Jay Blount Second Mississippian to Receive Defense Department Defense of Freedom Medal – Mississippi Mondays September 16, 2019

I read this story Jay Blount Second Mississippian to Receive Defense Department Defense of Freedom Medal (think Civilian Purple Heart) somewhere. I thought it was on WordPress Reader, but I am not seeing it on the blog  I thought posted it. I found a different blog post about the story – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/88930641/posts/58835. I chose Jay Blount as this week’s Mississippi Mondays post.

You can learn more about the medal at www.cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/5487.html (link may not work so try Wayback Machine – https://web.archive.org/web/20070622212033/www.cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/5487.html), another Wayback Machine link to different article – https://web.archive.org/web/20070619102453/http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=3068 or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_Defense_Medal_for_the_Defense_of_Freedom.

This is different from the Presidential Medal of Freedom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom.

Official website: N/A

Blog Posts by Other Bloggers:

https://www.enterprise-tocsin.com/front-page-slideshow-news/indianola-native-jay-blount-receive-second-ever-civilian-purple-heart

https://www.yallpolitics.com/2019/08/20/hyde-smith-presents-highest-civilian-defense-medal-to-jay-blount-of-greenville/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Medal%20of%20Freedom%20Jay%20Blount

Flickr: No listing located https://www.flickr.com/

Foursquare: No listing located https://foursquare.com/

Google Maps: N/A

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_Defense_Medal_for_the_Defense_of_Freedom (same link as above)

YouTube channel or search: Didn’t find anything related to this specific medal or Jay Blount, but a lot related to the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Past Mississippi Mondays postshttps://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/mississippi-mondays/

 

 

 

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Current News – USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL is OPEN — Pacific Paratrooper

HONOLULU (Tribune News Service) — With the American flag billowing in the wind and “The Star-Spangled Banner” playing on the loudspeakers from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the first boatload of tourists and residents in nearly 16 months stepped onto the USS Arizona Memorial on Sunday morning. (1 Sept.) The 145 visitors on the Navy boat […]

via Current News – USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL is OPEN — Pacific Paratrooper.

I was looking for something else in WordPress Reader when this showed up in the search results. Glad to see they opened it again.

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Can This Chef Make A 3-Course Meal With An Easy Bake Oven? • Tasty – YouTube Video

Wonder if I can convince my two (2) friends who like to cook to try this kind of challenge? Can This Chef Make A 3-Course Meal With An Easy Bake Oven? • Tasty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c324y0OVqVI (about 14:03 minutes long)

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Take Care of YOU Simple Habits for the Writer, Creative, Everyone! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop — Passion is a thing…

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*Below is not a transcript of video. A few years ago, I had to go to the doctor’s office because I was experiencing so much wrist pain I had to get it checked out. At that time, I learned everything I needed to know about carpal tunnel syndrome and because it sidelined me for quite […]

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Gaming Sunday September 15, 2019

AS ALWAYS, CHECK PRICES BEFORE ORDERING as sales can end or prices change before I update them. Also, some sales only have so many items or keys available for purchase so the sale ends as soon as they run out of items or keys.

None of the links below are affiliate links!

Over 5,000 words long.

Week 44 Gaming Sunday Week – will do my best to update as needed. The quote below is from my first Gaming Sunday Week post: Gaming Sunday Week of September 30, 2018.

While I will post gaming stuff (RPGs, Wargames, Board Games, Card Games, Computer/Console Games) at other times during the week, I decided to start doing a Gaming Sunday Weekly Post. Among other things, it will include Bundle of Holding (https://bundleofholding.com – generally 3 – 5 bundles active at a time) and Humble Bundle (https://www.humblebundle.com/ – generally around 5 – 6 bundles active, not including the tons of other sale items that aren’t bundles and a number of bundles that exceeds what I can add here without making it longer than it’s worth) items in this post; some of which won’t be gaming related. I will update the post during the week as bundles go off sale and new bundles come on sale. I won’t be including all of the sale items on Humble Bundle as it can easily exceed a reasonable amount. The good news is you can save an item that has been on sale to a Wish List and you will be notified if and when it comes on sale again. For example, this game was recently on sale: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/search?sort=bestselling&search=mordor – it requires a birthdate if you click on the only game in the list; the sale is over, but you can add it to your Wish List.

I will also include any crowdsources that are gaming related, from Kickstarter, Patreon, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe, etc. For example, The Fantasy Trip by Steve Jackson on https://thefantasytrip.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders which was previously a Kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying.

Axis and Allies – Zombie Edition: (Temporarily on Sale as of September 15, 2019 – Noble Knight)

Thanks to Noble Knight – https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147736548/Axis-and-Allies—Zombies for sending me an e-mail about this latest version of Axis and Allies, a World War II board game with numerous editions, including unofficial ones on sites like: http://www.historicalboardgaming.com/ – see http://www.historicalboardgaming.com/Custom-Maps-Games_c_90.html for some examples.

Here’s the official Avalon Hill (AH) site for the game: http://avalonhill.wizards.com/games/axis-and-allies/zombies. And here’s AH’s Rules PDF for the game: http://media.wizards.com/2018/ah/AAZ-Rulebook.pdf

BackerKit: https://www.backerkit.com/ (for creators and backers of projects) If you backed a project, you can find it at https://www.backerkit.com/are_you_a_backer and some of the companies allow you to pre-order even if you didn’t back a game.

