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It's not that I'm against the Exploding Kittens kickstarter. I'm a backer of that one, too. It's just a little sad that the EK project has 4.1 million dollars and this project below, which FUNNELS LIFE-GIVING WATER FROM THE ETHER, is struggling to reach 100k.
Warka Water Inc. is raising funds for Warka Water: Each drop counts on Kickstarter! Warka Water captures potable water from the air by collecting rain, harvesting fog and dew for rural communities in Ethiopia.
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I heard SkyMall is going into bankruptcy. Maybe we'll see kickstarter booklets on airplanes soon :-/
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#RPGaDay The most Old School RPG that I own are the AD&D hardbound books -- 6th printing, January 1980. I sort of borrowed and then never returned them from a very cool Catholic priest who used to run AD&D sessions for teens in the rectory meeting room (no priest jokes, he was a good guy). I hope that Mike Ott knows the amazing path of gaming that he set me upon by letting me keep his books.
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Shame! #dice #mouseguard
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You'll be happy to know, +Stephen Conway, that the Spiel die redeemed itself shortly thereafter.
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To parents of school-age kids, or who will have them soon. You need to see what they go through for the sake of bureaucracy.
End of Grade Testing is going on in schools across our country right now (or recently finished).  I administered one on Reading today in a middle school classroom. Here's what it was like: http://www.vintagefolly.com/wp-conte...
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Spoke with a parent of a 3rd grader yesterday who was describing the brutal nature of prep and test at the public MONTESSORI school.

I remember taking lots of end of year tests in elementary  and middle school  (the old Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) but don't remember it being this brutal.
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Y - is for yggdrasil root (Fantasy/Urban Fantasy RPG)

Some claim that yggdrasil root is cut from the Yggdrasil – the “world tree” upon which all other planes of existence are but branches and roots. Others say that it comes from plants that have bloomed in ground stained by blood of a god or elder spirit. Regardless of its origin, this root with veins of blue-silver and red-gold is highly prized for both communication and transportation abilities.

Communication: yggdrasil root, when integrated into either a magical talisman or ground into an ingestible like a potion, allows its user to communicate with …well, nearly anything. Whether you want to understand the motivations of an angry grell or suss out where the Stone Idol of Hiblixias was crafted, this magical ingredient will get you on the right path. Unfortunately a mortal mind, under the influence of such powerful communication and communion magics, can sometimes lose track of the Self amidst the deluge of empathic oneness. If you can keep your focus and identity, it is easy to gather basic motivations, memories, and instinctual patterns from a creature or object. If not, then you might find yourself gaining many of the grell’s less socially acceptable personality traits.

Transportation: No less powerful and dangerous, utilizing yggdrasil root in transportation magics makes moving through the multiverse as easy as forming a mental picture of the place you’d like to go. “Easy” is this case involves connecting to the multidimensional concept of all places in all realities at once, then focusing on the single point amongst all of everything. Again, if you can maintain the willpower to accomplish this task, then the magic of the root will take you to your desired destination – regardless of any physical or magical barriers that protect it. Losing focus, either by becoming swept up in the grandeur of the planes and cosmos or simply by getting distracted with a location from your past that you secretly long for, can mean that you either end up somewhere you didn’t want to go right then …or ending up scattered across everywhere and nowhere at once.

So be careful if you encounter yggdrasil root and any items derived from this potent plant. While the root can work wonders, it can also swallow you in its infinity.


(One to go! Visit my wife's A-Z entry for Y and come back tomorrow for both of our Z's)
When to stand your ground and when to yield. It's one of life's great questions. It's a question we face hundreds of times a day, each time a conflict moment comes. And, if your life involves other people, there is bound to b...
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Good choice of word!
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Because it needs restating until Columbus Day is no more.
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Happy Bartolomé Day!
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#RPGaDay Day 6: My favorite RPG that I never got to play... Just one? Seriously? Do you know how many underplayed RPGs I own?

Okay - my gut response is Nexus: The Infinite City. Robin's Law's cross-dimensional game of what would really happen if Planescape were a place. Running battles across a dozen realities while smuggling computer chips that may become spell scrolls two streets down and thought crystals at their destination. That is Nexus. A city that is both nowhere and everywhere. I want to play it so much!

