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Joshuha Owen
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Update: Appears to be just really well timed coincidence with G+ blowing up for lots of people. All is good now.
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Hmm Windows 10 not too bad so far. But seems to have broken my G+. Don't see any posts unless they happen to come up while I am on plus.google.com. Otherwise all blank and says I reached the end.

Tried in both Chrome and Edge.
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It's G+. It blew its zap a little while ago and all of the posts were gone.  They're back now.
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So I backed this last night for the hardcover after doing some reading and watch a lot of the demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z-FP5YKlc0U. Also it appears the newest stretch goal is an interesting sci-fi hack of the game by Sage.

It definitely seems it models the predatory nature of vampires and will be my first foray into a diceless game. While my schedule is tight at the moment between Undying and other things I have backed like Urban Shadows, Worlds in Peril, and Blades in the Dark I have a lot of new stuff to try out.
 
So, Undying. I keep meaning to talk about how much I love this game.

It does one of my favorite things for games based on a broad genre: whittle it down and focus it. Undying is the vampire stories that are all about lifetimes of maneuvering coming to a head in a terrible confrontation. It takes some inspiration from Vampire, but (like Urban Shadows) focuses down the parts of that broad genre it's for. Vampire always turned into trenchcoat superheroes for me, but Undying is pure Machiavelli. 

The design is brilliant for this, because it gets rid of so much stuff that wouldn't serve this genre. There's no particular measure of how much stronger you are than a mortal, because the bottom line is mortals alone aren't a threat (maybe in a mob, or as a pawn). There's no detailed vampire lore, instead there's a guide to setting up your own lore in play (with exploding vampires, if you like). There's no extensive setting, there's a primed situation to start play and a guide to making your own primed situation. And the whole thing is diceless, relying on the spending and gaining of blood for a vicious cycle of vampire politics.

I'll also point out that the Kickstarter is your only chance for the hardcover version, which is basically an excuse for John and Paul to nerd out about the most elegant printing and paper they can find. It's going to be so gorgeous you'll kick yourself for missing it, and the Kickstarter is your only chance.
Enigma Machinations is raising funds for Undying on Kickstarter! Undying is a diceless, vampire roleplaying game of predation and intrigue. Your world is blood, debt, humanity, and status.
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===Long post on my experiences with a ketogenic diet-===

So I don't typically post about health stuff but I have been doing a ketogenic diet for the last 5 weeks and it has been great so far. For those that don't know it's essentially a low-carb, medium protein, and higher fat diet. I did a lot of research and read several books and studies before I committed and so far so good.

So far I have lost 18 pounds which is about 3 pounds a week average which I feel is about the limit of what I want to lose at a healthy pace.

Also, just recently I have felt what people on the diet call "keto-adapted" where my body is used to using ketones for energy rather than primarily glucose. I basically don't get hungry anymore which makes controlling my calories for the day so much easier. I also don't get those afternoon crashes after lunch anymore and feel like I have a nice steady source of energy through the day.

I feel less groggy when I wake up in the mornings and think I want to start doing some free weights to tone up and eventually build muscle once I hit my goal weight.

Eating keto isn't all roses and rainbows though as it is hard to eat out/socially but I have been able to make it work even while travelling 50% as a consultant. I also have to make sure I keep my electrolytes balanced and the first week was tough as getting rid of the sugar/grain left me a little low on energy at first.

