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The Legend Of Mor'du

Y'all, this 8 Minute Short from Pixar on Disney+ makes me wanna roll dice. It's SOOOO D&D. Such a well done video. They packed a lot into 8 minutes and I really want them to do more just like this. A LOT more just like this.


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Godwin Prepares

Thanks to the Quest Calendar, I will be going on a year-long adventure. For my character, I've choosen Godwin the Wise. Bryan will be playing through this year as well and chose Thudak the Merciless.


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Background Side Quests

As an interesting way to generate storylines in a campaign, here's a side quest for every background in the PHB. I dig it.


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Level Up

A Look At All The Advanced 5th Edition D&D Classes So Far.

I really want to like this. Just not sure about it. Maybe it'll be ok, but I can't bring myself to beleive in it.


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What's in your library?


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Enjoying the Dwarven Forge


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RavenCon 2018

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10 years gone

I had the privilege of gaming with him. He was dedicated to making the world happier. He'd be proud of his impact on the world. His work has brought so much joy into my life over the last 40+ years.


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Zombicide: Green Horde!!!

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Zombicide: Green Horde!!!


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Game Day Again!!!


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Defeating cultists who are summoning great evil. D&D is always fun!


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Game day, people!


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MarsCon 2018

Always a great time


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Game day


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At a convention


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Critical hit with a magic axe


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Game day


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Game day


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Fransisco Goya

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels."

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Game day is upon us


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Game day. Let the smiles happen.


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Game day!


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The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

Gentler designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales. Tabletop gaming is about rejecting the sophistication of technology and focusing on the authentic world around us.

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Ravencon 2017

It's time to get this party started


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A liubo board with pieces, dating from the first century CE

Liubo boards as from as early as 400 BCE have been discovered in China. The rules of the game are unclear – it may have involved moving your “owl” piece to certain parts of the board to allow it to catch a fish, or may have been a more straightforward race around the board, using the L-shaped areas on the board to trap your opponent. Confucius is on the record as stating that playing liubo is better than doing nothing, but he felt that it was a bad habit.


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Game day


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MarsCon 2017

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MACE 2016

Game con in the can. Time to start pining for next year now…


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MarsCon 2016

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MarsCon 2015

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GenCon 2014

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MarsCon 2014

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MACE 2013

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Enjoying a game of Munchkin


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Good times

Enjoying a Christmas morning game of Catan Junior with my daughter.


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I had to buy this deck

   

   


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Château d’Amberville

My group is playing through Château d'Amberville (Castle Amber) from the old Expert D&D days converted to Savage Worlds. I love how easy SW makes these conversions.

   

   

   

   

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I won Catan with only two structures on the map!


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Playing Rippers. Lots of fun!

   

   

   


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The Return of the Revenge of TSR?

These guys have an enormous opportunity. My hope is that they choose to sit across the gaming industry and don’t settle into one system. Be a company that pimps gaming and not one game.


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Scenes from MACE

   


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Game Day!


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Storymatic

As a gamer, I am always looking for interesting game aids—stuff I can use in my game to make it more interesting or fun for other players. This generally means nice maps, fake skulls, “bone” dice, interesting playing cards, good artwork, the right background music, etc…. But what's more rare than a good game prop is a way to make fresh ideas from scratch for new game sessions. A GM can only come up with so many ideas before he needs inspiration.

Enter The Storymatic.

it's a way to get the creative juices flowing again. Not sure what happens next? Pull a card.

Revenge!

Aw snap! Revenge it is. But who is seeking revenge? And why? I dunno, but Storymatic can help here too.

Farmer and Prisoner of War

OK. Not two traits I'd have put together, but let's think it through. Our story is one of revenge by a farmer who either is or ws at one time a prisoner of war. Did our character ever do anything that might have such an unintended consequence? Well, there was that one time when he went into the great and vile kingdom of Krith to free prisoners of war. Why would a farmer care, especially if he were one that were freed?

Got it! His wife was a prisoner. She was one that didn't make it out. The farmer now blames the hero for his wife's untimely death during the daring rescue. He has spent countless months preparing his retribution and now the trap is to be sprung! Voilà! The game has a plot, the heroes have something to fear, and the GM has something to work with.

Writing aids, plot devices, and creatively inspirational tools are a great addition to any GM's tool chest.

Things that you might also wanna check out for GMing inspiration


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Marscon 2012

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MarsCon 2011

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I am no adventurer

I am but a simple traveler who seeks the enchanter who lives beyond these woods.


