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Matthew McFarland
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Promethean: Fires and Frying Pans
So! Last time, Avalon was flying around in bolt-fly form, and then got grabbed and tossed into a bag. Oh, dear. Feather saw this happen from the apartment. Grimm told her to open the door, and he used Chimera to turn into a pigeon. He flew out, swooped up o...
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Folks who write horror RPGs: Do you put stuff in your games that you wouldn't use at your table, because it would make you uncomfortable? I'm not talking about stuff that's actively exploitative in general or legit triggery to you, just stuff that, as a writer/developer, you think "I can see someone else using this and being fine with it, but it wouldn't fly with me." 
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Promethean: Translatin' Like Whoa
Not a terribly exciting title, I guess. So, last time, the characters were heading from Enoch's place (surrounded by crazy typhoon storm) to Feather's place in Skokie. They needed juice, though, so they snuck down to the rail lines to grab the third rail. E...
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Movie #302: Idiocracy
Idiocracy  is a dark comedy directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepherd, Terry Crews, and with some cameos (Stephen Root, Thomas Hayden Church, probably some others). It's funny in places, but also problematic as shit. Basic ...
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Chill: Session One
Last night was the first session in my Edinburgh-based game of Chill 3rd Edition . Let's watch, shall we? Our characters and their Drives: Agnes George: Older lady (63) who once had to kill a possessed friend. She fights the Unknown because no one else will...
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You might be expecting me to pimp curse the darkness, since it's in this bundle. And, yes, I would love it if you grabbed the bundle and checked out my little game about memory, death, loss, identity, and hard choices.

But there are some other truly awesome games in this Bundle of Holding, too, including +Misspent Youth, which I ran a while back and really loved. 

Less than $20, nine games. Simple math, yeah?
 
1 day left for IGDN Bundle of Holding

I am lucky enough to have +Misspent Youth in the Indie Game Designers' Network bundle, and you are lucky enough to get to buy it for one more day.

The bundle comes two ways: the cheaper bundle, which includes:

* Centurion: Legionaries of Rome
* Edara: A Steampunk Renaissance
* Psi-punk

If you don't have the screen-friendly version of MY, though, you can pick it up along with these following games in the bigger bundle:

* _curse the darkness
* _Fortune's Fool*
* Spark
* Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade
* SPLINTER
* The Fate Codex - Issues 4-7

That's pretty great company to be in.

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I need to download everything and dig into ctd in depth!
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Chill: Edinburgh
I posted this a while ago on RPG.Net, but I don't seem to have posted it here. So anyway, the Chill HQ for my game, which is starting tonight: Last week, my four players and I sat down and did HQ creation of our Chill playtest (we made characters next sessi...
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The copycat is 'cool,' you say? smugly straightens an imaginary tie
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Movie #304: The Italian Job
The Italian Job  is a remake of a 70s heist movie. This one stars Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Jason Statham. Charlie (Wahlberg) leads a team of thieves, having taken over said leadership from Jo...
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I don't own it, so nope.
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Quick Game Notes
Business, business business, numbers. Anyway! The characters are now able to translate the papers. The papers are a thorough accounting of supernatural creatures in Chicago. Now, of course, they're old - Calogero hadn't updated in a while. But they still co...
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Board Game: Carcassonne
The Game:  Carcassonne The Publisher:  Z-Man Games Time:  20 minutes, give or take Players:  Me,  +Michelle Lyons-McFarland ,  +Cheyenne Rae Grimes , Chris Wall Cheyenne explains the game.  The Game:  Pretty simple. You've got a bunch of tiles, depicting a ...
The Game: Carcassonne The Publisher: Z-Man Games Time: 20 minutes, give or take Players: Me, +Michelle Lyons-McFarland, +Cheyenne Rae Grimes, Chris Wall Cheyenne explains the game.  The Game: Pretty simple. You've got a bunch...
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Movie #300: Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6  is an animated film loosely adapted from a Marvel comic (I think they just took the name), starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, Damon Wayans, Jr., James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph.  Young ...
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I haven't seen the movie, but I know enough to know that they did pretty much swipe some character names and the concept of the lead character as a teenage super genius with a robot sidekick. That's where similarities to the comic end. (Baymax, in particular, is basically the complete polar opposite from the film version.)
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PLEASE RESHARE

I'm looking to interview women who are interested in tabletop gaming or LARPing, but have either (1) never played a game or (2) played games in the past, but are no longer actively gaming.

Trans women, WoC, disabled women,  poor women, and other traditionally marginalized women are specifically encouraged to reach out.  I would also like to encourage women who are not from North America to speak out as well.

Please contact me directly on G+, Twitter, or via email at shemhazai.grigori@gmail.com. 
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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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I'm Matt. I wear a black hat. I write games, I help kids communicate. I cook. I pay attention.
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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, boyfriend to Cheyenne, 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 crepes.
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  • Cleveland State University
    SLP, 2005 - 2008
  • University of Toledo
    English/Theatre, 1992 - 1997
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