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One of our social goals with the Unknown Armies 3 Kickstarter — goals unlocked by backer numbers rather than funding targets — has been to create tutorial videos that explain how the game is played. We unlocked the first of those yesterday with 2333 backers; the second will unlock if we reach 2666 in the next two days.

Other than executive and financial oversight of the project, these tutorials are the only parts of the ‪#‎UA3RPG‬ project that fall to me. I enjoy producing video like this, so if you haven't yet, please consider backing the project and spreading the word. I think we can do something really neat with these. Thanks!

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I love how much thought has gone into making sure that this is easy to pick up and play at the table. Love the idea of tutorial videos and the pdf reference guide stretch goal. So cool. 
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Author and game designer +Greg Stolze joins Grant and Peter to talk about Unknown Armies 3rd Edition, its Kickstarter, some of his other work, and personal-scale horror stories! We spend a lot of time talking about Unknown Armies—practically the whole episode, really—and Greg had plenty to say about personal horror and how Unknown Armies reflects that. In particular, we talk about how this sort of horror differs from the “cosmic horror” currently in vogue; how relationships can matter more in personal horror; stress and horror; and more. Enjoy, and check the show notes for links to the #UA3RPG Kickstarter and everything else we mentioned in this episode!
Scripture: Job 38:4-7, John 15:13, Colossians 3:23-25, Romans 3:10
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"It's fun on the bun!"
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...and now, a bit from the novel I'm trying to try to work on.

-G.

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“You are going to come over here to the far corner of the room and have a seat by this armoire,” Terry says.
“It’s a chifferobe,” Porter says in a low voice.
“Hush you. Now I’m going to put this mannequin with this tasteless fake ‘Indian warbonnet,’ ugh, I don’t even know why we have this thing…”
“It’s historical! A state Senator wore that during assignations with his mistress!” Porter calls.
“Lovely, so it’s tacky as fuck on multiple levels,” Terrence sniffs, moving the object as if mere glancing contact with it could infect him with syphilis or incurable Republican values.
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Hmm, chifforobe. I learned a word today. Thanks :)
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Some shameless self-promotion: I Interviewed +Greg Stolze about Unknown Armies 3e and his inspirations.

Hope you like it. Enjoy.
Atlas Games. The Kickstarter for the Unknown Armies 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game will run until 29. April 2016, and I am a backer.
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WOO HOO, HOT NEW STOLZE FICTION, JUST IN TIME TO DISTRACT YOU FROM POLITICS!

You can read A Series of One-Sided Conversations! You can get it as a PDF at this link: http://gregstolze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/OneSided.pdf ! Or you can get it on a format that your e-reader will find digestable at THIS link: http://gregstolze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/OneSided.zip !

Tell your friends, share the joy, be a snobby hipster about other, more popular and profitable crime books by saying "Yeah, it's okay, I guess... I'm really more into A Series of One-Sided Conversations? You probably haven't heard of it."

And once more, I reiterate: Woo hoo.

-G.
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Cool story, I just finished it. Kudos.
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#UnknownArmies at STARFEST in Denver.
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What do you do when your prick brother-in-law kills your sister, and you know it, and you can’t prove it? That’s not a rhetorical question, Donald. I’m really asking.

I’m sorry if I’m laying a big heavy trip on you right up front, but I was given to understand that you’re, um, a serious customer. A guy who’s seen things, done things. Good with electronics and not too hung up on laws and regulations.

Yeah? “Go to the cops?” I’m sorry, if that’s the best you can do for me, you’re friggin’ useless. I mean, don’t feel bad, lots of people are useless. I’m pretty useless. Even before the accident, really. But Bruce (that’s the brother-in-law) is rich as balls. Parents built this giant baked-goods factory, or were early investors or something, or maybe his grandparents did it. Doesn’t matter, except that it means he grew up soaked in money. It doesn’t matter, except he got everything he wanted and every fifth person in high school had parents who worked for his parents. So he never got bullied (even though he had a stutter) and he got a shiny new T-Bird for his 18th birthday, and he dated the prom queen, Cissy Hennings.

He didn’t marry her though. She was pretty, but stuck up and her family didn’t have to work for his. Entitled, that’s the word you could use. She went off to a nice college, and so did he, and when he came back he married my older sister, Crystal. And he killed her.

Our town’s small, and a lot of the cops are guys who didn’t go away to a nice college, some were on the football team with Bruce. (You’d expect him to be quarterback, but he actually played defensive end). The rest have spouses or parents or kids who work at the goddamn baked-goods factory.

I mean, I suppose if he’d done it on the library lawn in front of the mayor and everyone, he’d be busted. Society can only put up with so much, even from a job creator. But he did it in secret, out on the water.

Maybe the FBI could have proved something, if Bruce or his family had raised a stink. But he said it was an accident, and when her body washed up there was no inquest, just a quick cremation and he cried at the funeral. After the burial, he gave me a big ol’ hug, which is awkward in my wheelchair, and also awkward since I never hugged him since his wedding, and triple awkward because I knew he thought I was friggin’ useless and kind of a weirdo besides.

