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Jack McNamee

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What games have the best card art and design?

I'll go first: I haven't played this game, but Heiko Gunther's redesign of Glory to Rome is amazing.

What's better in a board game?

A: Quick turns.
B: Being engaged in other people's turns.

False dichotomy, I know. But if you had to choose?

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Suicide kings - The king of hearts is typically shown with a sword behind his head, making him appear to be stabbing himself. Similarly, the one-eyed king of diamonds is typically shown with an axe behind his head with the blade facing toward him. These depictions, and their blood-red color, inspired the nickname "suicide kings".

The jack of diamonds is sometimes known as "laughing boy".

The king of diamonds is traditionally armed with an axe while the other three kings are armed with swords; thus, the king of diamonds is sometimes referred to as "the man with the axe". This is the basis of the trump "one-eyed jacks and the man with the axe".

Standard 52 card deck as inspiration for a horror story.

Stranger Things:

People are separate. They cannot and should not talk about the Weird Things to people outside their age group. Kids can't talk to non-kids, teenagers can't talk to non-teenagers, adults can't talk to non-adults.

We've seen Pearce Shea's Monsterparts, how the adults can't understand the strange and terrible truth that kids are dealing with. Stranger Things pulls back the camera to show that the Adults and Teenagers are dealing with their own strange and terrible truths, and none of them can talk about it to any other group.

Maybe the most important bit of Stranger Things is when the kids, adults and teenagers all get together and share their knowledge and work together... for a few brief moments before the adults immediately tell the others to stay put and go off to face it alone. Adults cannot trust or believe in non-adults. Teenagers can't trust or believe in kids. Everyone has to deal with the things that live under the world alone.

I would love to run a campaign for 2-3 separate groups, where they all grapple with one huge mystery affecting their small town.

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Everyone! I am running a crazy huge game event called GOD EMPEROR, and you should all check it out! I'm excited beyond all control. I can see him on the horizon. In his left hand is a terrible sound, and in his right hand is a terrible light.

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Recieved some exciting and mysterious game pieces.

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Announcing: GOD EMPEROR, a Megagame of thrones.

I'm running this grand strategy back-stab-me-up game event on the 28th, and I'd love it if you came.

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Captains log, Winterfall 14. Uncovered a piece of mysterious art from the ancient sage Matthew Adams. The peasants are whispering that it may have something to do with a certain 50-person game event to be announced tomorrow.

I had them flayed for heresy. Everyone knows Megagames are dead.

It's weird how much Cthulhu cares about humanity.

-he needs humanity to open his door to rise again
-he sends dreams to humanity commanding them to do this
-when he wakes, he tries to hunt and kill all humans nearby, chasing after them if they flee
-the end goal of him waking is that he'll drive all humans crazy and they'll have a global orgy of bloodlust together
-just as he can only be woken by man, he is defeated by man

The idea that Cthulhu is the representation of an uncaring universe that we are helpless in the face of doesn't seem stack up with the original text.
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