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Jay Loomis
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Today's fun, academic moment: looking up a word I read in a Renaissance book in the OED online only to have it provide a single source--the one I found it in.
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Getting prepped (more or less) to run +Jamie Fristrom 's excellent #Superhuman tomorrow at Emerald City Comic Con. Here's a sneak peak at the burden cards I made. The typography and design needs a lot of work. Really all I had time for was cramming all of the text onto the cards. Still, I'm pretty happy with them.
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Ohhh those are cool. :) I too have the plague :( and a corner fancier if you ever need one (or four). 
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Hey +Jamie Fristrom , +Cheryl Trooskin-Zoller , +Jackson Tegu , and +Erin Sara B. G. 

In case you look at this before I see you:

Hows about we start Monsterhearts on Sunday at Noon?
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I like it. :)
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Had a great time playing #SuperHuman with +Jamie Fristrom +Peter Darley  and Peter's friend Sam on Thursday. It was a strangely action-packed episode (which is to say, we didn't get into a lot of character scenes). Perhaps because of that, Sam brought up this sketch. His character is a traffic cop who sometimes turns into a Mr. Hyde literal murder hobo. My character turns into badass demonic lady.

Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit
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I was thinking about how I intended the BMX Bandits of Superhuman to have more narrative power (via higher stats) than the Angel Summoners ... part of Sam's nerfing was because he made Sharp his best stat and when he's in murder hobo mode he never uses it. He needs an opportunity to do some police work...
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Catching up on Almost Human. It really manages to mix some cool twists and turns in with comfortable cop show clichés in a way that works for me.

Kennex is down in the lab trying to get his friend the tech to do some work off the books, and she's hesitant--she's already done him enough favors.
Tech: If I take any heat for this, I'm gonna tell them you threatened me.
Kennex: You're in luck: they'd believe that.

#KarlUrbanToughCopManCrush
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I really dig Karl Urban.  Have you seen Dredd?  He totally rocked that.

Also, the guy who plays Dorian is probably the most attractive man on TV, which isn't bad.
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Just watching the trailer for Red Cliff after a recommendation from +Nathanael Cole .

It got me to thinking:

There are certain words that, when you say them, you are daring the universe to make you eat them until you burst. High on this list: "You think I'm afraid of a few girls?"
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I love Red Cliff.
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Lots of goodness at #Gamestorm this weekend. I split my time between story games and board games this year, and it was a nice combo.

A few highlights:

Lewis & Clark (very soon to be back in print from Asmodee) is a great board game wherein you balance building a corps of explorers with cool powers, native helpers, and supplies to be the first to reach the Pacific. Surprisingly tight, mechanically rich, and thematically fresh. The red meeples with feather headdresses for the "Indians" are a little disconcerting, but no other flaws from my perspective.

Francis Drake is a big box Eurogame. Nice blend of planning followed by execution. Doesn't really do much with the theme, but it seems engaging and it has little cardboard treasure chests to secretly store your loot in, for which I would forgive many sins (and the lack of a thesis isn't a big sin in this case).

Got in three games of Monsterhearts, two of them as a series, all run by the consistently radical +Erin Sara B. G.  Got to be an occasionally very nasty Ghoul, and a not very understanding Mortal. Too brief discussion with +Jackson Tegu about the differences between "Olympia style" and "Seattle style" Monsterhearts really makes me wonder about style differences in other parts of the world that are more than an hour away.

Motobushido with Billy Zane +Nathanael Cole was very cool. I respond much better to the language-based pitch that it's an RPG "about brotherhood, sacrifice, and death" than to the visual pitch of samurai on motorcycles. I can see how I would really enjoy a short campaign of this.

Dungeon World with oracle master +John Aegard  was a blast. The combination of expanded heritage moves from Planarch Codex and classes from Grim World have renewed my excitement about the game.

Finally, the rides to and from with +Gray Pawn  were great as always.

All around a great weekend filled with fantastic friends, fun and moving stories, and gamey goodness!
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Yeah, there are lots of playstyle differences for all kinds of games. I definitely don't scene-frame our Monsterhearts campaign as hard as I could, but that's partially because I'm coming at it from a AW background and we're all dug-in for a longer game. Also, been super busy, which minimizes my prep time and leads to a more exploratory tone. But no reason we couldn't change things up if we wanted.
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Meet my new love/hate/love game addiction, http://roguelegacy.com/. I am willing to acknowledge that I suck at this game, but every time it beats me up, I come back for more. And more.
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It's 8 bit funny Dark Souls
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For once, I'm pretty stoked to share what I've been working on!

I'm making a handmade maze book about pirates, suitable for young people. With block printed illustrations. This version will be updated (the text orientation is messed up, for one), and it's supposed to have wooden covers. The map is the back side folded out.

These constitute my 2nd through 8th relief print efforts, and I couldn't be happier with the process and the results!
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I may sell runs of individual prints though.
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1000 times yes!

By the time I stopped being a manager at Microsoft, my most important hiring question was: Do I want to spend eight hours a day with this person?
 
Nimble Storage CEO Suresh Vasudevan: "Between an arrogant rocket scientist and an agreeable guy that I love to work with - I choose the latter." http://spr.ly/62675iuV
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As was said in Roxanne, "I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world."
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Grad student, aspiring game designer and writer
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    Writing Tutor, 2012 - present
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    2011 - present
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