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[Comments] (1) Month of Kickstarter #11: Penguins & Bees: First, check out Pitfalls and Penguins: First Printing, the physical manifestation of a pen-and-paper RPG written by Joe Hills. A while back I started watching Joe's hilarious Minecraft videos while exercising, and then was not terribly surprised to find out that he knows Brendan.

Pitfalls and Penguins is a collaborative improv game. Players should try things because they are awesome and hilarious, even at great risk to themselves.

My kind of game.

Second, North Fork Bee Co, not a company run by bees but a company that gives bees a place to live and then takes their honey. Hmm, when I say it like that it doesn't sound so good. But I do like honey.

Today's Month of Kickstarter Platinum project is Ninja Standing Desk, a portable standing desk ($147) that hangs from a hotel room doorframe. Neat!

And in news of nerd pandering, I was really excited about Meta Awesome Cards right up to the point where I saw the example cards. I've been thinking about a similar project for a while and was excited to see someone implement it, but this is not what I had in mind. Obviously I haven't tried these cards out, I've just seen pictures of a few on a Kickstarter project, but it looks like they add a lot of randomness to any game and make it take longer. It feels like a metagame based around putting money on Free Parking.

I'm no foe of chaos in games—I backed We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies—but if I was in the situation Meta Awesome Cards is designed for, I'd play the metagame of mashing up my existing games a la Crazy the Scorpion. But give it a look; maybe I'm wrong.

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Posted by Evan at Wed Jul 11 2012 21:29

We have a lot of folks using standing desks at the office, so I sent the link for the Ninja desk around. Someone said it would be even better if mounted against a window, so you could see outside and be on the computer.

The Bee project tempted me and I almost adopted a drone at the $15 level. If it were $5 I'd totally do it right now. Maybe I'll feel different in the am.

I looked around some more for fun projects and found this one - while they didn't mention anything about the story or pictures they plan on sending out, I just can't say no to anything on a postcard:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thedrellum/the-postcard-story

(I backed it at the get-4-postcards level)


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