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The Thursday Thing #16, October 14, 2021

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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

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[REMINDER] - In the temporary absence of Steve this Geek Production is being compiled by Sam/Bifford, so please send any ideas, In My Own Words or complaints to him.


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On Screaming Into The Void
by Hida Mann

Up until comparatively recently (and acknowledging that on a cosmic scale, anything I do is recent), I worried about about seeing evidence that people are reading what I write and engaging with it. A few weeks ago, right here, I wrote about the fact that I was doing this column as a way to keep myself writing regularly and practice the craft of wordsmithery, and doing so triggered a realisation in me that while engagement is nice, there is often value in creating something for a limited - or even a unique - audience.

Being able to gauge the size of your audience *feels* important - we weigh it against our perceptions of what our reach *should* be. I published a module recently for 7th Sea on Drive Thru RPG and I can tell you exactly how many people purchased it. I can also tell you that the only commenter on the module accused me of being too woke, for having a woman leading a pirate crew and pregenerated characters with no gender on them. I'll be scratching my head over that one for some time to come.

In last week's column, I specifically asked for responses from people who had worked on representing diversity in their RPGs, but got not a peep back. The thought flashed through my mind - does this mean no-one is reading it? Does that in turn mean I shouldn't bother writing anymore?

Nah.

You could accuse me of liking the sound of my own voice too much - and you wouldn't be wrong - but In My Own Words isn't the Hida Mann blog - anyone can write this stuff - and it isn't about being provocative or sparking a reaction from you, dear reader. I like writing. It's part of a process of self-reflection that I feel, in some small way, helps me understand and codify my corner of the universe.

Feedback, discussion and intercourse over a topic are enjoyable - I do like to hear others' opinions; that's how mine grow and change over time. But there's another way that could happen - maybe one of you wants to write for In My Own Words? It's pretty easy - pick a topic and start typing, then send the result to Bifford (Sorry Bifford!).

In the end, each of us does leisurely things such as writing or roleplaying in life for our own enjoyment, and that of our friends. If you're not getting that enjoyment, or if the enjoyment is tied to feedback you're not getting, make a change! For me? I'm content to keep writing until I'm told to stop. 


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It's time for the 2021 RPG Geek 24 hour RPG contest! Send in your entry by November 16th, with details here:
Announcing the 2021 24 Hour RPG Contest

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Michael Taylor provides his thoughts on Crusaders of Sarillon
Not quite a review, but a definite recommendation

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Purely for the Spoiler awareness disclaimer at the start!
Raven's Purge Campaign - Session #: Unleash the Hounds of War


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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD OCT 11: If you were writing an RPG about James Bond for a modern audience, what would it look like?
(With the Daniel Craig 007 era coming to an end this is a fitting and good conversation to be had!)

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Saturday is Free RPG Day. Find a thread about it, with info and links here:
Free RPG Day 2021


BONUS!!!!
The 2021 Cthanta Claus (Secret Santa) Gift Exchange is open for registration!
The 13th (2021) Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Open for registration


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US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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The Thursday Thing #15, October 7, 2021 [Special Friday Edition!]

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SPECIAL FRIDAY EDITION!
Due to moving house I don't yet have broadband. Last week I cobbled the Thursday Thing together on my phone. This week I was busy with work and tired so totally forgot it was Thursday until today. So here is a special Friday edition of the Thursday Thing!


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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

[REMINDER] - In the temporary absence of Steve this Geek Production is being compiled by Sam/Bifford, so please send any ideas, In My Own Words or complaints to him.


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On Variety
by Hida Mann

Games Workshop, whose products I very much enjoy, have created (off the top of my head) 10 different types of Elves between Fantasy and 40K.
In Pathfinder, I'm currently playing a Suli, which is a sort of elemental Djinn.
I have at least 10 different board games on my shelves which depict the Ancient Egyptian gods, with no two being identical.

They say that variety is the spice of life, but let's drill a little deeper - why do we desire that variety so? What do we gain when we create it?

I was brought up during an era of Australian Politics that focussed on multiculturalism - the government threw open the gates of immigration and invested money in having its citizens celebrate diversity and difference. Looking back, it was really phenomenal and a progressive policy for the 1980s. Growing up with that is probably one of the reasons I react very poorly to bigotry or exclusion in any form.

Thus, it's always been a little odd to me that the majority of written modules and roleplaying worlds I've seen are segregated; over there is the land of the dwarves, mountainous and challenging. Here is the abode of the Avian people, who are so rarely seen in the cities of humanity. To the North lays the frozen home of the barbarous yet noble wild tribes... and so forth. This 'standard' outline for a world offers us two key insights - firstly, that there is a perception that audiences can't or won't accept a multicultural setting and second, that despite this, audiences are interested in a diverse range of options for characters. (I can already hear the shouts from those of you who want to point out settings that do things differently to this stereotype and I have no doubt that they exist and I can think of a few myself, but stay with me for a moment).