It’s one of several pledge managers used by the different crowdfunding sites. CrowdOx – https://crowdox.com/ and Pledge Managerhttps://signin.pledgemanager.com are other choices made by some campaigns. Additional pledge managers include Gamefound.com – https://gamefound.com/, FluentPM.com – https://www.fluentpm.com/, and Jet Backer – https://platform.jetbacker.com/. mentioned in this post: Interesting Articles about Pledge Managers.

The Fantasy Trip Adventures BackerKit: here’s the Kickstarter campaign for it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/warehouse23/the-fantasy-trip-adventures?ref=user_menu. This is different from the earlier Kickstarter campaign and they already have a new Kickstarter campaign going. Here’s the old one, but it’s no longer available: https://thefantasytrip.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/ – ended November 1, 2018. This is a follow-up to The Fantasy Trip Kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sjgames/the-fantasy-trip-old-school-roleplaying.

World of Warcraft Diary: if you go to https://thewowdiary.backerkit.com/, it will include the following link for those who didn’t back it: https://thewowdiary.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders. You can also view the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whenitsready/the-world-of-warcraft-diary-0

The World of Warcraft Diary

If you missed Kickstarter’s most-funded nonfiction book in history, you can order it here! The WoW Diary was written by the game’s first level designer and covers the story behind making Vanilla WoW. With over 130 behind-the-scenes images and 336 full-color pages, it is the must-have book about game development.

Bundle of Holding Bundles available (as of September 15, 2019) – NOTE: sometimes the bundle price will drop a little bit from the previous day,  but usually the bundle prices tend to go up a lot more than they go down):

Bundle(s) available on Bundle of Holding:

Old School Revival 6: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/OSR6

Adventurer! This Old School Revival Bundle 6 is our sixth annual (well, mostly) celebration of the Old School Revival and the spirit of tabletop roleplaying’s earliest days. This all-new collection presents Hot Springs Island and Operation Unfathomable, dungeons by Dyson Logos, three One-Page Dungeons compilations, BLUEHOLME, Hydra Cooperative, Melsonian Arts Council, and a new Expeditious Retreat “Aggressive Ecologies” entry debuting in this offer.

For just US$12.95 you get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the foul-aired hexcrawl Fever Swamp, the Aggressive Ecology embodied in The Undead Leviathan, the BLUEHOLME Journeymanne Rules (plus its Referee Repository, Character Records, and the introductory module Necropolis of Nuromen), and a giant dungeon map collection by master mapper Dyson Logos.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $26.26, you’ll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $65:

  • Jacob Hurst’s glorious two-volume jungle hexcrawl, A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island and The Dark of Hot Springs Island
  • The gonzo-phantasmagorical subterranean sandbox by Jason (The Dungeon Dozen) Sholtis, Operation Unfathomable (plus its Player’s Guide and the map and character sheet)
  • The Slaver Fungus, a new star-spanning “Aggressive Ecologies” entry from Expeditious Retreat that debuts in this offer and is not yet available anywhere else
  • Chris Kutalik’s What Ho, Frog Demons!, a hexcrawl set in the Weird-infested Marlinko Canton, site of Slumbering Ursine Dunes, Fever-Dreaming Marlinko, and Misty Isles of the Eld
  • And three recent volumes in the long-running One-Page Dungeon Compendium contest series: 2016, 2017, and the 2018 Tenth Anniversary Edition

Learn more about our offers at our official blog, Beyond the Bundle.

 

The Good Fight

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) goes to this offer’s designated charity, Ocean Conservancy.

Torg Eternity: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/TorgEternity

Through MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 the all-new Torg Eternity Bundle puts you on the front lines of the Possibility Wars using the new 2018 edition
Storm Knight! This all-new Torg Eternity Bundle presents the current (2018) edition of Torg, the multi-genre tabletop roleplaying game from Ulisses Spiele. Invaders from other realities (“cosms”) have arrived on Earth, and where they rule, the laws of physics warp to form strange new landscapes. But Core Earth’s “Storm Knights,” heroes from all the cosms, use magic, technology, miracles, and even super powers to defend against the Reality Raiders and their endless minions.Designed by Shane (Savage Worlds) Hensley and others, and funded in a spectacular May 2017 Kickstarter campaign, Torg Eternity updates the 1990 West End Games version (which we presented in two past offers, January and March 2015) and reimagines the cosms that threaten our Core Earth. This all-new offer presents everything you need to restart the Possibility Wars for reality itself.For just US$9.95 you get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $37.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Torg Eternity Core Rules and the new Drama Deck, the Torg Eternity GM Screen and Character Archetypes, and the Character Journals with multi-page record sheets for Storm Knights from every cosm.And if you pay more than the threshold price of $20.26, you’ll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $43, including the Day One Adventure Book that puts you in the opening minutes of the Possibility Wars, the scenario collection Delphi Missions: Rising Storm, and the Torg Eternity Soundtrack with 21 atmospheric .MP3 music tracks.Learn more about our offers at our official blog, Beyond the Bundle.

 

Toward new PossibilitiesTen percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to this offer’s designated charity, Rainforest Trust.

