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This Week in Geek History February 7- 13

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February 7
1478 - English statesman and writer Sir Thomas More mb
1812 - English novelist Charles Dickens mb
1834 - Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev mb
1885 - Novelist Sinclair Lewis mb
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February 8
1820 - Civil War Gen. William Sherman mb
1828 - Pioneer science fiction writer Jules Verne mb
1955 - Novelist John Grisham mb
1974 - Seth Green mb

February 9
1773 - William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States mb
1943 - Joe Pesci mb

February 10
1950 - Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz mb
???? - MasterExploderTK

February 11
1847 - Inventor Thomas Edison mb
1936 - Actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit, The Gumball Rally)

February 12
1809 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States mb
1809 - Biologist Charles Darwin; mb
1915 - Actor Lorne Greene (Ponderosa, Battle Star Galactica)
???? - paulidale

February 13
1943 - Peter Tork (The Monkee's)
1950 - Peter Gabriel mb
1960 - Rapper Ice T mb
1961 - Henry Rollins mb

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This Week in Geek History January 31 - February 6

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1882 - Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova mb
1919 - Jackie Robinson, the first black to play major league baseball mb
1937 - Actress Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show)
1947 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan mb

February 1
1859 - Victor Herbert (Composer )
1878 - Hattie Caraway (First woman elected to the Senate )
1895 - Film director John Ford (How Green Was My Valley)
1937 - Don Everly (The Everyly Brothers )

February 2
1882 - Irish novelist James Joyce mb
1895 - George Halas mb
1905 - Novelist Ayn Rand mb
1947 - Actress Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels)

February 3
1821 - Elizabeth Blackwell (First woman doctor of medicine )
1907 - James Michener (Author)
1950 - Mooorgan Fairchild (My Wife)

February 4
1902 - Charles Lindbergh (Aviator )
1913 - Rosa Lee Parks (Civil rights activist )
1948 - Singer Alice Cooper mb
???? - DumWytGi and Jasri

February 5
1914 - Novelist William Burroughs mb
???? - Original_CorPse

February 6
1895 - Baseball great George Herman "Babe" Ruth mb
1911 - Former President Ronald Reagan mb
1945 - Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley mb

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1941 - Singer Neil Diamond mb
1949 - Comedian John Belushi mb

January 25
1627 - Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, a founder of modern chemistry mb
1759 - Scottish poet Robert Burns mb
1783 - William Colgate mb (Soapmaker)
1874 - Novelist W. Somerset Maugham mb

January 26
1715 - French philosopher Claude Helvetius mb
1880 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur mb
1925 - Actor Paul Newman mb
1928 - Singer Eartha Kitt mb
1961 - Wayne Gretzky mb

January 27
1756 - Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart mb
1832 - Author Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) mb
???? - Wavemotion

January 28
1822 - Canadian prime minister and statesman Alexander MacKenzie mb
1912 - Abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock mb
1936 - Actor Alan Alda mb
1948 - Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov mb

January 29
1737 - American colonial political philosopher Thomas Paine mb
1843 - William McKinley, 25th president of the United States mb
1945 - Actor Tom Selleck mb
1954 - Oprah Winfrey mb
???? - Boards of Games

January 30
1931 - Actor Gene Hackman mb
1951 - Singer-songwriter Phil Collins mb

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1706 - American statesman, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin mb
1931 - Actor James Earl Jones mb
1942 - Champion heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali mb

January 18
1779 - English physician Peter Roget (Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus)
1782 - Daniel Webster (American orator and statesman.)
1882 - A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh mb
1892 - Actor Oliver Hardy mb
1904 - Actor Cary Grant mb

January 19
1736 - James Watt mb
1807 - Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee mb
1809 - American short story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe mb
1923 - Actress Jean Stapleton (All in the Family)
1946 - Dolly Parton mb
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
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January 20
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
1920 - Actor DeForest Kelley mb
1930 - Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin mb

January 21
1824 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson mb
1855 - Firearms designer John Browning mb
1884 - Roger Nash Baldwin (Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union )

January 22
1775 - Andre Ampere (French physicist)
1934 - Actor Bill Bixby mb
1934 - Singer Sam Cooke mb

January 23
1898 - Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein mb
1899 - Actor Humphrey Bogart mb

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A look back at 2015 for RPGGeek (and a look ahead, too)

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Almost from its inception, RPGGeek as a site and community has set itself goals to reach from year to year, and 2015 was no exception.

How did we do in 2015?

Details can be found here, but I'll give a summary:

Organize 12 PbF games per month (on average)
Stretch goal: 20 PbF games per month
Check! We started 230 PbF games in 2015, just ten shy of reaching the stretch goal. 70% of those are ongoing or were successfully completed. That is an awesome amount of gaming. Kezle has been keeping track of PbF games, for which I'm very grateful. She also provided some stats, so if you're interested, head over to her post.

