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Paul Czege
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Having a kiddo has meant not seeing many adult movies at the theatre. The last one prior to today was The Arrival. Happily this one today is still showing when we had a chance to see it. 
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This book has a clever, artful moment I almost passed over without recognizing. It gives you an early clue in a place you wouldn't expect, and despite the clue I still almost missed the one particularly artful moment. It's totally worth finding from the library if you have a young kiddo to read with. 
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I really dislike survival horror. Why am I drawn to this? 
Xas Irkalla now on kickstarter!


Xas Irkalla is a tabletop role-playing game that offers a hardcore survival horror experience. The world is a desolate land of surreal horror; a planet wounded by psychic warfare, mind-controlled cities, interdimensional labyrinths, and wasteland tribes. You are the alien here; the last survivor of your species. Your existence will have to be earned.


As the premier RPG of Atramentis Games, Xas Irkalla uses a narrative ruleset called the Strain System, which is designed to play like a boardgame where the game itself is challenging. In order to survive, players will have to compete against their Stress scores, which increase and decrease with various risks and actions. You can increase your chance of success, but at the risk of gaining more Stress.


A basic version of the rules system is available immediately to all backers, even for small pledges. There are optional add-ons, a setting-generic version, and the full book in digital, softcover or hardcover editions. There are also t-shirts, signed posters, and custom artwork options available.


View the Kickstarter project at https://goo.gl/QTwipU

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We were painting rocks today +Ray Otus​. #crapwizards
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The kiddo had a very big day of acquiring free frisbees yesterday. The orange and green ones were first, from separate sponsor tables at the county mud day. The pink is a rubbery, heavy one for playing catch with a dog from a pet store sponsor at an evening children's music event. We played with it a bit ourselves and it's pretty fun even if you don't have a dog. And then when we got home there'd been an incident at the group home next door and there were multiple cop cars and paramedics and a fire engine in all our driveways. So we sat on the porch and watched, and at one point one of the fire department paramedics came over and gave him the red ring one. 
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When my son was born I needed to turn the spare room into a bedroom for him, and much of what was in it was shelves of books I'd been collecting since the 70s. I kept most of the nonfiction and trade paperback fiction. I kept a hundred or so of the paperback novels and sold off the other nine hundred. My rule of thumb was to keep the ones that'd had a big impact on me and the ones I thought I'd never be able to get from the library, inter-library loan, or would never find as ebooks if I ever wanted to read them again. So, for example, Stand on Zanzibar got sold. Here's a trilogy I kept. 
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I had a dream last night that Stephen King's publisher flew me out to his house to interview him for some article or something, with the ulterior motive of hoping we'd click and be inspired to do some kind of writing project together. He had a neighbor who was an invalid in a hospital bed with nurses and stuff out in his back yard. We kind of did click, while we were talking, but I don't remember more of the dream to know if anything came of it. 
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Production-wise, I've been thinking of doing Traverser as a single saddle-stitched book like the Traveller little black books from the late 70s, though with a higher page count. I've been thinking of doing a companion volume as a Kickstarter extra with stories and hacks by other people and an article on hacking. I'm not sure what to title the companion volume though, and I think I'd like to do it as more of a photocopied ashcan/zine, but I'm second guessing myself about that too. What do you think?
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