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River Williamson
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It's been a few weeks since +David LaFreniere's giving dream posts.

This week I've been thinking a lot about the voices of our community members. Voice has a strong role here. The podcasts, of course, but Hangout games are a primarily audio medium.

I'm giving a dream to +Richard Rogers and +Doyle Tavener for their rich, smooth, full voices. They are great at conveying "shit got real" when they GM.

I'm giving a dream to +David LaFreniere and +Jason Cordova for their economy and expressiveness. In character, they can say so much with a word or two.

I'm giving a dream to +Lowell Francis for his voice of authority and contemplation.
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+Jason Cordova Awww! That's awesome! I'm having a blast, and I'm glad I can add some games to the line-up!
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"The snakes recoiled in fear at the sight of his (chiseled) one-eyed bone snake."
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A swift kick to the feels.
 
Hey folks, have a 200 word RPG about leaving home and slowly destroying everything around you 
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Goddamn.
 
A cartoon about the wage gap by me and Becky Hawkins .

If you like it, please share it!

Read more cartoons! www.patreon.com/barry

Here's some info about how Becky and I split up the work, if you're interested in "making of" stuff: https://www.patreon.com/posts/6107370

#feminism #wagegap #secondshift
Official Post from Barry Deutsch: I'm really fond of this cartoon. I think it came out well.The Making Of...This was a collaboration between myself and Becky Hawkins, with an uncredited assist from Dollars and Sense Magazine editor Alejandro Reuss. Here's how it happened: I wrote the first draft of the cartoon, and drew stick-figure
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Of course if you work fewer hours, you get paid less. Women do more chores than men, but the gap is narrowing: https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_images.jsp?cntn_id=111458v
Only the dumbest wage gap statistics don't hold hours worked constant. The main reason why women earn less is job choice. Women pick fields that pay less than men, generally speaking. Bullshit like this: http://www.theonion.com/article/new-stem-education-initiative-inspires-girls-to-ea-36126
pisses me off because it encourages women to give up on STEM when in fact the STEM wage gap is narrower than other industries. http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/womeninstemagaptoinnovation8311.pdf
If people really wanted women to make more money, they would encourage them to enter the STEM fields not discourage them.
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We played Sorcerers and Sellswords this past Monday. It went well, and it went gonzo pretty quickly.

The game took place in alternate Hawaii. A society of coral-dwelling merfolk were holding a banquet in the party's honor, because they'd rid the island of an invasive lizard people. Before too long, the shapeshifter discovered the princess of the clown anemone merfolk was missing from her anemone throne. The only clue was a pendant of the lizard folk. The lizard folks' pendants could only be given willingly--otherwise it'd reduce to ash. This only further mystified the party, and angered the clown anemone king.

Long story short, the pyromancer set off the volcano to force the cross-species lovers out of hiding. The shapeshifter had to rescue the lovers from lava and boiling water. The fighter accidentally invented surfing to escape the lava. The rest of the party found a high spot to wait out the lava.

Once they brought the princess back, we held a round of epilogues. The lovers eventually brokered a peace between the two societies. The party set up the islands as their vacation spot, and started inviting humanoids from the continents. The influx of tourists doomed the delicate environment both societies needed for their survival. (Hey, the party picked doomed as their flaw, so that was my interpretation).
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Totally. I'm just awful at running fantasy, and one shots are a good workout for those muscles.
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+Richard Rogers ran Cat for us tonight, and it was most excellent. I played a hairless, aloof older cat. Pam played a cute, social cat. John played the intrepid, tough-guy tom.

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Cat: Revised. The Boogeyman is still under the bed. Bloody Mary is still in the mirror. All your childhood fears are alive and well, looking for you. And your only guardian... is Mister Whiskers. Cat: A Little Game about Little Heroes is a game about housecats protecting their owners from ...
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A successful test means the player of the cat says what their cat does.
If the player succeeds "with style", they can choose to alter things outside what their cat did. (EX: not only did Furball make the jump, that stupid dog ran face first into the stove, and now he's stunned, so I get away!)
That "Style" can be used to boost later rolls rather than change narration, like your play of it, +Aleksandra Sontowska 
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Quite, quite safe.
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Hugely important.
 
Johnathan McIntosh's new series is great 101. It should be in high schools. This one's on Toxic Masculinity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gha3kEECqUk
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Hillary for president. ..mens are becoming bitches....



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  • DonQuiSoft
    Senior Software Developer, 2015 - 2016
  • BD - Becton Dickinson
    Senior Software Engineer, 2011 - 2015
  • Transportation Management Solutions
    Software Engineer, 2007 - 2011
  • River Williamson, LLC
    Founder, Lead Developer, 2016 - present
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