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This Week in Geek History Dec 4 - Dec 10

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December 4
1795 - Thomas Carlyle (Historian)
1861 - Lillian Russell (Actress-Singer)

December 5
1782 - Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States mb
1839 - Gen. George Custer mb
1890 - Film director Fritz Lang mb
1901 - Cartoon creator Walt Disney mb

December 6
1421 - Henry VI (English King)
1870 - William S. Hart mb
1896 - Ira Gershwin (Lyricist)

December 7
1761 - Marie Tussaud (Waxwork Museum Founder)
1949 - Musician Tom Waits mb

December 8
1765 - Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin mb
1861 - General Motors founder William Durant mb
1925 - Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. mb
1943 - Rock musician Jim Morrison mb

December 9
1886 - Clarence Birdseye (Industrialist-inventor)
1898 - Emmett Kelly mb
1909 - Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (The Thief of Baghdad)

December 10
1787 - Francis Gallaudet (founder of the first free school for the deaf)
1830 - Poet Emily Dickinson mb
1851 - Melvil Dewey (Librarian)

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Voting in this year's 24 Hour RPG Contest has been extended one week to December 6.

If you've been trying to find time, this is your big chance. Nearly twenty of our fellow geeks took up the challenge and wrote an RPG in just 24 hours. Now they need our help to decide which games were the best.

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2016 24 Hour RPG Contest - VOTE NOW
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This Week in Geek History Nov 27 - Dec 3

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November 27
1701 - Anders Celsius (Swedish astronomer and inventor of the centigrade thermometer )
1940 - Martial Artist Bruce Lee mb
1942 - Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix mb
???? - Volfield

November 28
1757 - English poet William Blake mb
1866 - Architect Henry Bacon, designer of the Lincoln Memorial mb
1929 - Berry Gordy mb (Motown Records founder)

November 29
1803 - Christian Doppler (Austrian physicist )
1849 - John Fleming mb (Inventer of the radio tube-diode)

November 30
1835 - Novelist Mark Twain mb (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
1874 - British statesman Sir Winston Churchill mb
1923 - Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. mb
1929 - Dick Clark mb

December 1
1935 - Comedian-film maker Woody Allen mb

December 2
1853 - French painter Georges Seurat mb
1863 - Circus co-founder Charles Ringling mb
1906 - Engineer Peter Carl Goldmark mb (inventor of the long-playing record)
1914 - Actor Ray Walston (Mr. Hand)
1923 - Opera singer Maria Callas mb
1973 - Monica Seles mb

December 3
1755 - Presidential portrait painter Gilbert Stuart mb
1838 - Cleveland Abbe mb (Inventor of daily weather bulletins)
1930 - Andy Williams (Singer)
1948 - Ozzy Osbourne (Singer)
???? - Spielfreak

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This Week in Geek History Nov 20 - 26

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November 20
1884 - Norman Thomas mb (Six times the Socialist Party candidate for U.S. president)
1900 - Chester Gould mb

November 21
1694 - French author Francois Voltaire mb
1888 - Comic actor Harpo Marx mb

November 22
1958 - Actress Jamie Lee Curtis mb

November 23
1804 - Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States mb
1859 - Outlaw Billy "The Kid" Bonney mb
1887 - Actor Boris Karloff mb

November 24
1784 - Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States mb
1853 - William "Bat" Masterson mb (Gambler and frontier lawman)
1946 - Singer Freddie Mercury mb
???? - Papiklfish

November 25
1844 - Pioneer German automobile designer Karl Benz mb
1920 - Actor Ricardo Montalban mb

November 26
1876 - Air conditioning engineer Willis Carrier mb
1922 - Cartoonist Charles Schulz mb

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RPG Secret Cthanta signups end this week

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If you haven't signed up for the RPG Geek Secret Cthanta, you don't have much time left. Eegistration end on the 19th, next Saturday.

You can learn more and sign up here: RPG Geek Secret Cthanta

Even thought it says "Secret Cthanta" you don't have to love or even like Cthulhu to partticipate -- you just have to enjoy sending and receiving gifts related to RPGs.

If you have any questions, just go to this thread:
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This Week in Geek History Nov 13 - 19

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November 13
1850 - Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson mb

November 14
1908 - Sen. Joseph McCarthy, D-Wis. (McCarthyism)

November 15
1738 - British astronomer Sir William Herschel mb (Discoverer of the planet Uranus)
1887 - Artist Georgia O'Keeffe mb

November 16
1873 - American composer W.C. Handy mb (Father of the Blues )
1909 - Actor Burgess Meredith mb

November 17
1944 - Actor Danny Devito mb
???? - Praxus

November 18
1923 - Astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space mb
1831 - James Abram Garfield, 20th president of the United States mb

November 19
1875 - Explorer Hiram Bingham mb (Discoverer of the Inca city of Machu Picchu)

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Mavis! Mavis! Mavis!

