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Matthew McFarland
Works at Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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Character Creation: Headspace
Doing chargen for PtbA games is always a little weird, because chargen is designed to happen in a group, but hey. First thing's first, though: What is the Game You Are Most Likely to Give to Other?  Probably one of the ones that I wrote or publish . What Ma...
Doing chargen for PtbA games is always a little weird, because chargen is designed to happen in a group, but hey. First thing's first, though: What is the Game You Are Most Likely to Give to Other? Probably one of the ones ...
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Yeah, gotta be succinct because it's generally just me making these characters (though +Michelle Lyons-McFarland joins me every so often).
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Heroic Game Prep
Meant to do this yesterday and would up peeling roasted green chiles for most of the afternoon, then having POTS issues and crashing on the couch most of the evening. Fuck POTS, man. Most Challenging But Rewarding System You have Learned: Fate. Hands down. ...
Meant to do this yesterday and would up peeling roasted green chiles for most of the afternoon, then having POTS issues and crashing on the couch most of the evening. Fuck POTS, man. Most Challenging But Rewarding System Yo...
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I will not sing along with Old Crow Medicine Show at work. I will not sing along with Old Crow Medicine Show at work. I will not sing along with Old Crow Medicine Show at work. I will not sing along with Old Crow Medicine Show at work.

I HEAR THEM ALL I HEAR THEM ALL....
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Really you can't be blamed for this, OCMS' music is a well-known infection vector. If I even hear a few chords of Wagon Wheel, I'll usually be humming it the rest of the day.
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RPGaDay Continues, also some game notes
Running Feng Shui  in a while and need to take a couple of notes, but first: Your Best Source of Inspiration for RPGs:  My favorite  source of inspiration is the players. I love collaborative games where we get to design elements of the setting together, fo...
Running Feng Shui in a while and need to take a couple of notes, but first: Your Best Source of Inspiration for RPGs: My favorite source of inspiration is the players. I love collaborative games where we get to design eleme...
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GenCon 2016: There Isn't Really a Theme
First thing's first. What Gamer Most Affected the Way You Play?  Ooh, good question. There are a lot  of possible answers here. I think I've gotta say Harvey. Harv was a guy I met in Toledo, and I would up playing in his weird-ass World of Darkness homebrew...
First thing's first. What Gamer Most Affected the Way You Play? Ooh, good question. There are a lot of possible answers here. I think I've gotta say Harvey. Harv was a guy I met in Toledo, and I would up playing in his weir...
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Feng Shui! Biff! Pow!
But first. Best Game Session Since August 2015: Holy shit. Gotta check the archives. I think I gotta choose this one , the finale of our Monsterhearts game. I'm cheating a little, since the game was the closer to a really great series, but it was a pretty e...
But first. Best Game Session Since August 2015: Holy shit. Gotta check the archives. I think I gotta choose this one, the finale of our Monsterhearts game. I'm cheating a little, since the game was the closer to a really gr...
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No More Heroes, pt. 2
First thing's first. Share One of Your "Worst Luck" stories: I'm sure I have  stories like this, but a lot of the games I've been playing lately don't reckon failure the way more trad games do. Oh, wait, I've got one. I was running a game of Chill  in colle...
First thing's first. Share One of Your "Worst Luck" stories: I'm sure I have stories like this, but a lot of the games I've been playing lately don't reckon failure the way more trad games do. Oh, wait, I've got one. I was ...
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Character Creation: Sundered Skies (also RPGaDay)
Bloody day job, making me not able to blog everyday. What Fictional Character Would Fit Best in Your Group?  As tempting as it would be to say Harry Dresden (he's a gamer, after all) I get the sense that he's more a hack-and-slash kind of guy. I think, inst...
Bloody day job, making me not able to blog everyday. What Fictional Character Would Fit Best in Your Group? As tempting as it would be to say Harry Dresden (he's a gamer, after all) I get the sense that he's more a hack-and...
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Feng Shui, if Briefly
But first. Historical Person You'd Like in Your Group? What Game? What does "historical" mean in this context, I wonder? Dead person? Real actual person? Celebrity? Person of historical significance? You know, they say to never meet your heroes because they...
But first. Historical Person You'd Like in Your Group? What Game? What does "historical" mean in this context, I wonder? Dead person? Real actual person? Celebrity? Person of historical significance? You know, they say to n...
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Night's Black Agents: Discussion, then Explosion
EDIT: Forgot I was behind on my #RPGaDay2016 posts. Let's just slot that in! What Game is Your Group Most Likely to Play Next? Why?  Ooh, I like these questions. Well, I have several groups, but the one that's likely to be switching up is my Monday group. P...
EDIT: Forgot I was behind on my #RPGaDay2016 posts. Let's just slot that in! What Game is Your Group Most Likely to Play Next? Why? Ooh, I like these questions. Well, I have several groups, but the one that's likely to be s...
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RPGaDay Catchup
Been lax on this, but now I have a little time. Most Impressive Thing Another's Character Did:  Wow. Lots to choose from. OK, not that I want to give  +Matthew Karafa  a swelled head or anything (since one of this moments showed up on  +Michelle 's list, to...
Been lax on this, but now I have a little time. Most Impressive Thing Another's Character Did: Wow. Lots to choose from. OK, not that I want to give +Matthew Karafa a swelled head or anything (since one of this moments show...
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Feng Shui Prep/RPGaDay#1
Hey, it's August! What does August mean? Well, I was born in August. So that's exciting. I'm turning 42 this year, so I get to be the meaning of life for a year. Also we go back to school in August. Booooo. (I mean, I know the parents reading this are rejoi...
Hey, it's August! What does August mean? Well, I was born in August. So that's exciting. I'm turning 42 this year, so I get to be the meaning of life for a year. Also we go back to school in August. Booooo. (I mean, I know th...
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I thought you meant prep for making characters, but I went and read the post and it was game prep, so never mind me!
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Education
  • Cleveland State University
    SLP, 2005 - 2008
  • University of Toledo
    English/Theatre, 1992 - 1997
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I'm Matt. I wear a black hat. I write games, I help kids communicate. I cook. I pay attention.
Introduction
Matthew McFarland. SLP, working for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Owner/president of Growling Door Games, Inc., which probably sounds more impressive than it is. Writer of lots of RPG books. Proud dad of two awesome kiddos and stepdad of two more. Husband to Michelle, pack alpha to Sephi, Leo and Si.
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I don't want to try and sound like a badass or anything, but I can make impossible pie.
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SLP
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  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    SLP, present
  • White Wolf Publishing
    Developer, 2001 - 2004
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Middleburg Heights, OH
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Toledo, OH - Atlanta, GA
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