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So, exciting news! The pdfs of curse the darkness went out to people yesterday. And I've already gotten an email telling me about a mistake! I'm a real game publisher! :)

(The mistake is pretty minor, really, and we'll correct it at some point, but it doesn't affect gameplay, it's just an inconsistency in the setting timeline. If I were following the 90s White Wolf "never admit a mistake" philosophy, I'd say something about narrator bias, but the truth is I just typed "three" when I meant "five" and no one caught it.)

Anyway, the game will go on sale for download from Drive-Thru RPG on August 1st. I want to give the Kickstarter backers a little time to obtain and read (and maybe even play, gasp!) the game before it goes live for purchase. Plus I need to give Nicole some time to get our website going.

The print books...well, it's in the works. There are things going on with the pdfs that are art or layout related and therefore I don't understand them, but the people who do understand them (Michelle and Gareth and Matt) inform me that things are progressing. Hopefully, hopefully, we'll get the books by GenCon. If we get the books before GenCon, we will have books and Kits at GenCon if I have to pull all-nighters to get them assembled.

What else am I working on? Well, let's see.


  • Left-Hand Path for Mage. I need to be done with development by 8/1. It's, what, 7/19 now? That shouldn't be a big issue. What's the weekend look like? Er, kinda choppy. Well, certainly I can get at least some of it done, and then probably finish it next week. A little extra time for Michelle to edit would be welcome, I'm sure.
  • That Fiction Thing. I have a bunch of stories to read, and a bunch more stories to read, and some more stories coming tomorrow to read. These I can do over the weekend because they're only 4000 words a pop, and that's quick reading. So let's commit to one a day, and try to do two.
  • Ghost rules for curse the darkness. I'm looking forward to it, but I never think about it when I'm at a computer. I think I can get them done by GenCon.
  • Custom scenarios for curse the darkness backers. These will take me all of an hour to do. I'd like to get them done and laid out in something resembled the book's format, but doing that before GenCon might be a stretch. I think I may have to just do it in Word and cook it down to a pdf, but that shouldn't be a big problem. I told them I'd try and get them done by GenCon, but that it might slip past that.
  • Project with Sean Fannon. Skype meeting today, deadline is in early September, I think I'm gonna have to let the real work slip to after GenCon.
  • Story for We Are Dust. Almost done. I've been saying "I'll do it today" all week and then other stuff keeps cropping up. Definitely done by Monday.
  • curse the darkness playset for Our Last Best Hope. Got the template, but I don't there's any way I'm getting it done before GenCon.
  • Oh, and I'm also a GM! I have to take notes for Deadlands tonight, Geist Saturday, Mermaid Adventures Sunday, nothing Monday because that's Michelle's GM night, but then I should take notes for Dresden next week at some point.


OK, so that's enough. For today, let's do this:


  • Light housecleaning.
  • Game notes for the weekend.
  • Make a damn character.
  • Movie write-up.
  • Game write-up.
  • Read 2 fiction pieces.
  • Start development pass.
  • Skype meeting.


Jesus. Best get to it.

Game write-up - Armies of Mars! )

Oh, right, dinner that night:



Carrots, pork chops, crab paste, white rice.


It would be a completely straightforward basket, except crab paste. And holy shit, that stuff is like the Platonic ideal of "crab" in a goddamn tube.

So, I was pressed for time. Candied the carrots with brown sugar and milk and some salt, sauteed the pork chops with some smoked salt, cooked the rice in chicken stock in my rice cooker, and made a salad from carrot tops, tomato and cucumbers with a crab paste vinegarette dressing. There!
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Maybe not in that order.

Oh, and someone wanna pledge $599 and put us up to $6K so I can get working on the ghosts expansion? C'mon, you've all got money to burn, right?

(More seriously, if you could put the link to the Kickstarter somewhere conspicuous, I'd love you forever.)

So, dinner last night!



Chicken breasts, potatoes, carrots, jarlsburg, tomato crackers.


Made a hash from the potatoes, including some salt, garlic salt, pepper, crumbled up crackers.

Pounded the breasts flat, rolled them up with some of the cheese and ground crackers, baked 'em. Yum.

Sauteed the carrots with salt and honey.

Very simple, very tasty.

Anyway, Promethean. )

OK, well, how about we do the Snowblind write-up while I'm thinking about it?

That's Changeling, remember. )

And then last night, Promethean. )
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Not doing as many Chopped dinners lately. This kind of makes me sad.



Tilapia, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, biscuit dough.


Lots of produce. So, roasted veggies, yes please. Sliced the taters and carrots into chunks, rubbed with olive oil, garlic and rosemary, into a baking dish, into the oven, boom.