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You many not have realized this, but you're about to:

Today Mavis starts his third year as the curator of the QOTD!

From his first question: QOTD Nov 12: Do your campaigns typically have a determined end-point when you start them?
to his most recent: QOTD Nov 11: What player traits most annoy you during a game?

Mavis has posted more than 700 questions without missing a day. He's even gotten rid of the old guy's annoying ploy of asking for questions as a question.

Don't forget to drop him a note of thanks if you appreciate his efforts.

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What's Going on Right Now - November 9, 2016 Edition

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There are even more events, exchanges, and contests this week than there were last week. If I've missed anything feel free to put it in the comments or drop me a geekmail.

Items in italics are new this week.

Ending in November
12 - [Closed] Surveyor review: Choose your favorite Autumn Slipstream system!
Come check out a starmap & system descriptions written by users for play in Fate/diaspora, then cast a vote for the ones you are most inspired by. for those who vote!

19 - 2016 Secret Cthanta
Another long-standing tradition. This one comes with a free microbadge for all participants. Remember than saying you're in on the thread isn't enough. You must visit the Exchange Page to be included.

20 - RPG Geek Tavern Christmas Card Exchange
Don't let the title fool you this is open to anyone even if you don't visit the tavern. You can sign up to send & receive as many cards as you like.

30 - BurrEato 2016- Join us in eating 30 burritos in 30 days!
This is more of a BoardGameGeek initiative, but if you like burritos, this might be for you. There are a lot of new prizes and opportunities so if you can't eat 30 burritos, you can still have a lot of fun.

Ending in December
15 - Homegrown Gaming Celebration 2016!
You don't have to finish your home-grown games by the 15th, but you do have to start them if you're looking to score the 2016 Micro.


31 - A number of Challenges
Kattvippa has already collected links to a bunch of challenges that will end in December. These challenges encompass a wide range of tasks from playing or running new games to playing lots of games or writing reviews. Take a look at the thread, many of them are still doable this year.

If I've missed something let me know. No slight is intended -- as I mentioned above, there are a lot of things going on and I'm sure everyone has missed some of them including me.
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This Week in Geek History Nov 6 -12

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November 6
1814 - Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax (Inventor of the saxophone)
1861 - James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball mb
???? - Belirahc
???? - Paolo Robino

November 7
1867 - Marie Curie, discoverer of radium mb
1913 - French novelist Albert Camus mb


November 8
1847 - Author Bram Stoker mb
1909 - Actress Katharine Hepburn mb
1922 - Dr. Christian Barnard (Heart transplant pioneer )

November 9
1913 - Austrian-born actress Hedy Lamarr mb
1934 - Astronomer Carl Sagan mb
1952 - Muscleman-actor Lou Ferrigno mb
???? - Panzer-Attack

November 10
1483 - Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism mb

November 11
1821 - Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky mb
1885 - Gen. George Patton mb
1922 - Novelist Kurt Vonnegut mb
1925 - Comedian/Actor Johnathon Winters mb

November 12
1929 - Princess Grace of Monaco mb
1945 - Singer/Songwriter Neil Young mb

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This Week in Geek History October 30 - November 5

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October 30
1795 - John Adams, second president of the United States mb
1885 - Poet Ezra Pound mb
1945 - Actor/Director Henry Winkler (The Fonz)

October 31
1795 - English poet John Keats mb
1930 - Astronaut Michael Collins mb
1931 - TV news anchorman Dan Rather mb
1937 - Actor/Producer/Director Michael Landon mb
1950 - Actor John Candy mb (I swallowed a lot of aggression…)
???? - Bearpaw

November 1
1929 - Actress Betsy Palmer mb
1935 - Golfer Gary Player mb
1957 - Lyle Lovett mb
???? - NadGamGee
???? - Skaboy

November 2
1734 - Frontiersman Daniel Boone mb
1755 - Marie Antoinette, queen of France mb
1795 - President James Polk mb
1865 - President Warren G. Harding mb
1913 - Actor Burt Lancaster mb

November 3
1922 - Film actor Charles Bronson mb
???? - HiveGod

November 4
1650 - British King William III, known as William of Orange mb
1916 - Reporter Walter Cronkite mb
1918 - Actor Art Carney (The Honeymooners)

November 5
1885 - Historian Will Durant (Historian)
1911 - Actor/Singer Roy Rogers (Trigger's dad)
1913 - Actress Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind)
1941 - Musician Art Garfunkel mb
1949 - Actor Armin Shimerman mb

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