Legacy: Life Among the Ruins: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Legacy

Adventurer! This Legacy Bundle presents Legacy: Life Among the Ruins, the tabletop science-fiction roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse. Published by UFO Press and distributed by Modiphius Entertainment, Legacy by Jay Iles and Douglas Santana Mota is a post-Apocalypse Engine SFRPG of building a new world in the ruins of the future. You control both a family and its individual members across generations. As your story skips forward decades or centuries, your actions change the world, and your family adapts to survive.Legacy‘s 2018 Second Edition, funded in a July 2017 Kickstarter campaign, puts the world map at center stage, adds new character roles and simplified playbooks, and updates the basic Moves. The Kickstarter also funded many inventive “Worlds of Legacy” system hacks, where you rebuild, or retool, civilizations in alternate settings: a starship, a magical land facing the end of time, a distant world just after planetfall, an evil Gothic castle, and more. This offer presents the complete Legacy 2E rulebook, lots of Worlds, an art book, and even a soundtrack, all for a bargain price.For just US$9.95 you get all three DRM-free titles in our Core Collection (retail value $38), including .PDF ebooks of the complete full-color 305-page Legacy: Life Among the Ruins Second Edition core rulebook (plus no less than three free quickstart rules sets); the beautiful artbook The Art of Legacy, and the Sounds of the Wasteland soundtrack of atmospheric ambient background sounds in .MP3 and FLAC formats.And if you pay more than the threshold price of $21.40, you’ll level up and also get our entire Worlds Collection with six Worlds of Legacy .PDF sourcebooks worth an additional $55. These campaign books — Generation Ship, Primal Pathways, Godsend, Rhapsody of Blood (plus its companion title Choir of Souls) and Worldfall — describe new Legacy settings where your family can make its mark across generations: a starship on a centuries-long voyage, a fantasyland facing the End of Time, even an evil Gothic castle.Learn more about our offers at our official blog, Beyond the Bundle.

The Good Fight

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to the charity chosen by Legacy designer Jay Iles, Mermaids UK.

Civilization Sales: SALE ENDED.septem Will keep the link up for when it comes back on sale later. Check Fanatical.com, Steam, and Humble Bundle as one of those will often a sale that’s not listed on the Civilization website.

This is for sales on the Civilization website: https://civilization.com/sale/ (nothing on sale as of September 15, 2019 so you will get a 404 error when you click on the link and a sale is not active). May or may not be on sale at Fanatical.com (a few Civ 5 and Civ 6 items on sale on different days, it varies widely) or Humble Bundle, but it has been recently on sale at both and occasionally goes back on sale.

Civilization VI (aka Civ 6 or Civ VI) regular price $59.99. 

Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition regular price $79.99.

Digital Deluxe Edition Includes:

Civilization VI Standard Edition

Vikings Scenario Pack

Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack

Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack

Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack

Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack

Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack

 

DriveThru RPG (DTRPG) and its sister sites: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/

They are generally daily sales on DTRPG which you can get e-mail notices if you sign up for them; same for the sister sites. They often place Deal of the Day in the top right corner of the homepage, but the link varies daily.

DTRPG links: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/ See also:

DTRPG sales: see below.

Savings on Dark Places and Demogorgonshttps://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9721/Bloat-Games No word on when the sale ends; it started November 9, 2018 and still has some items on sale as of September 15, 2019.

Fanatical.com Bundles and Sales Available: https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle – nineteen (19) bundles available as of September 15, 2019 – tends to vary day to day so check back every day to see what’s available. Main site: https://www.fanatical.com/.

You will need a Steam account – https://store.steampowered.com/ to access many of  the games offered by Fanatical.com. Several new bundles not listed below.

Week-end Sale: https://www.fanatical.com/en/publishers/aspyr?GSCsource=aspyr+04012019 (still available as of September 15, 2019) – tends to vary over time as to which titles are offered and how big the discounts for the titles.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Bundle: https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle. Sale price: $4.99 (regular price $19.99). Not seeing an end date (still available as of September 15, 2019). Considered Mature Audience only.

Windows OS System Requirements:

Minimum:

  • OS: 64-bit: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 44 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: 64-bit: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 | AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 57 GB available space

GoFundMe:

There are numerous GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/, gaming opportunities out there – https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=homepage_norma/search&term=gaming although you may need to narrow it down quite a bit if you have a particular gaming interest.

Help Gaming Legend Rick Loomis: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-gaming-legend-rick-loomis

 

Help for a gaming industry founder

Rick Loomis has been an important part of the game industry for almost 50 years, and now he is in the fight of his life with cancer. Even though he is a US army veteran and qualifies for medicare, Rick’s share of the medical bills are now in the tens of thousands of dollars. Please help his family through this terrible time and help keep the  legacy of Flying Buffalo going strong.

Rick was one of the founding members of the Game Manufacturing Association and served as its President several times when they needed him. He started Flying Buffalo Games back in 1970 and was one of the first people to ever run a Play-by Mail game on a dedicated computer. He has traveled the world to promote role-playing and card games and over the years Rick has befriended hundreds (thousands!) of people at conventions from his Flying Buffalo Games booth and company.  He published Tunnels & Trolls, the Nuclear War Card Game, Grimtooth’s Traps and so much more. Rick truly is a legend.  But being a legend doesn’t mean you are wealthy, it just means that some people have respect for your accomplishments.

