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Robert Bohl
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If you voted for Trump, you're a monster. Also, I am an RPG designer.
If you voted for Trump, you're a monster. Also, I am an RPG designer.

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In this backer update, I talk briefly about the development history of the game, a bit about my next game (the Apocalypse World hack, Demihumans), and my feelings about the timeliness of this game coming out when my country is ruled by a racist, rapist, authoritarian monster.

I'm really happy with this update, especially the end.

The image is from "Castle Punks," +Rachel E.S. Walton's game; art by +Jabari Weathers.

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Blades in the Dark, hacked, would be a great system for playing the inter-corporate conflicts in Dark Matter.

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Blades in the Dark, hacked, would be a great system for playing the inter-corporate conflicts in Dark Matter.

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Captain Marvel's movie will be set in the 90s, the villain will be the Skrulls, and Nick Fury will be appearing ... with two eyes.

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Fantasy Futurama headed to Netflix

Very excite

The series from the creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” is described as an adult fantasy about a crumbling medieval kingdom known as Dreamland. The central character is a hard-drinking princess Bean, her elf companion Elfo and her “personal demon” Luci. The first 10 episodes are targeted to premiere next year.

“‘Disenchantment’ will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” Groening said.

Plus it's got a female lead! And I love Abbi's voice; she's got a great one for cartoons.

I wonder why "eachother" never became a word.

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+Rachel E.S. Walton's “Castle Punks: The Red Court”

I met Rachel at a small house con, back when she had not yet played indie games. I wound up playing Misspent Youth and an early playtest of Evil Hat’s Dresden Files RPG. Rachel’s an amazing gamer, which you know if you’ve ever played with her. She will be quiet for a while, then come up with one, perfect, amazing moment to stab you in the heart and leave you blown away. As Rachel started to come to more events, I got to hang out with her more, get to know her better, and become a much closer friend. I’m glad to say I got to be in a gaming group with her for a while; I wish I still lived close enough for that to be the case.

Rachel’s world is really awesome. What happens when someone overthrows the nobles, but it turns out he’s worse? The Red Court is what happens.

Tell us about The Authority you made and why you chose it

When I wrote this, I was wrestling with frustration over a community schism - that thing that sometimes happens when a person is admired and given power but ends up misusing that power and betraying that trust and might not even see what they're doing until a lot of damage has been done. I wanted The Authority to be someone who started out very human and as part of the clique, but who made bad choices once he gained leverage on what he was fighting against. He is a cautionary tale of justifying the means to get to a certain end and of the dangers of swapping out leaders but keeping oppressive systems in place.

What is the clique like?

The clique is a handful of kids who work in and around Red Court Castle. They get their hands dirty and pay attention to what's happening around their home. Bound by love and admiration for each other, they fought against class oppression with Omar and are now forced to reckon with Omar as a worse leader and the knowledge that their support helped Omar get to where he is. All of this and they have their own desires and crushes and jobs to deal with.

What’s your favorite thing about your world?

I like how much the characters in the clique matter to each other. There are tensions there, but each character has opinions and feelings about each one of the others already hinted at for a more connected and dynamic beginning. There are romances, friendships, and family ties waiting to be explored and fought for while Omar's power grows more complete.

If you want to get “Castle Punks: The Red Court,” or any of the worlds and hacks I’ve been talking about, you can make a pledge to the Misspent Youth: Sell Out with Me Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robertbohl/misspent-youth-rpg-sell-out-with-me

Art for this terrific world is provided by +Jabari Weathers, who depicts the gender-bending Tress, the performer and master of disguise. He did an amazing job depicting the character’s gender fluidity, performer, and disguise facets. This guy’s amazing.
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"Demihumans," a Misspent Youth hack of my upcoming PbtA game, Demihumans.

Gabby: Why do LGBT people think Trump will help them?

Me: They're white.

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“We used to look at things through the totality of the circumstances when it came to a removal order—that’s out the window,” the agent told me the other day. “I don’t know that there’s that appreciation of the entire realm of what we’re doing. It’s not just the person we’re removing. It’s their entire family. People say, ‘Well, they put themselves in this position because they came illegally.’ I totally understand that. But you have to remember that our job is not to judge. The problem is that now there are lots of people who feel free to feel contempt.”

Via +Bill White
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