Bruce was not a big weeper. When he hugged me, I smelled menthol. Not like cigarettes, but like that stuff you put on your chest when you’re sick. Or that you put under your eyes when you need to fake-cry.

I don’t know why Bruce killed Crystal. Maybe just because he could? She was still a good-enough trophy wife for (let’s face it) a jumped-up 1% baker, even if she wasn’t as hot as when he married her.

That’s the difference between Crystal and Cissy, according to my asshole friends. Cissy was pretty and Crystal was hot. Never mind that she was also kind, and polite, and a good listener and she knew how to tell a joke, honestly, her timing was killer. But so was her body, I guess, and that’s what guys noticed.

(Yes, I have to guess. I can’t see my sister as a hot piece of ass, sorry, not even hypothetically as a mental exercise. She was the older sister who picked on me just enough to let me know I was nothing special, and then turned me on to all her cool music to let me know that, actually, I was kinda special. When I got in my first big trouble, when I was seventeen and she was twenty, she stuck by me when even mom and dad were treating me like garbage. When I imagine her, half the time I still see her how she looked at fifteen with braces when she said “Dad rock is where it’s at, kiddo. I’m going to put on Led Zeppelin now. I think you’re ready.” Too much of the rest of the time, I picture her bloated and drowned at thirty-four.)

Well. If you accept at face value that Bruce killed Crystal and that the cops aren’t going to do anything (because he’s rich and they’re not super competent and anyhow, ever since my first big trouble they’ve regarded me as “That asshole who did all the Satanism in the graveyard”), what next? You might suggest I kill him myself.

I’ve thought about it, but it’s not easy. Overpowering him is clearly out of the question. He’s gained weight and lost wind, and I can stand up and walk a few steps, sure. But he still plays touch football with his butthole nephews on weekends, and I can only stay up just about long enough to reach something down from a high shelf in the liquor store—long enough to get snide comments from people who think that walking’s like a light switch, and that if you can walk some of the time, you don’t need the chair most of the time.

(I’ve been in the chair since my second big trouble, which involved high speeds and a semi-truck with Bruce’s family bakery logo on the side.)

Anyhow. I could hide a gun in the chair, see him, go bang. I’m not a great shot, and I think he might be a little leery of me, but that would be an option, for sure. If I wanted to trade my life for his.

Which is the rub, now ain’t it? Cold-blooded revenge, but no one’s going to care when they look at my record, and my laughable evidence. They’d lock me up tight—it’s not like I could carry off a grand-ass getaway when I need to get Dave or Pete to drive me somewhere. I’d have to lure him out somewhere or ambush him and… he just is not real ambushable.

Plus, and this shames me so shut up in advance… he scares me. I don’t know if, way down inside, I’ve got the killer instinct. But Bruce does. He’s gotten away with it once. If he knows I suspect (or suspects that I know), inviting him to go off to a secluded (but wheelchair accessible!) location away from witnesses and bystanders might play right into his hands. He might kill me too, and claim self-defense. Thanks to big trouble #1 and him being rich as balls, people would probably buy it, or buy it enough.

Yeah, no shit. It’s a ‘pickle.’ That’s exactly the word, Donald. But I have a plan. I’m going to get myself unpickled. How? That’s where you come in. You and your computer stuff.

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Like that? It's the first section from a short story I wrote. If you want to read the rest of it, well, that can be arranged. See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregstolze/one-sided for details.

-G.
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Who am I to resist shameless self-promotion?

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Some shameless self-promotion: I Interviewed +Greg Stolze about Unknown Armies 3e and his inspirations.

Hope you like it. Enjoy.
Atlas Games. The Kickstarter for the Unknown Armies 3rd Edition Roleplaying Game will run until 29. April 2016, and I am a backer.
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THIS is a game I will run. Oh yes. I will !
Currently, I'm reading the gamma. On my phone...
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Did you guys know I did some art for #UA3RPG myownself?

Still plenty o' time to back it at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasgames/unknown-armies-third-edition-roleplaying-game

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Hey, if you checked out the ONE-SIDED Kickstarter...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregstolze/one-sided/description

...but were sad because all the linocuts sold out, check it now! I just restocked those reward tiers.

If, on the other hand, you know NOTHING about this Kickstarter... um, er, well, you may also want to click on it. Even pledging a buck gets you a podcast now!

-G.
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Hey everybody! Wanna hear me swear at an imaginary priest?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregstolze/one-sided/posts/1510051

If you haven't been keeping up on my current Kickstarter project, the goal, she is met. Now, I'm hoping to push it up to $750 and give all backers a podcast read by me, a poet of my acquaintance, and this college actor my wife knows. What do you say? C'mon, stick in a buck, it'll be fun!

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