Rasing to Upgrade The Bipolar Writer Blog: https://www.gofundme.com/rasing-to-upgrade-the-bipolar-writer-blog

Not a gaming GoFundMe, but one to help authors out. Thought it was worth including as it shows how a small campaign ($425 is the goal) may work for some. Up to $355, not counting donations given outside of GoFundMe. See also his Patreon account below.

Ellerium Games: https://www.gofundme.com/ellerium-games. This is a hobby/game store in Scotland. £470 of £15,000 goal raised by 14 backers.

Brief blurb from the above link:

We are a small board game store based in Inverness, Scotland.

We have been a big member of the board game and trading card game community over the last 3 years.

We have seen our share of hardships and issues in setting up the store. after 3 years of operating we have now hit a tipping point of what to do next.

We are looking to secure fund for refurbishment and upgrade of the gaming space and to help us invest in developing our stock range.

Humble Bundle Bundles Available (as of September 15, 2019) –  https://www.humblebundle.com/ (8 bundles available – can vary from day to day) also check on Humble Bundle’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/humblebundle/ as they are good about adding sale items that aren’t part of the highlighted bundles. The good news is you have this option if you don’t like the nonprofit chosen by the organizer: ” If you would like to support a different charity, select a new one from our database of thousands.”

Latest Humble Bundle offerings (in order by newest added):

New Weekly Sale: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/?hmb_source=humble_home&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_twos_tile_index_1 (not an affiliate link). Many games to choose from.

Civilization VI Deluxe: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/sid-meiers-civilization-6-digital-deluxe regular price $79.99.

Civilization VI: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/sid-meiers-civilization-6 regular price $59.99.

Civilization IV: The Complete Edition: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/sid-meiers-civilization-iv-complete-edition regular price $29.99.

Civilization III Complete: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/sid-meiers-civilization-iii-complete regular price $4.99.

Many of the other Sid Meier’s Civilizationhttps://www.humblebundle.com/store/search?sort=bestselling&search=meiers%20civilization

Other Humble Bundle Links (way too many to list all of them; some of these can change daily so I will highlight only a few and may include some that aren’t on sale):

On Sale (you can filter it a number of different ways, including Top Discounts, Bestselling, Alphabetically, Release Date, New Releases, Genres, Platform, DRM): https://www.humblebundle.com/store/search?sort=discount&filter=onsale

Sid Meier’s Civilization (ranging from Civilization III to VI and a few others); some on sale at the moment on Humble Bundle, also available at Fanatical.com https://www.fanatical.com/en/search?search=meier%20civilization), but I like the Civ series of games): https://www.humblebundle.com/store/search?sort=bestselling&search=sid%20meier%20civilization&genre=Strategy. It is sometimes on sale through the Civilization Sale website: https://civilization.com/sale/

Indiegogo Projects: mostly Gaming related: https://www.indiegogo.com/ Try https://www.indiegogo.com/explore/all?project_type=all&project_timing=all&sort=trending&q=gaming and narrow down as needed.

Indiegogo Products on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Launchpad-Collection-Indiegogo/b?node=12034484011&tag=indiegogo-20 (not an affiliate link)

Demons: A Star Trek Fan Film: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/demons-a-star-trek-fan-film–2/ The latest Star Trek fan film; ended in mid April 2019. $6,505 pledged of $8,500 goal.
Convergence – a Star Trek Fan Film Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/convergence-a-star-trek-fan-film#/. Ended November 3, 2018. $7,385 of $5,500 pledged (fully  backed as of November 2, 2018). Will keep pending updates on Backerkit which hasn’t shown up yet.
According to https://fanfilmfactor.com/2018/10/27/convergence-releases-one-of-the-best-crowd-funding-videos-ive-ever-seen/, this is the secondprise (their word, not mine) “ask” video they have ever seen:
This 3-minute vignette is now my second favorite crowd-funding “ask” video ever.  Why is it my second favorite?  Well, nothing will likely ever surpass this video (and the four that came after it) from Star Trek Continues‘ “Kirkstarter 2.0.”  But the reason this Convergence video gets the secondprise (get it?), is because it has so much fun while asking folks to donate.
They recommend bookmarking it if you plan on any sort of crowdfunding/sourcing campaign.

Fairytale the Roleplaying Game Indiegogo Project: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fairytale-the-roleplaying-game/x/19581145#/. I gave more information in this blog post: Fairytale the Roleplaying Game on Indiegogo. The project owner shows Oulu, Finland for location. Ended November 9, 2018 unfunded. Hopefully, they will bring it back as it sounded like a promising RPG.

Kickstarter Projects – Gaming Related for the most part, but will include non-gaming related items at times (frequently, shipping costs are NOT included if you back a project – so factor those into your budget): https://www.kickstarter.com/

Kickstarter Newest Campaigns: https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/newest?ref=discovery_overlay.

Chivalry & Sorcery – the Medieval Role Playing Game Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cns5/chivalry-and-sorcery-the-medieval-role-playing-game/

Campaign ended July 31, 2019: 678 backers pledged £32,863. They unlocked the last Stretch Goal even though it wasn’t met which was £35,000.

Chivalry & Sorcery, the legendary game of medieval fantasy roleplaying, is back! Standing on the shoulders of giants, with refined mechanics and a deep, rich atmosphere, this brand-new edition is bigger and better than ever before, and for the first time ever is brought to you as a full colour hardback book!

