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Matthew McFarland
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Atomic Robo 1st Session - Meet Boris
Which actually happened a week ago, but this week has been nucking futz, you guys. Well, first thing to note, we added a player.  +Matthew Homentoasty  is playing Otto von Faust, a robot assigned to make sure everyone stays in their budget and that Tesladyn...
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Character Creation: Atomic Robo
So, y'know, I like to make characters for games before I run them, when possible. Since I'm running Atomic Robo   tomorrow, I figure I should make a character real quick. So heeeere weeeee goooooo! The Game:   Atomic Robo The Publisher:   Evil Hat Productio...
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Character Creation: Witch
I'm running a one-shot of Witch  in about two and half hours, and so I figure I should make a character since I'm gonna be running a group of bright-eyed gamers through this process soon (I don't have pre-gens, see). With that in mind: The Game:   Witch: Fa...
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Epyllion: The Black Sands
Last time , the dragons had fought the Eel-King (again) and fought against the inertia of elder dragons. Finally, they had a lead, though - the Black Sand Island. They spent some time at White Falls, and prepared to leave. Veris had  haunting visions ; he s...
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Yeah, they sold it at cons for $10. It's perfectly playable, but obviously a kind of "lite" version.
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Kung Fu Fightin'
Last Monday we had our first session of Feng Shui Second Ed . Meet the characters here . So, since Monday was a holiday, I spent all day reading the book and figuring out the system, which, I have to say, I found really intuitive. But it also meant I didn't...
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Changeling: The Dreaming - The Battle's Lost and Won
So, the Kickstarter  is almost over, but the playtest has barely begun. We made characters a couple of weeks ago, but I just hadn't gotten around to doing a post about it. Now's a good time, though. My players, if you're reading this, stop  reading when you...
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Board Game: Eldritch Horror
I have this problem with board game posts: I play the games and take the pictures, and then completely forget to do the blog post for the list . Anyway! The Game:   Eldritch Horror The Publisher:   Fantasy Flight Games Time:  Oh, hell. Upwards of 4-5 hours?...
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I've played both Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror pretty extensively, and I have to say that hands-down of the two I greatly prefer EH. While it's difficult to say it's less complex than Arkham (because it really isn't), it feels like you get a lot more bang for your buck out of the complexity. Arkham, for all of its systems, almost always comes down to Gate Token Whack-a-Mole, gameplay-wise, and everything else just feels like a distraction from that. (I haven't played it, but I've heard similar things about the Android board game, from the same designers) Eldritch Horror feels more like there's a story involved, like you're advancing a narrative as you play. These days, when my roommate says he gets the itch to specifically play Arkham Horror instead of Eldritch (he owns the former, I own the latter), he admits it's entirely out of frustration that once he went on a spending spree picking up the expansions only to find most of them lacking and he just wants to make sure he got his money's worth. (It doesn't help much that for the most part, the Eldritch Horror expansions are just better for the most part. When we've played Arkham Horror with an expansion board, it becomes Just One More Thing you have to go out of your way to keep track of so you don't lose as fast. The Eldritch Horror expansions give you ways to engage some of the side content on your own terms.)

Also, just a suggestion, if I may. There's an optional rule mentioned in either the core set rulebook or (I think) the Mountains of Madness expansion that I find makes it easier to get into a game. It adds one tiny step to setup, but the end result can't be beat. Basically, you know how there are three 'stages' to the Mythos Deck, and Mythos cards come in three difficulties ('easy' ones with glowing runes, normal ones without anything special, and 'hard' ones with tentacles)? Well, there's an optional rule where you populate the first stage entirely with the 'easy' cards, the second stage with the 'normal' cards, and the third stage with the 'hard' cards. The end result is that you have a staggered, occasionally-increasing difficulty. Over the course of an entire game, it doesn't make things easier but it gives you a lot more breathing room at the beginning to make plans and start acquiring what you need to solve Mysteries. But because it gets harder and harder as it goes, with little chance for a reprieve, it potentially puts you on a bit more of a clock in the grand scheme of things.
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No Fighting! This is a Hospital!
Feng Shui  was Monday, you see. Last session is here . So, the characters had beaten up a bunch of thugs in suits, carrying guns and machetes (the thugs, not the suits). Celeste was tending to the wounded dude they'd found in the armored truck, and saw a ba...
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Changeling: Implications of the Word "Queen"
I ran Changeling: The Dreaming 20th  the other night. First session is here . So now it's Wednesday morning (in-game, I mean). Krysa is at work, Zulkis is in the freehold, Thaia is asleep (late night with her actor friends) and Ambrose is stripping copper w...
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Changeling Notes
Players, don't read past the rat. I'm serious. Squeak! OK, not reading if you're playing? Good. Last time, we had a little teaser involving the theater and Rista the Rat-Creature getting forcibly oath'd to stay away from said theater. But I want that to be ...
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Changeling: Eek! A Million Rats!
I actually ran this game two freaking weeks ago, but then a wild Midwinter appear (photos incoming!) and, well, anyway, here we go. The motley is hanging around their freehold, deciding what to do on this frigid winter's eve, when Thaia gets a phone call fr...
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Who would want to play a wicked monster in a World of Darkness game?!
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Night's Black Agents: A Vacation in Switzerland
Well, not really. Last time , you might remember, the agents stalked and killed Dr. Radovan Macan, who turned out to be one of those things with the tentacles in his mouth. The agents fell back, wounded but victorious, and laid low in London for a while, he...
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  • 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.
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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, 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 Metropolitan School District
    SLP, present
  • White Wolf Publishing
    Developer, 2001 - 2004
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