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Can't believe Stewart Wieck passed away at such a young age. His work on VTM and MTA filled my 1990s with much joy and dark adventure. Not to mention he even bought the IP from WEG last year and was relaunching a few titles. Very very sad.
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So while +James Spahn is enjoying the NTRPG con down in Texas, I am pondering the memories I had designing some aspects of the packaging.

It was winter and I did a lot of the work in the baggage claim in O'Hare airport (I had a lot of down time there for a few months). James had purchased some stock cover art and I was fiddling with a logo for, what was at that time, a word .doc draft of THJ. In fact it essentially supposed to be called that... the name was Hero's Journey back then.

Anyway I mocked up the cover on the left, and I hated it. I didn't want to upset James, but the photo bashed stockart just wasn't something I was used to working with.

Then James did the most amazing thing for a designer he could do...he gave me 100% free reign over the design of the entire book. I wasn't a cover artist but he took a risk on a crazy idea I had for the cover art and said OK.

I to be clear this book is nominated for the work James did, not the cover or interior. But it was a joy to work on... and I hope James lets me make a 3 Castles Award winner special edition... (complete with character sheet and index haha).

Good luck THJ and James... keep your fingers crossed, hope I can make it over the TX for awards night.
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A testament to how yummy the stollen +Peter Schweighofer Sent me was. Thank you very much. My son and I have enjoyed it (probably a bit too much in one sitting). Mom and sister are in California helping grandma as she is undergoing surgery for uterine cancer and I am prepping for a job interview tomorrow so this treat has served as a welcome distraction from the troubles of life.

I probably mentioned last year how much this reminds me of my German grandmother's Easter stollen (oft mistaken as hot-crossed-buns by non Germanic folk). A taste to remember her and a taste to celebrate new friends and the holiday.

Thank you again friend, I hope see you and break bread (pun intended) in person some day.

Merry Christmas to all my other dear internet friends +James Spahn and +Wayne Humfleet. Hope to see you all this year.
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Ninja Caught On Camera Stealing Katana Sword - The Huffington Post - US
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Looking for some advice from my trusted friends. As Diregard is approaching its final draft, finalizing the physical product is becoming a priority. There are a couple of options that are feasable.

First is a physical hardcover. The book would run about 300 pages for a 9x6 and 256 for an 8.5x11. Cost is under 20 bucks

Second is a box set with 3 saddle stitched booklets (players boo, rule book, and game master book) in a single box. This leaves it open to add an introductory adventure or reference book too. Cost is under 40 bucks.

Doing both isn't an option due to the time constraints on the sole graphic designer (me).

Either way we are going to make a black and white layout with only 2 tone line art. Lulu is an acceptable print medium ( it will be the printer in using) but its quality fades with color and grayscale printing.

There is also the option to have perfect blur or cool bound books instead of saddle stitched. There are greater sizes to choose from with perfect bound, but it looses that lay flat ability.

I lean to the box set because it is kind of unique (sort of) in the indi press. Also it allows the user to store dice and stuff in the box and allows me to make small add on books to stuff in it. I am purposefully avoiding tying the game to a campaign setting, but I am trying to find a writer for a starter adventure sold separately.

What are your thoughts.
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Teaching my some the basics of dungeoneering. Rule number 1.... always spike the doors open.
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Playing Panzer Kids Deluxe with my son this morning. I didn't have enough 1:100 models so I had to pilfer some tanks and terrain from FFG's Tide of Iron. I made a few quick movement accommodations to account for the change in scale and we had a great time.

PzK is a little advance for a four year old who is still trying to count and is learning to measure, but while some of the concepts were a bit advanced he still grasped the basic strategy.

My only complaint is that the title indicates that the game is somehow juvenile and just for kids. While the rules are simple (reminds me of Panzer Blitz for minis) it is a great game for adults with a lot of replay value.

While this isn't a full review (the game is affordable enough to take a risk on buying if your curious) I can say that I would recommend this to any mini gamer or war gamer. As a regular at Advanced Squad Leader tournaments, I can say that the simple rules don't detract from the strategy or fun. While it is a good way to engage kids, it is also fun to spread models out on the floor (or backyard) and have a major tank battle with rules simple enough to play several scenarios in an evening.

It also opens up the model making hobby too. Another great way to spend time with the kinds and to talk about history.

Highly recommended... the dice are very, very cool too... thank you very much +Peter Schweighofer.
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Here's the Herrmannn clan getting ready to Trick or Treat.
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What I'm planning on reading this week. A complex, early medieval, gritty game set in Europe... even has stats for God and Satan I hear... going to confession gives you some bonuses.

I also hear that it is poorly written and edited... overly complex and disjointed. Aparently written by several post grad students at Cambridge. I know the editorial nightmare collaborative projects can be. Maybe after my current project I'll take a Crack at hacking (and tweaking) this truly old-school beast.
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I know that I have ranted and raved about the benefits of using various open GL programs for graphic design. I have just started using LibreOffice 5.1 in the past few days. I am very pleased with the results.

Not only is it a very "bug free" program, several much needed enhancements have been made, including custom line width for tables (formerly it was just .05, .5, 1.0pt etc...) Several new vector image drawing tools, and updated text styles.

It also works seamlessly with older OpenOffice files or MS Word files. I can honestly say that (unless I am doing a larger commercial project) I have no more need for CS (well... Acrobat is a necessary evil I suppose).
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