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Alpharalpha on Twitter: Deaf Gamer Geek in Central Ohio check my blog at Alpahralpha.com
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Square-holed old Japanese coins

Many of the old Japanese coins were minted in a circular or oval shape, having a square hole in the middle. Similar coins are to be found throughout the entire Asia, all of them derived from a type of coins minted in China more than two thousand years ago.

An interesting fact is that the square hole had a practical purpose, because this way the coins were easily carried (and counted) strung together on a string. At the same time, the square hole was considered bringing good luck, because it was combining the round shape of the coin, symbolizing the sky, with a square shape symbolizing the earth.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/square-holed-old-japanese-coins
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I just wanted to drop a much deserved thank you to Kira Magrann and the other staff, Game Masters and my fellow players at the Games on Demand for Origins 2015. All of you made sure that I was comfortable despite my handicapp. That positive experience is a big reason why Games on Demand is one of my favorite places to game at Origins and Gencon. Mucho Props to y'all :).
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Beautiful though cold day at the county fair yesterday.
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Keith has a hilarious show
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I am finally far enough past the Gencon funk to do a coherent post, thanking everyone and attempting to summarize the convention experience for me. My going to the con was thrown into question by a number of personal tragedies but ultimately everything came together and I did make the trip and am very glad I did. So much fun was had and i was able to get past everything that happened.

rather than give a day by day recap just let me highlight a few of the people I met and memorable games.

Sometimes the best experiences can make the best memories such is the case of my first ever Dread, playing in +Stentor Danielson 's Dread game when our first game got filled early. I have never played a Dread game before and it was easy to see why people rave about the tension it creates as the game flows and the tower of Jenga starts to teeter is amazing.The game focused around a Cold War thriller situation where Soviets were trying to win the Cold War by threatening the president. A very interesting and fun game resulted, far from the usual horror based Dread game.

I played in two sessions of the Caress of Steel Dungeon World hack run by +Giovanni Lanza
This was a modified Dungeon World where the moves and alignments are all based Rush lyrics and verses. As a big Rush fan in high school and someone who recently started listening to their music again I was actually eager to play in this and see how the adaptation went.Fortunately they avoided the biggest pitfall and did not base the adventure on a song directly like "the Necromancer" but used the lyrics much more creatively for the moves and abilities. Any time I want to play more than one session of a game you know I am enjoying myself and having fun.

I also played in a Eberron game using Dungeon World instead of the ubiquitous Dungeons and Dragons rules. The DW rules fit the adventurous world much better that D&D does. This was also run by
+Giovanni Lanza  . Because of my hearing I tend to stick with gamemasters that I know and can pick their voices out of the background noise. Giovanni did a great job repeating himself where needed and working with me  to make sure I kept up with the game.

I would also be remiss without thanking the staff of the Games on Demand room for their assistance and a big thank you to one of my roommates +Victor Wyatt for going way above and beyond the call of duty in helping me get through situations where hearing was difficult for me at Gencon. Props to Victor!

Some of the great people i met this year:
+Alex Mayo +JJ Lanza +Reynaldo Madriñan +Annah Madriñan +Eric Paquette +Scott Acker and many more, see you all next year as friendships renewed!
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Now I understand why the people rave about Dread. With Alex mayo and Victor wyatt at Gencon.
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Awesome!
At #fengshui2 panel we announced Sept 17 as our Kickstarter start date.
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Played a demo of the semi historical miniatures war game 1879 - think of Stargate combined with Space 1889 at Gencon 2014
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i really want to start a fantasy campaign using FATE core myself, something online.
Beginning a Fate Core fantasy game...
Issues, Places, Faces
Issues, Places, Faces
fragmentsofthelastwar.blogspot.com
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Today is the last day you can help +Elizabeth Bauman, +Keaton Bauman, +Andy Click, +Nakia Pope, +Ruth LastRedacted, +Bill Paulson, Sarah Hood and I win the ENnie Award for the Best Blog in the nerd gaming universe. All you need to do is...

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