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Everyone should have gotten their e-mail this week about Google formally sunsetting the old Hangouts API. What does this mean? Pretty much nothing since the old API's have only been accessible through special hangout links. But it does represent Google formally acknowledging that they are not meaning to support hobbyest activities.

For most games, we've all found work arounds. Running Cards Against Humanity on 3rd party sites, using alternative Virtual Table Tops in a separate window, and even moving the group entirely to Roll20. I'm in two groups that have abandoned the hangout entirely.

So the community can certainly continue. But now is the opportunity to change direction. I'll be setting up a discord server this weekend and post a follow up with instructions. On top of that, what else do we need? Should we make a presence on Roll20? Research integrations with systems like appear.in. Set up a presence on other social networks? Are there other tools that we can adopt and start extending to make finding and advertising games easier?

When we review what communities like this are all about, they're really about connecting people who don't have the time to commit to local groups. Plugging people with young children into evening games. Connecting players from across the globe. Giving the remote RPG player an opportunity to game outside of that one group that meats 40 minutes away and keeps telling you spoilers about game of thrones.

It's about connecting people to games, and we have a bright future across this wide internet to do that. So sunsetting the hangouts api is a step back, but there's better connectivity tools for us on the horizon. Let's look forward instead of back.

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After many yeas of creating RPG adventures for my own gaming group to play, I have decided to publish an original 5th Ed. DnD module entitled Temple of the Dragon Kin. It should be a fun and challenging mini-adventure for a mid-level band of characters. To fund it I have launched a Kickstarter -- please check it out! Tell your friends too!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1867564967/temple-of-the-dragon-kin-5e-dnd-adventure-module-a

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ARCADAYN'S OLD SCHOOL MODULE CRAWL PRESENTS:

TEGEL MANOR
Tegel Manor, a great manor-fortress on the seacoast, is rumoured to be left over from ancient days when a charm was placed over it protecting it from most of the ravages of time and human occupation. The hereditary owners, whose family name is Rump, have been amiss in their traditional duty of providing protection for the market village to the west. Some have said that this failing and their bizarre eccentricities have led to their corruption. Many have found the manor and area to be a dangerous place to visit!

This Saturday, 3/11/17, and every other Saturday, from 3pm CST/9pm GMT to 5pm CST/11pm GMT.

Bring your favourite 1st-4th level #FLAILSNAILS / old school D&D compatible character! As an open #FLAILSNAILS game, players can drop in and out as they please. Please post below if you are interested!
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ATTENTION DCC AFICIONADOS:

The Dungeon Crawl Classics #FLAILSNAILS game continues this Saturday, March 4th, at 9pm GMT/3pm CST! Bring your favourite 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level #DCC character, or any #FLAILSNAILS compatible PC. Post below if you are interested in joining us.
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Don't forget to add the premiere of "In the Land of Ques" on Retro Roleplaying this Saturday to your playlists. We're playing Frog God Games Swords and Wizardry this week. We'd also love for you to interact with the cast members on the live chat as we play.
Please do. Our memories are going a bit in our dotage; we've likely forgotten something important.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ5P2TysEN4

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