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Matthew McFarland
Works at Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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Positions & Should've
I am, at present very frustrated with DriveThru RPG. If you don't know why, there are a number of good posts discussing what happened, but the relevant thing right now is this . Let's play "should've" for a minute. DTRPG should've pulled the product the ins...
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#RPGaDay2015: The Best Non-RPG Thing
Last one. Was it good for you? Favorite Non-RPG Thing to Come Out of RPGs:  Hrm. What, like, culturally? I think  +Thomas Deeny  makes a good point; what we think of as an "RPG" in video game terms probably owes a lot to tabletop RPGs. For my part, though.....
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We're nearly the end... Favorite Idea for Merging Two Games Into One:  Ooh, I actually had one! I wanted to merge Shattered Dreams  and Don't Rest Your Head , probably starting with the former and transitioning into the latter somehow. You could probably fo...
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25th: Favorite Revolutionary Game Mechanic:  "Revolutionary" is relative, of course. I think that, for me, I have to say it's Dread  and its Jenga-tower. Yes, there are some issues with accessibility, but I think the idea of having something that the player...
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22nd: Perfect Gaming Environment:  My house, at my magnificent gaming table, with a full pot of coffee and dinner and/or snacks available. And perhaps dogs sleeping beneath. 23rd: Perfect Game for You:  Weird question, this; I'm not entirely sure how to ans...
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#RPGaDay2015, also Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi RPG:  It's a genre I like a little better than fantasy, but, again, not a genre I've ever really loved. I think I'm gonna be weird and go with Human Occupied Landfill . Sure, it's more "black comedy" than strictly sci-fi, but the best-kept s...
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Night's Black Agents: Monte Carlo, We Hardly Knew Ye
Don't worry, they didn't blow it up or anything. So, the agents fled to Monte Carlo at the end of the last op . They did some gambling (mostly Fuchs), lounged on the beach (Parker and Benbow), and engaged in a little loan-sharking (Gambone). Hanover did som...
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Game Prep and #RPGaDay2015
First this: Favorite RPG-Playing Celebrity:  I dunno, never played an RPG with a celebrity. I mean, we all know Vin Diesel plays D&D, and that's pretty cool, particularly when you consider that Chronicles of Riddick  feels very much like someone's D&D-in-Sp...
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Movie #325: A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale  is a 2001 comedy starring Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, and James Purefoy. Despite the title, it's not really based on Chaucer's work. A young squire named William (Ledger) impulsively ta...
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Movie #324: The Babadook
The Babadook  is a much-acclaimed horror film directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Barbara West, and Hayley McElhinnhey. It's gotten a hell of a lot of buzz, and it lives up to the hype. This is a recent movie, so, spoilers ahea...
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Here we go! Favorite Horror Game: It's honestly a two-way tie between the new World of Darkness and Chill , with the classic World of Darkness a very close third. The only reason CWoD doesn't edge closer is because it so often wasn't a horror setting - sure...
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Yeah, I have similar feelings about the CWoD and its horror levels.

And fuck yeah, hucksters. I would play Deadlands just for the hucksters. Even if I'm not playing one, they're just too cool.

(Disclaimer: I have a weird, unexplainable near-obsession with playing cards. This may be a factor.)
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Tired of these yet? They'll stop in a couple of weeks. Favorite Fantasy RPG:  Hmm. Fantasy is not a genre I love. I don't know if it's because "fantasy gaming" is largely equated, fairly or not, with D&D, and I don't much like D&D's "kill shit and take stuf...
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Oh, good call. I've read through it, but I haven't played it.
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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, 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.
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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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