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Steam Post from Smiteworks owner Doug Davison - 
Steam users - Join and Follow the Steam Curator list and win a free license or your DLC of choice!
Do you like great sci-fi and fantasy turn-based games? Do you like RPGs? If so, you might be interested in this contest on Steam. !Follow the link to the Steam Curator Group:! http://steamcommunity.com/groups/FGRPGRecs
click Join and then Follow on the Curator tab. If +Fantasy Grounds reach at least 500 followers by Friday, January 16, +Fantasy Grounds will randomly select 5 winners to receive a free Fantasy Grounds license or DLC of their choice. Winners and their selections will be posted to the Curator Group. Be sure to follow +Fantasy Grounds on G+ to receive future contest announcements.
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Last night I took the plunge and ran my first 6D6 game. We only got about half way through Outbreak, but we all had a blast. The players very nearly didn't make it beyond the opening scene. Not because of the events in that screen but because they began arguing and fighting over mundane items. If I hadn't treated this squabble as non lethal at least two of them would have been killed by their own hands. They made it to the house in the woods and are ransacking it for goodies it may yield to improve their survival.

Anyway a short review of how I found the system.

Four of the five players knew nothing about 6D6 but 5 minutes of explaining the rules they had all grasped the basic mechanics. +Chris 'Six Dee Six Fireball' Tregenza I applaud you and all involved in the creation of 6D6, never have I witnessed players digest a new systems mechanics so fast.

The first thing I noticed was that without a bunch of numbers in front of the players the role-playing came more naturally as the only sheet of paper they had was a character background to read.

The freeform nature of actions in 6D6 is a marvel to behold. The core rules do not define a set of legal actions your character can perform as found in the majority of RPG's. Granted your characters has a limited set of cards representing attributes, skills, life experiences and equipment but how you use them is limited only be your imagination. That and appropriateness of the cards.

The main problem that I had was getting the players to judge the appropriateness of the cards used to perform actions, and not look solely to me as Game Leader to provide this function. This is not a criticism of the 6D6 game system. I guess the players are just used to Game Masters being arbiters and just highlights a cultural difference to other RPG's.

The only stumbling block I had was with the group action in the opening scene of Outbreak. I'm sure I handled this wrong in the as the players passed with to much ease. I let them each use a maximum of four cards. Looking back through the core rules this morning maybe I should have treated this as an assisted action where each player beyond the lead gets on less card to play.

So my one question so far, are group actions the same as assisted actions?
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I really like the G+ circles concept and how it has been implemented. The control it gives me when sharing content with others and viewing content shared by others is both simple to understand and use. I know that other social networks provide similar functionality but G+ makes you step back and consider your relationships with other entities at the point of adding them as every entity you add must be assigned to at least one circle rather than automatically assuming that they are in fact a friend.

It is great that you can add someone to your circles without them needing to accept or add you to their circles. At last one way traffic for people and not just organisations. After all there may be entities that you wish to follow but not share your content. And better still there is not assumption that you 'like' an entity that you are following, just that it is for one reason or another of interest.

When you do add an entity to a circle they get a notification that they have been added to your circles but not which one. Much better than getting a notification saying someone whats to be your friend and then the dilemma of accepting or rejecting. Though you still have control over the content that appears in your stream as you can block content from entities that have added you to their circles from appearing in your stream.

Being able to filter your stream by circles allows you to more quickly sort through the content in your stream and find content that is important to you at that moment in time.
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