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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #660 on: May 13, 2015, 08:17:57 AM »
www.prezi.com is what you're looking for. If you find Caleb's account you'll get to see the outlines for Know Evil, the unfinished Golgotha Account, and stuff for some classes he's taught.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #661 on: May 13, 2015, 01:16:16 PM »
Edit: Kamen beat me to it, so here is a link to the Golgotha account, which was mentioned but not linked previously in this thread: https://prezi.com/4zwq4fqok2r6/the-golgotha-account/

(The link was from the comments in Games I Shan't Be Running originally.)
« Last Edit: May 13, 2015, 01:18:58 PM by Morbid »

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #662 on: May 13, 2015, 05:04:12 PM »
I'm glad you guys found the Prezi page. Sorry I didn't post it sooner.

If you want to see more evidence of my half-finished "mad genius"... :P

http://slangdesign.com/forums/index.php/topic,1926.0.html

Ahem (coughs. awkwardly shuffles away)

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #663 on: May 18, 2015, 09:44:54 PM »
Thanks guys!

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #664 on: June 04, 2015, 09:41:46 PM »
Uh.

So.

I was reading The Unspeakable Oath #21.  Greg Stolze creates a Mythos tome called "Engines Underground" for the Mysterious Manuscript column.

The author is described as:

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There is absolutely nothing special about him. Stokes
is a bitter, sarcastic man in his thirties
—in personality
somewhere between Jake’s causticity and Harry’s selfeffacement.
He reacts to fannish appreciation with hollow
astonishment. If threatened, he cringes. If interrogated,
he is flatly honest about knowing nothing, nothing at
all, unusual about his book. If asked about the main
character’s last name, he says he made it up. Presented
with testimonials from readers who recall different Jake/
Elise subplots, he falls back on skeptical empiricism.
“Which is more likely? That my book has weird mystical
properties, or that people are negligent readers? Hardly
anyone liked it. Why would you expect them to get minor
details right?”

He’s happy to assure them that he has written no followup
and has no intention of writing another novel, ever. He
likens it to asking a one-legged man to cut the other off for
balance.

There’s nothing else to learn from Stokes, and obsessed
Investigators are likely to pointlessly torment a crabby
young man if they fail to accept that. His only observation
of value would arise as a parting shot when they leave.
“My book is decisively, aggressively nothing special.
Whatever you think is going on with it, it could happen
with any book. Any book at all.”

Caleb does know Stolze from No Soul Left behind so...

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #665 on: June 04, 2015, 11:56:37 PM »
I am replying to Game Designer Workshop Episode 8 here because it is easier to link images in the forum.

Caleb brought up the question (iirc) of "am I writing too much of my own personal philosophy into the game"?

Red Markets as currently described is an extremely novel game.  It reminds me of Eclipse Phase when I first picked it up. It was full of interesting High Concept ideas, but how do you implement it?  To be honest, I didn't get a good read from any of the Eclipse Phase books or adventures on how to run a campaign UNTIL Know Evil came out. In fact I think that is one of the non trivial elements that has contributed to Know Evil's popularity.

So I agree with you Caleb that you need to be very specific and clear about how your game runs and what players will be getting into.

To an extent you are running into the Dark Souls problem.  Dark Souls frustrated a lot of people except those who were willing to accept something new.  Dark Souls failed in explicitly informing its audience that it was a different type of game until the Prepare to Die edition was released, and that is ONLY because "Prepare to Die" is in the title.  It is an instruction and a descriptor.

The game that successfully prepares its audience for its unique type of gameplay? Darkest Dungeon.



Less than a page, and no references to other games.

Recently there was a  International Roguelike Developer Conference where the question of "how do you engage an audience to keep playing and learn from permadeath" was addressed.





The talks are archived here I believe: http://www.twitch.tv/irdc_usa/profile/past_broadcasts


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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #666 on: June 05, 2015, 12:08:34 AM »
It's a good thing we're recording a Know Evil-esque campaign right now. Same moral dilemmas, same picaresque plot, same sympathetic robots.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #667 on: July 08, 2015, 05:32:05 PM »
Twisting H: I think that issue of Unspeakable Oath was from 2011.  So, most likely a coincidence, especially given how much it predates No Soul Left Behind.

Speaking of No Soul Left Behind..

(from the pdf proof)

"If your group knows the score or just wants a one-shot, feel free to skip this part. I’m disappointed in you, but it won’t be on the test. I just wish you would apply yourself and achieve your full potential, you know? Tsk tsk tsk."

As a TA, I especially enjoy the "it won't be on the test" disclaimer.  The following section on charter schools is likewise great.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #668 on: July 08, 2015, 08:22:27 PM »
Speaking of No Soul Left Behind..

(from the pdf proof)

Ah! Thank you for reminding me to grab that.

...also first time poster. I ended up listening to RPPR because of Know Evil and had no idea that Caleb was a relatively new gamer before running that.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #669 on: August 12, 2015, 02:08:54 PM »
Twisting H: I think that issue of Unspeakable Oath was from 2011.  So, most likely a coincidence, especially given how much it predates No Soul Left Behind.

They did both play in Adam Scott Glancy‘s The Night Mission at GenCon that year though.
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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #670 on: August 24, 2015, 10:42:40 PM »
JUST BOUGHT MY DIGITAL COPY OF NO SOUL LEFT BEHIND OFF DRIVETHRURPG

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #671 on: August 25, 2015, 10:09:03 AM »
I got my digital copy last night! I love the portrait of my character in the book: he looks like a goofball with no plan trying to be serious.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #672 on: August 25, 2015, 01:03:58 PM »
Thanks for giving it a read guys!

If anybody wants to write a review, (either on RPGNow or elsewhere) it would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #673 on: August 25, 2015, 03:22:39 PM »
Thanks for giving it a read guys!

If anybody wants to write a review, (either on RPGNow or elsewhere) it would be greatly appreciated.

Only if you get me in an actual online game not cursed by Florida hurricanes. *Shakes fist at the sky*

But yeah, I'll be writing a review once I finish reading it.

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Re: Caleb is a mad genius (or Yet Another Fan Club Thread)
« Reply #674 on: August 27, 2015, 02:08:21 AM »
I'm a little late to the party on this one but I wanted to share anyway:

In the midst of moving into my apartment here in Seattle after a cross-country move, I got an email saying my backer reward was going to ship. I was able to get it redirected to my Seattle address, so here's the fruits of Caleb's delicious labor:



Once I find a group out here, I'm going to run them through it!