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Since re-introductions seem to be in order. Hi, I'm Mike. I make things on the internet and play RPGs. Mostly I play online, and the majority of the time it's stuff that gets streamed on Twitch as part of the High Shelf Collective channel (twitch.tv/highshelfcollective). Sometimes I paint small bits of metal and/or plastic. I live in Saint Louis with my wife and our bulldog puppy.

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Say person A pointed a gun at person B and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed. Person A then gave a half-hearted apology.

Should person B accept the apology? Should they trust person A ever again?

What if person A starts visibly trying to clear the jam but assures person B that it's all fine?

Asking for a friend.

RT @CatlingGun
Solo But Not Alone 3 is live!
That's right, it's time for you to get over 100 singleplayer TTRPGs for a minimum $10 donation to help Jasper's Game Day prevent suicide!
itch.io/b/1692/solo-but-not-al

After 12 years' worth plus a spate of requests this past weekend, I'm doing the unthinkable and/or unconscionable and writing up an Apocalypse World SRD.

It's going incredibly well. I can't even tell you. It's a mean, stripped down version of my PbtA articles, laser focused on making a cinematic ensemble action-drama-thriller game like AW.

I don't know how many games it'll inspire, of course, when it comes to it, but it's a tight piece of practical RPG theory anyway. I'm excited to share it.

. β€œThe evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

β€” Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967

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In these trying times of turmoil over licensing and fantasy RPGs, find comfort in this one truth:
That
Swords without Master
can be found in
Worlds Without Master volume 3
indiepressrevolution.com/xcart

Over in High Shelf Collective land we do an annual "Shark Tank" presentation session where folks bring their games they want to run to the group and we show them off. (Nothing's actually ever cut or blocked, it's all "let's hear your ideas so we can all get hype for them.")

Every year I include a slide about because it's a setting and game that I hold near and dear (warts and all).

Anyway, Vurt never works out, so this year I have two slides. One to mention the game again, and this one.

In my head there is this "you were sent out to colonize an alien planet after an asteroid hit the earth in the early/mid-70s so all your tech is cassette futurist since everyone was focused on 'we need to get off this planet, more asteroids are coming'" and this just feels like the perfect addition to that stash of inspiration links.

inexhibit.com/case-studies/pro

Computers used to scream out in pain when we connected them to the Internet.

This was a clue and we just didn't listen.

#COVID Poll - Have you had COVID?
Please boost to get a bigger response.

That podcast? Launch it.
That garden? Plant it.
That blog? Start it.
That music? Record it.
That game? Make it.
That book? Write it.
That app? Develop it.
That idea? Expand on it.
That gift? Put it to use.

10 Image #CaptionTips from a transcriptionist:

1. Any words are better than nothing.
2. You don't need to say it's "a picture of…" screen readers will already say it's an image.
3. Start with the framing or format (i.e. close up, landscape, meme, text).
4. Think about the reason you're posting the pic and describe that first, add background details if you have time.
5. Pretend you're talking to someone on the phone and want to tell them about this cool thing you're looking at.
6. Transcribe any and all text in the image, even if it's the only thing you do.
7. If you've described the image in your post, you don't need to copy and paste it again in the caption. But again, don't leave it blank, just put something like "as described."
8. You can add small subjective notes, but don't give too much interpretation of the image in your own opinion.
9. Caption jokes are fun, as long as they still describe the image objectively.
10. Use punctuation, and capitalize words properly. A lot of us have interacted with this tech when calling customer service or talking to Siri, so keep in mind that you're writing for a computer to read, and it needs all the help it can get.

Hello All.
Due to a sliiiiight miscalculation on car repairs we dropped more on making sure we could drive than I thought. Thanks to this I'm going to run a discount on my dice shop (either crypticcrits.com or ko-fi.com/hexedcoffee, whatever your flavor is) to try to recover costs.

Use NEWYEAR23 on either site to get 20% off your order! I appreciate any boost a hell of a lot. I do ship worldwide. :blobhaj_hug_full:

#dice #ttrpg #ttrpgdice

US, seeking trans charity :boost_requested: 

I'm looking for a 501(c)(3) #charity which I can donate to, because my employer is doing a gift-matching program.

The donor match program requires that it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. My only hard requirement is that it be focused on aiding #transgender people.

Bonus points if it focuses on:
* Aiding people who are trying to survive and/or escape red states
* Protecting #trans kids from homo-/transphobic family situations
* Legal battles to ensure that US health insurance companies cover transition healthcare such as #HRT, laser treatments, #TopSurgery and #BottomSurgery
* Ending conversion therapy and other cruel delaying strategies like "gender exploratory therapy"

:boost_requested: Please boost this one. I have until the end of the year to both make the donation and then submit a receipt to have it matched.

When I asked Todd Shaughnessy how to take my game ideas and make them into a real game, he shrugged and said "I dunno, you just do it. You learn as you go. You make your game and figure it out."

It wasn't much to go on! I didn't know the first thing about producing a book. I'd never finished a full game draft. But it connected with the indie comics work I was surrounded by, and for the next 6 or 8 years, until I finally did make a game, it was a touchstone I went back to often.

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Twin towers of white stone stand together. A covered bridge connects the conical roofs together into a single great tower rising from the woods.

Torre SchΓΆnberg is a watchtower built in 1905. It stands upon a tall hill rising from a thick woodland (check out the second image).

The isolated tower rising from a dense forest offers inspiration for a mage's tower.

#dnd #dnd5e #ttrpg #fantasy #writing #fairytale #castle
πŸ“· : Tom Juenemann; Zinnmann; & Lasmahei

This #Dungeon23 thing sounds amazing and like so much fun. I definitely want to draw this out in a notebook next year and see what comes of it.

I’ve been wanting to expand my #TTRPG writing out from just #DnD. I wonder if a #CyBorg megadungeon in a new megacity or a new #PbtA setting I’m workshopping would be a good fit.

seanmccoy.substack.com/p/dunge

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