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Pete Schwab
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Takes me back to my high school years. 
Julia Nash is raising funds for WAX TRAX! RECORDS: Monumentary on Kickstarter! The true story of how two men took a family of queers, punks & criminals on a ride, accidentally changing music along the way.
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I wrote an editorial on video game addiction for the RedEye here in Chicago. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, thanks to the talented editors there.
There have been a few times in my life when I’ve been caught off guard by how drawn into video games I can become. The first time I can remember having that feeling was when I was 11 ;or 12.
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If you're going to be in Chicago for Free RPG Day, come check out a game I'll be running at Wanderer's Refuge. I'm taking the song 'The Court of the Crimson King' and smashing it together with "The Wizard of Oz", hopefully to good effect. I'll have some pre-generated level 2 DCC characters, but feel free to bring your own.

TIME: 1PM 6/20/15
ADDRESS: 4546 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60625‎

Be there or be square!
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If anyone from the DCCRPG G+ group shows up, please feel free to identify yourself. It's always fun to put faces to names. 
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Form 1040 is the worst role-playing game character sheet I've ever seen.
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The 1040EZ form is the real rules light version.
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Love the cover page feature! Great work, Jon!
 
Argh! The tools I create seem to always involve far more fixing of fiddly bits than in implementing major fun-stuffiness, but I'm happy to announce that the Sorcerer's Grimoire is at long last available for testing!

During last year's pledge drive to help support the free Purple Sorcerer Tools, folks voted on which tools they'd like to see me work on in the coming year, and the Sorcerer's Grimoire was the clear favorite. The Grimoire creates dynamic DCCRPG spellbook PDF's for you to print out, adjusting text size and spacing on the fly so that every spell fits on a single page. You can choose the spells yourself, or have the tool randomly select spells based on your caster's level and appropriate stat. You can do the same with Mercurial Magic, or have the script ignore it altogether.

Many design decisions have been made to conserve space since the number one goal of the project was to keep each individual spell on a single page. I played with lots of fancy layouts, but eventually ended up with a simple look to obey this prime directive. Physics dictates that really wordy spells require pretty small fonts, but hopefully folks will still find them readable. :)

If you notice any strangeness let me know: particularly spell results that run on past the available space.

As many of you know, I've struggled with health issues of late, but my trusty iPad Air (which the pledge drive helped me purchase) allowed me to keep working during the worst stretches. (This is the first project I've completed beginning to end using my tablet and bluetooth keyboard.)

I am a bit beat pushing this out the door, so I might be a while before I update things, but Patrons are on the way, including patron-specific Invoke Patron results and spells.

As always, thanks to the amazing folks at Goodman Games who support community tools like the Grimoire and who make DCC a delight to develop for.

Take care everyone. I hope you find the Sorcerer's Grimoire useful! 
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Thanks Pete. I'll eventually be adding some customization options to the cover page as well.
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Marmalade Dog 20!

First off and straight away, I want to thank all the awesome people who took part in our local con. Without you, we would have had no OSR track, and no non-stop killer gaming! A special thank you to the intrepid judges, castle keepers, dungeon & game masters who braved the icy roads and took the hours of time to prepare games for all the blessed players who had the opportunity to play in their sessions! A heartfelt huzzah to +Shane Harsch +Larry Hamilton +Jared Randall +Pete Schwab +Laura Rose Williams +Mike Carlson +Eric Piper 
 and last but not least +Adam Muszkiewicz representing the +Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad  - you all rock!

While I cannot exceed what sentiments that Larry wrote in his blog, Follow Me and Die!; (Check it out at http://followmeanddie.com/2015/02/09/marmalade-dog-20-2015-post-con-write-up/) I will add that I could not be happier with the level of satisfaction that came from all who played, ran, or just stopped to share a story for a moment; this was all a collaborative effort and phenomena! Tales of our exploits will be shared, and interest will be peaked in our new track. It goes without saying, I look forward to seeing you all back next year, and at another local con again. I know those who couldn't make it this year will be coming next year, so expect more gaming on the schedule!

As we are ramping up to GaryCon next month, please don't hesitate to send any feedback to myself about the track, booth, and ideas for games for next year. If you have any feedback about the con, and what they could do to improve; please send them an email via the contacts posted here: http://www.wmgg.org/contact.php

Game On!

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#freerpgday at Wanderer's Refuge here in Chicago was a success. I learned some important lessons about what I need to work on for the next time I run my Court of the Crimson King adventure, but the players had a good time learning about spell burn and other DCC madness. Special thanks to +Jon Marr for the character generator - I nominate the Purple Sorcerer for the DCCMVP of Free RPG Day!
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My review of the latest Destiny expansion pack, House of Wolves, is up on MMORPG.com.
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Hello all! This is a little review I wrote of +Carl Bussler 's Well of Souls, which I ran at a local comic book shop here in Chicago last month. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear other people's experiences running it as well.
I will be discussing the content of the module in his review, so prospective players should probably not read it. Well of Souls by Carl Busseler is a very nicely produced (I highly recommend picking up a physical copy) 0-level funnel for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game. The textured card stock and lovely, simple cover create an excellent feeling of excitement and adventure. The interior design feels meticulously laid out...
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If I remember correctly it would have helped if something we encountered previously gave a us a clue to the riddle. We had a bunch of rumors and bits of info but none of it applied. And, if I have characters with 8 intelligence and lower I wouldn't even try to figure that shit out for sake of roleplaying. Chances are among zeros you'd have someone clever enough though. 
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I haven't had a chance to give the free tracks a listen yet, but the premise sounds intriguing.
Two of the band's aquatic-themed tunes are available for free download
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writer, gamer, techno magician.
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I work at the Chicago Tribune applying techno karate chops to computer-related issues in the photography department. I also enjoy gaming, watching movies, and blogging about both here and here.
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I toppled some nasty outer space wizard in Michael Curtis' "The Tower Out of Time", once.
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Photo Technology Supervisor
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