Please join us as we raise funds to complete the layout and fund the printing of this hefty tome, an estimated 500 pages of glorious colour – the Chivalry & Sorcery Roleplaying Game!

The text of the Chivalry & Sorcery core book is already complete, and layout is underway, and we’re confident of fulfilling the Kickstarter objective of publishing the game by February 2020.

Here’s the Kicktraq for the campaign: http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/cns5/chivalry-and-sorcery-the-medieval-role-playing-game/.

Also, in looking at DriveThru RPG (DTRPG) earlier, I noticed a number of items on sale at Brittannia Game Designs – https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/3675/Brittannia-Game-Designs-Ltd/subcategory/6429/Chivalry–Sorcery.

Zorro™: The Roleplaying Game: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/zorrotm-the-roleplaying-game I did a blog post on this game Zorro RolePlaying Game Kickstarter Campaign Ends February 22, 2019.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, February 22 2019 6:00 PM CST. $32,124 pledged (as of February 24, 2019) of $15,000 goal; fully funded. Campaign over, waiting on pledge manager if they go that route – nothing showing up as of September 15, 2019.

Chimera Comics Cellar Door Sci-Fi and Horror Graphic Novel Anthology: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chimerascomics/cellar-door-a-scifi-and-horror-graphic-novel-antho/ (sci-fi and horror collection, parental guidance advised). $8,477 pledged of $11,000 by 160 backers of campaign (as of November 23, 2018). Not mentioned in the article is the Live Stream October 31, 2018 about the campaign; you can get a free preview (link is a bit down the Kickstarter page, or try https://mailchi.mp/chimerascomics.com/look-in-the-cellar – link shows as http://bit.ly/lookinthecellar which redirects to the Mail Chimp link I added). If you pledged $20 or more in the first 72 hours of the campaign, then you get an exclusive item, 8.5″ x 11″ print (shipping is another $2 for U.S. addresses).

The products were delayed due to a random Customs check in late July 2019, but should be sent to backers by the end of September 2019. As of August 31, 2019, many have not received their rewards which is why I changed the date.

Thousand Year Old Vampire Kickstarter RPG Campaign: Late Backers accepted (may no longer be available as of September 15, 2019) – https://shop.trycelery.com/page/d3060069-61df-4789-a974-f4e1fc9a499d; original campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/timh/thousand-year-old-vampire-a-roleplaying-game Ended November 16, 2018 1:15 AM CST. Fully funded: $37,102 pledged by 1,423 backers of $500 goal. Several F-bombs in the Kickstarter description although that’s because one of the items available if you back at $35 or higher is a LARP book with it in the title.

The game mechanics are simple and intuitive. Play progresses semi-randomly through a book of Prompts which let you explore your vampire’s wants and needs, resolve problems, and chart the decline into senescence. Play can happen entirely within the character sheet or can become a journaling activity–both work equally well.

Vampires, for the purposes of this game, can mean nearly anything that is functionally immortal, doesn’t like daylight, and preys on humans for sustenance. I like Montague Summers-type vampires myself, but this system is designed to be flexible.

All you need is the book or PDF, a d10, and a d6. This is a solo game for you to play in lonely places wrapped in darkness, but can be played multiplayer if you like. Play can take from one to three hours, depending on how you go about things.

Chibi Siblings of Conflict Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/674003445/chibi-siblings-of-conflict-miniatures. Ended November 15, 2018. $12,051 pledged of $2,300 goal; 181 backers. Fully funded! Leaving up temporarily. Late Backers link: https://app.crowdox.com/projects/674003445/chibi-siblings-of-conflict-miniatures (still available as of September 15, 2019).

Americana RPG Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sandypuggames/americana-1: Campaign ended, but you can follow if you want to order and missed the cut-off. They will be doing a video update in the near future – will link to it once they add it. Still waiting on a pledge manager (Backerkit, etc.) to show up as of September 15, 2019. They are closer to getting stuff out as a recent update on Kickstarter announced.

Americana RPG is a new RPG being developed by Sandy Pug Games: http://www.sandypuggames.com/. They started a Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sandypuggames/americana-1. I added it to Gaming Sunday Week of October 21, 2018. Fully funded ($12,574 pledged of $6,800 goal) as of November 1, 2018 and ended Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:54 AM CDT. You can follow along if you were interested and didn’t back it. Here are some more links for Sandy Pug Games link for all of their DriveThru RPG (DTRPG) products: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/7386/Sandy-Pug-Games. You can also follow them on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SandyPugGames and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SandyPugGames/.

It’s an unusual concept for an RPG (“A game of teenage rebellion and murder in a fantastical 50s that never was” – from the Kickstarter campaign), but you can get a free quick preview from DriveThru RPG (DTRPG): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/256782/Americana–Preview-Quickplay-Pack?manufacturers_id=7386. You can also download the file at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lpbN1YtyQ9J2yhGLtEfi43JjI9PqD9Hd.

