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Matthew McFarland
Works at Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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Game Prep II: Return of the Squiggles
Still got a couple of games to prep. "You running Pugmire yet?" So! Iron Edda  and Feng Shui  left to go. Don't peak, players. Feng Shui Last session was  here . Characters need to go forward in time, to the Future juncture, and find Si Borg's notebook. I'm...
Still got a couple of games to prep. "You running Pugmire yet?" So! Iron Edda and Feng Shui left to go. Don't peak, players. Feng Shui Last session was here. Characters need to go forward in time, to the Future juncture, a...
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Headspace: Double Duty
The way Headspace  works is that the Operators are working against corporate projects. One of the things I really like about it is that it asks the players to come up with concrete goals - like, here's what we're doing this session  to thwart this project ,...
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Character Creation: Iron Edda
Call me crazy, but I like making sure I've made characters for games I'm running. The Game:  Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone The Publisher:   Exploding Rogue Degree of Familiarity:  A goodly amount. It's Fate Core/Accelerated, which I know pretty well, and...
Call me crazy, but I like making sure I've made characters for games I'm running. The Game: Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone The Publisher: Exploding Rogue Degree of Familiarity: A goodly amount. It's Fate Core/Accelerated, w...
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Iron Edda: The Bees Are to Blame
Monday was Iron Edda . I think I'm going to have to start instituting "phone breaks" for folks, so they can get their social media fix. These two things are only tangentially related. We begin our story in Byheim. Aegir is by his still, perfecting a new mea...
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Games Notes: Viking, Ho!
Tomorrow I'm running Iron Edda . I should, therefore, figure out what the heck I'm gonna do to these poor folks. I have two sessions to bring out something to resolve. Ride on, Norse Riders! You can find the characters and the setup back here . OK, so, what...
Tomorrow I'm running Iron Edda. I should, therefore, figure out what the heck I'm gonna do to these poor folks. I have two sessions to bring out something to resolve. Ride on, Norse Riders! You can find the characters and the...
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Iron Edda: Bees, Runes, and Disease
Last night we made characters and a holdfast for Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone . I had the pleasure of playing this game at Origins this year, and what really hooked me (aside from the Bonebonded, which are just a fantastic concept) was the holdfast crea...
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Night's Black Agents: The Quickest Op
Quick game of Night's Black Agents  today. I had been planning on stretching this op out for two sessions, rather than just one, but we're not playing again until the end of November so I figured it might be better to have some closure. Last time , the agen...
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Game Prep: Squiggles
OK, I'm running three games in the next three days (counting today) and then another one next Monday and aAAAAHAHAhahahahaAAHAAH I need to do some prep. Got my game face on. Anyway. Running Headspace  today, Night's Black Agents  tomorrow, Feng Shui  Monday...
OK, I'm running three games in the next three days (counting today) and then another one next Monday and aAAAAHAHAhahahahaAAHAAH I need to do some prep. Got my game face on. Anyway. Running Headspace today, Night's Black Agen...
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Chariot: The Rain of Fish
Yesterday, I ran Chariot  in preparation to write a review (if you're gonna review RPGs, you should play or run them first, IMO). It was a lot of fun, and I definitely had the right group. I'm bummed that  +Travis  couldn't make it because I think he'd have...
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Hilariously all the really mad stuff I made up myself :D
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Movie #372: Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War  is the third Captain America  movie, and as such stars Chris Evans and Sebastien Stan. However, it's also basically another Avengers  movie, and as such also stars Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadl...
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I totally agree with all of that, which is rare in any sort of review. 
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Character Creation: Chariot
Well, today was supposed to involve running this game, but I was feeling rather under the weather, so that didn't happen, and then there was drama the likes of which just makes you do a double-take (no, I'm not elaborating publicly), and so now I'm going to...
Well, today was supposed to involve running this game, but I was feeling rather under the weather, so that didn't happen, and then there was drama the likes of which just makes you do a double-take (no, I'm not elaborating pu...
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And btw I love Aumec. He's a really interesting character.

BTW the source material from which I drew suggests that having sex with your mates and when children happen raising them in community is a terrible, fucked up thing, and after reading that critically and stripping out all the prejudices, I thought, hell, actually I'm down with that. 
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Movie #371: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  is the first movie in the Lord of the Rings  trilogy, based on the encyclopedias novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. It's directed by Peter Jackson and stars (deep breath) Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan,...
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What made the others work better for me was finding a fan edit online that pretty much removes anything that isn't stated by Tolkien. So we're spared the whole Aragorn over the cliff vision quest nonsense, the Uruk-Hai Olympic torch runner, and a spate of lesser sins. It's much tighter overall.
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    SLP, present
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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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  • Cleveland State University
    SLP, 2005 - 2008
  • University of Toledo
    English/Theatre, 1992 - 1997
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