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I have become convinced that Google is trying to kill Google+.

Huge ugly red bar at the top, randomly switching things around just to aggravate people and removing functionality again. What the hell Google? I want my chat on Google+! That's the primary reason I use it!
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Then don't! Just leave it as is!
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Well.  We can officially say that one of the leading GOP Presidential candidates is a flip flopper on the issue of dildos.  This has been a weird year.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/ted-cruz-says-he-wont-ban-dildos-if-he-becomes-president?utm_term=.kmrYARJKj9#.aiZVw84aJ2
"What people do in their own private time with themselves is their own business and it's none of government's business."
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I would think you'd want to take a firm position on dildos.  Rigid, even.
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Realized I forgot to share this here.   It's kind of an RTS/Deckbuilding/LCG card game.  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sirlin/codex-2

I'll be backing at the Deluxe level.  Whether or not you decide you want in, I'd love to play some games with it when I get it.  Some really interesting and fun mechanics.
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For anyone who wants to know - Fireworks restrictions in the valley this year.
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This is just unique enough that I think I may get into it.  Anyone else getting in?

http://www.arenarex.com/

Love the mechanics, the unique setting, the simple but deep rules we have seen, the fact that it seems to be pretty easy to set up and play and doesn't require a huge buy in, either in time or money.  Just a whole lot about it seems very interesting - particularly as a side game or low investment game. 
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I'm still hoping in the little dark corners of my mind to get people interested in playing Heavy Gear one day.
I'm not holding my breath, though. 
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So, finally got around to seeing the Nic Cage movie Season of the Witch. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and bump it up the list.

Went into it thinking I was going to enjoy a cheesy bit of B movie Nic Cage. Instead, I got a shockingly deep plot, with many twists and turns, lots of actual moral ambiguity and surprisingly decent acting.

Highly recommend this movie. I was very impressed.
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He’s already played a rebooted RoboCop and will next be seen as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad, but now Joel Kinnaman—a Swede whose big U.S. break was cop drama The Killing—is returning to the small screen. He’s set to star in Netflix’s series Altered Carbon, an adaptation of Richard Morgan’s gritty cyberpunk classic.
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So, partially inspired by Darker than Black, watching Lucifer lately and partially inspired by shitty advantage/disadvantage systems in RPGs and how they tend to every once in a while result in oddly crippled protagonists, I actually had an idea for a setting.

In the setting, all super powers come from the same place.  Including super sciency type stuff and everything.  A being of great mystery and power has agents throughout the world and offers deals for power.  The greater the sacrifice, the greater the level of power.  In RPG system terms, the only way to get points to spend on super powers is to make sacrifice in equal terms.  

Want super strength?  Maybe you have to give up an arm for it.  Already a phenomenal fighter?  Maybe accept a minor issue like an mild addiction or being OCD in return for a minor bit of a power that you can use well.

Obviously you would have the incredibly powerful villain who became a quadriplegic in return for some sort of potent reality manipulation.  

The key differences between this and other super hero settings is that it is 100% intentional.  It is not random, it is not thrust into the hands of those who don't want it - though I imagine there are a fair few who don't actually want it but feel they have to take it.  There is also the angle of what this mysterious being's goals are and why he is doing it - but I likely wouldn't focus on that aspect of it.  I'd prefer the story to focus on the individuals and their choices.  What drove you to choose that particular ability?  What were you willing to sacrifice and why?
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Years ago, before the prequels had come out and in spite of the vast majority of material available in the Expanded Universe, there was a theory that this was how the Force worked in Star Wars. That everything we saw from Obi Wan, Luke, Vader, and Yoda were powers granted to them due to the sacrifices and struggles each had gone through.
Obi Wan had given up his life as a general and a warrior for the solitude and isolation of the desert, and erased his identity; he could in turn convince people to ignore him or fear him in turn, and implant small suggestions to the minds of those who tried to concentrate on him.
Vader had lost almost everything - his limbs, his ability to survive without his suit, his family and friends - and the Dark Side had given him potent telekinesis, foresight, and the ability to steal his foes very breath.
Yoda was tiny, ancient, and all but forgotten, but he could lift starfighters with his mind.
And at the end, Luke? He'd lost his family, his hand, his quiet life. In return he was given telekinesis, influence over others, and the guidance of friends long gone.

I always liked that interpretation, even if it's wildly at odds with the setting as is now.
I don't know how that would work out in a superhero setting. It would definitely make the players ask a lot of questions about the nature of the source of their powers. 
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Well, this is interesting.  Netflix has done some really awesome stuff, so I definitely have high hopes.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/25/11116702/netflix-perfect-bones-anime-series-ghost-in-the-shell
Netflix's upcoming anime series, Perfect Bones, will be the first original program from the streaming service to air in 190 countries simultaneously, the company announced today. The 12-part show...
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If Production IG is involved and they don't attempt to make it too specifically suited to Western tastes, it'll be fine. Funimation was involved with the production for DIMENSION W and it's doing okay, so far. 
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So, just had the craziest idea for a Shadowrun campaign.  I wonder if I'll ever be able to put it into practice?  If not, I hope somebody can use it.

You know how there's always the crazy sadistic type player out there who just kills for fun?  And sometimes you have to teach consequences to such a player?

Well, flip it on it's head.  There is a bounty hunter/assassin that takes sick pleasure in his kills, torturing them before finally killing them.  Really ruthless sadistic bastard.  However, very good at what he does.  Almost a ghost, but a real legend in the shadows.  The kind of guy that gives killers nightmares.

The players?  They are people who have had loved ones, partners, family, etc that were killed by the guy.  The campaign is figuring out a way to get revenge.  You have a lot of detective work, sleuthing, contacts, certainly some fighting, likely have to deal with security systems.  Do you set up a trap or try to hit him where he lives?  Do some in the group want to just end him, or do some want to get more poetic justice?

Seems like it would be a great campaign. 
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Am I getting old if it seems like every UI redesign that has happened in the last year or two has been a downgrade - making things more fancy but less usable.

It is especially demoralizing given that Google started out by being the more straightforward and simple interfaces.
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I hardly log in anymore. It isn't so bad on an organizational level. I can still find things in a very quick measure.  It seems to be the box like design that WinMetro is going for.
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Anyone checked out the games by these guys?  Seem kind of unique - http://www.on-the-lamb.com/content/

An anthropomorphic skirmish game and what looks to be a heavily Final Fantasy Tactics inspired fantasy game.
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The models are ugly, really ugly.  Still, kind of a nifty idea.
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