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Yuki had thyroid surgery, and now she looks like she's a set of leather chaps away from being a Cat Cenobite.
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Could be Cenobyte, could be she wants to be the next Mad Max villain.
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Hey Team Headspace ! I wanted to confirm a few things after playing:

* Getting Experience: The only way to gain experience points in the game is from getting into a Sync state, correct? (not failures etc)

* Thoughts on this? A character dies, the player adds a skill to the Headspace... then they roll up a new character to take the role they were in before (Runner --> Runner etc); does anything happen to that last skill that was floating around? Does the force of spirit of the new character push out the previous ghost? (something like that)

...that's all I can think of for now. Thanks!
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RE: XP, the intention was to provide another lever to encourage the Sync to be spent since you have to lose it to gain it and thus get that XP. It also provides incentive to reveal regrets and or make sacrifices towards drives. I will honestly state the XP system has not been thoroughly playtested as long play in my process on my first game was extremely difficult.

Hmm I never really spoke to that, I had considerations of "ghost operator" limits but ditched them as it was just one more thing to manage.

I personally really like the idea of leaving them around even if their "skill" gets over written by a new operator. After all they are more useful as a person who still has contacts and potentially left over resources that the cell could access to.

I would treat them like any Anchor but assign their dominant emotion as the one that was for their previous skill.
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There's a bunch of Powered by the Apocalypse games out there now. Current fave is Dungeon World with some hacks. But I love to see the little innovations that people are bringing to the system.

However, by far the most interesting/out there/cool from an innovation standpoint that I've come across is definitely HeadSpace . The stats, the additions, the ways that backgrounds play hard into creating the self and team, and the feedback organization/tracking; it all adds up to an experience which at its core is clearly "-World" driven, but far far out there at the same time. I'm loving what I'm reading.

Running it this Sunday for a mixed English-Japanese crowd. Drifting the setting a hair to make it a little more like GITS:SAC style multi-government interference issues rather than the basic "corporations". We'll see how it goes.

(note: I have not gotten through reading Undying yet, mind; that looks pretty creative too)

Any other super-drifty PbtA games out there I might have missed?
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+Andy Kitkowski how did your game go? I'd love to hear about the experience. I'm also curious about the setting I do have a template of sorts.

I also have 7 settings in the pipe for a follow anthology of dystopias. 
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Me --> Kickstarter: Two wildly successful product deliveries (late, but extremely well-regarded, award nominated/winning/etc), third one on schedule to deliver.

But I'm not flawless. Definitely had a lot of mistakes the first time around, with Tenra , especially with stretch goal products and the like. Things around my life stabilized a lot recently, so now I'm executing a plan to go back and ensure all are wrapped up and delivered. It's still a pressing goal of mine (read: It appears at the top of my life journals, in my "top three current life goals") to cross my name off the +Sarah Perry-Shipp 's Spreadsheet of Kickstarters In Stretch Goal Purgatory.

I got called on it here, it's a good read, because this is what project creators open themselves to when they promise and don't deliver:

https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?786585-Did-Tenra-Bansho-Zero-ever-finish-releasing-the-KS-add-ons

Note that there was a lot of assumption going on in the thread before I spotted it and commented, but everyone's being really fair. People were honest and frustrated, no one being an asshole. A really good thread, and stung all the worse because they were in the right. Always was my plan to fulfill or refund... but yeah without a clear, open plan (or at least clear and open goalposts), saying "I'm still doing them" is little more than saying "I think about it sometimes, (shrug)".

Note my post; that's my attempt at recovery. The execution of a plan to cover "Risks and Challenges" that both risked and challenged.

Anyway, Church of Kicksnarker, I have sinned! There's only one recovery for sinning in crowdfunding, and that's the combo of Communication, Execution and Delivery. Friends, learn from my failure!
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Tenra Bansho Zero rules for making Ice Cream? Sign me up! :)
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GenCon-mergency!

Weird call-out to the Ryuutama community, but I'm wondering:

* Anyone in this community with Ryuutama GM'in experience going to GenCon 2016?

