I've not always agreed with West's opinions, but I've always respected his solidity.

Terry Crews Lip Syncs Brittany Howard's 'Stay High'

Terry Crews Lip Syncs Brittany Howard's 'Stay High'

When you have a voice like Brittany Howard, just about anybody looks good singing along. But when that person is Terry Crews, it's all the more sweeter.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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I just love that she just asked- and he said yes! Then she said they'd come to LA, and he said that he'd come there instead. Such a feel-good video!

Just Start

I've always put the following statement in by bios: I'm a software architect, but I long to be a writer.

Yet, I've only stumbled in that direction a few times a year. If I'm being honest with myself, it seems that I need an event to write instead of making it a part of my day-to-day life. I game more than I write.

I stumbled across this video:

YouTube: The Toolbox Fallacy (Passion of the Nerd)

I've made an agreement with myself- to write each day. Whether a sentence, a paragraph, or a few pages. I don't need an event. I will #JustStart.

#JustStart #Writing JustStart (x) Writing (x)

Stevie Wonder & Sting - "Fragile" Live

Stevie Wonder & Sting - "Fragile" Live

#music music (x) steviewonder (x) sting (x)

Out of Time - A Game Created for the 24-hour RPG and 200 Word RPG

I submitted a game for the 200 Word RPG, Out of Time. It is a time travel story of a person trying to defeat an enemy that his older self did not defeat. The RPG Geek 24 Hour RPG was going on during the same period, so I expanded that terse presentation over the rest of the 24 hours, creating the entry Out of Time - Expanded.

It was an interesting process; I'm not sure if the end result of the longer product is better, or just more verbose. But I finally used GM Binder, a patreon that I've been supporting for a while because I liked the idea of it. It turned out to be just as great as the idea seemed for short form publications. It was a lot easier than opening Affinity Publisher to layout something that brief.

Voting is going on now for the 24 hour rpg (link), and there are a lot of great entries there if you're interested in taking a look.

The 200 Word RPG version can also be found on my blog- http://www.chuckdee.net/?blog/outoftime. I'll be posting the Expanded version there, also.

Let me know what you think if you decide to read it!

#ttrpgs #rpgs #RPGGeek #24HourRPG #200WordRPG
#ttrpgs #rpgs #RPGGeek #24HourRPG #200WordRPG 200WordRPG (x) 24HourRPG (x) RPGGeek (x) rpgs (x) ttrpgs (x)

This is the film that I'm waiting on

From the moment that they introduced the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, I've been wanting to see a live-action Nova. It fits very well with them expanding into the cosmos and now makes perfect sense given his background in the comics.

#MCU #Nova #Comics #Marvel #Movies
#MCU #Nova #Comics #Marvel #Movies Comics (x) Marvel (x) MCU (x) Movies (x) Nova (x)

Advent of Code

I'm a bit late in getting into this, but thought some others might like to know also.


Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like. People use them as a speed contest, interview prep, company training, university coursework, practice problems, or to challenge each other.

You don't need a computer science background to participate - just a little programming knowledge and some problem solving skills will get you pretty far. Nor do you need a fancy computer; every problem has a solution that completes in at most 15 seconds on ten-year-old hardware.
coding (x) programming (x) puzzles (x)

Seven-Wide RPG Challenge

Someone approaches you and says that they want to read and play seven roleplaying games, but want those seven games to cover the widest possible range of the #rpg experience, design concepts, play styles and so forth. They need you to pick those seven games. What list do you give them?

Don't reply here, but rather make a post with the #7wideRpg tag.

I think for the most part, I'd go with those games that have proven to be the foundation of other games.

1. Fate Core (I would go with FUDGE to go further back, but I don't think it is accessible as Fate Core.
2. Apocalypse World (PbTA)
3. Deadlands (Savage Worlds)
4. Vampire (Storyteller)
5. Star Wars (d6)
6. Call of Cthulhu (BRP)
7. Dungeons & Dragons 3rd (or 3.5)

Those aren't necessarily my firrst choice of game- I just think that they represent what is being asked.

