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Brian Slaby
Worked at Student Conservation Association - Great Smoky Mountains NP
Attended Denison University
Lived in Maple Heights, OH
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Firefly Redux
The title of this post might not make much sense since I haven't really posted about the Firefly RPG before.  Well, that's not because I haven't played it, I just never got around to posting about it.  Sometimes it sucks being really busy because there's al...
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Brief Update
Yes, it's been a good long while since I've posted anything.  No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  I haven't stopped playing/running tabletop RPGs either.  In fact, with 3 weekly games and an online PbP, I'd say I'm still going pretty strong.  B...
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Was already thinking along the same lines but coming from a Fate perspective. I also toyed with the idea of tying icon roles to plot points. 
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"Plot Points" in 13th Age
Wow, this may have been my longest hiatus from writing in this blog.  Not much to say about that other than I've been busy, and that's included doing a whole lot of gaming.  Gaming to the point where I'm not in the mood to think about it at my leisure.  I s...
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Nope, I didn't give up on my 13th Age Options series, I've just been busy!  Here's the latest, more Beast Aspects for Shifter Druids:

http://thechamberofmazarbuldnd.blogspot.com/2014/08/13th-age-options-druid.html
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13th Age Options: The Druid
It's been a while since I've written a 13th Age Options article (or, uh, posted much in general), so I thought I'd kick off the 13 True Ways classes with the Druid.  Not surprising since it's one of my favorite fantasy classes, especially the shapeshifter a...
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Roll Under/Over Micro Systems
We recently had a session where one player didn't show up for an Edge of the Empire game, and the previous session had ended on an important scene right before a combat encounter.  So the GM surprised us by showing up, tossing some gum on the table, and ann...
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I'd really like to hear about people's experience with Epic Tier.  Here's mine:  http://thechamberofmazarbuldnd.blogspot.com/2014/12/epic-tier-13th-age.html

Anyone else experiencing these "problems?"
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Party composition is the key. In my party, 6th level barbarian easily goes down, while the paladin is the anchor that keeps the party together in one piece.
Several observations led me to the following conclusions:
* High defense is the key when your opponent does a truckload damage.
* Fair opponents at higher level do not go down quickly enough for glass cannons to survive.
* Ranged combat specialist does not kill opponents fast enough for ranged character to survive.
* Damage control is the key.
* Wrecker vs. staggered character means downed character. Always remind your frontliners about this truth.

Please share the details of your party.
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Epic Tier 13th Age
This past week my Tuesday group finished our 1-10th level campaign of 13th Age.  I've talked about this before, but for this campaign we rotated GMs every adventure (3-4 sessions) and allowed a roster of multiple characters per player, choosing PCs at the b...
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The Rogue gets some love!  New powers, feats, even a new talent!

http://thechamberofmazarbuldnd.blogspot.com/2014/09/13th-age-options-rogue.html
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My group's rogue will be interested in this.  Thanks for sharing!
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13th Age Options: The Rogue
I've always really liked Rogues, and so it's a bit odd that it's one of the 13th Age classes I have the least experience with.  I've had three different players play one for just one (or a few) session(s) each, and two of them were dissatisfied.  Granted on...
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D&D 5th Edition First Play Experiences
There are a LOT of reviews of 5th Edition up by now so I'll try to keep this concise.  My Saturday night group tried out the Starter Set + Basic Rules (I'm not sure if the Basic rules are included in the Starter Set; I'm not the one who bought the box).  Of...
There are a LOT of reviews of 5th Edition up by now so I'll try to keep this concise.  My Saturday night group tried out the Starter Set + Basic Rules (I'm not sure if the Basic rules are included in the Starter Set; I'm not ...
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  • Denison University
    Biology, 2004 - 2008
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  • Student Conservation Association - Great Smoky Mountains NP
    Vegetation Management Intern, 2008 - 2008
  • AmeriCorps - Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force
    Habitat Restoration Technician, 2008 - 2009
  • US Forest Service - Wayne National Forest
    Biological Science Technician, 2010 - 2010
  • Oregon State University (technically)
    Avian Point Count Technician, 2011 - 2011
  • Cleveland Metroparks
    Wetland Ecology Assistant, 2013 - 2013
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Maple Heights, OH - Granville, OH - Gatlinburg, TN - Everett, WA - Pedro, OH - Loogootee, IN