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RPGaDay2020 Prompt 05 - Tribute


from https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-05-tribute

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Prompt: Tribute

This prompt took a bit more thought, but quickly I came to the luminaries that preceeded us in the gaming industry, that blazed the way for the games that we enjoy. Greg Stafford was the first that came to mind- though I started with AD&D and Rolemaster, RuneQuest and BRP were large parts of the experience, especially as they were the systems used in Call of Cthulhu, which became the basis of most of the experience, leading to Gumshoe today. But tributes can also be made to those that shape my present day gaming: Vincent Baker, Fred Hicks, Robin Laws, Kenneth Hite, Greg Stolze- those and many more shaped my preferences and gaming style, and continue to do so today.
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Google+ Class Action Suit


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Did anyone else receive an e-mail about a class action suit related to the closure of G+? Plain text reproduced below.


Notice of Class Action Settlement re Google Plus – Your Rights May Be Affected
You are not being sued. This notice affects your rights. Please read it carefully.

On June 10, 2020, the Honorable Edward J. Davila of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, granted preliminary approval of this class action Settlement and directed the litigants to provide this notice about the Settlement. You have received this notice because Google’s records indicate that you may be a Settlement Class Member, and you may be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement. Please visit www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com for more information. The Final Approval Hearing on the adequacy, reasonableness, and fairness of the Settlement will be held at 9:00 am on November 19, 2020 in San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 4, 5th Floor located at 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. You are not required to attend the Final Approval Hearing, but you are welcome to do so at your own expense.

Summary of Litigation
Google operated the Google+ social media platform for consumers from June 2011 to April 2019. In 2018, Google announced that the Google+ platform had experienced software bugs between 2015 and 2018, which allowed app developers to access certain Google+ profile field information in an unintended manner. Plaintiffs Matthew Matic, Zak Harris, Charles Olson, and Eileen M. Pinkowski thereafter filed this lawsuit asserting various legal claims on behalf of a putative class of Google+ users who were allegedly harmed by the software bugs (“Class”). Google denies Plaintiffs’ allegations, denies any wrongdoing and any liability whatsoever, and believes that no Class Members, including the Plaintiffs, have sustained any damages or injuries due to the software bugs.

Summary of Settlement Terms
Settlement Fund: Under the Settlement, Google will pay $7.5 million which will be used to fund: (1) Class Member Settlement payments; (2) attorneys’ fees not to exceed 25% of the Settlement Fund and costs and expenses not to exceed $200,000.00; (3) four service awards to the Class Representatives in an amount not to exceed $1,500 each for their services on behalf of the Settlement Class and for a general release of all claims they may have against Google; (4) administration fees and costs; and, if necessary, (5) cy pres distribution of any residual funds. No portion of the Settlement Fund can be returned to Google.

Amount of Payments: Class Members who submit a Valid Claim may receive a pro rata share of the Net Settlement Fund up to a cash payment of $12.00 depending on the number of claimants. Each Class Member can submit only one claim. Any funds remaining in the Net Settlement Fund after distribution(s) to Class Members will be distributed to Cy Pres Recipients that have been selected by a neutral third party and approved by the Court.

Method of Payment: The payments above for Class Members who submit a Valid Claim will be made by Electronic Payment (Paypal or Digital Check).

Your Options Under the Settlement
Option 1 - Submit a Claim Form to Be Eligible for a Cash Payment
If you submit a Valid Claim by October 8, 2020, you may receive a payment. You will also give up your rights to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case.

Option 2 - Opt Out of the Settlement
This is the only option that allows you to sue Google and/or other released parties on your own regarding the legal claims in this case. You will not receive a payment from the Settlement. The deadline for excluding yourself is October 8, 2020.

Option 3 - File an Objection with the Court
Write to the Settlement Administrator about why you do not like the Settlement. The deadline for objecting is October 8, 2020. These Objections will be shared with the Court. If you object to the Settlement, you will be bound by the Settlement’s terms and will not be allowed to exclude yourself from the Settlement; you will lose the right to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case.

