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Hey, Numenera fans, did you know that MCG recently launched an official G+ presence? Our page is called, perhaps not surprisingly, Monte Cook Games. We're just getting started, so not much there yet, but we're ramping up the activity!
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Kurt Russell stars in my latest discussion on writing, on how having a big dumb guy as your main character can really enlivenate your story.
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Yeah, it's a stretch to call my protagonist particularly big or dumb--in fact, his wits are really his only survival tool--but the premise still fits.
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This is really cool: A reunion photo of the cast of The Princess Bride.
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I have a history with this movie: I had actually read the book (the Goldman version, not the original) several years before the film came out. It was one of my all-time favorite books, but virtually nobody I knew had even heard of it. One day, years later in college, a friend called and said "let's go to a movie." Turns out his roommate was also a longtime fan of the book, and had heard that there was a free screening of the movie (They made a movie of it? Cool!) if you went to see some other movie. So we and a bunch of people went and paid for and watched the other movie (I think it was Stakeout, but whatever, it was forgettable), and then watched The Princess Bride. What a cool experience it was to find someone else who had read the book, to discover that there was a movie of it, and to so totally enjoy the movie, all in one day.
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"In the 1950s, under Dwight Eisenhower, whom few would call a radical, it [the top marginal income tax rate] rose to 91 percent. [the marginal tax rate, not all income of course!] In the 1960s and 1970s the highest marginal rate was around 70 percent. Even after exploiting all possible deductions and credits, the typical high-income taxpayer paid a marginal federal tax of over 50 percent. But contrary to what conservative commentators had predicted, the high tax rates did not reduce economic growth. To the contrary, they enabled the nation to expand middle-class prosperity and fuel growth."

Until 1977...
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Robert Reich, one of my heroes, explains how we got into this economic No-Man's-Land.
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OK, this looks really cool. And it's from my good pal Luke Peterschmidt. And you can get in on the ground floor, preorder it, and get some really cool extras.
The Miskatonic School for Girls is the first deck building game where you get to build your opponent's deck!
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And did I mention that the ever-awesome Ken Hite did a bit of work on this? No, I did not, because I didn't know it at the time. But now I do. And so do you!
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I had no idea the kids' novel War Horse was being made into a film--by Speilberg, no less. I'm really looking forward to it--I dug the book, and since it's kid-friendly (at least the book was) there's a chance I'll actually get to see it!
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I started using Macs back with the Lisa, even before the Mac Plus. I still remember my first experiences, and the revelation of the GUI and the ability to access, organize, and use files intuitively instead of through code. In the past decade or so Apple became an industrial design leader and a hipster darling, but for me it was never about the image--it was always about a user experience that made the technology a pleasure to work with instead of a challenge.

I wouldn't say I've been particularly fascinated with Apple as a company or Jobs as an individual, but as an Apple user for so many years, I've witnessed the degree to which its successes have correlated directly to Jobs's hands-on involvement. I don't think the importance of his vision and leadership is overstated.

There are many writers, artists, game designers, and other thinkers who have been personally influential on me. Because technology is so important in my life and work, and the technology I use has been so shaped by Jobs's vision, it's possible he tops that list.
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2032: The forest darkens as the land becomes steeper--rough and boulder-strewn. Travelers find a network of trails much easier to negotiate than the rugged and tangled woods. But these are carefully tended by the forest's inhabitants to lead intruders into nests of giant spiders.
These three Hex Crawl maps were created using Gygaxian democracy: The Hexenbracken, The Kraal and The Colossal Wastes of Zhaar. I found them after being inspired by this post from Playing Dnd With Pornstars about covering his...
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Check out Loot!'s great deal today! (If you aren't familiar with Loot!, you should definitely give it a look. An incredible deal on an RPG product every day.)
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A lot of people are complaining that the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement are unclear (often with the subtext--or just plain text--that the protests somehow aren't legitimate because of that). Well, watch this, and complain no longer.
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Best video I've seen on the four of the main #OccupyWallStreet demands:

1) Reinstate Glass-Steagall
2) Audit the Federal Reserve
3) Repeal "Corporate Personhood."
4) Reform Top 1% and Corporate tax rates.

Why #OccupyWallStreet? Four Reasons from DC Douglas
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Limited-time offer.
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The best ad ever?
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Actually, the 2nd time's not as bad as the first.
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Hello, Google+ universe! A lot of people have added me to their circles in recent days. If I haven't circled you back, it's not because I don't appreciate it or that I don't care to communicate with you. Like most people, I haven't fully sussed out exactly how to make this work best, but there's a method to my madness.

If you and I don't actually know each other, chances are you've encirclated (encirclized? what exactly is the verb here?) me because of my role in the world of game design, writing, or general geekery. I make all of my posts on those sorts of topics public. By not creating a circle for that sort of thing, A. I have to maintain fewer circles, thus lessening the chance that you'll fall through the cracks and miss those posts, and B. if you want to share things I post, you won't get that annoying reminder every time telling you I only shared it with some people and it might be private.

I'm only maintaining circles for family, close friends, and colleagues. That's where I send my posts about family stuff, my kids activities, politics, and so on--things only people in those circles would care about anyway.

We're all new to this, and maybe I'm doing it all wrong. I suspect we'll all adjust the way we use Google+ as we get more used to how it works (and how it works for us individually). For now, though, I appreciate that you've chosen to follow what I have to say. Don't think a lack of encirclization means otherwise!
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Yeah I wouldn't worry- G+ is kind of like Facebook when it comes to friends and family, but Twitter when it comes to the public, with your choice of how much you want to combine them.
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COO at Monte Cook Games. Also a novelist and game designer
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Author of The Mason of New Orleans, a five-star rated epic of medieval action and intrigue with just a hint of tasty time travel.
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Gaming grandee. Past D&D Brand Manager. Past Chairman, Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Past squad leader, 29th Light Infantry.
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Liss, Hampshire - Kent, Washington - Pound, Virginia - Playa del Rey, California - Blacksburg, Virginia - Fairfax, Virginia - Mayport, Florida - Estoril, Portugal - Lisbon, Portugal