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I publish my many of the slides from my PAX Dev talk on making better game books, and propose starting a video series about game book production—provided my Patreon reaches a new goal.
Last week, I gave a talk at PAX Dev on using text design and page layout concepts to make better game books. It was a talk with slides, and I ran the full hour. Some folks have asked for the slides...
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'Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game.' Cosmic terror meets the War on Terror. September 2015. #cthulhu #rpg
Be careful what you wish for. Delta Green, the award-winning setting of deadly conspiracy, desperate intrigue, and Lovecraftian cosmic terror in the modern day, has returned. The subject of the two...
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Money waiting for it.
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Hiram Allen stares directly into the camera, sighs, and says, “Well, it’s obviously zombies.”

Though the screams that erupt from the watching student body are certainly varied, they could be generally characterized as “AWESOME!!!”
A PDF proof has been released to backers of the No Soul Left Behind Kickstarter. If you didn’t back the Kickstarter, you’ll have to wait a little longer to get […]
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It's a great work of art & wonderful writing, congratulations to all who worked & supported it.
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+Chris Cooper wrote up the action from a recent playtest of NINTH LEGION, an upcoming Romans-in-Faerie campaign book by +Paul Mitchener for +Greg Stolze's REIGN.
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Social justice activist Bree Newsome released the following statement exclusively to Blue Nation Review.
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Download the current DGRPG cheatsheet.
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Looking awesome, can't wait for the kickstarter!
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Like #DeltaGreen? Be at the Pelgrane Press panel today, 4pm, Crowne Plaza, Penn Stn B, #GenCon 
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In 1 hour, 8pm est at #GenCon: DELTA GREEN RPG panel, Q&A, demo. Crowne Plaza, Hay Market A.
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Here's a reminder on what this "Greek debt" thing really means.

A lot of people are talking about how terrible the Greeks must be to have all this "Greek debt" they can't pay off. As if they've been down the pub or buying massive televisions with no ability or intention to ever pay it off. It's the classic "kick the poor and demonise the workers as scroungers" Daily Mail tactic. It's simplistic, easy to understand, and WRONG.

Remember back 7 years? It's hard sometimes, especially when our corporate media want us to forget. Remember how the banksters had been creating a massive investment bubble by selling weird investment products to one another, packaging them up in mysterious and hard-to-understand "structured investment vehicles", until the whole Ponzi scheme blew up in 2007/8 when someone said "hang on, this stuff we banks are selling one another is all crap, isn't it?" At which point - bang! - the veil fell, and the banks lost confidence in their precious bubble, and Lehman went bankrupt, and the private banks teetered on the brink of collapse.

According to capitalism, at that point the stupid banks should have gone bankrupt. Result? Chaos for 6-12 months, nationalisation of the banks, recession, then rebuilding. That's what capitalism does.

In 2008, it wasn't allowed to happen. Instead, our governments were strong-armed to "bailout the banks". How were they persuaded? Well, by a combination of corruption, lobbying, graft, and threats by the banks to "blow up the world economy". Our governments were basically terrorised with threats of bank ATMs drying up - and the fact that huge numbers of banksters had been installed in our governments meant that they folded easily.

So what happened? Our governments paid off the bankster debts, that's what. Think about that: our governments used taxpayer money to pay off the banks' crazily overhyped bubble debts. Did they have the money to do that? Hell no! So where did they get it?

This is where it gets ludicrous. Our governments borrowed the money from... the banks.

Yes, read that again.

In order to pay off the gambling debts of the banks, our governments couldn't use taxpayers money, 'cos there wasn't enough. So they borrowed it - off the selfsame banks who had incurred the debts in the first place. 

But how could they? Those banks didn't have the money, right? Well, the banks are legally allowed to create money out of thin air. Yup, that's how our banking system works. 

So, the banksters magicked up trillions of dollars out of thin air, and lent it to the governments of various countries, which those governments used to pay off the bad debts of... the banksters.

Then those banks charged interest on the loans they'd made to the countries.

In technical terms, this is known as "transferring private debt into sovereign debt". In the case of Greece, the bad debts run up by private banks operating in Greece became the sovereign debts of the Greek government. Our corrupt corporate media call these debts "the debts of the Greek people".