Option 4 - Do Nothing
If you do nothing, you will not receive any payment. You will be bound by the Settlement’s terms and will lose the right to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case.

Additional Information
How do I know if I am part of the Settlement Class?
The Settlement Class is defined as: “all persons within the United States who (a) had a consumer Google+ account for any period of time between January 1, 2015 and April 2, 2019, and (2) had their non-public Profile Information exposed as a result of the software bugs Google announced on October 8, 2018 and December 10, 2018. Excluded from the Settlement Class are (a) Google and its officers, directors, employees, subsidiaries, and Google Affiliates; (b) all judges and their staffs assigned to this case and any members of their immediate families; (c) the Parties’ counsel in this litigation; and (d) any Excluded Class Member.”

What are the terms of the Settlement?
Under the Settlement, Google has agreed to create a Settlement Fund of $7,500,000.

This Settlement Fund will provide compensation to Settlement Class Members, pay for notice and administration costs, provide for any approved Service Awards to the Class Representatives who filed the case, and compensate the attorneys for any approved fee, cost, and expense awards. If the Settlement is finally approved, Settlement Class Members will be prevented from bringing any further claims against Google for any conduct relating to the software bugs affecting Google+ profile fields.

How will the Settlement Fund be distributed?
The lawyers for the Settlement Class (“Class Counsel”) will ask the Court to approve the following payments from the Settlement Fund:

The costs of providing notice and administration of the Settlement;
Service Awards to each of the Class Representatives, not to exceed $1,500 each, as compensation for their active participation in the case on behalf of the Settlement Class;
Class Counsel’s compensation for the time and effort incurred litigating the case, which will not exceed 25% of the Settlement Fund, and costs and expenses they incurred not to exceed $200,000.00;
Payments to Settlement Class Members who file timely and Valid Claim Forms according to the Plan of Allocation outlined below; and
Any residual funds remaining after payments to Settlement Class Members will be distributed to Approved Cy Pres Recipients as approved and directed by the Court.
More information regarding the Settlement, including the Settlement Agreement, can be found at the Settlement Website, www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com.

How can I get a Settlement Payment?
If you are a Settlement Class Member and would like to receive a Settlement Payment, you must submit a Claim Form no later than October 8, 2020.

You may complete the Claim Form online at www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com, or you may mail your Claim Form to the following address:

Google Plus Data Litigation, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

If you do not file a Claim Form, you will not receive a payment. Note that for each Valid Claim, the payment method will be the Electronic Payment method specified on the Claimant’s Claim Form.

How much will I receive from the Settlement?
The Plan of Allocation provides for Settlement Payments to Claimants as follows: The Net Settlement Fund shall be allocated to Claimants on a pro rata basis up to an initial maximum distribution of US$5.00 per Claimant. If there are insufficient funds to pay claimants $5.00 based on the number of claimants, the payment to each claimant will be reduced pro ratably. If sufficient funds remain after calculation of the aggregate initial maximum distribution of US$5.00 per Claimant, the allocation shall be recalculated on a pro rata basis up to a maximum distribution of up to US$12.00 per Claimant. For clarity, the maximum Settlement Payment to be made to any single Claimant shall not exceed US$12.00.

How do I get out of the Settlement?
If you do not want to be part of the Settlement, you must submit an Opt-Out Form no later than October 8, 2020. You may obtain the Opt-Out Form at www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com. Your completed Opt-Out Form may be submitted via e-mail to [email protected], or via postal mail to the following address: Google Plus Data Litigation, Attn: Opt-Out Requests, P.O. Box 58220, Philadelphia, PA, 19102. If you opt-out of the Settlement, you will not be bound by the Settlement Agreement, you will not receive a Settlement Payment, and you will not be allowed to object to the Settlement.