#rpg #7wideRpg 7wideRpg (x)

Play a game and honor Greg Stafford, October 10 - 31

Play a game and honor Greg Stafford, October 10 - 31

A year ago, we lost a luminary of gaming, with a wide influence, Greg Stafford, the shaman of gaming. The first anniversary of his passing is October 10th, so Chaosium has designated the 10th through the 31st as a time to remember him, and play one of his games- or any game at all (after all, many of them have elements of Greg in them). There's also a lot of merchandise featuring the Greg Rune on Redbubble that are being offered at cost to celebrate Greg.



Another example of an edit Lucas should have made

Another example of a great edit that should have already been made to A New Hope instead of some of the other more questionable ones that were done.

YouTube: Star Wars SC 38 Reimagined (FXitinPost)

#StarWars #ANewHope #Movies
#StarWars #ANewHope #Movies ANewHope (x) Movies (x) StarWars (x)
I love to see these fan films... Their works are better than The Last Jedi LOL
When fans make it better than companies.

There's a lot that could be said here, but let me keep it short. Rick Loomis, one of the founders of Flying Buffalo Inc, needs a hand. Please take a look at his Go Fund Me page.


#RPG #FlyingBuffalo
Thanks for the signal boost.
Unfortunately, Rock Loomis passed on Friday. From the GoFundMe:

Fate is a strange mistress. For today is August 24th and that is Rick's Birthday. Unfortunately today is also the sad, sad day that I have to tell you all that Rick Loomis passed away, just seven hours before his birthday of complications of his cancer.

Rick was an amazing person. He had the ability to inspire and nurture talented people to be more talented than they thought they could be. He had the ability to give his people the freedom to develop their own solutions to problems and then he would calmly guide them. He did this in every facet of his life, whether it was in gaming or management or even his church softball league. Maybe that's one of the reasons why so many people loved Rick and loved working with and for him and why he attracted so many talented people like Mike Stackpole, Larry Ditillio, Liz Danforth, Jennifer Roberson, Ken St Andre and so many others who went on to create entire worlds and realms -- Rick encouraged that in a way few do.

Rick sacrificed his life for a dream. A dream of wonderful, fun games and worlds of adventure. Games that inspired creativity and fun. Rick' s games were always in the end, about fun - not winning. Rick's dream will live on and we who he has left behind will do our part to carry that dream forward.
And we will never forget what he taught us - patience, persistence, fun and kindness. That is what Rick stood for. His loss will leave a hole in our community, our industry and our hearts - but I urge you to remember to be kind to each other, be patient with each other and don't let go of your dreams. Rick never did.

The world is lessened by your absence Rick, and you are missed...

Don't let this stop the donations! Debt from medical bills does not go away because the person dies.

Also, to contribute you can look at Bundle of Holding- they're running a great deal on some of Loomis'/Flying Buffalo's work and giving the charity portion of the proceeds to him in addition to the publisher's portion.


Appeals Court Rules Detained Migrant Children Should Get Soap, Sleep, Clean Water

The Trump administration had challenged a court order setting the rules for how detained migrant children should be treated.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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Attorneys for the government had argued that Judge Gee's order modified the original Flores settlement which did not spell out a requirement for specific hygiene items and adequate sleeping accommodations.

The appellate court disagreed.

"Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety," wrote Judge Marsha S. Berzon, a Clinton appointee.

What world are we living in where there needs to be a ruling on this?

Discovered a new band: The True Loves

I was surprised to see the guitarist and drummer from DLO3 in this group. But they jam... as one commenter said, "Rare video of men discovering fire."

#funk #music #dlo3 #TheTrueLoves
#funk #music #dlo3 #TheTrueLoves dlo3 (x) funk (x) music (x) thetrueloves (x)

Interesting Life Lessons garnered from Rocketman

I follow Steven Barnes, and he made some interesting observations about life that I'll quote here based on Rocketman.

You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go on to the next lesson.

There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

The final step is that the Student becomes the Master and shares his experience with others that are still trying to master the process.

It's an interesting read!

ROCKETMAN (2019) and Life’s Lessons
Steven Barnes is an interesting character. He used to run morning Tai Chi at NorWesCon for those two or three earlybirds who attended.
@Eric Franklin - I'd agree to say the least. I love his novels (especially the Lion's Blood series) and have just learned a lot in following him about writing and what it takes to succeed, and about myself. I wish I'd been able to take classes like that under his instruction.

#TEDTalk #CurrentEvents #News CurrentEvents (x) News (x) TEDTalk (x)
"Reversing the flow of injustice is not justice; it's vengeance."

