio seems like a fairly reasonable choice for people who are anti-authoritarian or anti-statist.  That said, I don't know if he can survive the GOP primary.
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Seattle friends, please join me and Grandmother Fish on Valentine's Day as we celebrate Darwin and our connection to all living things. 


Sunday, February 14, 12 PM - 3 PM
2100 Building—2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144

Come early! Stay late!

11:30 doors open.
12:00-3:00 programming, including Don Ehlen's Insect Safari.
3:00-4:00 social hour, clean up.

See more on the linked page.
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It's a joy to have Karen as a creative partner. 
 
Karen and I met to plan new books. We're enjoying drinks that a fan bought us with our tip jars. Thanks, Toni!
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"The Iraq War will be remembered as one of the most catastrophic disasters our nation has ever brought upon themselves, the pinnacle of neoconservative arrogance and the hubris of American exceptionalism"
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This is sort of my favorite RPG con. It makes me feel old-fashioned. 
Go Play NW. Go Play NW is an annual RPG weekend where people come together to play indie, role-playing, story, board/card, and games. Meet new people. Play new games. Go Play NW 2015 is coming June 26-28 at Seattle University. REGISTER NOW! Find us on Twitter, Facebook, ...
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I like maps, and I really like this map. Political maps with borders of countries are OK. This map, with clusters of populations, is better. On a regular map, the Nile is just another river. Here it's a thin line of human settlement in a mostly desolate land.
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While in China they make up for the lack of crazy and deadly animals with humans.
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Humas are obligatorily social. Prisons used to isolate prisoners for their moral good, and that was a nightmare.
 
A good thing President Obama is doing that you won't hear about in the news
President Obama has banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison. The ban is one of many reforms he...
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We often think of comics as falling into two categories: superhero comics (either of the simplistic, one-dimensional variety or of the dark, brooding, and weirdly misogynist variety) and, for those who look for it, experimental small-press stuff. We often think of things like strong female protagonists as modern responses, still on the fringe, to the mainstream history of the medium. But that's not the whole story.

The Comics Code Authority was a de facto legal censorship regime instituted in 1954. Technically, it was self-censorship by the industry, coupled with a refusal of distributors to sell anything not approved by the CCA. In practice, Congress made it clear that any failure to maintain such standards - written mostly by right-wing groups - would result in an immediate shutdown of the entire industry. This threat, combined with the comics industry's lack of money to fight with, let Congress establish one of the most egregious prior restraints on speech of the twentieth century, with a fig-leaf of legality.

This enforcement scheme fell apart in the early 1990s, and the post-Code era quickly became famous for "darkness," for much more sex and violence. But it turns out that the post-Code era is very little like the pre-Code era: that era had a dizzying variety of artists, ideas, and political leanings, and is probably very far from what you would expect. Here, +Saladin Ahmed​ gives a review of what that world was like - and what the real Golden Age of comics was like, before everything was brutally sanitized to conform to Birch Society ideals. 
In the 1940s, comic books were often feminist, diverse, and bold. Then the reactionary Comics Code Authority changed the trajectory of comic book culture for good.
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If you want to know what may have happened to comic books without the Seduction of the Innocent and the Comic Code, look at Japanese Manga...
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Is belief polarization irrational? If you like posts on scientific findings, +gwern branwen is worth following.
 
"Bayesian Belief Polarization", Jern et al 2009:

"Empirical studies have documented cases of belief polarization, where two people with opposing prior beliefs both strengthen their beliefs after observing the same evidence. Belief polarization is frequently offered as evidence of human irrationality, but we demonstrate that this phenomenon is consistent with a fully Bayesian approach to belief revision. Simulation results indicate that belief polarization is not only possible but relatively common within the set of Bayesian models that we consider."

See also "Part 3, Bayesian Updating of Political Beliefs: Normative and Descriptive Properties" http://www.gwern.net/docs/2007-bullock-excerpt.pdf), from Bullock 2007 http://www.gwern.net/docs/2007-bullock.pdf "Experiments on partisanship and public opinion: Party cues, false beliefs, and Bayesian updating"
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I'd be surprised if constant, rational weighting of all possible schema were an effective cognitive strategy. 
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creator of Grandmother Fish, the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers.
Introduction
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
Bragging rights
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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