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Matthew McFarland
Works at Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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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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Movie #311: Jeepers Creepers 2
Jeepers Creepers 2  is, of course, the sequel to Jeepers Creepers , and is also directed by creepy-ass child molester Victor Salva. This one stars Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Gariyaki Mutambirwa, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, and Travis Schiffner. Justin Long ...
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Origins 2015!
Origins! Woo! Yeah, I know. GAMA doesn't do administrative stuff well, their software is weird, etc. Don't care. Still love this con, and attendance was up this year, so that's great to hear. Let's see some pictures! This year was special because my daughte...
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I keep meaning to give Origins another try. I used to go years ago but at one point it started conflicting with another event and I chose the other one. But they've started diverging date-wise so I might start going again.
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My daughter is 10, and I told her about Game Chef this year. She's working on a game! Her idea is that players are a group of people who all had exactly the same dream, and they "wake up" in the place were abandoned dreams go. These dreams that people ignored, or that didn't get used, but sometimes people get stuck here and have to find their way to a kind of central processing station and escape. 

Also there are little mechanized bugs that can turn dreams into nightmares. 

I think it sounds pretty cool so far.
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totally cool premise, goes to show you have an awesome kid.
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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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Night's Black Agents: To Vienna and Back Again
Saturday was Night's Black Agents , so I should do the update. Whee! Last time , our ragtag group of freelancers tracked Wolfgang von Hanover to Austria, but weren't sure where exactly to look. Fuchs contacted his buddy at the German tax agency and had him ...
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Dammit I guess I do have an idea. 

The players are people who have come unstuck from time. That is, they're aware of how to send a message into the time stream, but the message tends to get garbled. They have limited ability to sense and manipulate the time stream, and they know it comes to an end. 

Yep. 20XX, there's nothing after that. So they send messages out into time, hoping someone else sees them and can use what they've learned to "fix" the problem...whatever the problem really is. 

My take on the "audience" this: Once you've completed a "story" of the game, you construct your message. Might be verbal, written, sound recording, video, picture, whatever. The GM then gets a chance to edit it (I'm thinking some kind of points mechanic a la Medicine in Ganakagok). And then we put the message into a file, upload it to a website, and another group that ways to play downloads and uses it as their starting point. 

In play, when your characters receive the message, everything stops. Time stops, space stops, everything grows still, and you release your message into the time stream like dropping a leaf into a swift current. 
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Neat!  I like the idea that the product of play has an audience.  Nice alternative to play itself, published game, fictional elements, etc.  "Here is what we did, now work with that" also makes me think of some "telephone"-like distortion possibilities...
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Movie #310: Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers  is a 2001 monster movie starring Justin Long, Gina Philips, Jonathan Breck, Eileen Brennan, and Patricia Belcher. It's directed by Victor Salva, and that's kinda the problem. I'll get to that. Trish (Philips) and Darry (Long) are driving a...
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Yeesh. I did not know that about the director. Creepy. I saw this movie ages ago (rented, I think, by my brother at a Blockbuster), and remember finding it really efficient and creepy.
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  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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  • White Wolf Publishing
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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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