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Friday, February 8, 2013

DUSO the Dolphin - Teaching Toy or TOOL OF THE DEVIL?!

First off, spoiler alert: teaching toy.

I have just done some research after spontaneously remembering this dolphin puppet that was occasionally brought out when I was in school - apparently kindergarten, though my memory may be hazy because of Satanic programming rituals. DUSO stands for "Developing an Understanding of Self and Others", which I certainly never knew until just now and even as a child, always assumed it was some sort of dum grown-up pun. I think I like my definition better.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Realm Works - Streamlined RPG Campaign Tools Kickstarter

So, have you heard about this "Kickstarter" stuff? I think they used to call it "crowdsourcing" before this enterprising group of souls put together this Kickstarter site and took the ball and not just ran with it, but got in a high-performance car and drove across the continent and jumped the ocean with it. 

Anyway, my point is not them, but the things that can be done with Kickstarter, like this, Realm Works - Streamlined RPG Campaign Tools, a new "virtual tabletop" application, for tabletop role-playing games, allowing for sharing of maps, chat, dice rolls and various other things, but I have to say this project seems to really raise the bar on the features it offers. I'll be amazed if they can really provide the things their intro video shows. A GM can make or upload maps, sure, but also link to sub-node type of content on those maps, and have documents and other maps all associated with these, information blurbs that the GM can simply highlight or check to make known to the players, rather than typing things out at the given time - assuming you're not a lazy GM, of course. If you're just a horrible GM like I am, you might as well mail your players a half-eaten tuna sandwich with your bitemarks forming an image of a clue they uncovered, for all the pleasantness and speed you'll deliever, with any application.

BUT, for those that DO drag themselves out of bed before 5 PM and put some forethought into their role playing game adventures for their players, Realm Works seems to be able to offer a plethora of tools that could multiply any GM's productivity and efficiency. Check out the Kickstarter page for it - they've got 18 days to go at the time of this post, and are halfway to their projected goal to make Realm Works a reality. I'll be interested to see what happens.

Friday, February 1, 2013

BlessedMachine's CROSS at Garycon Mar 14-17 2013

Hey, all you tabletop role playing gamers, you know what GaryCon in Lake Geneva is, right?

Well it's happening again March 14th-17th, 2013, and among the awesomeness will be the debut of a completely new campaign setting and/or supplement for HERO called CROSS, the clandestine spy agency known as the Catholic Response Organization to Strategize and Strike, an organization that secretly fights evil for the good of Christianity using cutting-edge technology coupled with powerful prayers honed over two-thousand years of history.  

CROSS is published by Pete Ruttman's BlessedMachine.
If you haven't checked it out yet, I recommend you head on over to BlessedMachine and get the scoop on this new take and see what's in store for players at GaryCon. Pete's put a lot of creative work, thought and time into getting this into shape, and is really hoping to see some smiling faces there. He's a good guy and always welcomes feedback, so stop by, chat him up and get yourself a seat at CROSS and become part of BlessedMachine, if only for a few sessions (so far)!