From the DTRPG link:

Americana is an RPG set in a fantasy, inclusive 1950s small town, somewhere in the United States. Your best friend is dead, and you think it’s murder. Gather their other friends, follow the clues and investigate your town full of magic, wonder, gangs and risks to track down the killer and bring them to justice. Take control of one of 6 archetypes (Jock, Nerd, Outsider, New Kid, Artist, Royal) each with their own unique strengths and abilities, build Your Dead Friend, the victim of this murder, whose abilities and inspiration will aid you in discovering the truth behind their grisly fate, and build an incredible, magical town full of fantasy and wonder to explore.

The game takes place in a 50s vastly different than the one we’re used to. For a start, the world is full of magic. Orcs and Dwarves are going steady at the drive-in, Elves and Dragons are taking a trip to Look-out Point and your principal is a kindly skeleton that fought against Charlemagne. The world is also massively more progressive than the 50s ever was, systemic oppression of marginalized people is an alien concept in the world of Americana.

This is a free quickplay set that shows off some of the systems and world of Americana and hopefully get you excited for the full product. It includes just about everything you need to get started with your own murder mystery – some small lore details, character sheets and a stripped back version of the full rules.

If this catches your interest, Americana is already 100% funded on Kickstarter, so head on over and check out some of our reward tiers and stretch goals – which include a super sentai, power rangers inspired twist on the core setting and rules!

Bunnies and Barrows 3rd Edition Kickstarter: Campaign has ended; should be a Backerkit added in the near future; may be a bit as they are going to conventions soon. I posted about it at https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/bunnies-and-barrows-3rd-edition-rpg-kickstarter/. Fully funded with over $36,403 (785 backers) pledged for a $12,000 campaign. Leaving the link below active for now. Campaign ended, but will keep it up for when they open the Backerkit portion. It’s on BackerKit if you pledged, but don’t see a link for late backers as of September 15, 2019. Backers who ordered print copies should have received their copies by now.

You can find the Kickstarter campaign for 3rd edition Bunnies and Burrows RPG at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/bunnies-and-burrows. It ends October 25, 2018 1:01 AM.

Have you ever wanted to play a role-playing game (RPG) where you were a rabbit,  raccoon, squirrel, chipmunk, skunk, porcupine, opossum, jackrabbit, or armadillo? If so, Bunnies and Burrows (B&B) 3rd edition is the RPG for you. There is a Wikipedia article on the earlier editions of B&B: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunnies_%26_Burrows.

The latest incarnation of Bunnies and Burrows was taken over by another gaming company that released a B&B Light version https://froggodgames.com/frogs/product-category/bunnies-burrows/ (free PDF also available on DTRPGhttps://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226680/Bunnies–Burrows-Light which is also the gaming company behind the Kickstarter campaign.

DNA of the Greatest Warriors in History Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/altavilla/dna-of-the-greatest-warriors-in-historynot gaming related although an argument could be made that warriors are RPG and Wargaming related. Goal (all or nothing): Campaign ended: Amazingly this project was funded since November 24, 2018, it was a long way from getting funded:

Here’s a good projection of how it turned around: https://www.kicktraq.com/projects/altavilla/dna-history-opening-a-tomb-of-four-great-warriors/#chart-exp-projection – click on the tabs to see different aspects.

As of December 2, 2018: project ended:

NOK 103,358 pledged of NOK 100,000 goal

23 backers

compared to November 24, 2018:

$2,562 pledged of $11,941 goal (these amounts change even when no additional pledges are added depending on the exchange rate)

 

16 backers (as of November 24, 2018)

 

with end date of December 2, 2018.

Noble Knight Sales:

Current Sale: https://www.nobleknight.com/  may vary from day to day; some items still available as of September 15, 2019 – https://www.nobleknight.com/Featured

Patreon Projects: https://www.patreon.com/

Not too many at present listed below. Too many possibilities, but if you search on Patreon, you may find one or more projects that appeals to you, be it gaming or non-gaming.

Dyson Logos: https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos. Dyson Logos is creating Hand-Drawn Maps for Fantasy RPGs. You can also find stuff on Dyson’s blog: https://dysonlogos.blog/.

Johnn Four: https://www.patreon.com/johnnfour

Here’s a gaming creator who’s on Patreon, Liz Danforth – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz_Danforth, that works with both The Fantasy Trip and Tunnels and Trolls: https://www.patreon.com/posts/artists-20361636. She has a blog under the Blog Section below.

Death Wears Bunny Slippers (DWBS): https://www.patreon.com/dwbs. Occasional F-bombs and other profanity in the videos. Not exactly gaming related, but how many people can say they own an old nuclear missile silo? I mention DWBS on occasion as he’s an interesting guy and it’s on my Bucket List to own an old missile silo if I ever get the chance. If nothing else, I hope to visit his silo one day.

Esoteric Order of Roleplayershttps://www.patreon.com/esotericrp

The Esoteric Order of Roleplayers is an actual-play RPG podcast wherein a bunch of friends gather together every week to play role-playing games from off the beaten path. Many RPG actual-play ‘casts focus on D&D or Pathfinder; if you’re curious about a different sort of game, come here for a listen!

James Edgar Skye: https://www.patreon.com/JamesEdgarSkye (see GoFundMe for his Bipolar Blog under GoFundMe)

Morrus: https://www.patreon.com/1pa

WASD20: https://www.patreon.com/wasd20.