Such a beautiful quote!

The use of the word "Concentration Camps"

From Arnheim:

Americans tend to conflate the idea of “concentration camps” with “death camps” because that’s how the simplified version of the war’s history presents them. Most of the concentration facilities run by the Nazi regime eventually became “death camps,” especially once it was clear that the Reich was on the back foot—but on the most literal level, the purpose of a concentration camp is right there in the name: to concentrate a group of people (often considered “undesirable”) in a limited space for ease of both containment and control.

In that sense, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct about what we are doing to undocumented immigrants in this country: we are placing them in concentration camps. We needn’t be yanking their gold teeth, performing medical experiments on them, or shoving them all into a concrete room for a “shower” (please understand that I’m not making light of any of those things) in order for the fact that they’re in concentration camps to be true.

We did the same thing to Japanese-Americans during WW II—we just like to tell ourselves it was different from what the Reich was doing because we weren’t actively feeding anyone to furnaces.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct to call the camps we’re detaining other human beings in “concentration camps.” She’s being called out because of the emotional resonance that term has in our history that exists entirely separately from its clinical meaning, but she is not wrong.

It’s just kinda galling to watch the people who’re freaking out over her (admittedly pathos-based-and-triggering) phrasing also praise Trump’s categorization of our undocumented immigration situation as “an invasion” (which is another pathos-steeped loaded label specifically designed to elicit an emotional response).

#CurrentEvents #Immigration #Truth

Captain America: After the Endgame

#MCU #CaptainAmerica #Endgame #Movies #Comics #Writing

I'll try to avoid spoilers in this particular post, but something about the ending of Endgame stuck with me. There's been more and more scrutiny of one particular detail, and it inspired me to write down my own version of what I think events could have been.

Of course, there are spoilers in the short story, so be warned of that. It needs more editing to be sure, but it is at least at a point where I'm comfortable sharing it. Criticism and comments are definitely encouraged.
#MCU #CaptainAmerica #Endgame #Movies #Comics #Writing CaptainAmerica (x) Comics (x) Endgame (x) MCU (x) Movies (x) Writing (x)

When Lucas remastered Star Wars...

...instead of taking out Han shooting first and other insignificant changes, he should have been doing stuff like this... We only really know how badassed Darth is by reputation. It's been in auxiliary media that we've seen hints, then in Rogue One. This is how I like to think of Darth in the movies- active, rather than just letting his troopers do all the work.

#StarWars #EmpireStrikesBack #Movies

Jason Pitre on Twitter: "Hey folks! I just released a set of RPG Design Worksheets that I have prepared for myself and new designers. Take a look and spread the word! https://t.co/oskJoA05Zm"

RPG Design Worksheets

Genesis of Legend Publishing: RPG Design Worksheets (Jagash)

#RPGDesign #TTRPGs
#RPGDesign #TTRPGs rpgdesign ttrpgs (x)

Fun quiz on class and stats

You Are A:
True Neutral Elf Monk/Sorcerer (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 15
Constitution- 14
Intelligence- 18
Wisdom- 13
Charisma- 13

From http://easydamus.com/character.html

#TTRPGs #GPlusRPG GPlusRPG (x) TTRPGs (x)

#AprilTTRPGMaker #TTRPGs

5. Character or worldbuilding?


I have reams full of characters. It's one of the first things that I try when I get a new system. It's one of the first areas of concentration in my designs. That said, the characters cannot stand alone and a world that is suited to the characters, and the characters are suited to, is key in bringing any narrative alive. So as I create the characters, they breathe life into my concepts for the worlds.

I tend to build characters more than worlds, but the worlds I spend more time upon. All that said, I really can't choose between the two.
#AprilTTRPGMaker #TTRPGs AprilTTRPGMaker (x) TTRPGs (x)

Wisdom From Remo Williams (via Steven Barnes)

“Fear is nothing more than a feeling.” Chuin says, in a rare moment of sympathy. “You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you.”

It is a feeling. Like other feelings. But unlike the others, we judge ourselves horribly, call ourselves cowards, or think that fear means we can’t, or shouldn’t, or mustn’t. No.

It is just fear.

Excerpt from: #Quotes #RemoWilliams #StevenBarnes
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