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Robin Laws
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Ken and Robin talk d20 Cthulhu, piracy, setting clichés and True Detective: 
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There is only one valid answer to the question "Is True Detective Amazing"
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I'll be running #Hillfolk and #fengshui2 at Chimériades, May 8-11 at France's Château de Buoux: 
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 Great author after great author, Jonathan. Your coming was a wonderful time for us. Maybe you can lend your rhino khan costume to Robin? ;)
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Animator shows how much fun click-reward games are by building Lego robot to do the clicking: 
An artist has produced a Lego Technics robot that plays free-to-play iPad games while he sleeps
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+Shawn McMahon The freemium games that I have tried (and again, a small sample) were one of: immediately unfun or not to my taste, in which case I got rid of them; or significantly disadvantaged compared to those where people would spend money, which eventually made them unfun, in which case I got rid of them; or free ones where it cost a small amount to upgrade to a paid version without ads or whatever, in which case I sometimes bought them, if they were fun enough.

When I took a flyer, I have gotten the bait-and-switch a few times but I have strategies for dealing with that. Is there a free-to-try version? Can I try the version of someone who has bought it? What about reviews?

As an unfair comparison, consider tabletop games. (This is unfair because they generally cost tens of times what an app does, and that makes a difference.) How often do you buy a game without playing it or asking someone about it or reading a review? For me, rarely.
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Oh crap, last Friday the 13th I stepped on a crack while a black cat crossed my path, and I ducked under a ladder. I better cross my fingers, turn my clothes inside our, and hold my lucky rabbit's paw while going to the astrologer. 
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No more Mr. Nice Designer. +Matt Forbeck tears Monopoly a new one. 
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I must have a different experience than the people who speak of the auction mechanic.  When I played the game, everyone bought everything they landed on until a few rounds in,  the possibility of an auction never came up, and then nobody had the money left for any purchases.  Then whoever got the best properties out of the gate started their unstoppable march to victory.    If you opted not to buy some of the properties you landed on, it let you laugh off the first dozen times you paid rent but then you had almost zero income except for passing 'Go'.   Your opponents chipped away at your nest egg until they had all the money you had been saving and then took what few properties you had, and you were out.  It was inevitable, I probably played the game a hundred times as a kid and nobody who skipped a property purchase in the first three times around the board ever won.
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 Stone Skin Press announces upcoming 21st Century Bestiary, edited by Heather Wood: 
Few tomes are as magical as bestiaries, those encyclopedias of real animals, mythological creatures, and everything in between. From Aristotle to Pliny the Elder, from Saint Isidore of Seville to A...
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The most English sentence I'll read all day: 
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The Birds: how Pete chooses the targets of his contempt: 
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Mongolia's post-Soviet shamanism revival:
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A demon island established in the 1st edition now has Hong Kong Disneyland built on it. #fengshui2
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That just sounds apt, I can see there being loads of fun in that.
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Writer and game designer Robin D. Laws brought you such roleplaying games as Ashen Stars, The Esoterrorists, The Dying Earth, Heroquest and Feng Shui. He is the author of seven novels, most recently The Worldwound Gambit from Paizo. For Robin's much-praised works of gaming history and analysis, see Hamlet's Hit Points, Robin's Laws of Game Mastering and 40 Years of Gen Con.
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