Run a Newbie (PbF) GMing initiative
Check! This one got rolling right at the start of the year], and Kyle has already set up a new initiative to follow up: 2016 PbF GM Initiative - Now for new and dormant GMs!.

3 Homegrown play events
Steve (our favourite slipperboy) championed these! He organized three events focusing on games and scenarios that were created in design contests here on RPGGeek. The Playtest-A-Palooza 2015 is probably still ongoing.

Run a new PbV initiative/ Virtuacon15
This was a team effort, and though smaller than previous years, the event had people from across the globe hang out together online, chat and play games. There was also another Pandacon, a different format/ initiative, but as international and as much fun as Virtuacon, I dare say.

1200 owners of the RPGG level 1 poster microbadge mb
We started into the year with about 880 users owning that badge. 1200 proved to be too lofty, but we reached the milestone of 1000 level 1 posters, which is still pretty cool. Sure, we are still a comparatively small community, but growing steadily.

Release Raskalar! (Project O.L.I.V.E. Project O.L.I.V.E.)
A small team has kept working on this RPG, and they are close to the finish line AFAIK. But unfortunately we still have to wait a bit for that game. Contact Carrie for details or if you'd like to help!

Run 6 design contests (at least 3 sponsored)
Check! Contests, creative participants, cool prizes. Nuff said.

Run 6 contests not focused on game design
There were a dozen contests during Virtuacon week alone, plus others throughout the year. If I had to single one out, it would probably be the review challenge because of the great user content it brought about. Also, without it we probably would not have met the following goal.

Add 750 new reviews
We actually reached more than 800 new reviews. Great job! (There's a new review challenge you can join: glory and geekgold for your opinion on games!)

Add 750 session reports
We fell short of this goal, although 600 new session reports is nothing to scoff at. For whatever reason, session report numbers have always been lower than reviews (at least during the last couple of years), so the goal was probably a bit too optimistic.

Reach 45,000 rpgitems and 10,000 rpgissues
We did it. Over 6,000 new rpgitems and over 1,000 new rpgissues were submitted last year, which is mind-boggling. Hats off to all data submitters. You're contributions make sure that RPGGeek continues to be the most comprehensive RPG database on the planet.

Reach 5,500 rpgs and 800 periodicals in the database
Check. We got more than 1,000 new RPG entries and more than 100 new periodical entries in 2015.

Reach 85,000 articles
Stretch goal: 88,888 articles

These were rather ambitious goals, compared to our respective increase in previous years. We've blown past them. In fact, we've reached 100k articles in December.
You might think there's an end in sight. It isn't. If you'd like to be part of this huge success, join the RPGG Heroes guild and post your article submissions to the appropriate thread (and earn geekgold)! Ask for pointers if needed.


Publish 12 interviews
Personally, I had hoped to contribute more towards this goal. Thanks to interviews done by Keith and Steve D., we published nine interviews in 2015. I'm a big interviews fan, so I hope to see new interviews on RPGGeek in 2016.

4500 Twitter followers
Stretch goal: 5000 followers
Our twitter account is now at over 4,700 followers. You're such a lovely audience, we'd like to take you home with us. Thanks to Dave who managed the account and built our following through the years.

Hold, host and award the GM'ies
The idea was to host an award in various categories, like Most Epic Battle, Best Location Description, Best NPC... (See the original discussion here.) Unfortunately, Tyraziel had to drop this, and since no other volunteer stepped up...

All in all it was a rather successful year. Lots of great initiatives, events, and games organized in and by our community, and an incredible amount of submissions to the database.

So, what's ahead for this year? I don't know, but I've asked for your suggestions for new goals. The outcome of the discussion follows below:

Our goals for 2016

Organize 200 PbF games
Stretch goal: 240 PbF games
1150 owners of the RPGG level 1 poster microbadge mb
Stretch goal: 1200 level 1 posters
700 owners of the RPGG level 2 poster microbadge mb
Stretch goal: 750 level 2 posters
Hold 3 RPG Math Trades with an average participation of 25 users (or more)
Reach 5500 Twitter followers @rpggeek
Stretch goal: 6000 followers
Reach 500 followers for RPG Geek on G+
Reach 500 members of the RPGGeek community on G+
Run 12 design contests or challenges (at least 3 officially sponsored)
Add 800 new reviews
Add 600 new session reports
Reach 53,000 rpgitems in the database
Reach 6250 RPGs in the database
Reach 11,111 rpgissues in the database
Reach 900 periodicals in the database
Reach 125,000 articles in the database

