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I got this from [personal profile] nagaina. It's your basic leave a comment and I'll tell you shit I want you to blog about, but honestly I don't promise I will because I'm lazy like that. But hell, if you want interview questions, comment and I'll see what I can do. At least I'll give you one question.

1. Your favorite published project to date?

Ooh. Rokea has a spot in my heart because it was my first solo project. Keys to the Supernal Tarot, too, was one I enjoyed both because it was mine and because I got to write about Tarot in Awakening, which was fun. The Promethean books, Magnum Opus in particular, were awesome because they were so much in line with my own brand of humanism.

But I gotta go with Innocents. That was a real labor of love for me, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

2. What do you like most about being a teacher?

The students, of course. I like being able to help people communicate. That's not something you see happen on any given day, but every once in a while, you notice that a kid is starting to get it. And then there's ongoing stuff like being a safe place for the kids that need it, which is awesome.

3. What do you dislike most about being a teacher?

It'd be tempting to say that the worst part is what my kids go through, and having to do things like go to CPS sit-downs with abusive parents and not, like, strangle them. But honestly, that shit happens everywhere and I'm just glad I can help when I can. No, I think what I hate about this job is the bureaucracy. It's having a bunch of idiots in Columbus who have never seen a classroom and have no idea what I really do set the rules for how I do my job. That's frustrating, but that's management.

4. What made you decide to embrace atheism?

Oddly phrased question, this. :) Atheism isn't a belief system. Sorry, but it isn't. I have a belief system, and it's probably best described as humanism. I probably always had bits of humanist in my philosophy and was trying to make them fit with a strong desire for magic to be real and for there to be some kind of divine order to the world. Because wouldn't that be cool?

But there isn't. And the more I learn about people and the way our brains work, the less sense that really makes. I didn't so much embrace atheism as stop kidding myself - there's no magic, no gods, no divinity and no purpose. And that's OK. That doesn't make life not worth living, that means we, as people, decide what life is worth. I choose to see life and precious and people as awesome and worthwhile. And it saddens me when they prove me wrong, but at least when that happens I don't have to make excuses for why, if there is a divine order, it includes such horrible things.

5. GenCon or Origins?

Oh, y'know. Either's good. :) I think I like Origins more, just because it's closer and it's all in one building. I like GenCon, but walking around Indy in August kind of sucks. Also it's much more expensive.

6. Best game you've ever run?

Ooh. Hard to say. I gotta say, though, my current Changeling game is pretty amazing. We're in the last story, and I'm hoping it goes a nice long time and provides some good closure and drama to the characters, 'cause they deserve it.

7. Favorite movie?

Not even remotely possible to say. In terms of rewatch value, emotional impact and just value as a movie, it might be Shawshank Redemption, but in terms of sheer quotability and rewatch value, Super Troopers is up there. You really need criteria to judge something like that.
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Here, try this: Go here. Make the range of dates November 1st, 2002 through today (whatever "today" is when you read this). Take the random date you get, and then find the corresponding entry in my journal (this will help).

Read the entry for that date. If there isn't one, find the nearest one (forward or backward, up to you) and read it. If it's long, read the whole thing. Then comment. Even if the comment is "I read this," that counts, but see if anything flips your interest. Bonus points for asking a question.

Then (you got it!) repost this in your journal, though obviously you'll need to change the range of dates and the calendar link.

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Closing in on the Translation Documents, done by Sunday. One more weekend of summer break, but honestly next week is pretty light in workload (it's mostly setup). I probably won't actually start seeing kids consistently until after Labor Day.

Man, didn't get a lot of characters done this summer, did I? I'm going to try and commit to one a week during the school year. I also want to work on curse the darkness - got some interesting conflict resolution ideas. I think I'm abandoning the idea of using FUDGE/Fate for it. I love the system, but it's not what I want for this game.

A meme under the cut, then back to work.

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No .

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages/comments you and asks. And believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming... things are not exactly as they seem.

