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Rob Heinsoo
Game designer and storyteller
Game designer and storyteller

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Winter update
This weekend: I'll be at Dragonmeet in London on Saturday with the Pelgrane crew. I love visiting London, and Wednesday I got to attend Arsenal's 5-0 tonking of Huddersfield, so all is well. Work in progress.... The first five books mentioned on this list a...

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[ Hyades Head Slam , by Kurt Komoda] Dennis
Detwiller & Shane Ivey of Arc Dream Publishing came up with the idea of
pitting Cthulhu vs. Hastur in a cosmic cage fight. They came up with dozens of
funny card names and Kurt Komoda supplied wonderful illustrati...

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This was a fun one, partly, I think, because so many projects are close to done!
+Rob Heinsoo and I talk about the projects we're doing together and separately. 13th Age, 13th Age in Glorantha, Clades, Wrestlenomicon, Over The Edge, Grandmother Fish.

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Dream-Quest, Dreamlands cards
Here’s why
I love Kij Johnson’s The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe : a)       Kij Johnson is one of my favorite writers, and the fact that I haven’t read all her books yet is a symptom of deliberately rationing her work over time—next up:  Fudoki . b)       The ...

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Design notes from Operation Dauntless
I love
design notes in games. When I’m working full-time on my own games, I admit
there are times that I end up reading the designer’s notes in new games in more detail than
their rules, particularly with wargames that I’m not likely to play in the next

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Red Base Yellow Base
Walking our dog Roo early this morning in the fog, outside the Rainier Arts Center, I found myself standing on what felt like an art project, or perhaps a section of a game board, one base red, one base yellow.

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Crazy Boss Monster
couple years ago there was a pivotal moment when a close friend of ours had
started a job that immediately looked like it was going to be a disaster. My
wife Lisa helped save us all, saying “I’m sorry, I just don’t have the energy
to spend the rest of the...

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Fire & Faith & a Fallen Lammasu
I just
finished developing and editing Cal Moore’s Fire
& Faith: Battle Scenes for Four Icons , the third of his battle scenes
books for 13 th Age . The
glorious bits that you won’t forget include a hellhole invasion (Crusader), bloody
encounters with a dem...

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Top Level Security
The Frame: I
heard the story I’m about to relate as it was happening, from people inside the
building speaking off-the-record to an outsider. I wasn’t in a position to find
out more at the time, and I liked the Story-Of-It-All so much that I haven’t
tried t...

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Stuff at GenCon!
It’s not only
GenCon’s 50 th birthday this year; it’s my wife Lisa’s 50 th ,
and they coincide. So I won’t be at GenCon this year. I’m sorry to miss out on
seeing friends I only see once or twice a year, but I have no complaints, it’s
going to be a great bi...
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