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A cloud of suspicion has set in around a New Mexico observatory that was emptied of personnel suddenly last week for unknown reasons, and continues to remain empty.

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit that runs the observatory has said it "definitely wasn't aliens," but speculation still remains.

https://www.axios.com/speculation-evacuation-new-mexico-observatory-f99afb8f-79f5-426b-9f99-ad4a89dfb5a0.html

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Could I get your opinion on which of these 3 movie pitches work best?
I’ve developed three 35-word pitches to describe a thriller I’m hoping to get script funding for. Ideally, a pitch helped the reader imagine what the finished movie could be like.

If you had time, could you answer my one question poll about which pitch you found worked best for you?

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkIz2e7TEXm3UeBSfm9KyN19RBNuisAd7z4fWgU9Bf6TSWqw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you decided you wanted to give me more feedback on any of the pitches, there’s an option for that but just answering the one question would be really helpful.
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Could I get your opinion on which of these 3 movie pitches work best?
I’ve developed three 35-word pitches to describe a thriller I’m hoping to get script funding for. Ideally, a pitch helped the reader imagine what the finished movie could be like.

If you had time, could you answer my one question poll about which pitch you found worked best for you?

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkIz2e7TEXm3UeBSfm9KyN19RBNuisAd7z4fWgU9Bf6TSWqw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you decided you wanted to give me more feedback on any of the pitches, there’s an option for that but just answering the one question would be really helpful.
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Hi! Recently I’ve been working on a game to help people support friends who are experiencing workplace bullying. +Paul Czege inspired me to do this when he posted the question “Which of your games would you consider to be the 4th closest to being done?”

That made me me think a lot about how to remove some of the mental barriers I’d put in my way that were stopping me working on this game.

Here’s a link to find out more: https://patreon.com/stevehickeygames. I’d love to hear what you think.
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People who’ve run kickstarters: What’s the best way to give backers a pdf of your game as soon as they back?

A backer-only update seems traditional. Can you publish updates before you launch?

Alternatively, can you customise the “You just backed this project” email to include a dropbox link to a pdf?
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Oh no.

"In Siberia, melting permafrost is releasing nematodes — microscopic worms that live in soil — that have been suspended in a deep freeze since the Pleistocene. Despite being frozen for tens of thousands of years, two species of these worms were successfully revived, scientists recently reported in a new study."

https://www.livescience.com/63187-siberian-permafrost-worms-revive.html
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I've just launched a Patreon to support my research and design on a game to help people who are experiencing workplace bullying. Please reshare this link if you think other people would benefit from it.

It's an odd feeling when my Honours degree in Psychology is useful.

Feel free to check it out or ask me questions.(*)

(*) I'm on New Zealand time (UTC +12), so I probably won't be back online for about 8-9 hours.

https://www.patreon.com/stevehickeygames
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Archaeologists are preparing to open a large black granite sarcophagus unearthed in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

But opening it for the first time will require extensive work to be done in advance. “It’s difficult to move it intact and open [it] in a museum,” Ashmawy said. “It’s five metres underground and the whole thing weighs over 30 tonnes. The lid alone is 15 tonnes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/12/archaeologists-open-huge-granite-sarcophagus-alexandria-egypt

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Do you need an insightful editor who’ll be a passionate fan of your work?
As a professional editor for the last 15 years, I’ve loved helping game designers, scriptwriters and authors bring out the best in their projects. To help you decide if I’ll be a good creative match for your RPG, script, novel or article, I’ll edit two pages of your project for free.

When editing RPGs, I aim to make it easy for readers to visualize how to play your game. I’ve found this approach encourages people to shift a game to the top of their ‘to play’ pile.

My editorial suggestions focus on questions like:
• How can we present your game as simply as possible?
• How can we highlight why your game is fun to play?

Specifically, I’ll suggest ways to clarify your game’s procedures and to improve how it supports GMs and players (especially with handouts, advice and checklists).

Monster of the Week and Soth demonstrate my approach. For another example, you can check out My Life as the GM: my free guide to running My Life with Master (see link, below).

If you’d like me to join your team or to take me up on the free ‘two-page test’, email me on stevehickey dot editor at gmail.

My standard rates are:
• US$0.03 per word for prose projects (games, novels, non-fiction articles)
• US$0.008 per word for proofreading and copyediting
• US$50 per hour for high-level analysis and for a script analysis and consultation. It typically takes me between 5-7 hours to prepare a script analysis.

If your budget is tight, I may be able to negotiate on rates for the right project.

I offer the following services:

A high-level analysis of your project. I’ll provide approximately three pages of feedback, focusing on how you could structure and communicate your project more effectively. For RPGs, this can include game design analysis. I work hard to understand your style and your project’s aims. If I see an alternative structure that’s compatible with these, I’ll describe it in detail—which may add to the page count (US$50 per hour).

A detailed editing pass. In addition to a high-level analysis, I’ll provide in-depth editing: suggesting ways to clarify your meaning and highlighting any inconsistencies. I think of this like a ‘reader’s commentary track’: you’ll receive my diplomatic but honest real-time reaction to reading through your project (US$0.03 per word).

Proofreading. In addition to a standard proofread, I’ll work backwards through your document, sentence by sentence. I’ll identify grammatical errors, as well as any sentences or sections you could combine (US$0.008 per word).

Feature film screenplay or synopsis analysis. I’m a New Zealand-based scriptwriter. I wrote and directed a theatrically released feature film called Hopeless (2000). Two years later, as the showrunner of the TV series Lovebites, I edited the scripts of 15 other writers. I’ll examine your story’s concept, your script’s structure, and your characters’ motivations and dialogue. I particularly enjoy identifying ways to enhance a script’s subtext. I’ll provide you with 4-10 pages of notes, a marked-up script with specific suggestions and general comments, and (at your option) a video call to discuss my notes (US$50 per hour).

I’m happy to discuss any of this. If you have questions, we can chat in the comments or you can contact me on stevehickey dot editor at gmail.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q1pdlii11vuwsmo/My%20Life%20as%20the%20GM%20%28a%20guide%20to%20running%20My%20Life%20with%20Master%29.pdf?dl=0
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