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Stephen Newton
Works at Dolby Laboratories
Attended San Francisco State University
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Christmas in July
I suppose I should let you all know, that I too am participating in RPGNow's annual Christmas in July sale. 

http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/3769/Thick-Skull-Adventures

BTW, in the interest of full disclosure for the Frugal Gamer: I traditionally mark down all the PDFs 2x per year - Christmas in July, and Black Friday. So if you miss the savings now, you can always check back as you gorge yourself with bird and stuffing.
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What extra stuff would you like to see in a re-published adventure?
So I'm working on the re-print of Attack of the Frawgs, and as I'm changing format (going to digest size) I may have a couple extra pages for some new material. Out of curiosity, what would you as a Person Who Buys Adventures like to see if you had your druthers?
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More adventure... go bigger!
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New monster(s) appendix
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New patron(s) appendix
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New magic items appendix
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Preview of sequel adventure
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I like the idea of a setting toolkit-- npcs/hooks/sidequests that can be tossed in or discarded as needed.
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Some shots from San Diego Comic-Con! #sdcc
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Jealous!! :-)
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In the building! #sdcc
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Some fine history nerdery in this article 
We tossed aside quite a few letters as our language grew.
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Interesting stuff :)
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Old coin-op video game Rampage being made into a film

So here's the link: http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/37531/dwayne-johnson-to-lead-rampage-film

...and it compels me to make the following points/questions:
1. Holy jeezus, they will make a movie out of anything
2a. I think I should write a blog post of my Top 5 Coin Ops That should be made into a movie (top of my head it would be Dragon's Lair, Gauntlet, Joust, Satan's Hollow and perhaps just to be cheeky, Crazy Climber)
2b. It was recently announced that Steven Spielberg would be directing the movie adaptation of the (brilliant) +Ernest Cline  novel Ready Player One , so (spoiler alert) we may get a chance to see at least a glimpse of some Joust action Acererak riding the buzzard!
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Bone Hoard of the Dancing Horror session report
Some highlights from last night's game. Session report is filthy with adventure spoilers from +Daniel Bishop 's module, so if you haven't played it yet.... you've been warned.
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- the adventure: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/103661/AL1-Bone-Hoard-of-the-Dancing-Horror-DCC

- PCs sought out the dungeon after discovering rumors that there was a secret temple that had the ability to re-grow limbs. (Dwarf had lost all the fingers on left hand in last session--in my campaign, corruption isn't just for wizards.. if your body get's rolled, you get permanent physical damage that cannot be clerically healed--so she was keen to get her hand back to replace this shield that is now permanently welded to her stump.... More on Adventure Hooks later...

- Capricious dice: The party had relatively little problem dispatching the big bad-ass Hoardling at the end (see module cover), but the mighty dwarf died (and was rolled) at the beginning after being over-run by 1-hp leech rats. You never know when your time is up.

- the dancing horror itself is described as this dancing/twirling mesmerizing creature that makes music from its bones in it's back. During this encounter, I made use of YouTubes 30-min track of "Merry Go Round music... added interesting atmosphere

- Fighter attempt to jump a chasm of transmogrifying nacreous fluid which effectively is a vat of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva... almost drowns, comes out looking like The Thing from Fantastic Four (Agility permanently reduced to 2)

- Dwarf realizes the fluid is probably the answer to her Fingerless-Hand Problem - she dips hand into it, which immediately dissolves away all her flesh (6hp dmg), and replaces her hand bones with one from the nearby bone hoard. She now has new skinless hand, but it's made of immovable bone. She is going to paint it gold a-la Jamie Lannister.

- also made use of YouTube's one-hour loop of "Epic Fight Music" when hoardling arrived. Highly recommended for the comedic effect it provided.

All in all, a good and memorable time.

Adventure Hooks Suggestions
Here's my community suggestion that I'm too lazy to implement myself but I think it would be handy. I think we should start adding to the DCC Resources Page of Known Module a couple of one or two liners briefly describing hooks to get into that module. For this adventure it just so happened that i had a dwarf lamenting the loss of her fingers, so I could tweak some of the elements within the adventure to provide a PC motivation, but it might be cool to start foreshadowing future adventure opportunities.
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That cover art is as creepy as all get out.  Love it.
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Gam3rCon Day 2
The group got together and played They Served Brandolyn Red, lots merriment as +Jim Graziano +Mario Torres +Bill Meyer +R.S. Tilton +Dak Ultimak and non-G-plussers Jay, and Caitlin explored, fought, and deal with the supernatural both in-game and in-person (we had a ghost-tour come through mid-game and describe our haunted room... spooooooky....) 
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+Mario Torres that was Caitlin. I loved her attitude during the game :)
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Gam3rCon night one
I couldn't play, but +Jim Graziano and I dropped in on +Dak Ultimak , +Bill Meyer , +R.S. Tilton and Judge +Mario Torres as they plowed through +Daniel Bishop 's The Arwich Grinder. Tomorrow night I'll be behind the judge's screen and post more pix.
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We were hooked up with our own room for games and vending. 
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I've been followed by a bunch of random profiles this week. Did G+ re-introduce the Shared Circle feature while I was asleep?
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Explaining MCC to my mother

I'm not sure if this counts as a session report, but this is  more or less verbatim conversation I had this morning with my mom when I tried to explain to her +Jim Wampler 's upcoming Mutant Crawl Classic system. (Note: Jim gave me permission to re-post this publicly...)

"So, MCC is a role-playing game, like D&D, but fully compatible with the DCC ruleset, but set in a different time period in the far future after the great apocalypse, like Damnation Alley, except the technology before the apocalypse was much more advanced, like Star Trek, and the apocalypse has allowed humans, animals, and plants to mutate, like the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy."
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Did you win? ;-p
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I've one of his other works hanging on the wall near my work desk. This guy's great, IMO.
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Director, Product Management, Dolby Laboratories
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    Director, Product Management, 2011 - present
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    Product Manager, 1998 - 2011
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Thanks for dropping by.

Stuff I typically post about

  • DCC RPG: In my spare time I publish games as Thick Skull Adventures
  • Movies, TV, Books & Retro Games: I was weened on old-school geekery
  • Geekery: History, Cryptozoology, Paranormal nonsense and other fun topics
  • Technology: Mostly related to the day job at Dolby Laboratories working on Dolby Voice and other technology industry stuff.
  • RPG Games: I write RPG adventure games on the side (and if you have to ask what that is, you probably aren’t playing one…)

To be honest, I do more commenting than posting myself.

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Have actually received honest to goodness fan mail for one of my games!
Education
  • San Francisco State University
    Computer Information Systems
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