And, because the Greek people can't possibly pay even the interest on these horrendously enormous private banking debts, the private banks who loaned them the money are now demanding the Greeks go without public services, pension, benefits, schools, healthcare, even public assets - and instead give all the fruits of their labour to the banks.

Now, the Greeks are a bit fed up of this. But we all should be; this is what the 2008 banking crisis was all about. The "sovereign debts" which all our countries are supposed to owe are exactly this - bad private banking debts from the investment bubble before 2008. Nothing to do with an individual citizen being a scrounger, or being unable to look after your finances, and all about corrupt government swindling the taxpayer into paying off the gambling debts of the banksters. 

And it's not an EU thing. It's global. The banksters and our corrupt media are presenting this as a systemic fault of the Eurozone; it's not. Many EU politicians vociferously oppose this - but over the past 7 years, since 2008, banksters have been put in charge of governments - the so-called "technocrats". Let's call them what they are: banksters installed to oversee the plundering of our collective national resources.

And, right now, their machinations are threatening to bring down the biggest social advance in Europe in the past 1000 years; our collective turning-our-backs on an era of almost constant war in Europe, and the creation of a peaceful pan-European democratic state. It's being hijacked by the banksters, and they're out to tear it apart, plunder its resources, and probably generate some business for their arms dealer friends into the bargain.
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There is also the over the top military expenditures that are up money starting in the 1970s and several other factors. The recession also dried up a lot of money to begin with. There's also the fact that Greece government was even lying about their debt level up until 2010 — miscounting it lower than it actually was.

Basically it's a whole lot more complicated than the one issue you are putting forth. Greece has had a growing problem with debt for a long time. (I say problem with debt as some government debt is fine).

And then the forced austerity they proposed to fix it has just made things worse.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_government-debt_crisis
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A backer's comment tonight:

"So... this is amazing. Like, one of the 10 best RPGs I've ever read amazing. Hilarious and smart and just really well written. Anyway, I'll stop gushing. But great job. I'm really glad I supported this Kickstarter."

Heck yeah, +Caleb Stokes! 
Arc Dream Publishing is raising funds for No Soul Left Behind on Kickstarter! A full-length, 10-adventure campaign for BETTER ANGELS, the tabletop RPG of demon-possessed supervillainy.
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Only just starting into reading No Soul left behind, backed it entirely on the basis of , a, No Security having been the best Horror RPG scenario book of the decade so far(bar none) and the fact that +Caleb Stokes is a mad Genius.   What I have seen so far validates that decision entirely!
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Please respond privately to shane.ivey@gmail.com.

Is anyone interested in writing a one-page review of Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition for the upcoming Unspeakable Oath? 

Or some of the other recent CoC and ToC-related projects from Chaosium, Pelgrane, Cubicle 7, Modiphius, Golden Goblin, et al?

Please make sure you've read a few of our past issues, particularly the way we structure reviews, before you volunteer. 

Strong preference given if you've actually used in a game the thing you're reviewing.

We pay $20 for a published review.

Guidelines:

http://theunspeakableoath.com/home/submissions/
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Have you met my friend Traveller?
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Yep.  Even wrote for it at one time.  Great game.
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Writer, editor, webmaster, tabletop game designer
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  • Arc Dream Publishing
    Publisher, writer, editor, webmaster, tabletop game designer, 2002 - present
  • The Birmingham News
    Copy editor; 2003 - 2005 and also..., 2010 - 2014
  • Avalanche Press
    Webmaster, editor, page designer, 2004 - 2009
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Magazine editor, 2001 - 2003
  • RevolutionSF.com
    Webmaster, editor, publisher, 2001 - 2008
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Birmingham, Ala.
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Phoenix, Sacramento, Brooklyn
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Editor, page designer, publisher, tabletop gamer, family man.
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I run Arc Dream Publishing, a boutique publisher of tabletop roleplaying games and the magazine The Unspeakable Oath. At night I'm a copy editor with The Birmingham News.
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Awesome wife. 3 awesome kids. Four of my company's books just got nominated for industry awards.
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  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Brooklyn Law School
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