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Non-RPG post.  A bit long winded.  Short version - I may not be around G+ as much until December.


G+ is not a place I go for political discourse.  Oh so many reasons why, but none of those reasons are relevant in this post.

People do whatever they like with their feeds, I respect that.  If I don't like it, I don't complain.  I may quietly unfollow.  That's my choice.

But, as someone who comes here for my nerdy fix, it is becoming less and less fruitful for me to browse my G+ feed.

I might just browse G+ less often.  I've already been posting less.  I may decide to organize my feed differently.  I haven't decided.

But if you don't see me around, I'm still okay.  I might just be waiting out a neighboring nation's election cycle.

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I don't have a Facebook account. Not my thing. 
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I don't often reshare my own posts this way, but this was a particularly interesting talk. Dustin's experience offers some great perspective on this topic. I will not be surprised to hear his voice on other podcasts as well.
 
New episode! We are joined by +Dustin DePenning to talk about his new game, Synthicide, and the topic of Hobby vs Mass Market games!

For those (like myself) that like to have a peek under the lid of how things work at the high profile game design companies, this one is a particular treat.
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Non-RPG post, but game design related:

So, breaking from my usual style of game, Overwatch looked interesting enough to try out. And it has been so far. Something jumped out at me as I was looking through the setting though.

They have a colourblind mode.

Never seen this in a game before, although I wouldn't be surprised if it has existed. They have different modes for different types of colourblindness, and they are customizable.

Now I actually wasn't having difficulty with colours in this game to begin with, and I started to when I tried this mode, but I really like that the option is there.

The economics of the game industry (video and tabletop) often leaves some gamers behind. I'd love to hear some example you've seen of designers going out of their way for accessibility.


And, incidentally, if you want to join up for a game of Overwatch, hit me up.
Overwatch™ is a team-based shooter where heroes do battle in a world of conflict.
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Yay! :)
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An exciting time, as always.  Good luck to you all.
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Man, it's fucking sad news about Gord Downie.  The Hip were amazing live, and he was an incredible showman.  See the sample below.
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Another new arrival. Soon my players may be able to feel as though they were superhuman.

Basically, as if they were me. 
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Woohoo!
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Question for designers who sell their books in dead tree format:

With an increase in the use of DriveThruRPG's print on demand service, I am wondering if there are still normal print runs done in order to bring games to conventions for sale, or to sell on store shelves? If so, are those done any different?
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Generally, 1000 is an offset minimum run, so you'd want to be confident you can sell 1000 books in 1-2 years.

Pricing is highly variable! I recently priced an offset run for WWWRPG and the per-unit cost was only slightly less than the digital runs I've been doing, but I also didn't shop around so much. I also literally couldnt print it the way I want to through the Drivethru system at the same quality, so digital runs is where I'm at for now.
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Didn't even know this was in the works.  There will have to be some action castle in my future.
 
Action Castle 3 play test next week on Google Hangouts! Wednesday, July 13th at 8pm EST.
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Random RPG though, feel free to disagree.

It seems like RPG design is currently in a quiet stage of progress. Some fantastic ideas are out there, and continue to arise, but a lot of what I'm seeing are ways to better what has been learned before.

Basically, game design seems quiet right now because a lot of new designs I see are intended to be understated. 
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A non-RPG arrival this time. +Levi Kornelsen​'s gorgeous tarot deck. All ready for Hallowe'en readings. 
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This is good news! Knowing that a thing works for me does not always translate to others, so it's good to hear that did.
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Alright, who wants to clean up this one horse galaxy? 
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Yep.  We talked to Ben on the podcast about that one.  In fact, he might be lurking around if you have questions.
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This one has been a long time in coming.  Which is a good thing, as far as games go.  For some time now, I've been anticipating seeing +Caleb Stokes's final product would look like.
Red Markets is game of economic horror, where the world has ended and the rent is still due.
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The development process was shared a lot on RPPR, which I have found really interesting to hear.
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RPG player, typically of the story/indie game preference.  Currently a host on The Tabletop Superhighway, and RPG podcast, and formerly ran a YouTube channel called Emergent Play.

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