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As a RPG player, game designer, and someone who prints and binds (combbind, more or less) lots of small press stuff, I wonder how many of these I should get.

http://www.staples.ca/en/Storex-12-Compartment-Literature-Organizer-Black/product_680252_2-CA_1_20001
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My sense of humour always suffers pre-flare, especially when assuming that people know me (or at least are cognisant of the amount of OSR material I own).

[Now a few hours later the side-effects are starting to manifest more noticeably. <sigh> So this poor Fool is saying bye-bye for a while.]
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First Play Reaction

We played Villages of Valeria today at lunch.

* two players, 45 minute first-play experience.
* five minute setup, including explanation
* one minute teardown, the cards don't even get mixed up
* plays totally unlikely Valeria: Card Kingdoms.
* totally worth it.

We're not totally experienced at this yet (card familiarity, strategy), but I expect we'll have higher scores tomorrow and that we'll get this game down to under 30 minutes for setup, play, teardown.

Very quick, quite light to play, feels like there's enough depth to warrant the effort. Play needs to be able to shift tracks based on what comes up, that card you wanted is gone (or buried -- you can dig it out, eventually) and you might need to do something else now.

Very happy so far.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dailymagicgames/villages-of-valeria/description
A village-building card game. Establish resources, construct buildings, and attract adventurers to create the next capital city.
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Let's see... ships left Hong Kong by the beginning of November (Nov 1 update said all ships had left).

Looking back there were some problems with early proofs. What we eventually received is, I think, good enough to warrant the extra time. I'm not unhappy about the delay in arrival.
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One-Day Birthday Sale

40% off all Echelon Game Design products at DriveThruRPG, including the bundles. If you're interested in picking up Polyhedral Pantheons, Draconic Bloodlines, or the Echelon Reference Series, today is a great day.

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My daughter is in Grade 10. Her PE requirement is being met by 'rugby class' (drills, scrimmage, working out in the weight room, etc.).

Grade 10 PE is required to include a dance unit.

HAKA!
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Ballet was the most pain I have ever been in from an activity. After the second week, also the strongest I've been.
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Kickstarter Delivered

Villages of Valeria got here last week. I've finally had a chance to look it over -- promised a gaming buddy I'd do the breakout with her -- and it looks about as promising as Valeria: Card Kingdoms is... while being entirely different to play.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dailymagicgames/villages-of-valeria
A village-building card game. Establish resources, construct buildings, and attract adventurers to create the next capital city.
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And his name was... Darkthony

Darkthony. Darkthony. The BBEG's name is Darkthony.

Though... on first look, the game itself looks like it could be fun, and even if it isn't, is full of bits that could be repurposed.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994972978/alchemical-crystal-quest-0
Alchemical Crystal Quest is a cooperative, narrative board game, with fantasy miniatures!
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At least it's not "Black Mage Evilwizardington" I guess.
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Oh wow, +Michael S posted links to a couple of heraldry tools that look like they'll work well together.

http://chgowiz-games.blogspot.ca/2017/01/how-i-make-heraldry.html

The second link, which is a tool that draws a shield from its blazon, appears to handle simpler blazons fairly well but freaked out when it saw the blazon of my grade 8 history teacher:

Or on a Saltire engrailed Sable between a Mullet in chief and another in base Azure and as many Anchors in the flanks Gules a Rose Argent barbed and seeded Or all within a Bordure counter compony Or and Sable. His crest is A Griffin segreant Erminois membered armed beaked and ducally crowned Or supporting in its talons an Anchor Gules

(Graham Anderson was a Canadian heraldic scholar and officer of arms, elected a Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada in 1988, and his arms were granted by the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms and they were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1992. Possibly one of the coolest teachers I've ever had, and he taught literally generations of students at that school.)
There are a thousand and one websites on heraldry and it's peculiar Norman and English vocabulary, but when I'm looking for something to put on miniatures or I have a vague idea, there are two sites I use for the vocabulary a...
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First Play Reaction

We played Villages of Valeria today at lunch.

* two players, 45 minute first-play experience.
* five minute setup, including explanation
* one minute teardown, the cards don't even get mixed up
* plays totally unlikely Valeria: Card Kingdoms.
* totally worth it.

We're not totally experienced at this yet (card familiarity, strategy), but I expect we'll have higher scores tomorrow and that we'll get this game down to under 30 minutes for setup, play, teardown.

Very quick, quite light to play, feels like there's enough depth to warrant the effort. Play needs to be able to shift tracks based on what comes up, that card you wanted is gone (or buried -- you can dig it out, eventually) and you might need to do something else now.

Very happy so far.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dailymagicgames/villages-of-valeria/description
A village-building card game. Establish resources, construct buildings, and attract adventurers to create the next capital city.
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+Moe Tousignant, we played Villages of Valeria today at lunch.

* two players, 45 minute first-play experience.
* five minute setup, including explanation
* one minute teardown, the cards don't even get mixed up
* plays totally unlikely Valeria: Card Kingdoms.
* totally worth it.

We're not totally experienced at this yet (card familiarity, strategy), but I expect we'll have higher scores tomorrow and that we'll get this game down to under 30 minutes for setup, play, teardown.

Very quick, quite light to play, feels like there's enough depth to warrant the effort. Play needs to be able to shift tracks based on what comes up, that card you wanted is gone (or buried -- you can dig it out, eventually) and you might need to do something else now.

Very happy so far.
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+Moe Tousignant I take that back. Not "I think you should", but simply "yes".

Just had our second game. Now that it's starting to flow, we played in 30 minutes (+5 minutes setup/teardown), final score 35:34, even had differing strategies between players, despite the inherent simplicity.

Very happy. The other player actually likes this more than VCK. (I haven't decided that, I really like VCK... but this is more streamlined, so I get why he likes it.)
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One-Day Birthday Sale

40% off all Echelon Game Design products at DriveThruRPG, including the bundles. If you're interested in picking up Polyhedral Pantheons, Draconic Bloodlines, or the Echelon Reference Series, today is a great day.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5592/Echelon-Game-Design
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Another year closer to the grave! ヽ( ͝° ͜ʖ͡°)ノ
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Happy Birthday To Me

... or something

Thursday is my birthday, I'm turning 40 (... rounding down, I'm turning 40), so I'm having a one-day, 40% off all titles sale at OBS.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5592/Echelon-Game-Design
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Oh, just round it off to the nearest 30.
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Computer programmer, game designer.  Long-time denizen of rec.games.frp.dnd, writes "KJD-IMC" articles and working on Echelon d20.