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We've lived in the Naperville area for about sixteen years now, and I can tell you that absolutely nothing in this article surprises me.
 
Editor's note: Brian Crooks moved to Naperville when he was in the 5th grade; his parents still reside here. On Saturday, he wrote a Facebook post about his experiences being an African-American living in America that has since gone viral and has elicited hundreds of comments from people around the world. Because of its length, we're publishing excerpts here. To read the entire post, go here .
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"What hobbies go well with RPGs?"

There are other hobbies?
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Right, next game contest should be RPGs for the pool/beach.

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"What makes for a good character?"

A good character is a character you enjoy playing. Tautological and useless, sure, but hat's my best answer.

What makes a character enjoyable to play is going to vary for everyone. Namely, it's a character that allows then to pursue their agenda at the table, be it kewl powerz or dramatic anguish.

For me, it's a compelling hook that makes me want to learn more about the character, as well as some role or ability that I look forward to seeing them pursue in play. For example, I've had a character for an upcoming Burning Wheel* campaign banging around my head for a few weeks now. She's an amalgam of some fantasy tropes that I enjoy, some characters from books I've read and films I've seen, and some particulars of the rules that I want to bring into play. I'm already picturing some of the things she might do, some of that tasks she may have to accomplish, and hurdles she'll hope to overcome. I have yet to touch pencil to paper, but I'm already looking forward to playing to find out what happens to her.

To go into more depth would require, IMO, focusing on a specific RPG.

* Ha! You thought I'd make it through one dang RPGaDay post whiteout mentioning BW. Suck it, h4t0rz!
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My favorite characters to play are characters who are driven, but also have, if not doubt, some kind of extra note or flavor to their goal - something that complicates it a bit. This follows a lot with the kinds of characters I enjoy seeing in books, movies, etc.

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"What is the game you are most likely to give to others?"

Burning Wheel. I have literally given copies of the game to people as gifts or freebies at Gameday. I was musing on the BW community just a few weeks ago about how to give away my fourth printing, i.e., have a fun contest or something.

Aside: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burning_Wheel
+luke crane the Wikipedia entry for BW is super out-of-date.
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$35 for those books is still a steal.

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+luke crane I assume you've been made aware of this?
 
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Story games are RPGs with a focus on storytelling and narrative over mechanics and GM oversight. They are often cinematic, sometimes run with no GM at all, and are usually quite elegant and beautiful to read. Inexpensive, creative, and usually on the short side, they're great for players who really want to try something new. If you feel like tactical combat kinda drags and never gets to the dramatic point, story games are for you. Let's go over a...
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Interesting. Thanks for the tip!
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May be of interest to all you creators making games and needing to fulfill Kickstarters.

I'm not super-nuts about the creators of CAH, but maybe the service is useful.
A new shipping company for independent artists, from the creators of Cards Against Humanity.
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I just discovered that in order to watch HarmonQuest* I have to subscribe to a comedy streaming service called SeeSo for $3.99/month.

I know I tend to be grouchy and hypercritical (maybe hypocritical, too) about the current state of TV and film, but this whole deal now where every freaking network/studio/whatevs wants to have their own streaming service that most likely relies on maybe one lynchpin property and expects me to pay for them all just so I can watch a handful of shows IS NUTS.

Look, I'm done with cable TV, i.e., "Mark pays a large monthly fee for content of which he only watches maybe 5%." It's bad enough that I already barely use Netflix and Hulu — the latter especially, given that the whole reason I subscribed was to watch shows that now have fled from the service.

I realize that creators need to make money. Really, I get it. But I am not paying $4/month to watch HarmonQuest... and another $10/month to watch Game of Thrones... and another $? to watch The Flash.

Put your dang show on Netflix, or else put each season on iTunes for a reasonable per-season price.

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* http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Harmonquest
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+Jesse Coombs Oh, having to navigate that app just to watch Community was awful.

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I came across this in a iOS accessories article, but it seems like it's rife with RPG supply organization potential.

Cocoon GRID-IT! Organizer Case
https://amzn.com/B00479FQCM
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Ooh man, they look like they'd be SUPER easy to make!

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The BWC, p.277 mentions a "Creature Codex PDF". That was a doc from the BWR days, right? Or is it a new thing? I don't see anything like it on the wiki, unless in just missing it. 
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Next time i'm going to write: "in our upcoming soon to be released supplement" and then release whatever it is immediately. You'll be answering "did this ever come out?" posts forever. 
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Hey Gameday fans, the Warhorn schedule page has been updated with all of the events submitted so far.

There's still room for more, though! Just fill out the event submission form to get your event on the roster:
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Chicago Gameday 45 is a day of RPG gaming (and wargames, and boardgames, and...) held at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL. Morning events run from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; afternoon events run from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Chicago Gameday is FREE; ...
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"Share one of your best 'Worst Luck' stories."

In a recent BW campaign, we were using Spirit Binding as the sole magic system, but were also playing 3 LP characters, so pretty much every use of the skill was at least some level of disaster. It's not a story pre se, but I think +Michael Miller managed to burn down two separate buildings when binding hearth sprits went south.

Disaster, but also the wonders of failure in BW — something interesting always happens.
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I lived for the ten minutes each session when y"all indulged my obsession.
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SFP follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility and a crippling sense of social injustice.

The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends
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Here’s a new short that I filmed with some friends over the past month. It’s a 10 minute documentary called “The Politics of Competitive Boa

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: a review In an interview about his recent biography Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson had this to say about

Art Student Hand-Illuminates, Binds a Copy of Tolkien’s Silmarillion
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This German art student, Benjamin Harff, decided, for his exam at the Academy of Arts, to do something only slightly ambitious -- to hand-il

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[Fate Core] Rules vs. Settings
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For Everyone
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The guiding principle behind Atomic Robo comics is accessibility. It’s why we work in mini-series format instead of a monthly model. It give

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TED Talks You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short tal

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The full dungeons and dragons experience documentary. i downloaded all the 7 parts of this documentary, that javaman80 originally uploaded,

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LotFP Rules & Magic in hardcover, plus adventures by the biggest names in gaming! Nearly two dozen different books will be made with

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On the surface the Pathfinder Beginner Box has all the ingredients for newbies to get their feet wet in a simplified, streamlined version of

GROGNARDIA: Dwimmermount on the Horizon
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YCRFS 9: Kill Hollywood
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Verbally Explaining Rules
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I've gotten to play a lot of boardgames in the last 2 weeks, and yesterday a couple of friends commented I did a good job explaining the rul