3. It is harder than it looks, but NO explanations. You will want to... but don't! I pruned some exclamation points. )

CD Meme

May. 26th, 2010 08:23 pm
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I made another mix CD for [ profile] anaka, and it's always fun to see if y'all can figure the songs without Googling. So here's a line each. If anybody gets #2, I'll be very surprised.

1) "You'll find 40 parking tickets and a copy of the Good Book"
2) "Except he's bald, and he's from Australia, but it's sort of the same concept"
3) "Rooster hits the washboard"

4) "Mama wanna watch that TV all goddamn night"
5) "Closed in 3 weeks, that'd be cool with me"
6) "It can creep up inside you and consume you"
7) "Give me mine back and then go there, for all I care"

8) "It's for her only that he lusts"
9) "I learned to dance with a hand in my pants"
10) "Something about having everything you think you'll ever need"

11) "Another time, another town, another everything"
12) "The trees have burned down to the ground"
13) "And my eyes are drawn astray"
14) "And in a shadow she finds a way"
15) "Hear the gentle lamb of Judah sleeping at the feet of Buddha"
16) "The best soy latte that you ever had"
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This is a quick meme, so why not.

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

[ profile] gamerchick picked some icons for me, so here you go.

I read a blog post a few years ago talking about how getting steamed about online gaming was stupid, because it was "all pretendy fun-time," and suggested "It's all pretendy fun-time!" as a good mantra for raised emotions anything involving our hobby in all its permutations. I usually use this icon to indicate that, but I'll sometimes use it for religious issues (where it also applies, IMO) or just when I feel like using a picture of dogs fighting over a stick.

Bethany made an arm for one of her projects, and baked it in my oven. Someone draped it over my head (might have been me) and someone else snapped a picture. We were either playing or talking about Promethean at the time, so labeling it a Centimani pic seem appropriate.

My most recent icon. I needed a picture involving Chthulhu, I decided, and this picture of Teagan carrying around his head was perfect. You can find a larger version here.

Bender's famous (?) line when kicked out of Lunar Park in episode 2 of Futurama. The rest of the line is, "In fact, forget the theme park!" I don't remember who made that icon offhand, but Lando seemed a good match for the line to me.

I just like this dialog, and I own a couple of Labs.

Threatening kids with a made-up hell is child abuse. Besides which, think of whatever positive message you think religion might impart. Got it? OK. Now, do you really think you can bully that into a child?

And, back to work!
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Here, try this: Go here. Make the range of dates November 1st, 2002 through today (whatever "today" is when you read this). Take the random date you get, and then find the corresponding entry in my journal (this will help).

Read the entry for that date. If there isn't one, find the nearest one (forward or backward, up to you) and read it. If it's long, read the whole thing. Then comment. Even if the comment is "I read this," that counts, but see if anything flips your interest. Bonus points for asking a question.

Then (you got it!) repost this in your journal, though obviously you'll need to change the range of dates and the calendar link.

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Since no one seems to be participating in the last one I put up, I'll do this one instead, which requires no audience participation.

So: you're about to leave for a desert island. There will be four to six other people on the island; they will magically adjust to suit your gaming preferences without being annoyingly similar to you. Or if you want, they can be your best friends, whatever suits. It's magic.

You can bring ten tabletop RPGs. (You can also bring ten boardgames, but that's a different post.) You get the core book plus all the supplements. For something like the new World of Darkness, you get the core rulebook, plus the appropriate game-specific rulebook, plus all the supplements.

My first thought: Holy hell, 10 RPGs with all the trimmings? That's a lot of books. But anyway.

