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KABLAM. More upcoming Ryuutama stuff (free to the $25+ PDF KS backers and pre-orderers; and the $50 book backers/pre-orderers; will be on sale later):

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diamondsutra/ryuutama-natural-fantasy-role-playing-game/posts/1177612

In short: Addictive Alchemy campaign crossover, and upcoming item/monster/event/magic cards!
Andy Kitkowski is raising funds for Ryuutama - Natural Fantasy Role-Playing Game on Kickstarter! Ryuutama is an original Japanese heartwarming tabletop RPG of travel and wonder, currently being translated for release in English!
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+Andy Kitkowski So, do you have a release date yet?
Because it would be really cool if you had one.
 "Soon", sure but could you be a little more specific? 
Nothing definite of course, just if it might be for sale in the next few days/weeks/months/quarters/years
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I can't even do that on my feet. Amazing!
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Some gold found on reddit: The first recorded instance of Gaijin Smash, with all sorts of classic 1900s-era racism:

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19100924.2.35&srpos=96&e=-------en--20--81---txIN-Japan------#

"UNCIVILIZED" DECLARES BARON
Artist Forced to Make Public Apology to Trainboy in Japan

Lap Dog and Vigorous Language Stir Up All Sorts of Trouble in Nippon

Baron R. Dobblhoff of Austria does not consider Japan a civilized land. He said that the little brown men have no manners, that they stole their art from China, and that even their scenery is on the blink. The baron arrived here yesterday on the Chiyo Maru with a wierd tale of persecution, in the relating of which, he left Japan without an institution worth while or shred of reputation.

The baron is on his honeymoon, which made it all the worse. His trouble began when a little brown trainboy made a grimace, which the baron resented as an insult to his bride. The baron is an artist. He has a studio in Paris. He was in Washington in 1907 painting a portrait of former President Roosevelt for the Peace palace at The Hague. Being an artist, he is sensitive. During the Roosevelt sittings, he absorbed some of the colonel's impetuosity, and when, the Japanese boy offended, the baron "hit the line hard," or to use the baron's own language, "I took the boy by the collar of his coat and threw him out of the room"

STRONG LANGUAGE

The conductor of the train showed up in a few minutes and demanded an explanation. According to one story, the baron used some pretty strong language. According to the baron he merely demanded the name of the president of the road so that he could write to him and ask for an apology for the trainboy's insult.
The conductor, however, spied the Chinese palace dog on the lap of the baroness, and ordered it into the baggage car. There was more strong language from the baron.

According to the baron's fellow passengers a Japanese nobleman, who was on the car, overheard some of the baron's remarks, which included a few cruel things about Japan. The nobleman took the matter up with the state department, which took it up with the Austrian embassy, and the embassy compelled the baron to make public apology to the Japanese trainboy and the conductor.

APOLOGY OR JAIL

The baron admitted making the apology, but said that it was forced from him by a series of persecutions that would have been impossible in a civilized country. He was finally informed that he could either apologize or go to jail for a year. Being on his honeymoon, the baron apologized.

But he is going to have his revenge. He is going back to Paris, where he will write a book advising tourists to stay away from Japan, telling them that they can not place any faith in Lafcadio Hearn's alluring descriptions or any reliance on the Japanese brand of civilization.
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Okay, now that I have read this while correctly viewing the preceding comments as "1900s era racism" and not "1990s era racism" this is pretty funny.
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So in my copious seconds of free time here and there, I'm reading Circle of Hands , or as I like to call it, "Cormac McCarthy's Dogs in the Vineyard". 