There's obviously mechanical concerns in a game, which different races can satisfy. To go back to Games Workshop for a moment, the Age of Sigmar setting gives us Magic Elves (The Lumineth), Agile Elves (The Daughters of Khaine), Resilient Elves (The Sylvaneth), Agressive Elves (The Idoneth Deepkin) and subsets of those like animalistic Elves and Pirate Elves. Each of these has different lore, but there is a definite sensation that they are built from the mechanics up - how can we make these factions play differently on the table? Let's put those aside for a moment.

There's a big political discussion to be had around simple questions like 'why don't some of the avian people buy a house in the city', but that's not where I'm going with this. If we take it as granted that people want some diversity in their roleplaying (and other gaming), what can we do, as players and GMs, to satisfy that desire in dramatically positive ways? Legit question, post some answers, I want to hear them!


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The Geek hit 100 million thumbs thumbsup recently. A commemorative microbadge will drop soon.
100 Million Thumbs!

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Short and sweet! Solo gaming comic, Mud: A Golem Memoir, gets a review by Jonas.
A Gem of Clay: Short, well-crafted solo game comic

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Clark runs through a Pulp-tastic robot nazis scenario on the Orient Express with Patches, Philip the Magnificent and Dr. Merriwether. What's not to like?
Pulpy goodness - but we botched the pacing


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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD OCT 6: Do you financially support any RPG-related creator on Patreon?

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We try to make the Geek, and especially RPG Geek, as welcoming as possible. While the "Geek of the Week" has elongated into "Geek of the Month" it is still a very worthwhile community asset. Show the newest GotW/GotM some love at:
RPG Geek of the Week/Month October 2021 #457 Inge (Urban jungle)


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US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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The Thursday Thing #14, September 30, 2021

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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

[REMINDER] - In the temporary absence of Steve this Geek Production is being compiled by Sam/Bifford, so please send any ideas, In My Own Words or complaints to him.


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On Adjacency
by Hida Mann

My gaming life began a long time ago, with Masters of the Universe: The Power Sword Conquest. From there, things grew exponentially, and I thought it might be interesting to trace how one 'hobby', which at the time would probably be better described as a pastime, has grown into a range of interconnected subhobbies, where I now find myself. I suspect it is a tale that many of you will find familiar...

Discovering that I liked He-Man so much, my parents supposed that other fantasy Barbarians, like Conan and Lone Wolf, might appeal. Recognising that the original novels might be a little much for me at 5 years old, they instead got me a couple of Fighting Fantasy books. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I was already big into reading, but suddenly there was interactive reading. Hot damn.

So, there I was at school a few years later, reading the latest Fighting Fantasy book, and another couple of kids come up. They are holding Hero Quest and tell me about it. I'm in. We play, we love it. We discover that there's a step up from Hero Quest, it's called Talisman. Hot Damn again. Then one of my friends shows up with Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. HE describes it as Hero Quest, but with no board and dozens of character classes. I play a gravedigger. I level up for the first time and become a Demonologist.

HOT DAMN.

During a long and boring school holiday, I take out my copy of Heroquest and find some old acrylic paints in the shed. To this day, I have no idea why we owned them, but I grab a brush and put them to use. My minis look awful, but I'm kinda proud anyway. I discover the existence of Warhammer as a wargame and buy some Dark Elves. I decide a whole army is expensive and too time consuming and wow, am I not good at painting.

Next year at school, Hero Quest kid comes in with a new game. It's called Blood Bowl and it is hilairous.

Needless to say, Hot Damn.

I hit High School and find some guys in the library playing D&D. I listen in, but it isn't for me - I've discovered already by this point that my tastes run a bit darker than generic fantasy. One of my friends shows me Civilization - I've played plenty of computer games up to now, but holy forking shirtballs, this leaves them all for dead. I fall in further in love with history and literature because of this game.

Late in school, one of my friends pulls out some cards and teached me to play a game. I have a disposable income at this point and I immediately dispose of it all on this amazing new game, Magic the Gathering. I have a circle of friends who play. Together, we go to a local game club where they run little tournaments. We go to a release event (because they didn't have prereleases yet). I am thoroughly hooked.

Flash forward to the end of school; the day after my final exams, I head into my favourite game store, hand them my resume and tell them I'll work for peanuts. I get the job that hadn't previously existed. I work hard and honestly, just put every cent I make back into that store. While I'm there, I discover everything from Vampire the Masquerade to Battletech to Call of Cthulhu.

Now out of school, I start going to roleplaying conventions with some of my friends. I make friends with the people running them. I start running them. I get approached by people running RPGs, Card Games, LAN setups, board games, the whole shebang. I say yes to all of it. I am swimming in gaming.

