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My dog is teaching me about racism and hate.

She is a very even tempered, friendly dog. She likes people and dogs, wags her tail in a friendly manner when they are near, yet doesn't go bonkers, bark, lunge, or otherwise misbehave around them. But...she's a pit bull.

When we are out in public we get people who react poorly just because she's a pit bull. At Shake Shack we had a couple parents bar their kids from saying hello while saying "She's a pit bull". When I'm out walking her I get people who stop and go the other way, joggers who run off the sidewalk and onto the busy street to avoid her, people hiding behind their cars asking "Is she a pit bull?"
She's a 55 pound dog, I have walked our neighbors' dogs in our neighborhood, both of whom are larger (golden retriever and a doberman. Both are dog aggressive and barely under control) and neither generates the fear. Cookie has natural ears and tail, she doesn't have spiked collars or anything of the sort. (Pink collar and leash for the curious).

It makes me so mad when people react to her breed. Sugar Cookie is a sweetheart who stands quietly while other dogs in the neighborhood growl, bark and lunge at her. She has zero interest in fighting them, but if those dogs attacked, I know my dog would be the one getting blamed. She's a pit bull after all.

So yeah, it is one thing to understand racism on an intellectual level. To understand that there are different rules for PoC, that some people are judging and hating based on skin color and that your behavior will be judged completely differently because of it. Owning a pit bull gives me a little taste of that and it isn't pleasant.

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You might be a crazy dog owner if the quality of your dog's poop makes you excited.
In my defense, Sugar Cookie got a little sick last week from eating a giant bone in 10 minutes and her digestion took some time to recover. Also, it WAS a really good poop.
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Had a ton of fun both sessions I played. Some random thoughts
A) I would like one of the stats to mention sneaky or crafty or something along those lines. We did a fair amount of sneaking in both games it felt like there really should be a stat that was a natural fit.
Also, while 'ninjas' aren't in theme, I feel there have been rather close parallels in wuxia I've watched. Definitely enough to warrant a 'sneaky' playbook. To be fair, one of the existing ones might be super sneaky and I missed it.
B)The game seemed to work better the second time when there was a strong emphasis on households.
C) Definitely felt odd creating the relationships and having no relation to the other pcs. Being in love with or being a sibling seem like big asks at a table. We get the bond with the player to our left, but I think that probably should be emphasized a bit. Why do we have a bond with them? Something to help build those interesting ties at chargen that are one of the best things in PbtA.
Probably have more thoughts, but for now my doggo demands I post and pay attention to her.
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I randomly stumbled across this while surfing the fringe of my musical tastes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1BsKIP4uYM

I doubt it is for everyone, but if you ever wanted to be part of a viking metal magic ritual...here you go!
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Drew up my gunlugger for Blue Sunset, an Apoc World 2nd ed game on the gauntlet. I alternately like this pic and hate it.
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Just finished bingeing The Bright Sessions. http://www.thebrightsessions.com. Someone on the SFP comments suggested it. I liked it a lot. It's a very interesting take on people with powers. I know +Richard Rogers reads SFP, probably some others out there I know.

It makes me think of a thread from a couple days ago about mechanics in Masks reinforcing 'heroics'. I had commented about there being several playbooks that had more heroic feels, but if those weren't in play in a given group, the game didn't need to necessarily be about heroics and could be more about surviving and dealing with your powers. Not sure entirely if Masks would fit for a Bright Sessions game without tinkering, but I could see a Masks game with strong Bright Sessions influence at least.
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Origins was great as always. I really missed being at a table with you and Rich, and really wanted to get a chance to play with Sherri. Boarding passes were awesome, though Pamela and I had to hang out and cross our fingers one time, waiting to see if ticket holders would show up. We got the last two passes. Another time two of her friends came to try out GoD and weren't able to get two matching tickets. But overall, such a great improvement.
All my tables used to Xcard though a couple of the GMs nearly forgot.
Origins: GoD, TftL & Anxiety
Origins: GoD, TftL & Anxiety
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Origin was great as always, despite +Pamela Alexander being so sick, a family emergency and a spot of babysitting. So many great people. It's odd how you can feel so close to people you see so rarely.

Played some fun games, but +Sarah Richardson's Velvet Glove was the one that Pamela and I talked about on the drive back home (at least while Pam wasn't passed out from sick/fatigue). It was intense and emotional and everyone at the table was great. I wish I'd gotten the names of the two gentleman that played with us, they were both amazing. The sensitive "Santana", out druggie, and "Little Red" the Radical. Red set the bar high immediately in chargen and it just kept getting better. The thing that most amazed me about the game though was the fact that it inspired my game design averse wife to start talking about design aspects. Wow.
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So...looks like I need to purchase this. Thanks for the heads up Lowell!
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Mutant Year Zero: RPGs I Love
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