Do I have a lawyer in this case?
Yes. The Court has appointed Class Counsel to represent you and other Settlement Class Members. In this case, Class Counsel are John A. Yanchunis and Ryan J. McGee of the law firm Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group; Clayeo C. Arnold and Joshua H. Watson of the law firm Clayeo C. Arnold Professional Law Corporation; and Franklin D. Azar and Margeaux R. Azar of the law firm Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by another lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

How will the lawyers be paid?
The attorneys representing the Settlement Class have not yet received any payment for their legal services or any reimbursement of the costs or out-of-pocket expenses they have incurred. Class Counsel plans to ask the Court to award attorneys’ fees from the Settlement Fund not to exceed $1,875,000 which is 25% of the Settlement Fund, and reimbursement of costs and expenses in the approximate amount of $200,000.

How do I object to the Settlement?
If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not opt out of the Settlement Class, you may object to any aspect of the Settlement. This includes commenting on the applications for Class Representative Service Awards or the award of attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.

Your completed Objection must be submitted no later than October 8, 2020 online at www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com, or via postal mail to the following address:

Google Plus Data Litigation, Attn: Settlement Objections, P.O. Box 58220, Philadelphia, PA, 19102.

Any Objection must be in writing and must:

Clearly identify the case name and number, In re Google Plus Profile Litigation, Case No. 5:18-cv-06164-EJD;
Include the full name, address, telephone number, and email address of the person objecting;
Include the full name, address, telephone number, and email address of the Objector's counsel (if the Objector is represented by counsel);
State whether the objection applies only to the objector, to a specific subset of the Class, or to the entire Class, and also state with specificity the grounds for the Objection; and
Be verified by an accompanying declaration submitted under penalty of perjury or a sworn affidavit.
Settlement Class Members who fail to submit timely written Objections in the manner specified above will waive their right to object to any aspect of the Settlement.

Do I need to attend the Final Fairness Hearing?
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. However, any Settlement Class Member who timely submits an Objection has the option to appear and request to be heard at the Final Fairness Hearing, either in person or through their counsel. If you choose to make an Objection through an attorney or have an attorney appear at the Final Fairness Hearing on your behalf, you will be solely responsible for paying that attorney’s fees.

How can I get more information?
This Notice summarizes the Settlement. It does not describe all of its details. For the precise terms and conditions of the Settlement, please see the Settlement Agreement and related documents. Additional information about the Settlement, including a copy of the Settlement Agreement, may be obtained by:

Visiting the Settlement Website at www.GooglePlusDataLitigation.com;
Contacting the Settlement Administrator toll-free by phone at 1-833-509-1101 or by email at [email protected];
Accessing the Court docket in this case through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at ecf.cand.uscourts.gov; or
Visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 280 South 1st Street, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.
Please do not telephone the Court or the Court Clerk’s Office to inquire about the Settlement.
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Lawyers definitely come out shining but that is their business model. The person or persons who file the suit initially also get a hefty sum.
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It's ironical, really. Does the French saying "if you want to kill your dog, accuse it of having rabies" translate to English? The exhibited privacy vulnerabilities were presented of having had no concrete consequence, except for the consequence of justifying the shutdown of Google+. This class action is like a ridiculous toy model of the class action of breast cancer victims I hoped for at the time Myriad Genetics claimed extensive ownership of oncogenes. "If you own them, you are responsible for what they do".



 

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 04 - Vision


from: https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-04-vision

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Prompt: Vision

Another prompt that spawns multiple thoughts about what I want to answer. On a personal front, my vision for my place in the hobby is as a writer and designer. Not for profit or really anything other than as a side gig- I know too many fantastic people that struggle to do that, and I don't want the hobby to be intertwined with the need for financial gain. I've made strides towards that, releasing a few things on my own, and taking on minor gigs in the industry. I want that to continue and grow to be more.

