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Jay Loomis
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I was helping +Gray Pawn  with a project a couple of weeks ago and I started joking about a Powered by the Apocalypse version of Indiana Jones. The move I came up with, which is basically the only one Indy every uses, I have refined to this:

Trust Me
When you do something dangerously stupid in defense of freedom, the pursuit of knowledge, or the safety of others, roll +rugged. On a hit you succeed, but...
10 +: pick 1
7-9: pick 2
* You get the crap kicked out of you
* Someone bad immediately steals your victory from you
* Nazis swarm out of everywhere

This sort of honest, action-movie move makes me happy. So here are a couple more:

Pork-Chop Express (from the Jack Burton playbook)
When you take the straightest, bluntest path to solve a problem, roll +macho. On a hit you succeed, but...
10 +: pick 1
7-9: pick 2
* You look like an idiot doing it
* A less macho ally already accomplished the same thing a smarter way and is waiting for you to catch up
* Weird supernatural stuff complicates the situation

You are great! (from the Madmartigan playbook)
When you use wit and flair to overcome great danger, roll +bravado. On a hit you succeed, but...
10 +: pick 1
7-9: pick 2
* You lose track of the real objective in all the excitement
* You are confused by an emotional reaction you have, take -1 forward to dealing with its cause
* You end up vulnerable to something worse
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I'll freely admit that I haven't seen any Agent Carter, but watching trailers for it left me with this impression.

When you do anything heroic and cool, you do it, then roll +moxie:
10 +: pick 1
7-9: pick 2
* Some feckless man nearby says: "Gee willickers, I didn't know a girl could do that!"
* Some dude compliments you in a way that implies, despite your obvious awesomeness, you're little more than a sex object to him
* Someone denies that you did it, perhaps even taking the credit for himself.

Which, come to think of it, is kind of the move for all women in action roles. Now I've made myself sad.
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The sun setting on a peaceful city is a lovely balm for the stress of the week. We're tough, America, we'll get through this. And to the rest of the world: more than half of us are really sorry.
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Eight years ago I watched the presidential election while working late. By the time Obama was the clear winner, it was dark and I was alone. I remember feeling so hopeful. I wasn't among those ready to declare that racism was a thing of the past. But electing a person of color to the presidency was so big a step. A thing that I always thought about as being something to happen in the indistinct future. I felt like maybe everything was going to be alright.

Tonight is the opposite of that. I always suspected that we'd have a black president before we had a woman president. I never really completed the thought, that sexism runs deeper than racism. I feel sick. Not because I think Trump is going to destroy humanity. We'll be okay. We'll take some steps backward, yes, but ultimately, slowly, we'll continue to progress as a society. No, I feel sick the way I do when some awesome, dynamic woman I'm lucky enough to call a friend tells me how she's been harassed in the middle of a space I thought was safe. I feel so disappointed that it makes my stomach rumble and my skin crawl. I want to believe that the average American is better than this. That bigotry is universally acknowledged as a Bad Thing, and that people have the decency to condemn it when it rears its hideous orange head. I feel isolated from so much of my country, and as much as I'd like to believe that holding different political views is healthy and good, I can't see the garbage that Trump has been spouting to garner support as a valid political viewpoint. It's just ignorance and hate. And whether he "really believes it" is entirely beside the point: it's the fact that it worked that devastates me.
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Got to go see Puddles Pity Party on Monday. Fantastic show! I highly recommend it if you get the chance. Also (at least here in Seattle) very affordable. Plus we got Puddles Cuddles after the show:
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That big clown can sing!
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These days it's not uncommon for me to see people playing a game that I don't like and having a ridiculously good time. I've tried over the years to back away from the knee-jerk, "they're doing it wrong" sour grapes. What I really tend to feel is, "boy, I wish it was that easy for me to have that much fun with a game."

I'm jealous of people who are less picky than me. Or less snobby, or whatever it is. I'd give anything to just be able to go to a random pickup game at my friendly local game store and engage with it like teen me did. But every passing year is another Pandora's box opening, and that shit never goes back in.
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Sometimes I wish I just loved everything. But especially the taste of beets. People who like those seem to be having a really, really good time eating them.
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For not the first time, I am grateful for the compassion and skill of Vi Hart. This is excellent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaEeEbP16Wg
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Some music is better in proportion to volume level. I recommend cranking it up to 11 for Vita and the Woolf's Brett.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VORrKfsrO_4
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At Meeples Games with +Gray Pawn​.
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Just tried to plus this twice.
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Does everybody know about +James Mullen's Troublemakers already? Am I the last to the party? It's a PbtA game to play kids-save-the-day stories, like The Goonies. I've only been looking it over for a few minutes and it has charmed my pants off! So many PbtA games end up looking like Apocalypse World with a thin veneer of whatever genre or theme on it. This one appears to be rooted in the genre, with smart design choices evident on casual inspection. I can't wait to take it for a spin!

Check it out!
Troublemakers: A Game of Childhood Adventures
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Cheers for the signal boost Jay: I've just uploaded a new but still unfinished draft, with a tweak to the play a trick move, some new toys and lots more guidance for MCs.
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Gene Wilder, noo!

Seriously 2016. I get it. You're the worst.
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Today I'd like to honor my friend, +Peter Darley. Despite much of the gruff affect he projects, Peter is one of the kindest and most generous people I know. I don't get to play games with him as much as I'd like (not that I have gotten to play games with anyone much lately), and sharing a table with him more is a thing I'm putting on my list.

Please join me in raising a glass to Peter! 
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I get to play games with him all the time!
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Forty pounds of apricots, plus two bottles of wine, plus eight pounds of sugar, plus twenty-four vanilla beans equals a year's worth of awesome jam!
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Oh. My. Mg.
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    Technical Writer, 2016 - present
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    MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics, 2011 - 2014
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