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Martin Ralya
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60% coffee. Mostly harmless.
60% coffee. Mostly harmless.

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Current mood: mainlining Battle for Azeroth.

Got a late start, but this is still the smoothest expansion launch I've experienced. No lag, no queue, no hordes of players competing for stuff. Whatever they did, I love it.
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Got an expertly packed package of Lejendary Adventures books from +Pat Bellavance today -- and he even waterproofed the interior with plastic wrap!

A+ transaction overall. Thanks, Pat!

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Packing for a move, found my Star Wars coloring book. Five-year-old me had zero respect for the source material, what a rube.
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I created the index for +Jacob Hurst's fantastic Hot Springs Island setting book, The Dark of Hot Springs Island (linked below), and that index is now part of the PDF. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jacob, and to index such a good book.

Hot Springs Island is bar-none one of the coolest hexcrawl settings I've ever seen (which is why I was so excited to index it!), and it's marvelously organized. Everything about it is focused on usability at the table -- my favorite approach for settings -- but without sacrificing any of the flavor or quirkiness that makes the island so nifty.

The companion volume, A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island, is a hand-this-to-your-players book (https://bit.ly/2mQARtm) that can be read cover to cover or skimmed as needed. It's also excellent!

On top of how good it is, Hot Springs Island has been nominated for two ENnie Awards, Adventure of the Year and Product of the Year, and is 25% off on DriveThruRPG right now.
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I'll be shocked if I ever get another deal this good on gaming stuff: $23. Total.

I know these aren't especially valuable, but they're 100% complete down to the dice and character sheets and dossiers, and in perfectly playable condition. I collect gaming stuff to play, so this is ideal for me.

I've been curious about the Victory Games 007 RPG for a few years, and two things happened at Go Play NW that piqued my interest even more: I snagged a couple of the adventures from the free table, and +Alex Mayo talked about how amazing the chase system was.

Time to strap in and run some 1970s Bond!
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How's your G+ RPG stream looking these days?

This weekend at Go Play NW I was chatting with a few folks about G+, and I commented that my stream seems quieter than it did, say, five years ago -- or even just a couple years ago.

I'm contributing to that myself, at least for the past few months, by lurking more than I post and posting less often than I did in the past. Partly that's because I'm in a happy gaming groove, which tends to mean I talk less about gaming because I'm doing so much of it (a good problem to have!).

But partly it's because my stream, sometimes, feels different than it did a few years ago. I can't put my finger on what it is, exactly; all the things that can be annoying in high volume (KS spam, vagueposting, toxic people, drama, etc.) are still there, and I don't think I'm really seeing more or less of that stuff than I did in the past.

And scrolling through my stream, it's still active and there are still lots of posts that interest me; it doesn't seem to be that, either. But something is causing me to just sometimes feel tired when I open G+, and I find myself closing it without really browsing at least 50% of the time.

I'm not sure why! And given how personalized each person's stream can be, I have no idea if anyone else feels the same. (Based on my GPNW conversation, in that group, the answer was mostly No.)

So how about it -- how's your G+ experience these days?
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Gen Con-going friends, would anyone be willing to pick up a copy of Sounds of the Mushroom Kingdom at the Lamentations of the Flame Princess booth for me?

It will be free (I backed a crowdfunding campaign that gets me a free copy, but only at Gen Con), and of course I'll cover the cost of mailing it to me.
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One great thing about Fortnite is that it lets me be bad at competitive shooter/survival play and crafting at the same time.
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My Tunnels & Trolls hardcover arrived, and I was immediately drawn to the glossy color section. I'd mostly ignored Trollworld when I read the rules in my softcover copy, figuring if I ran it I'd homebrew a setting . . . but this map has me rethinking that.

Rrr'lff is Trollworld's main continent, and it was created by an egomaniacal dragon-wizard in his own likeness before the Wizard War.

Other fantasy settings are all "We've carefully considered geography and ecosystems and crafted a realistic world with trade routes for every potato farm, and we've named it [Generic Fantasy Name]."

Tunnels & Trolls chugs a beer and says, "Let's play on a dragon-shaped continent created by some douchebag wizard! And let's call it Rrr'lff, the sound you make when you barf!"

Trollworld is rad.
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"Every relationship is an education. Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be."

I fucking love Saga.
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