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Defeat

Ugh.

Fucking Bryan. The Fetid Yeti has gotten me. Apparently, he pre-ordered the Essentials books from Tower of Games and they arrived yesterday. They aren’t for public sale till the 21st. I’m gonna try to buy a copy today at lunch, but they probably won’t have any that aren’t assigned to a pre-order, and if they do, they probably won’t sell to me until the official start date.

Bryan’s gloating has begun. My jealousy is palpable and tastes viciously bad. This sucks.

Bryan, you asshole!


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D&D 4e Cards

A while back, Matt and I worked on a java app that would take a character from the Wizard’s Character Creator online and spit out a character sheet printable on Avery Business Card stock for easy maintenance, use, and portability. I like it. We’ve kind of taken a break from it, but it works already and others may find it useful. Other java devs who want to join the fun can ask to join the Google Code project. Players who just want a solution that allows them to quit painstakingly cutting out those power cards (print to business card stock and they pop out easily and cleanly) should download it right away.

Dungeons and Dragons 4e Character Card Creator

Enjoy!


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Duke Nukem Forever

http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/09/03/duke-nukem-forever-release-2010/

I've missed not being able to use Duke Nukem as a contemporary reference for a failed project.  Glad to see it's back to fill that role once again.  Yay!


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The board game

The new DnD board game appears to be pretty fun!  Can't wait to try it out.

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PS Move

Ars Technica reviews the new Playstation Move. Overall, they see flaws with the prerelease work, but the Move and the games they played were promising and more robust than the Wii. I may need to buy this.


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Linux Gaming

I love open source software and I especially enjoy playing open sourcegames. On Linux I had many options, but haven’t really looked at all my Macoptimal,yet. Some games I want to check on to see if they have Mac versions include:

Hopefully, some of these will be Mac-ready.

In the meantime, I’ve bought Starcraft 2 and hope to get it installedshortly.


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Deus Ex Human Revolution

This is the first actual in-game trailer for Deus Ex Human Revolution. Taking place 25 years before the events of JC Denton, it shows the hero, Adam Jensen, on the hunt for someone called Tung in a nightclub in Shanghai. The trailer gives a decent sense of the mix of action, stealth, and plot that we should expect from the final game. I hope it lives up to the quality of the first Deus Ex.

It is supposed to be released early next year on PS3, 360 and PC. I don't yet know about Mac. Crossing my fingers, though.


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The End of GenCon 2010

See ya in 2012, assuming the Mayans aren't right.


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A moment of GenCon Rest

I'm sitting in the VIG lounge resting.  It's 2:30 of the last day.  Gotta leave for the airport in a few minutes.  I gotta say, this may have been one of the best so far.  We had a blast.

We won a tournament.  We went clubbing with White Wolf.  We gamed with Studer.  We did well at the D&D Open.  We barely slept.  I can't think of a serious complaint.  Damn, I wish there were more of this in my life.

Also, I got a couple things for Denise and Cadence.  Life's good.


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GenCon 2010

The GenCon where we partied!

A companion. I think that puts him above my hirelings, but below my henchmen.
The trip to GenCon
Higher than Hendrix on New Years Eve.
Old School Icon in 3D
Behold!!!
I SAID BEHOLD!!!
Daren made it in late last night.  He gets the shitty roll away bed due to being last.  Taste it.
The GenCon crowd is starting to build.  It will get a lot worse.
Their stuff is always so cool.
The Studer has arrived.  Coolness.
Hanging with friends at Champs
Cadence would like this bad ass dinosaur!
Vampire RPG booth
Pretty elaborate setup for a convention booth
MAN, is the tool to not tool ratio skewed to hell
Wil Wheaton at GenCon 2010
The DM didn’t show for this one. Asshole.
We are playing a fun game using the new Essentials characters. Cool!
I made my thievery check and got two assists, so now I play as much as I want.
Late night balloon volleyball
My people gather
Ginger Spider-man
But does anyone else see him standing there?
Empty gaming room at night
Another empty gaming room at night
More empty rooms at night
1am and we still find friends
He seems impatient
Card games
The bard tells a story
Solitude
Gaming at night
A house of cards
The house of cards grows
Gaming
Wandering
Empty halls
Exhibit Hall at night
Gathering at midnght
The late night rabble lounges
2am gaming circle
Playing Werewolf while the world sleeps
This isn't the coffee you're looking for
Castles and Crusades
We're playing a game we haven't played before
Heavily modified 3rd ed ruleset with a strongly 1st ed feel
Lots of fun!
We won some publisher shwag in the Castles and Crusades tournament
Chilling in the VIG lounge

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Fitting In

It’s hard to fit in. I spend a lot of energy trying to pretend I do, but I don’t. I’m a geek and GenCon is as close to a genuine family reunion as I get. And I love GenCon, but the crowds, the noise, and the pace aren’t always my bag. But late at night, when the crowds shut their hotel doors, that’s when the family reunion gets personal.

