This book is a How-to on running great Role Playing games. This is not the fool's guide. It is a text for making genuinely interested GMs into great GMs. The material can be implemented a chapter at a time to help a GM enhance an ongoing gaming experience without starting over. The book includes chapters on various aspects of running a Role Playing game such as Non-Player characters, props, prepping for a session, The illusion of Choice, and delivery. A bonus chapter addresses the issue of God and gaming. This long standing issue is discussed in a way that should be interesting to anyone who has ever encountered this debate. Persons who purchase the book may register on Newheightsfellowshipchurch.org to receive a free bonus short story which stems from Pastor Dan's longstanding D&D(TM) camaign and updates (optional) about new books and materials.
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The word "violence" conjures up images of terrorism, bombings, and lynchings. Beaten Down is concerned with more prosaic acts of physical force-a husband slapping his wife, a parent taking a birch branch to a child, a pair of drunken friends squaring off to establish who was the "better man." David Peterson del Mar accounts for the social relations of power that lie behind this intimate form of violence, this "white noise" that has always been with us, humming quietly between more explosive acts of violence.
Broad in its chronological and cultural sweep, Beaten Down examines interpersonal violence in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia beginning with Native American cultures before colonization and continuing into the mid-twentieth century. It contrasts the disparate ways of practicing and punishing interpersonal violence on each side of the U.S.-Canadian border. Del Mar concludes that we cannot comprehend the causes and moral consequences of a violent act without considering larger social relations of power, whether between colonizers and original inhabitants, between spouses, between parents and children, or between and among different ethnic groups.
The author has drawn on a vast array of vivid sources, including newspaper accounts, autobiographies, novels, oral histories, historical and ethnographic publications, and hundreds of detailed court cases to account for not only the relative frequency of different forms of violence, but also the shifting definitions and perceptions of what constitutes violence. This is a thoughtful and probing account of how and why people have hit each other and the manner in which opinion makers and ordinary citizens have censured, defended, or celebrated such acts. Del Mar's conclusions have important implications for an understanding of violence and perceptions of violence in contemporary society.
Four days before Christmas Michael Jenkins is a victim of a hit and run car accident. He finds himself in another dimension called Ronduz with the caretaker of souls and he is given a choice of whether to carry on living and start being honest with himself and those closest to him or whether to die, he chooses death. His death is a catalyst for a chain of events that change forever the lives of his wife Ruth, their three children, his mother and many others.
the surf yells at my drunkenness beating in rhythm at my ankles attempting to bury my weight spraying my hair wet in anger and I laugh because I'm in command * father, your beard is graying and you could act a hobo on the railroad or yell the purposes of marx and convince the most apathetic or slobber over the strippers downtown with an old man's grace * my limbs often ache for the peace of death my thoughts merely laugh with the joys of youth
Rev. ed. of: A commentary on the collected poems of W.B. Yeats. 1968.
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