The https://www.reddit.com/r/keto/wiki/faq subreddit has been great source of advice and the FAQ there is great info for anyone interested. Also happy to answer any questions.
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Congratulations, getting off of grains in today's world is a major feat!
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Been a really busy summer for travel so been a little quiet on G+ and had to suspend my Roll20 campaign for a bit. Should resolve by end of August but really do miss my RPG fix right now. I do board/card games occasionally and while I love them for their ability to adapt to different groups quickly I do miss the creativity from running/playing RPGs.
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5e!!!
Don't leave us hanging with no 5e!
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Has my interest so far.
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This looks AMAZING. The game play footage gave me goosebumps.
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Wow....
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Looking to downsize some space. Selling the following items:

RPGS:
The Strange
Numenera
Numenera Player's Guide

SOLD The World of Darkness core book 
SOLD Hunter: The Vigil
Vampire: The Dark Ages
Werewolf: The Apocalypse w/ GM Screen
Mage: The Ascension

Deathwatch
SOLD Wheel of Time (D20)
Shadowrun: Street Magic
Savage Worlds: Explorer Edition

Novels:
Check the pictures but some Turtledove, Eddings, King, Warhammer stuff.

Make me offers in USD and I will ship for free in the continental US.
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+Frank Turfler​ I still do. Hit me up on a private post.
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Thank you! We are very excited to announce that Roll20 is now over a million players strong!
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I really do like +Andrew Chason's artwork. Have worked with him in the past on several things and while I am not sure if he is looking for any freelance stuff at the moment I always keep him on my list.
 
==== Kira of the Air Magi : Final ====

((If you like it, share it! I worked hard on this and would love it others saw it. Thank you! ))

You get to a point where you have to stop noodling on a thing or you'll be working on it forever.

So, from the flat colors and disney lines: I added a detail group for freckles and scuffs ans scratches, a shading group for shadows highlights and overlays, a rim-lights group, an effect group for glows and magics, and finally I fussed with the background until it was something that would be more pleasing than just 50% grey.

I'm considering doing a quick video where I show the various layers in action and talk about the how's and whys of certain things. It took me a great many hours to complete this because I wanted it to be one of the best, pieces I've ever done and indicative of my current skills. At the very least I'll put together a comp board of the process so folks can see the progress.

With any luck Kira will get some friends to play with, someday soon.

I certainly am not someone who like to be boastful, but I am really proud of how this turned out.
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Thank you so much for saying so +Joshuha Owen. While I'm not actively looking, I'm always open to commissions or fun projects that need some art.
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While I own an Oculus Rift DK2 and can't wait for what VR can do for full on video games I also can't wait to see what HoloLens can bring to augmented reality.

Specifically I think AR has much better social applications. Imagine sitting around a game table and seeing renders of PCs floating above their character sheets and maps that rise out of the table. Or similar with Magic or other CCGs where you get to see animations when tapping your creatures. I know AR things have been done with phones before but having it in your vision seamlessly is approaching Shadowrun levels once the tech can shrink down a bit.
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The more I see hololense, the more I want it!  As does my son (8)! but he wants it more for Minecraft.  Looking back, I wonder if Hololense was one of the contributing factors in MS buying MC?  A 'basic' building blocks game which is easy to use and visually impressive in a 3D space..
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Friends don't let friends grind.
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Is this a windmill blade?
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I taught a KidWind.org group and learned that blade length is limited due to regulations on the length of a trailer that can be transported on US highways.
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SQL Server Consultant, Business Intelligence
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  • Pragmatic Works
    Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, 2014 - present
  • Tail Wind
    Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, 2014 - 2014
  • Digineer
    Information Management Consultant, 2013 - 2014
  • Magenic Technologies
    Senior Consultant, 2012 - 2013
  • NRT LLC
    Database Administrator, 2012 - 2012
  • Minnesota Public Radio
    Database Administrator, 2011 - 2012
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
    Database Administrator, 2008 - 2011
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St Paul, Minnesota
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Seoul, South Korea - Tallahassee, Florida - Daytona Beach, Florida - Jersey City, New Jersey - Killeen, Texas
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SQL Server BI consultant by day and gamer (board, video, and tabletop) and Geek (gadgets, technology, and more) at all times.

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These are the circles I have and/or am interested in so if I have added you are in one of these and if you want to be in more just let me know.

1) Roleplaying Games
2) SQL
3) Twin Cities/Minnesota



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  • Florida State University
    Software Engineering, 2000 - 2004
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