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A pair of links for you:

http://www.magpiegames.com/2016/07/26/two-minutes-hate/#comment-54362

http://therpgpundit.blogspot.com/2016/07/classic-rant-you-cant-serve-two-masters.html

In both there is much said. Both I agree with. Just I'd let you know to see what you think.
It’s 2002. My hair is purple. I’ve got a tongue ring. My band practices outside the dorms every night, lousy Pearl Jam covers echoing off nearby buildings. Each morning, I awake with just enough ti…
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Agree w/ Pundit in this case and not with +Juan Ochoa (nothing personal). It's great when stories emerge, but the more you try to focus on creating a great story, and make the world super squishy as a result, the less of a core RPG experience you get (immersive, exploratory). If this works for you, great though!
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This is a test. And since it worked I can now fake drop caps. :)
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First Thing I’ll bet that some of you have been thinking that I’m against combat in an RPG at all times. On the contrary, I’m against combat when it isn’t necessary, and makes no sense. As far as I can see, combat should be reserved for when it is…
First Thing. I'll bet that some of you have been thinking that I'm against combat in an RPG at all times. On the contrary, I'm against combat when it isn't necessary, and makes no sense. As far as I can see, combat should be reserved for when it is necessary; when conditions call for it.
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I lost my cellphone and mouse yesterday at the library. Today I got them back from the 4th floor librarian. Call it what you want, it's big enough for me.
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Howdy Folks! I apparently failed a HT roll sometime in the past few days and have been bodily invaded by a sinister malady. I can’t quite tell yet if it’s Bubonic Plague or Ebola, but it’s miserable. Source: Real Life Failed HT Roll – Game Geekery This…
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Taking to the Trees By the middle of the Triassic the dracomorphidae had settle the middle canopy of the Triassic forests. There they faced competition from the early arboreal mammals, but they managed to prosper to some extent. Still they were not all…
Taking to the Trees. By the middle of the Triassic the dracomorphidae had settle the middle canopy of the Triassic forests. There they faced competition from the early arboreal mammals, but they managed to prosper to some extent. Still they were not all that successful, and over time they ...
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I begin anew on "Walking with Dragons".
To Be Honest With You. That's actually the fact that the Earth of Dracos is a fantasy world, and that on Dracos magick works. But I can see where this really wouldn't satisfy some people, so a different point of departure is going to be needed.
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Is the app restricted to anyone system?
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Hey Alan. The app is systemless. You can customize tag labels to suit your genre. The dice roller handles any kind of die including Fudge die. And all your campaign data, well that's all you. :)
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Why do I start at the top?

So I know the limits, and have some idea of the basic framework.

Where do you prefer to start, and why?
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When I was a wee pup, and my players were as clueless as I, we'd start at the outskirts of town, going to an adventure, nothing was set, it'd be randomly made as we played, because who cared about anything other than what was here, right now.

As I matured, and cared more about the actual world around me, I added more, but eventually I understood, that it doesn't matter if you have all the political intrigue, if your players don't care, and it doesn't matter if you use weather systems, if your players don't care..

But then, as I got older, I started to include those things, not because it was important, but because it was already fleshed out from previous campaigns, and I could just casually comment about it, my players could feel that I just made it up on the spot, or that it was plot centric or it was a purposeful distraction, that they needed to ignore to get on with things.. but it turns out that the players do care, but like we care about the world around us.. its real when you know its all there IF you want to look at it, or check on it.. and once that 'safety' is set, then players can actually get immersed into the world, because they CAN watch the weather and know that I'm using a very complex set of rules to have the weather work, they can rely on that for plot, or weather spells, or anything .. if it ever becomes relevant.

I think though, it depends on how much time you have before you are ready to start.. top down, will take ages, bottom up, you can start straight away, but won't be very complex to begin with.
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Then there are times.
First Thing. I'll bet that some of you have been thinking that I'm against combat in an RPG at all times. On the contrary, I'm against combat when it isn't necessary, and makes no sense. As far as I can see, combat should be reserved for when it is necessary; when conditions call for it.
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This should be fun.
 

Finally, after years of work my brother Nick and I are launching the Kickstarter for our new table top rpg, The Magical Land of Yeld. Yeld is a full role playing game set in the world of Modest Medusa. I’m super excited about this.Yeld had been a dream project for both Nick and I for over 5 years. I’m so excited that we’ll have a chance to bring this game to life!

Our game is a bout a bunch of kids from our world who find a secret door that leads to a magical land. Their first journey’s through this door are bright and fun, as they meet strange creatures and get into all sorts of trouble. But one day coming home from their latest adventure the kids discover that the secret door is shut and locked, and they realize that they’re trapped in Yeld forever! The kids learn that if they ever want to escape they’ll have to seek out seven hidden keys, guarded by the dreaded Hunters of Yeld. To challenge the Hunters the kids will need to take on Heroic Jobs, like Oathbreaker, Soul Thief and Witch. If they can defeat each Hunter and win their key they may have a chance to unlock the door home. But they’ll have to do it fast. If any of the kids turn 13 while still in Yeld they’ll become monsters, and they’ll be trapped in the magical land forever!

Yeld is an all ages RPG designed from the ground up for fun, cooperative adventures. If you like role playing games I think you’ll dig it. If you’re not into gaming, I think you’ll still want to check it out. We’re producing a really nice 180+ page full color art book style product loaded with illustrations and comics. There’s so much about Yeld I’ve been wanting to show you all, and this is where it’s going to happen. The book is filled with neat stuff that you’ve only seen glimpses of in Modest Medusa so far. Learn how the Prince came to power. Learn the history of Fairies, Toothfacers, and Pirates. Lots of new info on characters we’ve seen in the comic, like Vargas, Kerrigor, Urano and the Knight of Chains. Learn about Drudge Angels, Oathbreakers, Escape Goats, Tunnel Mummies, Scuba Snakes, Serpent Oracles and so much more. So much cool stuff. Guys! I’m so excited!

The Kickstarter launches this Friday. I hope you’ll consider checking it out!

Thanks,

Jake
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Blacks matter. Just what I said, blacks matter. Until we wake up and accept that black lives will continue to suck.

Your humanity counts for more than physical appearance.
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