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Better games make better people.
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SkyNet inches closer. . .no batteries required to piggyback on your WiFi signal. #allhail #our #robot #overlords

Despite assurances from Elon and all the other usual suspects that “everything’s fine” in AI-land, and despite how nifty I think these no-electricity WiFi connected options are, I’m still not convinced that connecting my detergent bottle to the internet…
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Modeling the anguish and despair of game production? Yeah. It's a thing. Somebody drew pictures of my life in graph form. Yay. #gameproduction #design #despair

Rob writes about my life in his post, The Development Diamond: Modelling the Anguish and Despair of Game Production! Seriously, though, it’s a fascinating look at expectation setting. Also, I believe that this modeling exercise can be extended to any…
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Names are a big deal in RPGs and other fiction. (They’re a big deal in real life, too.) In fiction, names should really mean something. They should add to the character or explain the character or give them some sort of gravitas (a.k.a. street cred, if…
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Clickbait headlines make your study seem stupid. #clickhere #sciencefictiondoesn'tmakeyoustupid

I’m happy that somebody is exposing the poseur “literary fiction” readers as the frauds that they are, but. . . Science Fiction Makes You Stupid as a blog post title doesn’t accurately describe the results of the study. Sad. I am glad that the study…
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What does the lootbox backlash mean for booster packs? #randomwackycrap #wehatesit #aretheycomingforcardgamesnext

Personally, as an protein unit with undiagnosed but powerful obsessive tendencies, I’ve always had to avoid games with collectible anythings. I especially loathe random “booster packs” or “loot boxes” because I’d rather just pay for exactly what I want…
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Guess I'm going to give #Hexagon a try this week. . . #free >= #money

I’ve got a couple months before my Autodesk licenses are up for renewal, but that’s ~$1,000 that I could spend on other things. Especially now that Hexagon is free. Hrm. Mathing. . . Free >= Money. Assuming that I can do everything I need to model in…
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I’m totally not using my current situation as blog fodder. Honest! (Except that I totally am. These events are happening in real time. Yes, I started writing this in SFO. I still hate ORD more, but not by much. Now I’m 30,000-feet in the air. /sigh) This…
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Two game design panels this morning at GAMEXPO were a lot of fun, but I’ll be hanging out here at the booth until the next demo game of Starcrossed this evening. Come say howdy!
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I’ve always honored our free PDF promise, but I’ve been remiss at putting it on the website. Now that I’ve applied to join the Bits & Mortar publisher coalition because I agree with their philosophy (and to get ready for the publication of the next…
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Hey, you, GM. GAMEXPO 2017 is around the corner (less than two weeks!). Are your sessions ready to run? I figured as much. That’s why this post is here. Nick’s got some great points in his post The Noobs Guide to Planning Your RPG Session. He’s talking…
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