  • Promethean: The Created. I ran a chronicle, yes, but I barely scratched the surface, and it's such an awesome game, I'd love to do it again with a different group of people and see what shakes loose.
  • Vampire: The Requiem. One of two currently in-print NWoD games that I haven't run the heck out of. I tried, and then drama happened (but don't despair, as I think I'll be revisiting this concept next fall, after Edge of Midnight winds down).
  • Hunter: The Vigil. Another game with so darned much potential. And really, I have no ideas about it other than that I want to run it. It's a perfect player-driven game, IMO.
  • Marvel Super Heroes. Can't beat the classics. I've played and run a lot of superhero games, but this one is still probably my favorite.
  • Nobilis. With a desert island and infinite time, I'll bet I could figure it out. :)
  • Spirit of the Century. Not least because the system would work so well for so many different genres.
  • Fireborn. No, really. With infinite time and player inclination, I could port the system over to, say, NWoD or something a little less fucking insane and the game itself looks rockawesome.
  • Chill. Can't beat the classics, part II. I love Chill, and, again, it's such a great system that I could run pretty much any human-centric game with it.
  • World of Darkness. I figure this would give me all the mortal-based sourcebooks and probably Innocents into the bargain. What's funny is that the WoD core was never really meant to be what you made characters from, except as kind of an afterthought. And then folks started noticing how well the game worked for straight-up mortals games, and the WW folks (which included me, at the time) were like, "oh, right, we meant to do that." :)
  • Dread. So darned versatile, and it would give us a diceless game in case we got hungry and ate our dice.

I was going to make a character, but I think I'm going to put together the Mage game I'm running on Saturday. So actually I'll wind up making several characters.
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By way of [ profile] uncacreamy. It was too much fun to ignore.

Go to and enter the answers to the following questions in the search box then post the best result.

1) Your name? Matthew

1. Extremely sexy, smart, and athletic male.
2. Can sometimes be misconstrued as having a big ego or being over confident.
3. Commonly a Leo.
Matthew is the perfect guy.

2) Your age? 34

Anal sex, simalar to 69.[0]
I wanna 34 that girl!

3) One of your friends? Tom

A man who is trying to create evil minions by brainwashing they via myspace. Why exactly he needs millions of minions I havn't exactly figured out. If you have a myspace delete tom before its too late!
Tom might be using his minions to kill xanga, blogspot, and other such sited.

4) What should you be doing? Writing

a kind of love that thats annoying as hell and makes you want to pull your hair out. It keeps you up and night, and it makes you think about the world entirely differently. Its a passion that is unlike any other. It overides everything in your life.
What do i want to do with my life?

I want to be writing.

5) Favorite color? (I don't really have a favorite, but looking at my wardrobe...) Black

the color this text appears in
this text appears in black [1]

6) Birthplace? Bloomington

A city in Indiana, about sixty miles south of Indy, that is home to the last remaining population of liberals in the entire state, and also home to Indiana University. A fairly nice, clean town that seems contradictory to Gary and Indianapolils.

Unfortunatly, while a great place for liberals, Bloomington does have it's flaws. Gasoline here is an average of ten cents higher than the entire midwestern united states. I once drove from Bloomington to Denver and didn't see gas any more expensive than in Bloomington.

Also, due to the large population of collage students, traffic is a nightmare during the school year, and it's always better to drive around the south side of town than to cut through campus. In the summer, the students leave, traffic subsides, and the residents timidly emerge from the shelter of their houses and go back to their lives.

Unfortunatly, without collage students to worry about, the police department can focus all of their energy on going after residents, so don't expect to get away with anything while the students are gone.

Overall, I reccomend it if you already live in Indiana and want to get the fuck out of some shithole like Gary, but don't move here from any other state.
Resident 1: Dude, we should totally buy some health food and go smoke weed in the back of our VW Bus.

Resident 2: Dude, totally.

Resident 1: Totally, Bloomington is so groovy.

7) Month of your birthday? August

That short German muscle guy that sits in the back of the bar who can drink everybody under the table.

Who's that guy in the back of the bar drinking from a stein? Oh, that's August! Speaking of him, that makes me feel like drinking. Let's tilt another down!

8) Last person you talked to? Heather

Beatiful, creative,smart,spontanious, girl who would be a good catch to bring home to mother. Who is down right sublime.

My parents are going to love the new heather I am bringing home.

That girl is a heather!

9) One of your nicknames? BlackHatMatt

blackhatmatt isn't defined yet.

[0] WTF?
[1] The funny part is, in my journal, it would appear in yellow! HA!


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