On a grander scale, I'd like the hobby to lose the stigma it has, and be more visible to those that might enjoy it as an outlet. There have been strides made towards this, but the "you play that game?" look is still prevalent, and it is definitely still misunderstood.
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# RPGaDay2020 Prompt 03 - Thread


from https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-03-thread

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Prompt: Thread

Since I moved several years ago, I have only been able to get one campaign going with people from work, and though that went for a while, and through four campaigns, it eventually petered out. I haven't been as driven to find a new campaign- I'm just not that good at even reaching out to try anymore. So my gaming currently consists mostly of play by email games. I find it a very good gaming and writing exercise, and since the play is asynchronous, you can play whenever you have time. Though I love playing with pretty much anyone in that fashion, I find that the best threads that I have in games are with writers that are better than me. It seems to push my boundaries and make me a better writer. It makes the game a bit more challenging and makes me put in more effort, but I've found it a rewarding exercise, that has paid off in making me confident enough to actually try to make a living from my writing. I've also made contacts in the industry that I otherwise would not have done.
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RPGaDay2020 Prompt 02 - Change


RPGaDay2020 Prompt 02 - Change

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Change is a loaded word, as it means so many things. There's change going on in the world right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Calls for change spurred by police brutality, especially towards Black people, and specifically Black men. Calls for change in our government, from the top down. Calls for change by women in how the world at large treats them, especially men in charge- and a call to be equally represented at that level so that their voices are heard and respected. But what does it mean for tabletop games?

Steven Barnes once said that he had to sacrifice his melanin on the altar of his testosterone. That put a phrase to something that I'd felt my whole life. It's hard being a Black man in Fantasy and Science Fiction fandom. On the one side, your peers see it as a strange pursuit, and one that White people partake in. You also see few people in the hobby that look like you, or that can be mentors if you want to get into the industry. That is changing. And not just in my story- women, other people of color, all sexual orientations and gender identifications- diversity has taken the hobby by storm. And I think this is a good thing! My inner child smiles to see that other children won't have to make the gymnastic efforts to reconcile the cognitive dissonance of a hobby that doesn't recognize them or even want them in it. I can say that I'm proud of the vast majority of the community that has embraced these changes and realized the revitalization that comes from it.
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RPGaDay2020 Prompt 01 - Beginning


RPGaDay2020 Prompt 01 - Beginning

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There are several beginnings that I could write about, but the one that comes to the forefront is the beginning of my journey into this hobby.

I'd naturally gravitated towards fantasy and science fiction. At a family reunion at an aunt's house, I'd sit in her library and read books, and she encouraged me to, even when the rest of my family didn't understand. I've very thankful for her, because that would be a common theme throughout life. I was a big Star Wars fanatic, and devoured any kind of media that had anything to do with Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Super Heroes.

One day as I walked through the mall, I saw a diorama in a window, depicting knights, mages, and dragons besieging a castle. I was captivated, and wandered in the store. At first, it was the miniatures that caught my attention, but as I visited that store each time my family came to the mall, I started to browse the books. I saved my allowance, and bought the AD&D Players guide. I didn't realize that I was missing half the rules, and just had fun making characters and assigning the stats to my figures and imagining large battles. I suppose that's where my love for making rules and hacking came into play- anything that I didn't have the rules for I just made up, extrapolating from the rules that I did have.

There was a whole progression into the hobby after that, but I can see that this beginning had a firm hand in shaping the way that I play games, and the way that I consume rules, with an eye more towards the characters that inhabit the world and how the game is goign to be played to be the most entertaining rather than just assuming that RAW is the way that it should be played.
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Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-31


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Are you going to participate in this year's #RPGaDAY event

More of a direct RPG question; you can read about it at https://www.autocratik.com/2020/06/announcing-rpgaday2020.html

The basic idea is to keep up with writer's prompts to get creative and post something daily. I'm sure some of it will leak in here.




I'm planning to try to keep up, but not sure how that's going to work out, especially since I'll be moving towards the end of the month.

An introduction video:

YouTube: RPGaDAY2020 Announcement (Autocratik)

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

Not this year. Every year, I start, and then get I miss a day and get frustrated with myself for missing ...

So I'm not even trying this year.



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-28


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Have Virtual Conventions made it convention-going more accessible for you? Or are you just not interested?

I used to go to multiple conventions every year, because they were local to me and it was easy to pop down for a day or go for the whole weekend without breaking the bank. The local cons were pretty large too, and I even had to work the dealers room for a game shop that I worked for in multiple years.