With Feng Shui getting another edition and The Strange poised to be big – who knows? Maybe we'll see a reboot of Nexus: The Infinite City sometime.
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#RPGaDay Most recent RPG purchase: I found a lightly used copy of the TSR Marvel RPG with the cards still in shrink for $15 at a local game shop. Yeah.
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#RPGaDay Day 3: I'm not entirely sure what was the first RPG that I purchased with my own money. The Christmas after I first got into D&D my parents got me the Red Boxed Set. Now I didn't have to rely on the neighbor kids to play D&D! I read those booklets over and over, including the stuff that was too mathy for my young brain (or for my brain at any age, as I later found).
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#RPGaDay Days 1 & 2:  The first RPG I ever played and GM'd was AD&D - the first hardcovers. We had no idea what we were doing, since most of us were around 7 or 8. I was told that a pole arm was a gauntlet with a pole attached to the wrist. We fought and destroyed Tiamat. Regularly. It was awsome.
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How old is the skinny GM in this story?
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Last 30 minutes on this one. Pretty good pricing, considering it includes international shipping.
4-Sided rollable dice - 3/4 inch ~ 19.05mm Multiple colors with additional designs in the stretch outs. Addons available. Roll that d4.
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Z - is for Zener Lines (Shadowrun RPG)
The band "Zener Lines" has been around since the late 2040's, mostly playing smaller clubs in Tacoma. While their shows were never empty, and local critics praised their grunge-rooted sound, there was never that "something" to push the band big.

This all changed when guitarist Edgar Lance met fellow musician Gerald Montclair while shopping for new strings at Tunefellows Music Shop. The human and ork, respectively, hit it off instantly. In fact, each felt like the other was a long-lost friend. After leaving the store the two went directly to the band's practice space and, by the next day, Montclair was Zener Lines' newest member.
The bond between Montclair and Lance goes beyond friendship: when the two are playing their guitars together, it's as if they are of one mind. Perfect harmonies and complex melodies flow from their instruments without thought or practice. Listeners describe their musical style as "like listening to one person with four arms." When the rest of the band is able to keep up with the pair, the live music they produce is almost hypnotically entrancing. Even recorded, the songs Montclair and Lance have released are taking the music world by storm.
Doctoral students University of Washington's Metaphysics department observed the duo during a recent show and noticed unusual magical fields forming between the guitarists. Two of the students who were at that show are now creating competing PhD treatise on the cause of this effect.
Sharyl Gladeshadow believes that Montclair and Lance are souls who are entwined by fate. No matter how many times they reincarnate across the millennia, they are destined to find each other and "be amazing together."
Ibrahim Haddad, on the other hand, states that the two guitarists are a rare form of physical adept. Unlike other adepts, each man only possesses half of the metamagical talent required to unlock their abilities.

Zener Lines was snatched up quickly after their newfound success by "indie" label Brick Battle Records, which actually is owned through a series of holding firms by Yamatetsu. Other corps are taking strong interest in liberating Zener Lines from their contract – some for the profit potential and others for the unique magical phenomenon the band represents.

(THANK YOU to everyone who read and who commented on any of these posts during the past month. It's been a long time since I wrote this much creative stuff in a row, and I've really enjoyed it. Please visit +Samantha Dunaway Bryant 's "Z" post and stick around for her future blog entries. She's the real writer of the family :-)
A card from a favorite game: Ascension When we describe someone as a zealot, it's not usually a compliment. My imagination conjures up a picture of a wild-eyed, crazy-haired individual, proselytizing on the street with dubiou...
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It's been fun learning more about your gaming world and all its denizens through these posts. We need to find a way to quit our day jobs and play this stuff all day. 
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Tonight the employees turned away two groups (4-5 people each) of new customers, switched off the wifi and turned out the lights without any notice, kicked out the customers who were in the store, and closed two hours early. They said it was due to lack of business, but then why turn away new customers? I think the two guys running the place simply wanted to go home early and not bother with it. I won't go back to a store that treats its customers like that.
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