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I'm writing a play, a murder mystery for Stagecoach Productions.  While I've done similar things, I've never written an entire 2 hour script by myself.  I've finished the start and end of the first act, and now I have to figure out what goes in between....
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This I almost think I could help with. Unfortunately, I'd be bringing Dramatica to bear on it.
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We have recently started using git as our version control system at work.  There is a bit of a painful learning curve involved with git, but luckily, one of my cow-orkers made a handy git reference tool.  It is especially enjoyable if you have tried to figure out how to do something by looking at the git man pages.

http://www.antichipotle.com/git/
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Yes. We've also looked at real git links.
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Tonight might be the first time in years that L and I went out to see a movie that was neither animated nor based on a comic book.  I felt so grown up!
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Hm.  Dammit.  OK, so this is the first non-cartoon, non-comic movie we've seen since then.  Oh wait, does Knights of Badassdom count?    I give up.
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I haven't talked about New Dog for a while.  That's her in the back.  She and Old Dog have decided the Best Place To Be in the house is under my desk where I like to put my feet.

New Dog is still a handful.  We have to watch her when she goes outside since poop is still her favorite snack food and she will pee in the house if we're not home (although she seems to be 100% housebroken when we are home).  Also, no pillow, blanket, or pair of socks is safe when she is around.

She still doesn't entirely trust me, but will let me pet her and will occasionally come to me for scritches, especially when I'm lying down.  So progress.
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New dog actually let me pet her at the last game day. Admittedly, she did nip me once, but I did startle her first.
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This may be the wrong place to ask.  Does anyone out there know of a web browser for iOS tablets that will actually honor the autoplay attribute of the html audio tag?  I've tried 3 so far with no luck.  (This is NOT for a public website, but for a live roleplaying game which needs audio to start up to alert people that something bad has happened.)
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so mote it be
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Hey, what are you doing this Halloween?  Yeah, I know that it's a long way away and all, but I gotta think about the future.  I'm doing this:  http://www.gameradventures.com/darkwaters.htm

I'll be running two Dread based larps on the cruise (because the high seas are the perfect place for a game of Jenga), but there is room for many more larps.  They are looking for horror themed larps in particular, but I'm sure they'd consider anything.  Or just come play and relax and be nice and warm in October.
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I'll reply to any of these queries privately.
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In a recent "how are we doing" phone call with Mayday Games, I mentioned that they were heads and tails better than every other game company I've worked with as they have not stopped returning my phone calls and seem to actually be working on the game.

However, that was factually incorrect.  There was one other company that did actually return my phone calls and publish the game.  So thanks Skotos, for being a good guy.
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Time Sensitive:  If you have ever played my card game Meteor, and want playtester credit, reply or pm me now.
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Sure
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Play more games!
 
This is a post about LARP theory, but I’m going to start by talking about improv comedy.  In improv, one of the things you need to do to get better is push yourself out of your comfort level.  Do you hate doing impressions?  Do them!  You like short, get to the joke scenes?  Try some long form.  Play a character with some risk in it.  Explore some situations that would otherwise make you hesitate.  Try new things.  It will only help you in the long run.
 
A long time ago, I created the five stages of larper(1).  They are still true today, but I wish they weren’t.  Most larpers, the vast majority, have a favorite larp or a favorite larp scene they enjoy and just aren’t interested in trying anything else.  Maybe you’re like that.  Maybe you only play in a specific campaign larp.  Maybe you only go to the local larp convention.  Well, the sad fact is that you are stunting your growth as a larper.
 
You need to try new things.  You need to see what else is going on out there.  It’s easy to make fun of larps you don’t play in, but without trying them, you’re no better than a little kid who won’t eat their vegetables(2).  Look, it’s ok to not like specific kinds of larps; there are some larp types that I just haven’t taken a shine to myself.  But you need to try them, and you need to respect the people who play them.  Their larp is just as valid as yours.
 
And this is even more important if you write and run games.  The best, hands down best, way to become a better game designer is to play games.  Seeing what live combat games were doing in the 90s helped my theater –style games and I’ve been learning more from the Nordic scene as well.  Play more games!  It will make your games better.
 
And finally, I want to talk about cross pollination and communities.  I believe that cross pollination – people who try out multiple larps – is vital for larp communities.  As a larp community, you need to not just accept and welcome new people from other larp scenes, you need to seek them out and bring them in.  I realize I just have anecdotal evidence, but I can think of two larp communities that are thriving due to cross pollination, and one that did well due to the cross pollination efforts of some of its members but quickly died due – in part – to the lack of cross pollination efforts from its leadership.
 
Look, there’s a lot of larp going on out there.  In America we have the Living Games Conference, Intercon, Wyrd Con, Dreamation, and innumerable local larp events.  Internationally, there’s even more.  Just try one.  Just one.   Take a chance.  You will meet new people, learn new things, make new friends, and grow as a larper and as a person.  It’s easy, oh so easy, to be content with your local larp group, but you need, you really need, to try new things, to expand.   Do it!  You’ll thank me later.
 
 
 
(1) 1. Ours in the ONLY LARP. (This was far more prevalent before the Internet).
2. Ours is the best LARP. (The larper has a strong attraction to the game he started playing and just assumes that all others are inherently inferior. MANY LARPers never get past stage two.)
3. There are other LARPs out there, but I prefer this one. (The LARPer has recognized that the "bestness" of his LARP is due to personal preference. The rest of the majority of LARPers hit this stage and stop).
4. I enjoy playing many different LARPs. (This one is rare, but is becoming more common. You may find someone who will play, say Vampire and Cthulhu Live, or two different types of boffer LARPs. You'll still find damn few people who will play Mind's Eye Theatre and NERO).
5. I not only enjoy many different LARPs, I actively seek out and try to find new LARPs to play to expand my experience. (Very rare).
(2)This is either ironic or hypocritical, I suppose, but you still can’t make me eat broccoli.
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Trey - I do love NPCing! Done so for Realms, and once for Endgame, which was great - nice mix of some exhilerating running around, and some roleplaying when they need real characters! I do also approve of cross-polination.
Interestingly, Realms was actually my first LARP experience, and I thought at the time I was more into the foam sword fighting than the roleplaying.
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ok tech savvy internet friends, I want a device (or two devices) that would act as a live streaming camera and an earbud/receiver that would both connect to a celphone.  Basically, I want the camera to be attached to the person's head (like a helmet cam) and the earbud to be in the same person's ear, but let them video chat with some people elsewhere.  Those people would see what is on the streaming camera, and could hear what the phone person hears.

And I want it to cost less than $100 (sorry, no google glass).  Would something like this work http://www.thetelecomspot.com/logitech-inc-logitech-mobile-pack-b910-hd-720p-webcam-bh870-wireless-bluetooth-headset-bundle.html?origin=product-ads&gclid=CM7h76zw-7wCFYdFMgodPloALw or am I missing some spec that I'd need?

Thanks.  And yes, this is for a larp.  If I can get it working, I'll bid it for Intercon O.
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ok, helmet mount for smartphone it is.  Probably the easiest solution.
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I listen to geeky music.  I program computers.  I do improv comedy.  I am an award winning live action roleplaying game author.  I own a fiji mermaid.
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