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Matthew Sullivan-Barrett
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This tome Grim and glamorous appeared on my threshold today.
Particularly chilling was the inscription within, showing eery insight into my own temperament...
#grimWorld
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That's one good move.  I'd probably change it to +WIS if I used it though.
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I ran Golden Sky Stories at the Tacoma Story Games meetup on Friday. A lot of fun, and one of the organizers asked if I could write an AP for it.
So hey, here's one of my first AP write-ups ever.
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There wasn't any discussion of that balance making characters, but probably some good player instincts at work.
There was also some great playing against type, which is well supported by the henge types.
Otomo was very reserved and mature, until the fried tofu comes out.
Soun was timid and open, until he told a big fib to get out of trouble or stood up to the angry Kawamura san.
I think in both char-gen and in play we benefited much from playing from our guts.
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From fast between the gaming giants of Olympia and Seattle comes a new community
I'm quite excited for meetups right here in the gritty city.
Tacoma Story Gamers meetup, I am for you!
First meetup is Feb 28: Are you game?
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All the Golden Sky Stories are here!
Bring on the #honobono!
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Oh this has promise.
 
After months of pining for a new place to talk and read about story games, I realized that something new needed to exist. Insert montage: talking to friends, brainstorming, bashing together a website, creating secret alt twitter accounts.

Today is the day of unveiling.

Imaginary Funerals exists. It's a collection of voices, talking about story games, queer games, play, immersion, and related ideas. It’s a space to share personal experiences, new thinking about games, and free games that have caught our attention. The primary focus is an tabletop roleplaying/story games, though that can drift in a lot of different directions (board games, improv, video games, choose-your-own adventure stories…).

http://imaginaryfunerals.com/

@imaginedfuneral

The site debuts with a piece of writing from +Devon Baumgarten, about returning to the endeavour of game design as a grown-up. I already shared my own impressions of that piece here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114404995358120948376/posts/bs6jy1AfMCo Later today, we'll see a piece from +Hans Chung-Otterson, about obsession and competition and one particular card game.

I'd love it if you bookmarked the site and shared this announcement. It's a proud day for me, as curator.
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Registration now open for GPNW 2014.
This Seattle play-con is one of my favorite game events every year, always reliably full of fun games and friendly gamers! If you are going, try to make the Friday Feast: It is the best way to start the weekend.
 
As promised, registration for Go Play NW 2014 is now open! Check out our site for more information, or just go to http://goplay2014.eventbee.com to register today!
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Good call Joe: I will see you there!
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I ran Golden Sky Stories at the Tacoma Story Games meetup on Friday. A lot of fun, and one of the organizers asked if I could write an AP for it.
So hey, here's one of my first AP write-ups ever.
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Nice! And thank you for running such a fun game!
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It has arrived, hurray.
 
All the Golden Sky Stories are here!
Bring on the #honobono!
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I'm into this idea and would love it if it becomes a thing.
I dig the idea of being thoughtful and appreciative of the contributions the game and designer make in any good game experience.
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Don't Forget To Tip Your Game Designer

A bit late for New Year's Resolutions but I've decided mine's going to be to donate a little money to the game designer every time I enjoy an indie tabletop game. 

So this week I sent $4 to +Joe Mcdaldno for a kick-ass session of Monsterhearts (http://buriedwithoutceremony.com/monsterhearts/) with +Cheryl Trooskin-Zoller +Jay Loomis +Emily Ryan and +Jess Downs, and $4 to +Meguey Baker for a kick-ass session of 1001 Nights (http://nightskygames.com/welcome/game/1001Nights) with +postworldgames jim pinto, Andy Ernst, and Diana Stoll. 

Because indie tabletop games are one of my favorite things. If I had to give up videogames or indie RPGs I'd give up videogames in a second, no contest. So why do I spend so much more money on videogames than I do on indie tabletop games? Oh yeah, because they're really hard to monetize. They don't have paywalls or pay-to-win and you can't gift your friend a cow. Patreon and Kickstarter are a start but they're not enough.

And that means some of the best game designers in the world don't make enough money to quit their day jobs and spend more time making us great games.

Anyhow, I figure I play maybe 8 games a month. So for about the price of a World of Warcraft subscription I could donate $4 to a tabletop game designer every session I play. 

Which isn't that much... it won't make that much of a difference...

Unless everybody started doing it. Hint hint. It's easy. Even if you can't find a tip jar on their website you can still easily find their e-mail address and PayPal them some money. Or you could buy one of their cheaper PDFs. Over and over.

Heck, I often spend $10 on beer and snacks and gas and parking just to play a tabletop game. Shouldn't the designer see some of that?

And if $4 seems too steep how about $1? If everybody at the table did it that would be something. Considering right now we typically only have one or two people at the table who have even bought the pdf...

And when you do it, tweet about it too. Because that'll help build up some social proof, encouraging other people to do it, and maybe we'll someday get to the point where indie game designers can make enough to live on...
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My daughter went to see +Night Vale Community Radio live the other day. She cosplayed Kevin, complete with obsidian eyes and third eye stitches...
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Gritty Tacoma boy since '89, father of the most wonderful glamorascal of a daughter imaginable. Now officially efiance'd to Shelly Mears!
Passionate about table top gaming, and baldric deep in an ever growing pile of games to read and play.
Middle School in Tembagapura, High School at Canadian Academy, Kobe and Bethel High in Graham.
Love the boozy alchemy of Hilltop Kitchen in T-town.
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Has attended every Go Play Northwest convention in Seattle!
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