The hallways are dim and the noises are more distinct, more digestable. The throng is dissipated, replaced by the stragglers—-the most disaffected slice of a disaffected subculture. These are my people.

These late night hangers about are the night owls of the geek set. They sit in circles and play balloon volleyball. They lounge in nearly empty ballrooms staring at Chess boards, playing pieces from Settlers of Catan, and beaten-up sets of Risk. They dress in red cowls and leather armor and talk with other nerdish insomniacs about Vampire the Gathering and Celtic knots.

Here, amongst family, they are werewolves, princesses, monks, heroes, and villians. No one questions why. We all know the answer.

I understand the 50 year old guy whistling pitch perfect imitations of R2-D2. I understand why two 20-somethings would have earnest debate about whether Thor is a God or superhero. I understand why the teenager yells “Shazam!” I understand the lady in the tiara and her date in chainmail. They can do these things and not worry that they should stop to explain, because we all understand.

And with that understanding comes relief, acceptance, and the sort of relaxation that many of these people will never know in their daily lives.

I like these people and I like being here. It’s 3 in the morning, I’m blogging from my cell phone 10 feet from a werewolf and guy in a bright green Afro wig, and I’m relaxed.

That’s why I like conventions.


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Daren and I would be playing a hot fun game where we got to play evil characters

…but Bryan doesn't know how to use a watch. So now, we are all sitting in a room with our collective thumbs up our asses. Thanks, Bryan. Great job. Daren and I also have it on good authority that the game table would have been full of hot anime chicks, too. Score, Bryan. I hope you choke on a pre-op dick. Fucking winner. :-/


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The countdown to fun

I'm looking forward to GenCon! One week and counting. Yay!


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Gamer App

I want a D&D app for the iPad to manage characters and combat. That'd be hawt. Maybe some Bonjour mojo to make it interactive with other players at the table.


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I'm still unclear as to why PacMan won't eat eyes

That's just weird, dude. He eats those ghosts, genitals and all, but the eyes are too nasty for him? I don't understand the Japanese sometimes.


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This game is boss


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Not my Charizard

My pokemon brings all the nerds to the yard, and they're like you wanna trade cards? Damn right, I wanna trade cards, I'll trade this but not my charizard.


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Taking a break from the PS3


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Random PS3 Tennis game on the home theater


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Tekken in the home theater


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Tired

I'm done prepping for tomorrrow's game…hopefully.


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You figure it out

I use the arrow buttons to control his monkey.


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MarsCon 2010

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Uh Oh

I fail my save vs being awesome.


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MarsCon 2009

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On Notice

As of last night's DnD game, here's the list of things that should be considered on notice:

If you or your behavior are on that list, you have been warned.


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OMG TPK WTF!?!

We have experienced another TPK (Total Party Kill) at the same DM's hand. This makes two in as many months. To keep this in perspective, in my entire life of playing DnD, I've experienced two other TPK's in total. That means, two TPK's over the span of 20+ years, then suddenly two in the span of two months.

Bryan must suffer. May the fleas of a thousand camels build a Walmart in the hairs of his nose.


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The Origin of Duulan

Spit into this world near the base of the Ageless Mountains, I have never felt a part of the greater scheme---in fact, I never even understood this greater scheme of which others spoke. How could they be so easily duped! While other young boys spent their early mornings in the temple listening to crippled priests spew old lies about Garl Glittergold and his travails against the Big Folk, I sat alone, staring out over the valley that spread beneath my window, and wondered. It was the unknown that called to me! It was the unknown that made itself in my image each morning as I stared over that wide expanse. I read voraciously from my mother's tattered texts of illusions. I longed for a taste of the valley as it really was, not as it seemed from my sterile cloister. Garl be damned! I would leave this place and seek true knowledge. Alas, it was not until my forty-third year that I had the funds with which to leave. But leave I did! And from there I sought the greatest illusionist in the land. My mother had mentioned his name casually once, but I did not forget. Haurdwen the Neverseen she called him---and her voice was pregnant with awe as the name lifted from her tongue. Yes, it was Haurdwen who would teach me.