Got a question, though: It talks in the procedures part about this thing called "Crosses", and says how important they are, but I don't completely grasp how they fall out in play (other than second/third/fourth-session "incorporation"). What are crosses, and what's an example of one from play? +Paul Beakley +Ron Edwards , players of the game please drop some science.
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Thanks! Work is piling on like a thick resin, but I'll check this on the train home.
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A moment for 3/11:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami

I wasn't here for the earthquake but I came in two weeks after. Absolutely somber. The effects linger, the country is forever changed.
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Oh, okay one more, because why not:

Nishi-Ogikubo has all sorts of interesting and cool small restaurants: A Mexican joint. A "French-style Indian Curry" restaurant. A place the specializes in Singapore/Malay-style Haian Chicken and Rice. And "Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pineapple", a ramen shop with a 6-chair counter outside the station, which specializes in PINEAPPLE RAMEN. That is, they make a solid ramen, then throw in pineapple chunks and pineapple vinegar.

I figured "Why the hell not, let's give it a shot" and got the deluxe "everything" bowl with two different kinds of pork bits, pineapple, some shrimp, an egg, and other standard ramen toppings. And added lots of garlic.

It was surprisingly awesome. Orie and I are huge into pizza with pineapple on it, and this was basically the ramen version of that.

Pictured below: Food. I don't normally take pics of mundane or even great meals, but this was pretty awesome and unique. And surprisingly delicious. Not "Hah, tried it once", but "Damn, we have to come back sometime!" delicious.
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Judging by the color, I'd guess that was chicken broth. 
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Okay: I'm really behind with contact and emails. I'm hoping to catch up with most within the next 4 days (Thurs-Sun). So if you're waiting on a reply from me, I'll aim to push through my backlog sharply, shortly.

Until then, here's a picture I call, "Sup, Mt Fuji!"

https://plus.google.com/photos/106430054160848801055/albums/6115247853585981521/6130204642870580690?pid=6130204642870580690&oid=106430054160848801055
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+Steven Yap actually the day was pretty clear; though in the night a "gentle mist" rolled in, basically totally obscuring the mountain. When we took that pic, we were basically a few km from the base of Fuji.
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Hey +Claytonian JP , coming to your backyard on April 5th (Sunday): Tenra Bansho Zero in Yokohama/Kanazawa Bunko. Others in Japan/Tokyo area are welcome as well.

http://www.meetup.com/TokyoRPG/events/221314430/

We'll be throwing down in English, but for you in particular if you have your regular boyfriend commitment and your girlfriend is interested in playing, I'll totally be happy to go Chanpon to accommodate.
Website: http://www.tenra-rpg.com The Fast: Playing the Japanese one-shot RPG Tenra Bansho Zero (in English) --new players welcome/expected-- on Sunday, April 5th noon, at Kanaza Bunko (a straight 20-min shot from Shinagawa station on the Keikyu line). Hey all, almost two years ago I released Tenra Bansho Zero in English, a kinda mind-blowing game that markets itself as "hyper-asian fantasy" (magical samurai and ninja and mecha and stuff) but is...
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Oh hey Clay, we bumped it to the 12th (a week back, basically the following Sunday). 
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Does your cyberpunk have enough rockerboys/rockergirls? I don't think so. That's why you require this.

It's like a Super Chromebook times ten.
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This looks amazing!
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So, I'm suuuuuper sick of the unclosable, always-on Google Hangous app, where if you have a PC powered on somewhere with a Chrome window open, people see you as online and can message you and you never know. Every two weeks I raise my fist in the air because 2-3 friends were contacting days ago me thinking I was online, when it was just my always-on work PC with one of my 50+ tabs having G+ open somewhere.

Does one of the "chat aggregator" programs out there work well with Google Chat? Is Trillian the best for PC still, or is there something better?
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I use the gmail chat; hangouts I only turn on when I'm involved in a hangout. It's super annoying to have all these windows fly open on all of my browsers.
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YESSSSssss!! Glad I filled out that survey. I was always interested in ancient history, but not about the Ancient History OF WARFARE, more Culture and Life in Ancient History. This looks to be That. Totally going to support this.
 
Karwansaray Publishers (the people who publish the fantastic 'Ancient Warfare' magazines) are interested in starting an 'Ancient History Magazine'. They have decided to release a preview issue to see what people think. We love it and think it's a great idea. Check it out!

http://ow.ly/JROto
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