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Mike Timonin
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+Nathan Ryan  - what on earth are you guys doing up there?
Halifax police say they've stopped a plot to kill a large number of people in the city Saturday.
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Nah. Much like our football players, we send our bush league mass murders up there for seasoning and to see if they hold any real potential. 
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A quick review of the Mythoard that I received (and finally got to open yesterday). If you've been following the community, you probably know what was in it: The Stone Fields of Azaroth, an adventure suitable for D&D or other fantasy systems, some dice, some Blue Dungeon tiles, the +10 Magic Items book, a poster from the Baby Bestiary collection, a newsletter, and a post card with a strange mechanical contraption on it. I guess the big question that no one has actually asked yet is was it worth the price. I must confess, when the package arrived, my initial reaction was "is that it?" Having opened the package, I am more impressed.

The dungeon tiles are really pretty nifty - I had looked at them previously, during the Kickstarter, and decided that they were a little pricey at that particular moment. Now that I've seen them, I know I want more - I'll have to see how they work in play. My group likes to be able to judge relative distances with minis, even if we're not all that rigorous about range and such, and I think some small squares will be perfect. 

The adventure is a little grim for my current group (which has a 12 year old and an 13 year old playing), but I think we can probably use most of the elements of the sandbox town. The magic items will come in handy later...

The baby phoenixes elicited the appropriate response from the 12 year old, so I'd say those were a win, and the post card suggests some interesting game options. Further, you can never have too many dice.

So. I think I would conclude that the package WAS worth the cost, especially if you consider that the price was, at least in part, an investment in future packages. If you missed out on the last round, I would suggest looking at the next round when it opens on January 29. 
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I'm contemplating rolling up a bard for a 5e game, and so I'm thinking about musical instruments. What's the least useful instrument a bard could choose? I've already considered the keyboard instruments - pipe organ is right out, piano and harpsichord would be rather unwieldy (although, consider, a baby grand piano on a wagon drawn by large horses - like Elton John on a parade float...). Also, anything requiring electricity seems unlikely, so no theramin or electric guitar (and no keytar either)...
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Only when fighting minotaurs...
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For three years, my wife and I have participated in the +Secret Santa here on G+, and we really enjoy the whole experience. We've received small things each year - an e-book, or an album download - which we would not have gotten for ourselves otherwise, and that's certainly nice. But what I really enjoy is this: my wife selects the people she will send things to, and chooses from their lists. But the Amazon account is in my name, so the thanks go to me (and I share those posts with her, naturally!). And what I like about that is that I get a pleasant little surprise when I find out what "I've" given to people; it's like a little gift for me, attached to a gift for them, and it's lovely.

One thing I wish could be improved, though - I'd love for the opportunity to give gifts that are not possible to list via Amazon - maybe a random mix CD (or playlist, I suppose), or a family recipe or something like that.
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Hey - rumor has it that our local homeschooler will be getting a sewing machine for Christmas (actually, much more than rumor, because I happen to know it's hiding in a box in the living room). (BTW: she asked for the machine - this isn't an attempt to force her into a "girl" box) So we're looking for a course or curriculum that we can use. (can you do Home Ec as a home schooler? Isn't it just Ec?) Anyway, we want a guide which will start her basic and ideally end with making functional stuff out of cloth and thread.
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Cool, thanks +Amy Knepper​!
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I hadn't heard about this.
 
An oil tanker sank on Tuesday in the Shela River, a sanctuary for dolphins, crocodiles and other aquatic animals in the  #Sundarbans that sweeps across the deltas of southwest Bangladesh and southeast India. This tangle of mudflats and waterways, flora and fauna is so diverse and precious that both countries protect it as national treasures.  +UNESCO designated the Sundarbans a World Heritage site because it is the largest contiguous mangrove forest on Earth. Oil spills and other human caused environmental disturbances are a threat. This photograph of the Sundarbans was taken from the #OrbitalPerspective of astronauts and cosmonauts living and working together in #space.
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(Let's try this again, but sharing it with everyone this time)
My story, "Secret Weapon", in October's edition of Lucid Dreaming, available for purchase now at this link, for the low low price of $1.99.
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It's cold here. Left a bottle of chardonnay out on the back porch - woke to wine slushies. The bottle popped it's own cork - very convenient!
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Canadians know ice. :-)
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A compelling story of humans versus nature. Spoiler: Humans win.
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Thanks to +Stray Farce for her +Secret Santa gift! +Lora Timonin and I have seen EFO several times, because she is an alum of JMU, and I followed her there.
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So, I've talked this up in a couple of places, and I've ordered my beta box. I'm a little concerned about the timing - I'd like to receive my December box before I commit to the January box - is that possible? How long are you anticipating keeping the January signups open?
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Hey Mike, thanks for your support! I am buggering around on the signup timeline right now. Regardless of what we settle on, there will certainly be time after folks receive their boxes to place orders for the Jan. box.

Additionally, we are thinking of keeping some sort of cap in place for a while as well. If this becomes the for sure route, previous box buyers will be grandfathered into the cap. A sort of "saved seat". If they wish to continue of course.


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I've been drooling over the Campaign Coins, because they are shiny. I'd like something physical to give to my players to mark inspiration (or Fate points, or any number of other "points"). What do you use at your table? For that matter, what do you use as a table? (While I'm drooling over gaming gear, I would also like one of the Geek Chic gaming tables. And a pony.)
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When Hollow Earth Expedition from Exile Games came out, one of the accessories they sold with the game were nice solid decorated poker chips to use for Style points. I've bought over 100 of them. :-)

For other games, I've used general cheap plastic poker chips (available from just about any dollar store) and decorator glass beads (bought by the bag at the craft store).
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