Searching for nearly ten years, I found Haurdwen in the city of Moy, near the southernmost coast of the Mercara Bay. There he sat, alone and unconcerned. He was a gnome to be admired. Haurdwen the Neverseen. Haurdwen the Black. Haurdwen Shadowbringer, Many were the names of Haurdwen from the few people who'd heard of him and lived. To himself, he was merely Haurdwen. Haurdwen saw my potential and chose me as his only student in nearly forty years. The pride filled my fluttering chest and gripped my legs with iron as I heard him accept me as pupil. My tales would be grand. I would honor Haurdwen. Never would he look back on me and think this a mistake.

And he never did. My history with my mother's old texts proved useful to my studies under Haurdwen. I quickly moved past the basic Glamers expected of apprentices. Haurdwen chose well. It was my eleventh year of tutelage under the great master when he introduced me to the next level of my studies:

"Truly, Duulan, you have shown great promise and done me proud. It is time now to put aside your childhood and become one with the magic. For long have you studied the ancient texts, as I did in youth as well. They, Duulan, are not enough. I will now teach you the arts of subterfuge from which our illusions extend. You will learn to be and to not be, to exist without existing, to have and to not have. There are those who will name you 'thief' and 'scoundrel' and 'skulker', but they are craven and fear what you represent. You, Duulan, will be the unknown. You will walk carefully through this world while those around you stomp carelessly. You will whisper truths while those around you shout lies. You will be everpresent and neverseen. Duulan, you wished to know the unknown. I will make you the unknown. In childhood you spoke like a child, you thought like a child, you knew only what a child knows. For then you knew only in part, but now you shall know fully even as you meld with the unknown. This is my last gift to my greatest student. Accept it and be content that you have pleased me."

My lessons took a turn toward the stealthful arts. I learned the workings of locks, so that no secrets can be kept from me. I learned to move without the signs of sight or sound, so that I may come and go as I please in secrecy. I learned the arts of subterfuge and innuendo, so that I might speak without telling all and listen to parts while hearing the whole. Many were the lessons Haurdwen taught me, and many more were the questions I had for him. I learned well.

Then came the time---nine fruitful years later---when Haurdwen was to let me go into the world. Saddened but prepared, I left Haurdwen's lair---the place I'd called home for the past twenty years. Coming to Deas Caer, I called upon a party of adventurers in search of a thief. I am no mere thief, but they could not be expected to know that. Perhaps they weren't meant to know that....


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Memorial Day weekend

All went well. I visited Dr. and Mrs. Kessler (who mentioned that they'd seen my blog!), finished upgrading Meghan's computer to Ubuntu Linux, played some D&D, and took Delaney to breakfast. I also chilled out a great deal.


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DnD Radio

...And since I'm on the topic of starting my media empire, I still think it's a good idea to start webcasting our weekly DnD games. We are funny, dammit!


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The All-Night D&D Session

Well, it's over now. Much fun was had by all who attended. The list of attendees was Bryan, Will, Brent, Dave, and me. We fought werewolves and we stormed a keep. How can you beat that for a Friday night?!?


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The Eldar and other Campaign ideas

Will, Bryan, and I have been brainstorming on the DnD list about fresh campaign ideas. Some of the ideas related to the various races are pretty original, and pretty cool. I look forward to posting them here on the site very soon.


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Lameness

I got a pretty busy day ahead of me, so it looks like I won't have as much time to chill and give the gaming group feedback on the new campaign ideas being tossed around. Oh well...gotta make the donuts.


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Will and the Case of the Robo-Imagination

Will got sick and had to stay in bed. He had nothing else to do so we got a spat of good campaign world ideas from his death-bed. Hopefully I will soon be able to link to an online detailing of our campaign world as it shapes up.


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All-Night Game

The all-night game that was cancelled last Friday is on for this upcoming Friday. w00t!


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This Site

Denise is out all night at her parents becuase her grandparents are in town and I was supposed to be playing D&D all night anyway. Now I'm home alone, bored, and I've changed the theme and content of this site drastically. I should go to bed, but I probably won't for a bit longer.


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The Game

The all-night game was cancelled because Will is ill. On the bright side, I despise sleeping anywhere but my own bed anyway.


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