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Okay, the next thing I'd do if I had a time machine: I'd go back to the Me from 20+ years ago who thought, "I watched and loved Hellraiser, so there's no real reason to read The Hellbound Heart ", and slap the fuck out of him.

Just finished it last night on the Kindle (fast read, maybe an hour total over two days?) It was perfect in almost every way, but:

* I'd of course want to have seen more Cenobite time. That first chapter was like Woah. Also it's clear that Pinhead was supposed to be Cenobite #2 (female!).

* I'd have loved to know more about Frank's travels in his obsession to find the box.

* I would have rewritten the part where the engineer says "I AM THE ENGINEER". Like, duh, but why would you just say that. It reminds me of Team America's "MATT DAMON!!!". Instead, maybe a voice or instinct came to Kirstie so that she Knew that This Was The Engineer. Minor gripe, but made me go "lol, really?" in the middle of the most serious part.

A great book about horrible people, that also happens to feature hell and demons. +Shane Jackson 'd like it, it's the best parts of good zombie fiction minus the fighting over resources.
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+Colin C That's a really good point! If you want a super gross superhero fight in Hell, it's not terrible. It's sort of embarrassing, but not the worst.

It's one of the few horror novels to actually squick me way out, which might've been part of the draw (big maybe, there's one scene that made me honestly wonder about Mr. Barker's issues with women) if the rest wasn't so tacky.
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"Mister Tobacconist" collected 14 original 1-page Japanese TRPGs into one download set. Pretty interesting stuff!

http://www.dlsite.com/home/work/=/product_id/RJ172625.html

His Twitter contains previews of all his works in pic format:

https://twitter.com/mr_tabakoya
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Cyber-Fashion, that old school MONDO 2000 shit, but live and happening today.

A quick rabbit-hole after learning that the EYEO Festival is a thing (http://eyeofestival.com/) led me to the works of Anouk Wipprecht, a "Fashion-tech" designer. Check out her design pages, it's seriously like the cooler side of MONDO 2000 meets 20-year-later sensibilities.

2 Links Follow: Anouk's website and Codame Labs

http://anoukwipprecht.nl/

http://labs.codame.com/
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+Kira Magrann might like this.
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Jeez, RPG folks, if you're not reading Ancient History Magazine , you're not exposing yourself to a ton of historic, culturally-rooted articles about daily life, crafts, religion, economics, civics, architecture, exploration, mystery and adventure - all very focused, interesting, well laid-out, and punctuated by pictures that attempt to recreate the look and feel of those times.

The other mags by this publisher are basically focused solely on famous ancient battles and stuff, which are cool because, hey, "pictures of ancient warriors in period armor and gear", that's RPG fodder too... but it's the social and daily life aspect, trying to puzzle out how people lived and thought back then, the "what was life really like back then?", that really appeals. That's the focus of Ancient History Magazine.

I supported them on Kickstarter, and now I have a subscription to the electronic version through the next year. Proud supporter, the last two issues were great on all fronts.

http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-history-magazine/previous-issues/ancient-history-magazine-3/
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Sorry about reposting to the same group :/ it seems ive had an issue where all my recent posts have gone to the Ryuutama circle.
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So, +Sarah Perry-Shipp is a gracious mod and thus will not attract attention to her project. But fuck that, she's awesome, and for what she's been doing for this group, she deserves a signal boost. 

She and her husband have been working on this RPG for years. Our first talk about it was over the table in RTP when she helped me for hours packing Tenra books for shipping. The original old docs were... well... a very plain, generic game; like a design of the early post-TORG 90s of universal mechanics for the sake of universal verisimilitude, but not a lot of soul.

Years of testing, playing, consideration, more testing, more playing more consideration... and now it's got some real soul: Surprises, awesomeness, and damn if I'm not hooked to give it a try. I've been digging through the file on the trail ride home last night and I've been pleasantly surprised thus far.

It's a free preview at DTRPG, a quick download and it's already nicely laid out even without a lot of frills.

Check it out. Go through it. Give feedback. Give it a play! Let's give Sarah some eyes on her dream project, as she's given so many eyes (and time for modding here, money via backing, energy via quarterly reports, etc) to our projects and this community.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BryanShipp/posts/7GFeTQ8UBzt

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Forthright Open Roleplay Early Access now available! Happy Tuesday! I'm very happy to announce that the Forthright Open Roleplay early-access PDF is now… - Bryan R Shipp - Google+
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Moved to Kicksnarker Approved.
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Stealing from Reddit, but whatever: "TIL that actor Christopher McDonald, the actor who played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore , says he never pays for a round of golf because of his widespread fame from that role."

http://www.avclub.com/article/christopher-mcdonald-64722

Happy Gilmore: The movie so hilarious and downright fun that I suffered through 15 more years of shitty Sandler movies hoping that he would randomly or magically recapture the fun of Happy Gilmore.

(though You Don't Mess with the Zohan - the last of his movies I watched - probably comes close; dumb as shit in places but it has John Turturro so that cancels out)
One of Hollywood’s go-to smarmy bad guys also happened to be in Grease 2 and Breakin’.
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Any, have you seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXNsT7-Lwsk
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The concept for this game, which sounds a bit like Papers, Please meets a cyberpunk visual novel with an emphasis on learning about and empathizing with the NPCs, is terrific.

Some aspects of the presentation skeeves me out like mad though. Like the developers referring to the game as "waifu abuse", pop-references to 4chan memes and "White Knights", and how one of the NPCs is a sex worker android child presented in a "sex-positive" way (according to one of the developers, "We wanted to make a character that likes sex, and that’s completely unapologetic about liking it.")

I'm very interested in hearing your take on it after you play. The premise sounds great but I'm wary of supporting the game if it's actually fanservicing a bunch of "free-speech" 4chan pedos.
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Got back to Japan from the US yesterday, taking one more day to return to normalcy and fight off a bit of this lag (and the last legs of this 2-week cold that just ended as I returned) before battling Life and Emails and Catchups. Apologies everyone an email or reply or something.
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Yep! Followed up via Twitter DM!
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Arrived in RTP, but extremely busy and sick as hell. Apologies for late replies to emails and stuff. Should be recentered in 1-2 days.
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I feel slightly less ignorant then. ;)
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Second day back from Golden Week. Yep, it's time to get it together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tGL-buZ94Y&t=0m7s
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Fun fact: my Japanese client's observance of Golden Week put an extra week into our project execution. No big deal, but it led me to do a little research about it. Glad you took some time but, please, get your shit together, Kitkowski.
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I looked at links in the article from The Atlantic and now I'm reading this pieces in The New Yorker and I think that's the kind of thing I was looking for. http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-adults-are-buying-coloring-books-for-themselves
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Here's me and +Matthew Sanchez being interviewed about Dark Souls. I'm the one on the left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AwVqeuBL4g

Thanks +Adam Koebel 
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I started up DS2 here. All I can say is that after a 3month rest, the dying intensifies. (though I'm getting my kicks from hyper light drifter!)
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