Blogs – mostly Gaming related: 

Atroll’s Entertainment (Ken St. Andre’s Blog): https://atroll.wordpress.com/

The Board Dame: https://theboarddame.com/

Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls blog: https://deluxetunnelsandtrolls.wordpress.com/

Gregorius21778 gaming blog: https://gregorius21778.wordpress.com/

James Edgar Skye Bipolar Blog: https://thebipolarwriter.blog/

Liz Danforth’s blog: http://www.lizdanforth.com/ – same Liz Danforth as under the Patreon section above.

Mike Hobbs’ game blog: https://meeples.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/mike-hobbs-gaming-blog/

No Rerolls: https://norerolls.co.uk/

T&T Delvers Tales: https://delvers.wordpress.com/ (Tunnels and Trolls)

Tangible Day: https://tangibleday.com/ (mix of gaming and other stuff)

Prior Gaming Sundays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/gaming-sunday/

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Crowdfunding Collection #118 — Teylen’s RPG Corner

I present to you the new Crowdfunding Collection #118, including every tabletop rpg project started between 09/09 and 09/15. In this collection you’ll finde 8 roleplaying games. I’ll start with Hyper Light Drifter. The game is based on the videogame by the same name and shares its aesthetics as well as setting. Thus the players […]

via Crowdfunding Collection #118 — Teylen’s RPG Corner.

For Teylen’s German version of the same list,

Es gibt eine frische Crowdfunding Kurzübersicht #118 (Zeitraum: 09.09 bis 15.09). In dieser Übersicht findet ihr acht Rollenspiele. Zunächst mag ich auf Hyper Light Drifter hinweisen. Das RPG basiert auf dem gleichnamigen Videospiel und das Projekt bietet die gleiche 8 bis 16 Bit Ästhethik. Wie in der Vorlage erforscht man eine Post-Apokalpyse und entdeckt dabei […]

via Crowdfunding Kurzübersicht #118 — Teylen’s RPG Corner

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Operation Paravane September 15, 1944

Here’s a military operation during World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF) I don’t hear about often. Saw it on Wikipedia Operation Paravane – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paravane as I was looking for something else. This was an attack to destroy or heavily damage KMS Tirpitz. You can learn more than you may want to know with this link https://www.bismarck-class.dk/tirpitz/tirpitz_menu.html

Additional links:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a19747226/nazi-battleship-tirpitz-chemical-fog/ (includes YouTube link)

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Operation_Paravane

https://www.bismarck-class.dk/tirpitz/history/tiroperparavane.html

http://www.tracesofwar.com/operations/5295/Operation-Paravane.htm

https://www.ranker.com/review/operation-paravane/10182303

https://www.militaryfactory.com/ships/detail.asp?ship_id=KMS-Tirpitz

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Update to COZMO’S Kickstarter – Cancelled by Creator September 14, 2019

Standard Disclaimer:

I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.

When I last checked on September 13, 2019, the Kickstarter campaign was still going, far short – bit over $30,000, of its campaign goal. I checked this afternoon and noticed it had been cancelled. It sounds like they aren’t planning on bringing it back anytime soon. It’s a shame as better marketing and updates could have made a huge difference in reaching the campaign goal. They mention new projects, but give no details.

I originally posted on it COZMO’S Kickstarter needs $32,284 in the next week…or else! — Fan Film Factor; original link – COZMO’S Kickstarter needs $32,284 in the next week…or else! — Fan Film Factor. I mentioned it again yesterday before they cancelled the campaign Crowdfunding Suggestions September 14, 2019.

Kickstarter direct link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atomicstudios/cozmos-goes-out-of-this-world-with-ep-2/

Kicktraq: https://www.kicktraq.com/projects/atomicstudios/cozmos-goes-out-of-this-world-with-ep-2/

My points in yesterday’s post are things they need to reconsider if they do another Kickstarter campaign. I would also add they went with too many Add-Ons that would have been better suited to Stretch Goals. A main advantage of Stretch Goals is if you don’t meet them, they don’t stop you from getting funded as long as you reach your campaign funding goal. I didn’t bother to count up how much the Add-Ons raised the funding requirement, but it wasn’t cheap. In looking as their social media links, they didn’t take full advantage to get the word out.

When you are looking at $100,000 in funding, you need to keep providing regular updates on whatever social media and crowdfunding site you are using. They did a wonderful job in their earlier Kickstarter campaigns of providing regular updates on Kickstarter.

The problem with having a failed Kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaign is it tends to affect morale of those involved on both sides of the equation – the creator(s), the backers, and in this case, those who would have been involved in making the film.

I don’t know if the following restrictions are still in place, but here are some requirements for Star Trek fan fiction films: https://www.startrek.com/fan-films. There may be ways around some of the restrictions if you make it a parody or do enough things to make it seem Star Trek without actually calling it Star Trek fan fiction.

Going in as a parody is why The Orville – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5691552/ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orville was able to do things that fan fiction can’t do. There are a more respectful parody than what we often see.

 

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Finding Family After All Hope Is Lost – MyHeritage September 15, 2019

I noticed this on MyHeritage today – Finding Family After All Hope Is Lost – September 15, 2019: https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/finding-family-after-all-hope-is-lost/.

Patrick Tarin from Amarillo, Texas was raised by his paternal aunt and uncle. His father died in a car accident when Patrick was 10, but he knew nothing about his mother and the rest of his family.

One day, he came across a letter written by his father that turned his world upside down.

