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Three teens I knew (students of mine from 2004-5, I think) were running away. I decided to join them, with the intention of notifying their parents of their whereabouts. They left at dusk, on foot, following roads over wooded hills.

We stopped in at a Catholic church where Mass was underway. The priest made some snarky comments about our late arrival - it turned out the service was almost over. I approached him afterward to explain and apologize. He cut me off, saying, "I know, you didn't want to fill out the survey, right?" No, I said, we didn't know anything about a survey; in fact, we hadn't even known this church was here until we arrived in the area and decided to drop in. That changed his tune. He apologized for his earlier remarks and welcomed us to the parish.

We continued forward. I kept an eye on my phone, making sure I had enough battery charge to call parents later, and checking out the local portals in Ingress. There were a surprising number of them for an area with such low population density, and many had been claimed by a third faction whose portals appeared red on the scanner. Most were very weak, though; perhaps it had been been a while since any other players passed through.

We came to an apartment complex opposite a high school. A friendly family at the apartments invited us in for some food, but one of my companions was wary. That school was right across the street. If we stuck around, would he be expected or forced to attend? The whole point of this endeavor was to escape such things. So we moved on.

On the road again, now dark, I spotted my parents driving up the mulch-covered path in a beat-up old sedan. I waved them down and hopped in. Dad hailed one of the kids, driving alongside. "Are you walking? Wouldn't you rather drive?" The teen, annoyed, stated that they were purposely going on foot. "But do you know about the stacking technique?" Dad pressed. If they lashed a mattress to the top of the car, it would carry several more passengers. 
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Epic was hosting a major games convention (maybe Gen Con?), and had gone all out on it, to the level of building an entire themed campus for the purpose. Features of the event included:

* Roleplaying characters for each participant, which developed based on what activities you attended. Some people played multiple characters, an idea that baffled me. There was too much for one character to do, much less two or three!

* Monitors around the convention space with maps and advertisements. Sometimes when you approached one, it would start a little scenario with multiple choice touch-screen options, your responses to which would develop your RP character further. For instance, I chose to approve of a romance between a genteel cat-person and his kitsune girlfriend, which tagged me as being tolerant of interspecies love.

* Hotel rooms situated within the convention center itself, with water features and the ability to have purchases and con materials delivered there while you were out and about. The noise made it difficult to sleep, though.

* A set of "keys" - painted wooden tiles punched and bound on a ring - with clues on them. Presenting the correct key at a booth would earn special access. A few keys were associated with timed "Hopes," which if you were among the first few people to present the key at the right time and place, could score cash prizes up to $7500.

* On-site car repairs. When you brought in your vehicle, you removed the license plate and gave it to the mechanic. When the car was ready, they would hang the plate on the wall outside their booth.

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My cultural and pop-cultural literacy sports a number of glaring gaps. I've never seen Casablanca, Citizen Kane, or Psycho. I didn't listen to much music until high school, and even then and since it never became a lasting habit. And though I saw a scene or two as a kid before being shooed away from seeing things too scary for my age, I haven't watched the Alien movies.

It's a cause of some bemusement, lately, encountering remakes and spinoffs, sequels and prequels to works that one would reasonably expect me to be familiar with but that I have only a secondhand knowledge of. Misha's watching the Psycho prequel/reimagining "Bates Motel," and I nod sagely at taxidermy-related foreshadowing... I think I was spoiled on something about that once, but don't really remember. I've started playing "Alien: Isolation" with Misha spectating, and it's a testament to the game's design that I feel its dread mood despite not knowing the film scenes it's echoing and emulating.

Or perhaps that's all just how culture works: we absorb a sense of these things via constant reference and polite pretense, until but for specific details we might as well have seen the works in question. There's a term in postmodernism for that, isn't there? 
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Our whole gaming table needs this app.
Forest is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work.
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I could totally run this on one tablet and phone, while still using another tablet and phone for everything else. We're going to need a bigger table. ]:)>
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A mini (just 1 page) Dungeon Starter, inspired by The Banner Saga with a sprinkling of Battlestar Galactica and Mistborn: The Final Empire.
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Had a dream that the rat-folk and dragons invaded our world, but our heroes' goal was not to fight them off. Instead we sought to discern their needs and befriend them.
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This sounds like the basis for a fun RPG.
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N00b (l2) at Epic - home is Monona
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it's all good :)  Get you in very soon.  Welcome to the team! ~SansasRevenge
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New blog post!
Some years back, I heard an NPR segment about students defying gender norms, including such odd approaches as insisting that one's gender was "truck" and should thus be referred to with pronouns li...
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Interestingly, as much as religion messed me up as a kid, I don't recall it having much effect on my sexual development, which is weird if you think about it. Although I only went to catholic school briefly and then was raised protestant most of the rest of the time, maybe they're less overtly hinky about sex stuff.
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Every time I think, "It's late March. How bad could it be out there?", Wisconsin sees fit to answer the question. I step out to fetch gyros for the NOC, get blasted with icy wind, and discover my driver's side door frozen shut with an eighth of an inch or so of ice. Sheesh.

In dreamworld news, apparently my unconscious mind wants "Darkest Dungeon." Last night's adventures were nothing more nor less than a mental simulation of DD gameplay as I understand it from forum posts and YouTube videos.
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In like a lamb, out like a lion.
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+Joseph Thomas, I bet this would be of use to you!
Dungeon Painter is a powerful rpg map design tool. Scene Viewer is a free encounter mapping tool that you can embed into forum or blog posts
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Ohhh interesting. Anything that speeds up prep time is worth a look!
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New blog post! (Yeah, it's more GamerGate, but it touches on a broader cultural topic.)
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Game over: a point-by-point dismantling of every phase of #GamerGate's nonsense.
What Is GamerGate? It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi. Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really? GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers...
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What Is GamerGate?

It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.

And the writing fizzes and crackles well enough to keep you reading to the end. Great stuff!
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