Then I moved.

Since then, I've only made plans to go to one, and that was spoiled by the pandemic, so I didn't get to go to that one.

Then I found out about virtual cons. I've gone to two that I've never been able to attend- PaizoCon and FnordCon. I'll be attending GenCon this weekend. And I'm looking at going to conventions from my old hometown online.

It's a different experience, for sure, but I don't think a lesser one. And considering the fact that I'd not been able to go to conventions for the past 10 or so years, it's a lot better than the experience that I've had as of late.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

Huh. Some of those do look interesting.

And the only one I actually paid for is the Altered Carbon session. I wanted to get a feel for the gameplay, and at $2 it was an easy choice.



 
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In one of those wars, Americans from outside the US also fought. Canadians are Americans too.



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-24


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What do you do when a player gets knocked out of a game?

#BoardGames

In general, I don't like games where someone can be knocked out of it before the game is done. However, there are those that we play a lot where it happens. It can become a distraction- especially when there are multiple people out- which is one of the reasons I don't like those types of games. We usually try to wrap things up if they go on for too long.

#RPGs

If a character meets an untimely demise, a lot depends on the game, but I'll generally do one of three things.

a) games like Fate where you can use aspects without being there, I generally expand it so that the player is still involved.
b) games where it takes a while to create a character, the new character gets a portion of the experience, so the player can start to generate a new character.
c) I might also turn over an NPC to them to play in the game, if the NPCs permit that.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

Thanks for the link! I'll check it out!



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-20


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What's the most you've spent on a Tabletop Gaming item?

I can't find my copy of the Supernatural RPG- I just purchased it on ebay for a reasonable price, so figured at worst I could replace it. The only one I see is $186(!). I started delving into the prices, and saw a game that I have (Dune- Last Unicorn Games) listed for $1200(!).

#BoardGames

I have only paid higher than retail for a few games that I lost during moves and they were out of print. But Shogun was $60 which isn't that much higher, and they came out with another version of Twilight Imperium so I was able to find it for $75 even after that second version was OOP. The same thing happened for Talisman after I lost my copy in the move. A few of the more obscure expansions still elude me, but the most I've paid for anything was about $10 over retail.

#RPGs

I've actually never paid higher than retail for any of my games- and in many cases a lot lower. It's one of the eason

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

I don't usually go deep, but there have been a few that were awfully spendy. I've dodged most of the crazy ones, though.

I think the most I ever spent for a single book was $49 (I've got like 5 or 6 books on the shelves that cost that much).

But my annual budget has been about $100 a year for the past 10 years for gaming books including PDFs.



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-10


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How do you store your digital collection?

Last time I asked about storing collections purely out of self interest in my move and trying to brainstorm how it was going to look in the new house. Someone answered about their digital collection, and it got me wondering what others do.

#BoardGames

I have a pretty extensive PnP collection, though I've actually never printed and played any of them. As such, I have never really given much thought to it, and they're spread all over the place. I've lately tried to consolidate them into the same location as my RPG collection, but it's been slow going.

#RPGs

In contrast to my board games, I'm methodical to the point of being OCD because I depend on it so much. I rarely use my dead tree books anymore, which is the reason that most of my books are in pristine condition.

I store them in two different root folders- one for books that I access all the time, and another for books that I just have and rarely read. In each, I have the folder structure set around system (in most cases), drilling down to the specific game and type of expansion. In some cases, I have to separate out more than that, i.e. Eberron, which I actively play, but D&D itself is archived.

My root folders are synchronized to all of my devices in the case of my primary games. For both primary and archived, they're on OneDrive, and on a massive NAS that I have set up on my network.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

@Joseph Teller - exactly. I never upload anything to a cloud provider that does not have a copy locally. I'm not sure of anyone that really uses it in that way- other than for google documents, which is the reason that I try not to use google documents.

