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It took Google Translate to get me through reading this interview with David, but there's tons more detail here than I've seen talked about before now. So cool! Happily, Dutch is a language that GT seems to handle pretty well. Not perfect but certainly quite clear enough to understand.
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We hebben jullie eerder al een voorproefje gegeven van MetaArcade: een platform waarmee je jouw eigen avonturen kan maken en publiceren. FOK! was in staat een interview te regelen met de grote man achter de schermen David Reid. Reid werkte hiervoor bij Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Eve Online en Gigantic, maar begint nu aan een heel nieuw concept.
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A new post up now on my Oakheart site, all about the fantasy portrait I did for someone's 50th birthday. http://www.lizdanforth.com/2016/07/get-the-picture/ Another in the series of "Pictures Have Stories" because they all do...
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If you got a bad link on the first try, give it another. http://www.lizdanforth.com/2016/07/get-the-picture/ There seems to have been a hiccup getting it live.
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I didn't work much on the first Naked Doom but times they are a'changin' ... thanks to MetaArcade having chosen to make this their first playable adventure. http://www.metaarcade.com/news/adventure-spotlight-naked-doom/
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I got the 5th ed, I think, a boxed set from my brother, way back when it was new. Bought a bunch of solos. Played them, and even ran the Dungeon of the Bear Lvl One for my friends. Nowadays I play it wth my daughter. Same boxed set. Loads of fun.
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Been awhile since I've posted an update to my Oakheart blog. Been making some big changes and that's kept me pretty busy. I think you'll like this one. http://www.lizdanforth.com/2016/06/life-is-change/
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Semi-secret midweek confab with Fellowship of the Troll (Ken St Andre, Rick Loomis, Bear Peters, Steve Crompton, and un-named co-conspirators). Such plans we are making. Around, you know, having fun hanging out together and playing games. :)
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It is, actually. More news as it breaks. :)
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I'm having a blast doing completely new art for the MetaArcade platform. This post shows some of it for the first time, and talks about the art that will be coming as the platform continues to evolve. Remember to check out the prototype which will debut at #GenCon!
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Cool stuff going on at GenCon (which is to be expected!) but I won't be there. However, friends and associates are unveiling MetaArcade's prototype mobile game of Naked Doom at the Flying Buffalo booth ... and giving away a Grimtooth-related solitaire too! I hear I have some artwork in there somewhere... :) https://deluxetunnelsandtrolls.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/play-the-tt-phone-app-at-gencon-plus-get-a-new-grimtooth-solo-free/
More BIG news today on the Tunnels & Trolls app. MetaArcade has officially announced that they will be in attendance at GenCon next month and will be giving demos of the T&T Phone app to an…
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Grimtooth's abs kinda look like he has a giant erection... otherwise cool!
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Pleased and bemused with Polish fanzine interview of me & others as early denizens of gaming and fandom. Yup, this is where it started (although not in Polish! Yay for Google Translate.) http://www.spotkanialosowe.pl/wp-content/uploads/SL_004/Spotkania_Losowe_01_2016_ekran.pdf
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A historian with the chops to research original documents -- that's exactly what's needed here!
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So here's some of my thoughts about MetaArcade's cool project. Really, it's the people I'm here to talk about!
My personal take on MetaArcade’s announcement of their mobile adventures platform, with Tunnels & Trolls as the flagship release.
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The Fellowship of the Troll has been sitting on this Big Annoucement since February. I am really REAALLY excited to see the Tunnels & Trolls adventures coming... http://venturebeat.com/2016/06/30/industry-veteran-david-reid-unveils-metaarcade-adventures-platform/
David Reid has spent a lot of time doing marketing at companies such as Microsoft's Xbox division, CCP, and Trion Worlds. But now he's going solo and revealing his new company as MetaArcade, a platform for self-publishing story-based adventure games, GamesBeat has learned.
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Maybe it should go without saying but -- I hope you will please feel free to share this news... and there will be more to come. :) http://www.metaarcade.com/news/the-second-step/ (And thanks!)
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I was moved by this tale. I'd heard parts of it in the past, but it means a lot to hear that a stranger's life was touched and made a little better because of something I had a part of.
 
Someone at my games club is doing a Msc in Applied Science, particularly around 3d printer and asked what makes and made us tabletop gamers. I thought I'd overshare...

I had learning difficulties when I was a child around reading, and my parents were desperate to find me something I might be interested in enough to push myself to learn to read. That came in the form of Tunnels & Trolls and the art of +Liz Danforth in particular. It became an escape from the unmagical and sometimes violent world of Seven Sisters in the late 70's and early 80's. T&T led to D&D and to people I could finally relate to, who are now lifelong friends. So it brought me escape and comradeship, which it turned out I needed as an adult as it's also been a bit unmagical and violent too, but that's usually been my own fault :) It's also a great place to explore ideas about the future, the past and indulge in safety net nihilism, all of which interest me intensely.

I have to admit I do sometimes think it's addiction, and at times quite unhealthy as it's my go to place when the shit is hitting the fan in the real world, and rather than dealing with it I'll dream about the machinations of Tharizdun. I'm also someone who needs a fairly tight sandbox to be creative in, which they definitely give. I don't always know what to do with a blank piece of paper, but give me one with squares on it and I'll design a mythical ecosystem quicker than an Ork can shout Waaagh!
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Wonderful how art can touch people. Unspoken communication in a way. Thank you Liz.
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The universe has been nudging me to write up some of the more obscure bits of my career path. And by "obscure" I mean "The Things You Don't Know That I Didn't Realize You Didn't Know." And by "path" I mean "This Crazy Lunacy That Passes For My Life Thus Far."
Maybe you know me as an artist, a game developer, or even a computer gaming person. To judge by what I hear, there are many things you probably do not know. Here’s a glimpse behind the curtai…
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It's is genuinely a pleasure to hear that something I did reached beyond anything I could have imagined at the time.  :)  You are more than welcome.
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