H O T D A M N.

Obviously, it's a slippery slope, but what fascinates me is that it just goes deeper and deeper. If you like Fighting Fantasy, roleplaying is a natural evolution. Once you're roleplaying, using minis becomes cool, so now you're modelling. When you're not roleplaying, maybe you still want to immerse yourself in a narrative, so now computer games are an option. Maybe you prefer the social element, so now you're board gaming.

At the start of the pandemic, I decided to stop just painting bits and pieces of models here and there and actually commit to the hobby. I did so in the form of painting my way through the entirety of Cthulhu: Death May Die. Last week, I picked up a bunch of special varnishes and textured paints so I could improve the bases of my minis - this is way further down the rabbit hole than I planned. In fact, having gotten a taste for being crafty, I took another plunge and ordered some resin to make chopping boards and maybe even a table with. Carpentry, borne ultimately of the He-Man board game. Hot damn.


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A "new" version of D&D has been announced. But is it new new, or just, ya-know, new? Make your comments here:
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A review of a GM/Storyteller screen? Maybe not. Read on to find out!
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It's been a quiet week for session reports, so I give you a two parter:
Pt 1. Getting out of Bogenhofen
Part 2. Altdorf again

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD SEP 29: Which game has your favorite worldbuilding process?

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Should you find yourself with spare change, burning a hole in your pocket, then look no further than this Crowdfunding thread:
Table Top RPG Kickstarter/Crowd-funding Announcement Thread - 2021 Edition


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Here are some other things you might want to check out.
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Geek of the Week Month is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!



Sorry it's late. I moved home yesterday, have no internet; the PC is still packed away; I had to do all of this on my phone. FUN!
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Accessibility Convention

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I'm abusing my blog moderator privileges again folks!

Accessibility is important and these folks are at the forefront of pushing for it in RPGs. They are running an online con October 1st & 2nd with games, panels and more. It is also for charity!

https://everyone-games.com

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RPG Industry Positions

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You wanted a happier post from me for my next blog article, well here it is!

Two industry big guns are currently looking to hire.

Goodman Games
https://goodman-games.com/blog/2021/03/13/help-wanted-dcc-ed...

Maybe you’re the sort of person that cares to correctly punctuate a text message, knows how to affect an effect, and for whom the semicolon holds no terror. You might be an editor!

Goodman Games has some big projects on the horizon, and we need additional DCC editing help. If you are a DCC judge or player with an eye for detail, an appreciation of Appendix N, and experience as an editor, we might have a place for you in our editorial ranks.

Please email us at info@goodman-games.com with your relevant experience and perhaps we’ll have more to discuss!



Mongoose Publishing

An abridged version of: http://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1229...

Mongoose is casting the net to find someone who can handle everything word-related in connection with our games - the candidate must be capable of writing gaming material of excellent quality, editing with an extremely high degree of accuracy, working with writers, commissioning new work, handling playtesting and proofing processes, and everything else involved in getting a book from a blank page to a document ready to send to layout.

The position is full-time and permanent, and the candidate would have to live and work in Swindon (United Kingdom). That part is non-negotiable, as we work as a tightly knit team. .... This is a critical position at Mongoose (this cannot be overstated) and we are quite prepared to wait until the right person comes along. ...you can contact me at msprange@mongoosepublishing.com
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RPG Obituaries

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Hello RPGGeeks. It's sad news time on the Geek. There have been a few deaths related to RPGs of late.


Regine / Herbstwind


February 11th 2021

Some of you may have seen my post in the weekly "What Have You Played" Geeklist, saying that our friend Regine passed away a short while ago in a car crash. Her husband and family are, of course, devastated, and we will miss a great gaming friend. I only ever "met" her via video calls in our fortnightly games, but she was lovely and will be missed.

Dave Nalle

Board Game Designer: David F. Nalle
February 13th 2021 from COVID-19.

David F. Nalle was an RPG and political writer. Ignoring the political aspects, he wrote for Dragon, Abyss, and Alarums & Excursions

He is known for designing roleplaying games, especially Ysgarth and To Challenge Tomorrow. His board games include the collectible card game Quest for the Grail.

On February 11th his partner, Maggie Perkins, announced that he was critically ill from COVID-19 and then on February 14th that he had died the previous day.

(Announcement courtesy of RPG.net)

Bill Larson (William H. Larson)
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Member of TSR and editor for TSR and Dragon magazine, he died on January 13 2021.

(Announcement courtesy of RPG.net)

Morgan Ellis
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Morgan Ellis, a writer for the FATE system, including such notable items as The Dresden Files, Shadow of the Century and Atomic Robo, passed away early March 2021.

Many people online report that he was a wonderful man and a fantastic GM, who loved convention games.

(Announcement courtesy of RPG.net)
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