Biscuits, too. Didn't know what else to do with the dough other than make biscuits.

I made a bacon gravy with (duh) bacon fat, broth, salt, milk. Put that on the biscuits. I breaded the fish with bread crumbs and herbs, and sauteed.

Fish turned out really well, actually, as did the gravy.
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I'm just getting warmed up.



Carrots, pork chops, spaeztle, spam, acorn squash.


Acorn squash takes forever in a lot of preparations, so I chopped it up and boiled it in stock, and then made a puree with goat's milk, salt, herbs, and some butter.

Pork chops I braised in some stock with salt, pepper, onions, ginger, small hit of chili powder.

Carrots I grilled with some salt, and in retrospect I should have used maple sugar or something, but they were good.

The spam (which isn't as horrific as I'd thought, it's actually kind of tasty) I chopped up and fried with the spaetzle.

And then, Vampire! As a reminder, here's the letter that started this story:

Dear Bartholomew,

Following the fall of 2006, Prince Martin Rossini moved to cement his power. Rivals vanished, but their childer or sires received gifts and condolences. Mortals who had grown too inquisitive became victims of "mob hits." The city became violent for a time, but far from putting the tourists off, the violence merely increased the mystique of Las Vegas. And this, in turn, brought vampires, following the mortal herds like scavenging wolves.

October 26, 2006 was the 125th anniversary of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Following an article published in the Las Vegas Sun stating that, of late, Sin City had become "like the Old West," a businessman and Western enthusiast named Henry McCarthy (he claimed to be named for Billy the Kid, though his mother denies it) opened a casino called "Aces & Eights." It sponsored a poker tournament in honor of this dubious anniversary. Criticism that the famous gunfight had nothing to do with gambling and took place nearly 500 miles away fell on deaf ears.

The tournament began on Wednesday, October 26 amidst much hoopla an semi-authentic costumes. More than 100 people paid the entry fee. Among them: Professional gamblers, idle millionaires, a few celebrities playing for charity, several vampires, and one ill-fated spellcaster who called himself St. Peter.

On the third night of the tournament, St. Peter got to meet his namesake. And it only got worse from there...

...within a week, a half-dozen people in the tournament were dead and dismembered. One of the vampires who became intimately involved in the tournament had diablerized another, and the city had descended into blood, death and fire. But at the end of this chaos, a new sun rose. And Heath Newman had taken the next step in cementing his power.

But more on that, my friend, in my next letter.

Yours Truly,
M.

How did we get here? Read on. )
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Two Chopped posts. So, hey, let's cook!



Tilapia, barbecue sauce, broccoli rabe, Life cereal, canned oysters.


Not THE weirdest things I've ever used, but still. )

And then tonight:



Chicken breasts, Hershey chocolate syrup, oranges, carrots, eggs.


Much easier. )
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I have lots of posts to do today! Let's start low-impact, with Chopped.

Thursday!


Salmon, celery root, manchego, fingerling potatoes, quinoa.


What... )



Chicken breasts, carrots, rainbow chard, couscous, challah bread.


...would you... )



Red potatoes, potatoes, round steak, canned artichoke hearts, candied lemon peel stilton.


...do?!? )

OK, one down!
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Carrots, chicken breasts, black garlic, udon noodles, spring roll wrappers.


So, whatcha think? )
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Saturday! Awesome!

So, today we're going to soccer (me & the kiddos) and then I think to the zoo.

Some time ago, I made a Geist character after some inspiration from being at the zoo. I would like to take inspiration from today's visit, since I intend to make a character today. So, if you have a moment, maybe pop over here and tell me what game you think would get interesting chargen inspiration from a trip to the zoo?

ETA: You all suck, but we didn't wind up going anyway. Maybe you knew that because you're all psychic. All of you.

Last night we (Sarah and I; Michelle is chained to her computer writing a paper) went and saw Scream 4. I really enjoyed it. I think that by Scream 3, they had kind of lost the thread - not enough perspective on the state of horror to effectively reflect it the way Scream did. This one gets that mojo back, getting "meta" on remakes and reboots without succumbing to torture porn or losing what makes them feel like Scream movies.

And I love slasher movies, so it's always nice to see a good one.

So anyway! Two Chopped dinners and them I'm off!


Chicken breasts, quinoa, oranges, carrots, baby bok choy (not pictured).


Inspired by Mr. Wilson. )

And then:



Pork loin, orange juice, cheese cubes, red peppers, yams.


What would you do? )
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There was an election today. If you haven't voted, and you still can, you should. But anyway, you can't eat democracy. Teagan picked out some ingredients today, for eating!


Perch, pinto beans, spreadable port cheddar cheese, graham crackers, and carrots.


What would you make? )

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