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Matthew McFarland
Works at Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Attended Cleveland State University
Lives in Middleburg Heights, OH
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Beast Notes
Need to take some notes about my upcoming Beast  game. Players stay out. You staying out? Good. Anyway. We've got a decent setup going. I kind of want to keep this character focused, rather than plot-focused. I want the characters to be doing their own thin...
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What Do Characters Do?
I hear this question a lot during game design. In a lot of circles, it's kind of a gold standard - what do characters do ? It's a shorthand way of asking what the point of the game is, I think, or a way to encapsulate the play experience in an easy sentence...
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Movie #314: Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire is a drama starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jay Mohr, and Bonnie Hunt. It's got some sports in it. Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is a sports agent and kind of a sleazeball. He has a bit of a breakdown and writes a "mission stat...
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I remember after this movie came out, literally every business in the civilized world suddenly posted up mission statements of their own within the month, despite the fact that I'm pretty sure that before this movie was written no human being had ever before actually used the words 'mission' and 'statement' next to each other.
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Movie #313: Jennifer's Body
Jennifer's Body is a teen horror movie written and produced by Diablo Cody, directed by Karyn Kusama, and starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, and Johnny Simmons. Jennifer (Fox) is a beautiful, popular, oversexed, insecure cheerleader. Her frien...
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Movie #312: Babe
Babe  is a children's movie starring James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, and the voices of Miriam Margoyles, Danny Mann, Christine Cavanaugh, Hugo Weaving, and Miriam Flynn. Babe (Cavanaugh) is a little piggie born in a factory farm, but taken to a state fair ...
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Character Creation: Covenant
Let's do this! The Game:   Covenant The Publisher:   Realms Degree of Familiarity:  None, really. I'm reading the PDF, which I got from the Haiti relief bundle years  ago. Books Required:  Just the one. Covenant  is a "game of failing conspiracies." Basical...
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Oooh, very nice. I had concentrated on the fantastic Motifs tool (including mechanical bonus for including them). I suspect that Truisms bled into Spark subconsciously. 
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Movie #315: Jewel of the Nile
Jewel of the Nile is the sequel to Romancing the Stone (we'll get R eventually), and stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiro Focas, and Avner Eisenberg. It's so 80s it hurts. Jack (Douglas) and Joan (Turner) have retired to a life of sai...
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Beast: The Primordial - The Skull Beneath the Skin
I'm running this game at GenCon, so if you're one of the six people playing, or you're thinking of, like, subduing them Hitman  style and disguising yourself as one of them, don't read this. Our game is set in Pittsburgh. The Hive-Trait, up until recently, ...
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Done with my peer reviews! 
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Monsterhearts: Season Four
So, right off, we had to do a little retconning; we pretty much forgot that last season was senior year, but we never really addressed that at all, so we did the simplest retcon we could, and said that it was actually junior year (meaning season one was fre...
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Beast: The Primordial Actual Play (Well, Setup)
Last week, my players and I sat down and...well, not made Beast  characters, because they were already made, but did a bit of world-building before the chronicle actually starts. So here's what we came up with. The game is set in Cleveland, mostly because a...
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Thanks.

I do know that and I backed it.

I meant: it is nice to read an actual play report.

As I haven't found someone to play it. 
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I'm not quite done - have to do up a couple of Messages, which will make sense if you read the text - but the text is done. Have a look!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fnr0puot5bdvoau/Unstuck.rtf?dl=0
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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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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, boyfriend to Cheyenne, pack alpha to Sephi, Leo and Si.
Bragging rights
I don't want to try and sound like a badass or anything, but I can make crepes.
Education
  • Cleveland State University
    SLP, 2005 - 2008
  • University of Toledo
    English/Theatre, 1992 - 1997
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