* Are you free Saturday night? (8PM onwards)

There's an event that the GenCon staff is running called "Discover International Games", and they were asking if there's folks that could run a quick demo game of Ryuutama. Unfortunately neither +Matthew Sanchez now I am going this year...

Thanks!
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Good to hear Ryuutama was at least run at the con! Myself and a friend both bought copies of the hardcover while there. (I've only had the PDF all this time, for some reason.)
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I've loved many fusion dishes, but traditional Japanese Meets Mexican can sometimes flip a table and kick your grandma with flavor.

Today, for lunch, rolled through Kichijoji on my blue stallion, and picked up a Marukatsu Burrito : Basically a Japanese-style fried pork cutlet, turned into a burrito, with a little Ceaser dressing on the lettuce.

Incredible didn't begin to describe it. Soooooo good. Wow.

I also watched the older lady in front of me get a stack of about 8 Marukatsu Bowls, and those too looked wonderful. Basically like Japanese-level Chipotle's, but without the norovirus.

http://marukatsu-shokudo.com/shop/kichijoji/marukatsu-menu-%E7%B4%B9%E4%BB%8B/
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Oh hey, an announcement of another official Star Trek licensed RPG!

Here's a sample cover I put together for it:
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Re Invisible Sun Kickstarter.

Shit, seriously? If I had the time and connections to make an RPG with gorgeous, unique components that came in an awesome-looking Hellraiser Configuration Cube-Box and had like this weird gropey hand-thing to hold cards, I'd sure as shit charge $200 for it as well.

Hell, +James Brown did this awesome version of his Blood and Bronze ( https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/36507/blood-and-bronze ), I remember he hand-sculpted beaten copper (bronze? No I think it was copper, right?) bowls and meticulously painted tokens for something like 10 copies that ran for over $100 each. That shit was awesome.

Shit, I spent $200 of holiday bonus cash on this awesome garish hand-stitched stadium jumper with Buddhist shit all over it. It's mad unique, a wearable work of art, and I love it.
http://item.rakuten.co.jp/a-gogo-wear/gsj-010/

People are going to push the tabletop gaming hobby in all sorts of weird ways. Not all the ways are appealing to me personally, but they will make others happy, people who have been waiting for That Very Thing, their very own Garish Buddha Gangster Jacket. So I say best of luck to everyone pushing, in whichever directions they care to push.

I may Snark, but sure as shit I will also Recognize.
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A Single Moment (Tobie Abad's latest masterpiece) gets some live play from +Whitney Beltrán and +Ajit George  , check it out!
 
Weekly Affirmations played A Single Moment
Beautiful artwork by Javier Beltran inspired by the game. I was contacted by The Strix one 3 a.m. morning, letting me know that they were planning to play A Single Moment on Twitch.tv/hyperrpg for the weekly show, #WeeklyAffirmations.  This was an unexpecte...
Beautiful artwork by Javier Beltran inspired by the game. I was contacted by The Strix one 3 a.m. morning, letting me know that they were planning to play A Single Moment on Twitch.tv/hyperrpg for the weekly show, #WeeklyAff...
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Dude, you're super supportive of my stuff. I feel very honored. Thank you so much.
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Translation swing and miss.
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(Answer, if no one gets it by then, will be posted in a day in the comments below)

Japan's netflix has about half the content of the US version (with Japanese subtitles and stuff), and about 30%+ Japanese or other content not available in the US. Still, I like to watch stuff with Japanese subtitles, for practice: Basically every movie, every show I watch, is an opportunity to learn "How do I say this in Japanese?" "Is there a better grammar expression here on the screen than one I'm used to using?" "What's that kanji? I'll write it down for later..." and the like.

Japanese-speakers; see if you can extrapolate the American expression that's translated poorly here. :-)

(from the Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal satire)
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Do that shit!
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Psst. +Brian Peters ! Look what dropped yesterday!

Not only timely, but applicable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xKu3q2SU8w
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After those series of events, I think it'd be a good time for a beer. :D
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Fall of Magic Japanese gets some play!
 
2016年7月23日にゲーム会を実施しました。

・Magic: The Gathering
・Fall of Magic

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I will do that!
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