Yeah, the account I lost was 99.95% used for Google+. I'm guessing I posted something that pissed someone off somewhere? Maybe? Anyway, it didn't hold anything I needed, except G+ which I wasn't backing up very often.

Not a large scale loss, but it made me far more diligent about exporting / backing up my things -- Google Docs for example -- stored in other Gmail accounts.



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-07


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Sorry it's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks, so I haven't been able to keep up with the questions.

How do you store your games?

#BoardGames

I actually don't have a good way to store my boardgames. They're in boxes and bags in the storage room, and I keep a few out on the shelf. But I don't have a dedicated place to showcase them.

#RPGs

I have several shelves in my office that have all of my books and boxes on them. In the house that I'm purchasing, there are several built-ins for bookshelves which is something I've always wanted. I never realized that would make me switch up how I store my books though.

Because I'm reconsidering how I store things, I figured this a perfect question, and for selfish reasons I'll be very interested in the responses!

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

I don't own many boardgames and they all fit into the (i think it's called) cabinet under my TV in the living room.

As for RPGs, the ones I often take out and bring to conventions I have stored in a small briefcase together with pencils and erasers, dice and cards. The others I have in a bag in a closet. I used to keep them on my bookshelf, but last year we reorganized it and put away a lot of stuff to make room for books and comics.
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Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-23


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Do you have different rules for people new to the game?

It can be hard to get people interested in the hobby- I try to make my games friendly for newbies.

#BoardGames

In the first few games, I try to give suggestions to the other players, and allow them to take back moves that I know are bad- letting them know why its bad. I try not to take it to the level of playing the game for the person, but I try to make it at least competitive.

#RPGs

I aid in building characters, and allow a few games until the character is solidified. When actually playing, I tend not to hold hands as much during the role-playing part, but in the combat part, it's pretty similar to board games.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
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@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
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@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)

For board games, new players should get re-dos and advice along the way even though it makes her kick your butts. Memories of bringing in a player to Munchkins.

As for role playing, I can't remember a new player in an existing campaign so having different level players wasn't a problem. Differing experience was always handled efficiently by the GMs I've played with. I have run a few campaigns, but always with experienced players.

With board games, often when we have a new player we'll play at least a little while 'open hand', with each person describing what they're doing and why. We might play the entire game that way, or just a round or two and then restart... it depends.

When teaching a new game, it's really not about winning or losing for anyone. I've found most people reasonably expect to lose the first few times they play a game, but they get really frustrated when they can't understand what's going on.

For instance, when teaching my wife how to play Call to Adventure this evening, we each showed the cards we were choosing from, I explained why I chose the (origin, motivation, destiny) I did and what strategies I'd be following because of it.



 

How can you get a fair shake when the Cop Gang has all the authority?


Andres ran down the driveway, got on his knees and put his hands behind his head. Then 1 Cop shot him in the back 7 times. They broke all the cameras and took the DVR, which they pulled a warrant for after the fact.
#Current Events #BlackLivesMatter
#Current #BlackLivesMatter BlackLivesMatter CurrentEvents
Yeah, here in the Southwest, BLM could stand for Brown Lives Matter. One question asked was "Where is Raza?" I'd like to see the Hispanic population stand too. I think they are, just not as loudly. They may not want to steal the spotlight on BLM.

Hey @Chuck Dee, I watched "True Justice" on HBO last night. Very much on point for our discussion the other day. But so sad. The man (I can't remember his name) is still fighting for justice. Excellent movie if you get the chance.

I wish that we could abandon racism at all so that this would apply to everyone, and we could appreciate color without the baggage.

Exactly @Chuck Dee. Me too. I would also like to rid myself of some of my identified "white allergies." Although I have learned how not to say it, sometimes the N word comes to mind or the insult "for a Black." It is from many years of thinking that way and meaning it. I was never an overt racist, but I did have the tendency. The thought still comes but I don't mean it anymore. I have learned to love and respect all humans.

