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Amanda Valentine
Editor * Developer * Mistress of Multitasking
Editor * Developer * Mistress of Multitasking

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The Handmaid's Tale has been on my "to read" list pretty much since it was published 30 years ago, and I finally got around to reading it. Since I missed my window to read it during my political awakening in my 20s, I'm kind of glad I read it in the current climate and as the mother of a teenage girl. It was just the right time for me to read this book.
My review is less review and more my thought process on how to decide when your kid is ready to read this book. Like many books, this one is probably best approached when the desire and interest is there. It's a powerful book if you're in the right mindset. Probably a truly horrible assignment when you don't want to read it.

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I've been immersing myself in Beauty and the Beast (new movie! godson played Lumiere in the middle school musical!) so when I could get As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale on sale, you know I snapped it up. It's not perfect, but it is interesting and thought provoking. And now I want to start a movie/book discussion group!

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Hey everyone! We have exciting news to share — the Bluebeard’s Bride Kickstarter is going live in a week!

Bluebeard’s Bride is an investigatory horror tabletop roleplaying game, written and designed by +Whitney Beltrán, +Marissa Kelly, and +Sarah Richardson, and is based on the Bluebeard fairy tale.

In this game you and your friends explore Bluebeard’s home as the Bride, creating your own beautifully tragic version of the dark fairy tale. Investigate rooms, discover the truth of what happened, experience the nightmarish phantasmagoria of this broken place, and decide whether or not you are a faithful or disloyal bride.

Stay tuned for more on the Kickstarter as it draws nearer. Whitney, Marissa, and Sarah did absolutely incredible work on Bluebeard’s Bride, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

If you’re interested in hearing more about the game right away, check out these podcasts and interviews:

Podcast Play and Talks
- Sarah talks Bluebeard’s Bride on Misdirected Mark - Bluebeard talk starts at 13:38 (August 2016). (
- Sarah runs the game for One Shot Podcast (February 2016). (Part 1 is here:
- Sarah runs the game for The Jank Cast crew (February 2016). (Part 1 is here:
- Marissa talks Bluebeard’s Bride on the Shrieker Podcast (January 2016). (

Video Play
- Sarah runs the game for the 2016 Big Bad Con Kickstarter. (

- Whitney, Marissa, & Sarah chat about Bluebeard’s Bride and Noir on Last Chance Noir (
- Whitney and Bluebeard’s Bride on BoardGameGeek (


Advice needed!

For a fundraiser for a nonprofit, we'd like to design a picture book to sell. It should be of decent quality, but it needs to be a low enough pricepoint that it will sell and still raise money. Hardcover preferred, but soft is an option. Print run of maybe 100 or so. Anyone have suggestions of how/where to get these printed? Writing, editing, and art are all being donated, so I think the only cost is printing.


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Many thanks to +Jonathan Lavallee for another great review! Minion is a companion to Sidekicked, which he also reviewed for us. It's a fun take on coming of age in a universe with superheroes and villains.

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So many thanks to Jennifer Lewis who reviews the scary/creepy books so I don't have to! Here's her review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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I know a couple of teenagers BEYOND excited for this game after they played it at conventions this summer! It's a fantastic game for introducing new gamers to the hobby.
Masks: A New Generation is up on DriveThru RPG!

If you missed the Masks Kickstarter, we just uploaded the final PDF to DTRPG. Teenage superhero drama fueled by the Powered by the Apocalypse engine, ready for your table! Woot!

I'm so proud of this game. When +Brendan Conway first told me he wanted to make a PbtA game about teenage superheroes in which everyone's stats changed all the time depending on how they viewed themselves... I thought he was a little crazy.

But the final product is one of the best games we've ever released. The playbooks are exciting and dynamic, the basic moves create superhero action and teenage drama in equal measure, and the art is some of the coolest stuff we've every published. 10/10 would follow Brendan's crazy vision again. :D

Huge congrats to +Brendan Conway, +Daniel Solis  +Marissa Kelly, +Amanda Valentine, Brooke Carnevale, +Michael Lunsford, +Shelley Harlan and +Derrick Kapchinsky for getting this amazing book ready for print. We're sending the file to the printer this week, so stay tuned for more information about print copies!

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I didn't exactly intend to take the summer off, but I underestimated the hecticness of a summer with two teenagers! But school is back in session, and thanks to help from wonderful guest reviewers, Reads 4 Tweens is back in session as well. First up is a review of When You Reach Me - a book I now have to read after +Jonathan Lavallee's review!

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Evil Hat is a great company to work for!
[Please reshare] As a reminder, if you're at all interested in doing work for Evil Hat, we have a form you can fill out to let us know about you. We're especially interested in diversifying the voices we publish, so if you fall outside the white/male/etc envelope, this also and especially means you!

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Several games that I worked on are nominated for ENnie Awards! If you feel so inclined, please consider voting for them!
Best Game — Urban Shadows
Best Rules — Urban Shadows
Best Software — Storium
Best Supplement — DFRPG The Paranet Papers
Best Writing — DFRPG The Paranet Papers
Product of the Year — Urban Shadows
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