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Great article. I'm going to give this a try. I wonder if I can put links to OneNote pages in Trello cards to add a quick way to get to longer notes?  I'll have to give it a try and see.
 
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I vowed to keep my Dungeons & Dragons prep to 30 minutes or less. Here's how I succeeded, and how other Dungeon Masters can, too, using a free online tool.
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I needed to take a little brain break today, so I made this. This is currently my 5yo son's favourite knock knock joke.

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This is a long read, but worth it.
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In case you're in Canada, and want to see the clip of +Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club on the Larry Wilmore Nightly Show... here you go.
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New DM's Guild for D&D self publishing

If you love Dungeons & Dragons, and haven't been living in a cave pursuing the hermit background, you probably noticed the huge new announcements from WotC, including the new 5th edition SRD, new Open Gaming Licence, and the Dungeon Master's Guild.

If you have been living in a cave, the DM's Guild is a new online marketplace launched by WotC for we mere mortals to legally share and sell our D&D creations, provided they are set in the Forgotten Realms. Creators get to keep 50% of the profits and may set any price.

I've been playing D&D for about 30 years now, but didn't really think about trying my hand at publishing material until 3.5. Even then I dragged my feet, and by the time I decided I was ready to send a submission to Dragon magazine... well... Dragon magazine (the print version) ended. :-(

Suffice to say I am excited by this announcement, and once again I am fired up to try my hand at the D&D publishing game. I'm going to start working on some things now, and will likely share them on G+ and my blog to get some feedback. These are exciting days for D&D!

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There's a new way to buy and share D&D adventures. With the Dungeon Master's Guild, you'll be able to self-publish material set in the Forgotten Realms using monsters, spells, characters, and locations. Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the ...
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Definitely going to pick this up when I start running ToD.
 
Just wanted to pass along my thanks to everyone for passing the word about this on DMsguild. It hit Copper in first week. I'm overwhelmed by the positive reception. Thanks!
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If you love #Ravenloft check out this D&D podcast interview with Tracey Hickmann, author (with Laura) of the original Ravenloft adventure. Tracey and Laura were an integral part of #CurseOfStrahd
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The New X-Files was a bit underwhelming

I suppose this is a sort of mini-review of the new X-Files premiere. The TL;DR version is in the title, so you can stop reading now, unless you want to disagree passionately with me in the comments.

I've been watching X-Files ever since the beginning. It was a weekly tradition in our house to stop everything, turn down the lights, and watch Mulder and Scully as a family.

That said, I never saw the whole last season. Towards the end, especially after Duchovny left, I didn't enjoy, so I just stopped.

When the new mini-series premiere started I was hoping for old-school Mulder and Scully, like from the first few seasons. I like when Mulder gets excited by the potential of a new discovery, and I liked that Scully would pull him back, and I liked that in the end Mulder accepted that she was right... you need evidence, and if it's not there, you keep looking, but you don't just accept everything at face-value.

That, in a nut shell, is my biggest beef with the episode. Mulder is introduced to Sveta by a TV blowhard (who apparently is rich enough to ride around in his own helicopter and finance the building of spaceships) who tells him she has alien DNA, can read minds, and who has been experimented on not by aliens, but by humans.

Mulder just accepts it all, and immediately jumps to the conclusion that the entirety of the X-Files was a lie to cover up a bigger truth, wold domination using alien technology. His only two pieces of evidence to this point, however, are a girl who could just be lying, and what appears to be a spaceship (ARV) in a hanger.

1. Sveta. Like I said, maybe she's lying, maybe she's insane. Mulder just accepts it as true, and apart from having Scully test her DNA, doesn't apparently need anything more to completely accept Tad O'Malley's story. Why? Why not ask for more? Even if Sveta was telling the truth, that doesn't mean that it must follow that no alien abductions took place, or that all the x-files were a lie. The two are not mutually exclusive.

2. The ARV (Alien Replica Vehicle): Why does mulder just assume it's real, and not an elaborate effect to convince him? Now, whether it's real or fake, but especially if it's real... if they can afford the cost of building a frakking invisible alien space vehicle, why can't they afford a better hidden base to build it, and, I don't know, maybe some security? Maybe even a better door? That's some laziness there, either on the part of the writers or the building management at AVR Inc.

3. Tad O'Malley: Why does Mulder trust this guy? Why does anyone? And why didn't they get someone else to play the part? I like Joe McHale, but as a comedian.

So, I was underwhelmed by the episode. Much of the dialogue was weak, and in some places incredibly forced. I mean, how many times can you yell about how much you want to believe?

Oh, one last thing. What's up with Skinner's beard? It looks weird. He has #WeirdBeard

That's my rant over now. I have read that the second episode should be better. Let's see.

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I canNOT wait to get this! Wish I could pre-order, but it doesn't show on Amazon yet. :-/

Apparently there is going to be a new Tarroka deck you can buy separately. I still have my original Tarroka deck from the old Ravenlift 2ed boxed set.

Little-known fact: there is a great, simple and fun trick taking game designed for the Tarroka deck and published in one of the Halloween issues of Dragon magazine long ago. I will have to dig it out and ask the original author if I may post it!
 
I LOVE this artwork. Can't wait for this one!
A classic Dungeons & Dragons villain rises from the grave in the new storyline, Curse of Strahd. Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Curse of Strahd, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in Castle Ravenloft and the surrounding land of Barovia. Written in collaboration with Tracy and Laura ...
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Just saw it and preordered! 
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