If you'd like to help out or follow along, go to RPGG Goals 2016 - Progress
Keep being awesome. (You have nothing to prove.) Thanks for being part of RPGGeek!
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This Week in Geek History January 3 - January 9

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January 3
1892 - J.R.R. Tolkein, author of the fantasy novel "Lord of the Rings," mb
1909 - Entertainer Victor Borge mb
1951 - Actor Mel Gibson mb
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January 4
1785 - Folklore and fairy tale collector Jakob Grimm mb
1809 - Teacher of the blind Louis Braille mb

January 5
1855 - King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor mb

January 6
1822 - Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy mb
1880 - Silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix mb
1970 - <em>Tall Girl in the Middle</em> Gabrielle Reece (she goes on to become a volleyball star, a model and an author mb

January 7
1745 - Frenchman Jacques Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon mb
1800 - Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States mb

January 8
1821 - James Longstreet, Confederate general in the Civil War mb
1935 - Singer Elvis Presley mb
1947 - Singer David Bowie mb
???? - Brichs

January 9
1913 - Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States mb
1925 - Actor Lee Van Cleef mb
1941 - Folk Singer Joan Baez mb
1941 - Contry Singer Crystal Gayle mb

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2015 RPG Geek Review Challenge

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The contest started back in January and was intended as a kinder, gentlger way to encourage reviews than the Iron Reviewer. In that regard it did pretty well with over 450 of this year's reviews being written as part of the contest.

Here are the final standings:

VincentDarlage finished first with 289 points and received 626 geek gold.

Jodokast was second with 80 points and received 375.6 geek gold.

Jasri surged to third and with 70 points and received 250.4 geek gold.

Five people received the finisher mb badge by earning 65 or more points.
VincentDarlage (289), sdonohue (215), jodokast (80), jasri (70), and Stelio (66)

22 people received the participant badge mb by earning at least 10 points,
VincentDarlage (289), sdonohue (215), jodokast (80), jasri (70), Stelio (66), intrepideddie (41), skalchemist (36), Barad_the_Dwarf (24), oberon166 (23), Kattvippa (22), rindis (22), Bifford (19), kdiddy13 (19), IndyRick (17), shawnssica (15), PaulBaldowski (14), mouselim (13), AaronTheSkull (12), dutys_fist (11), Kezle (11), and wusselpompf (11).

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered!
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This Week in Geek History December 27 - January 2

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December 27
1571 - German astronomer Johannes Kepler mb
1773 - George Cayley (Father of the science of aerodynamics )
1822 - French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (Who the hell decides who is worthy of a microbadge?)

December 28
1856 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States mb

December 29
1808 - Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States mb
1917 - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley mb
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December 30
1865 - British author Rudyard Kipling mb
1869 - Canadian economist and humorist Stephen Leacock mb
1884 - Japan's World War II Prime Minister Hideki Tojo mb
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December 31
1869 - French painter Henri Matisse mb
???? - Engoduun

January 1
1752 - Betsy Ross (maker of the first American flag)
1879 - English novelist E.M. Forster mb

January 2
1912 - British-born Soviet master spy Harold "Kim" Philby mb
1920 - Author Isaac Asimov mb

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2015 Geek Lifetime Achievement in Role Playing Winner Announced

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It was a tough fight, but RuneQuest has emerged as the 2015 Geek Lifetime Achievement inf Role Playing inductee.

Congratulations to all the nominated games and thanks to those who took part in nominating and selecting this year's inductees.
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December 20
1868 - Industrialist Harvey Firestone mb
1901 - Nuclear physicist Robert Van de Graaff mb

December 21
1795 - Dog Breeder Jack Russell mb
1804 - Benjamin Disraeli (Bristish Statesmen)
1937 - Actress Jane Fonda (Barberella)
1940 - Musician Frank Zappa mb
1948 - Actor Samuel L. Jackson mb
1954 - Tennis player Chris Evert mb

December 22
1858 - Giacomo Puccini mb
1862 - Connie Mack mb
1912 - Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson mb
1917 - Gene Rayburn (Match Game)
1922 - Actress Barbara Billingsley (Leave it to Beaver)
1949 - Brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb mb

December 23
1790 - Egyptologist Jean Francois Champollion (Translator of the Rosetta Stone)
1805 - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith mb
1860 - Poet Harriet Monroe, founder of Poetry magazine mb

December 24
1905 - Industrialist Howard Hughes (The Spruce Goose)

December 25
1 - Christ (observed)
1642 - British mathematician, physicist and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton mb
1821 - American Red Cross founder Clara Barton mb
1893 - Robert Ripley (Ripley's Believe it or Not)

December 26
1716 - English poet Thomas Gray mb
1792 - English inventor Charles Babbage (Inventor of the speedometer)
1891 - Novelist Henry Miller mb
1893 - Mao Tse-tung mb

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