His father had written the letter to his sister — Patrick’s aunt — explaining that his relationship with Patrick’s mother was tense, and he decided to leave her and to take Patrick with him, without Patrick’s mother’s consent. In other words, Patrick had been kidnapped from his mother.

In the letter, Patrick’s father also mentioned a daughter of his ex-wife’s from a previous marriage. All Patrick knew about her was that her name was Debbie.

With so little to go on, he didn’t have much hope of finding his mother, but he tried everything in his power to find her: research, genealogy, DNA testing — at one point he even hired a private investigator. All these efforts turned up dry.

Patrick was close to losing hope when he heard that MyHeritage was also offering DNA tests. After so many years of searching for his family, Patrick’s expectations were low, but he decided to buy a kit anyway.

About a month later, Patrick’s wife Marie — who manages Patrick’s MyHeritage account — checked his DNA results and could not believe her eyes when a match came up for a niece named Jessica Salinas.

Knowing that Patrick would be devastated by another disappointment, Marie decided to contact the niece without telling him, to share some details they knew about Patrick’s family.

Not even three minutes later, she messaged me back and said that she recognized the story details. I still wanted some kind of proof, so I asked for a picture of Patrick’s mother, and Jessica sent it to me.

The woman in the photograph looked exactly like Patrick.

–snip–

Marie began shaking and crying, and Patrick, who had been sitting on the couch, came over to find out what was wrong.

I told him, ‘We found your mom. We found her. Here is a picture of your mom.’

Patrick sank back onto the couch, overcome with emotion.

Debbie told Patrick that she and their mother, Elisabeth Aaronson, had been searching for Patrick just as desperately all those years. When Patrick first disappeared, Elisabeth had been told that her ex-husband would bring Patrick back to her at a certain time at a certain park. She waited for them there, but they never showed up. She came back to that park for days, weeks, and months with Patrick’s picture, asking passersby if they had seen him… to no avail. The months turned to years and the years, decades. Unfortunately, just a year before Patrick made contact, Elisabeth passed away. “If it wasn’t for MyHeritage, Patrick’s dream of learning more about his mother probably wouldn’t have happened,” says Marie.

Though Patrick was unable to see his mother again, he did discover a whole family he hadn’t known about. Patrick found out he had eight half-siblings, five of whom were still living. Raised as an only child, Patrick is delighted to get to know his new half-siblings.

 

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Francois Brunelle – Doppelgänger Photographer September 15, 2019

Bit of background before I delve into the Doppelgänger Photographer. What is a Doppelgänger? There are several spellings of the word. In English, it’s often doppelganger. At the end of the post, I include some of my experiences with the term Doppelgänger.

After seeing yet another article where somebody mentioned how much they look like a close relative based on a photograph, I decided to show exactly why you shouldn’t rely on photographs to prove or disprove a relationship. Same goes for trying to prove/disprove if photos taken over decades are the same person.

In general, you will get three (3) responses in both of these cases:

  1. 1) Yes, they are related or are the same person;
  2. 2) No, they are not related or the same person; and
  3. 3) can’t say definitely if they are related or are the same person.

Surprisingly, #3 tends to be the less popular response.

There used to be a good article that made a point about how few distinctive facial profiles exist in the world. When you consider how many people (roughly 7.5 billion) are alive right now, you have plenty of “twins” out there. I have used this example a few times where a stranger came up to me, shook my hand, and asked how I was doing. He was close friends to one of my “twins.” Close enough friends that he saw me and mistook me for his friend.

On to the Doppelgänger Photographer. If you haven’t heard of Francois Brunelle by name – http://www.francoisbrunelle.com/webn/ (click on Bienvenue or Welcome), you may be familiar with his work. Here’s his English site: http://www.francoisbrunelle.com/webn/e-project.html; and his French site: http://www.francoisbrunelle.com/webn/f-projet.html. His bio: http://www.francoisbrunelle.com/webn/e-bio.html.

–snip–

He has been working on the I’m not a look-alike! project since 1999.

–snip–

I ran across his work a few years ago as I was surfing online, most likely in a social media group. Check out his photos of  Doppelgängers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/francoisbrunellecom-105826659439687/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Francois%20Brunelle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/francoisbrunelle/

Twitter (Search): https://twitter.com/search?q=Francois%20Brunelle&src=typed_query

Here’s are some good articles

https://www.chasejarvis.com/blog/me-myself-and-i-francois-brunelle-and-his-doppelganger-project-find-your-look-alike/

https://www.boredpanda.com/unrelated-look-alikes-francois-brunelle/.

Note: the above personal example I mentioned above is not the first time I have been mistaken as a “twin;” it happens on a semi-regular basis. In school, I had classmates from parts of the country where I have no close family and it looked like we were twins.

My first experience with the word Doppelgänger was one of my favorite TV series – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolchak:_The_Night_Stalker. Season #1, Episode # 6 “Firefall” – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0621536/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_5. This was later made into https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crackle_of_Death which combined “Firefall” and “Energy Eater” Season #1, Episode #10 into a 1970’s film – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166157/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1. I have not seen the the movie, but it sounds like they added some new stuff.

My next encounter with the word was Role-Playing Games (RPGs)https://rpg.fandom.com/wiki/Doppelgangerhttps://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Doppelganger, and https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/doppelganger.

 

 

 

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