I ordered a copy of Empire of the Petal Throne from DTRPG and it arrived with a skewed binding (first pic). They then sent a replacement with a not-quite-as-bad binding (second pic). That seems pretty unfortunate odds to me. Anyone else experienced this with them?

I’ve noticed in general that their hardcovers seem to often have covers too large for their contents, i.e., they extend way beyond the printed pages. Plus, the spines often feel overly stiff to me.

The Laughter of Dragons is the accompanying campaign for the Erebor™: The Lonely Mountain, ( http://shop.cubicle7store.com/Erebor-The-Lonely-Mountain ) which details the titular mountain home of the Dwarves, as well as the neighbouring city of Dale.

Featuring 6 linked adventures, The Laughter of Dragons takes your heroes on a nail-biting series of adventures across the lands around the Mountain in a desperate quest to save both cities from ruin.

We’re hard at work completing this exciting campaign, and today we’re delighted to be able to share the cover with you.

The gorgeous cover art is by Sam Manley, with graphics by Paul Bourne.
Find out more about The One Ring Roleplaying Game here: http://cubicle7.co.uk/our-games/the-one-ring/

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/

Interested in trying a gritty-ish, PbtA-inspired fantasy RPG that supports GM-less play?

Ironsworn began as a PbtA reskin, but it’s evolved into something I would say is more PbtA-adjacent. I call it “Inspired by and borrowing liberally from the Apocalypse” (IbaBLftA?). It’s built on moves, but leverages ala carte character creation with printable asset cards instead of playbooks. It’s also got it’s own flavor of dice mechanics and some resource tracking mechanisms. Finally, it’s built from the ground up to support solo and co-op GM-less campaigns.

The preview edition is a complete, free game. I’d love to hear what people think.

http://ironswornrpg.com

My son has discovered his first favorite superhero show.

We were paging through his DC-themed dictionary one day and he spotted a picture of Krypto and — no lie — asked me to look him up on my phone to see if he had a show. And, yup, he did, back in 2005. iTunes Store to the rescue.

It’s not one of DC Animated’s finer moments, but it’s not terrible. Maybe on the level of weaker Hannah-Barberra stuff. But! Puppies and superheroes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krypto_the_Superdog

“The allegations are explosive: Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump’s hand-picked head of the main US media regulator, has been changing regulations to fuel the expansion of a right-wing, pro-Trump media giant across the US. […] 13 Democratic senators who are calling for an investigation allege that Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which governs media ownership in the US, has changed important rules in order to allow Sinclair Broadcasting — a quiet giant in US media, particularly around local TV — to expand significantly. Sinclair is well-known in media and political circles for having a strong conservative slant and maintaining a cozy relationship with Trump. […]

“It’s Pai that the Senate Democrats want investigated by the inspector general of the FCC. In the letter, Trump’s interaction with Sinclair executives are chronicled, leading to the appointment of Pai, who then also repeatedly meets with Sinclair executives while also making changes to FCC rules that paved the way for Sinclair’s acquisition of Tribune to be approved. […] The senators included a damning timeline of communications and meetings between Trump, Sinclair, and Pai, with 16 instances that highlight how the Trump administration grew cozy with Sinclair and then had the FCC start changing rules to allow them to acquire Tribune Media. That deal would make Sinclair a behemoth in local TV, reaching 72 percent of US households.” (Mashable):

http://mashable.com/2017/11/15/ajit-pai-fcc-investigation-sinclair-media-trump/#gcPBmn3PPsq3

http://mashable.com/2017/11/15/ajit-pai-fcc-investigation-sinclair-media-trump/#gcPBmn3PPsq3

One thing I do when looking at an RPG about which I know little or nothing is to check out the list of credited playtesters and count how many of them are women (as far as I can tell from the name, at least).

If there are few or no women credited, it’s not an instant deal-killer for me, but it does get filed away as a data point.

So, FYI.

Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users. Contact information you’ve never given the network gets associated with your account, making it easier for Facebook to more completely map your social connections.

Facebook needs to be de-privatized/open-sourced/heavily-regulated ASAP.

https://gizmodo.com/how-facebook-figures-out-everyone-youve-ever-met-1819822691