And I think that though it is true that people that are hurt tend not to react at their best, from the other side people can be more understanding of the process. Admitting who you were and having the desire to change should never be discouraged. I remember Liam Neeson's confession and his shame at the man that he used to be, and how he was dragged for admitting how he used to be. That's a part of the process, and needs to be recognized as such, and people shouldn't be degraded for that.



 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-17


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Last time, we asked "In your opinion, what sets the truly great games apart from all the rest?"

In contrast to this, "What sets the truly memorable sessions apart from the rest? Do you have any examples of a session that sticks out in your mind?"


Memorable sessions usually consist of unplanned moments when something truly extraordinary happens.

#BoardGames

I have a few, but my most memorable one was in Shogun (Samurai Swords), where one player was decimated in the beginning, having only one army left, though it had a good composition. Normally, that wouldn't matter, as attrition hurts any army that cannot be replenished. But everyone else was rolling terribly that night, and he ended up somehow almost winning.

#RPGs

In one Rolemaster campaign based in Middle Earth, we had a series of bad choices that kept making the situation worse and worse.

It started with a 66 crit on our paladin that destroyed his helm, but did no other damage. Right after that, we found some loot- and in there was a helm. It turned out that it was a helm of opposite alignment.

The paladin's opposing deity which he now worshipped counseled him that a turning pont was coming and that he should hide his changes. I'll have to give it to the player- he played it well, and in retrospect, he threw out a lot of signs that he was no longer LG, but LE. But we ignored them.

The fellowship was ambushed because of information that he gave, and the split that happened because of Boromir happened because of this betrayal instead. We were tasked with taking up for the original fellowship and finding and shepherding Frodo and the hobbits. One of the nazgul attacked the party, and that's when the Paladin revealed himself, killing the hobbits, and throwing Frodo to the Nazgul, who took off with him.

The rest of us tried to recover from that, and get to Sauron before the ring did. We thought that we were fast enough, but we weren't, and ended up fighting Sauron at the height of his power. As we teleported in, he met us immediately with an amped up shock bolt of all things that incinerated one PC. Another attacked, and actually did damage- he cast 'Be Not' on that PC. The rest of us fled.

The only thing good about that encounter was that the PC that had 'Be Not' was one of those players that talks endlessly about his character's exploits. Whenever he started with "I remember when Renegade..." we'd interrupt him with "Who?"

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M

:D
A GM didn't think it through when he told a group of us to design one item that we want. Instant tower, fully furnished and equipped. It got used as a HUGE bag of holding.

At the Windsor Gaming Society which was being overrun by collectible card game players. The only game I brought was Vampire the Masquerade but that session got cancelled due to the crew coming in from Essex having car problems.

We weren't interested in playing cards so I made up an RPG on the spot.

It was called Pirates of THE Spanish Highlands and was one of the most ridiculous and over the top games I had ever run. It was 100% improvised.

For some reason, Barnacles were the currency in the game, and when you got XP a Sea Captain with 2 peg legs and 2 peg arms would roll into the scene cartwhealing on all his peg appendages and his head. Tink, tink, tink, ouch!, tink, tink, tink, tink, ouch, tink, ARR Ye get 10 XP, tink, tink, tink ouch, tink, tink, tink....

That was one of the most fun RPG sessions I've ever had in my life and the players all agreed. From that point onward I improvised a lot more in all of my games and went from spending like 20 hours a week prepping to maybe 2 hours.



 

More Anansi


#AmericanGods #Anansi #TV

YouTube: Mr Nansi's talk with other Gods. (Adrian Nelson)

My worshippers know... Freedom ain't Free.
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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man


So good. I knew that Matthew McConaughey was a great guy before this, but the questions that he asked. And that simple statement. "Heard."

You could see him learning just in that segment.

This is what it takes.

And back to that Langston Hughes poem, "Let America Be America Again," the implication that was brought up about one simple line: "... the land that has never been yet..."

America touts itself as many things. Egalitarian. Democratic. The Land of the Free. The Home of the Brave.

America has never been what it has aspired to be. But it can. The framework is there for it to be that. And that's where I place my hope.
Good one. I'd seen a different interview. I like that too. Heard.