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Machine of Death Game Is Done & Available!

Here is a video I made with Kris Straub! Kris, of course, has been my collaborator in the Machine of Death card game.

In this video, Kris and I are working on one of the promised stretch goals in the MOD Kickstarter: creating an audiobook version of the game.

I’m pleased to say we succeeded! Here’s an excerpt…

DEATH CARDS (19 min)

If you are so inclined, you can download the entire album (54 minutes of Kris’ sonorous voice) for two bucks right here. Or, stream it for free on the Machine of Death site!

I don’t know of another card game that has an audiobook. I’m quite pleased with this! But not only that

The Machine of Death Game is Out Now

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to say the full game is available for purchase to the public! If you missed out on the Kickstarter, YOUR TIME HAS COME.

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I wrote a huge post about it here!

You have proven to be the right people for a guy like me to trust with a year and a half of his life. I don’t have another job! This dumb stuff is all I do. And it’s been so great to be on the receiving end of the confidence, faith, and kindness of you all. WE ARE DOING GOOD THINGS, HERE.

I’m only able to do these kinds of things because of your support. We’ve come really far, and I hope you are enjoying your game, and everything I’ve shared with you along the way (with more things to come still)!

So…

Now is when I ask you to TELL EVERYONE TO BUY THIS GAME.

You can download the manuals or the entire game at our site — it’s licensed under Creative Commons. Check out a few files to get a look at it, or print out your own full copy of the game.

If you want a factory-made copy, you can buy it from Amazon, ThinkGeek, or TopatoCo.

In Canada, get it from Snakes & Lattes.

More distribution options are coming later in the year.

It’s been a very long journey but I’m pleased to say it’s done!! If you’ve been waiting, fervent with anticipation, well, WAIT NO LONGER.

Meanwhile our puzzles are doing pretty dang great! It is a good day for nonsense products by this guy, that is for sure.



True Stuff: ‘Women Are Funny That Way’, According to 1927

Perhaps you saw this Onion article from about a year ago: “Area Man’s Intelligence Probably Just Too Intimidating For Most Women”

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It’s hilarious and terrible and I’ve seen it passed around a lot in the last few weeks. Dudes who know everything about everything are of course valuable contributors to society and thank heaven there are so many of them.

In my regular trawling of old-timey nonsense (of which I post a lot to Twitter), I happened across a brief humor column in an issue of Life magazine, 1927.

Somewhere north of 75% of the jokes in 1927 Life magazine are incredibly sexist, including one on the very same page as this piece, so the fact that this one — besides very clearly poking fun at advertising — seems to deflate the suitor’s balloon a bit is notable for the time.

And of course, “the more things change”, etc.

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Women Are Funny That Way

The sign in the barber shop said: “Present a neat appearance. You can win HER by having your hair cut regularly.” Well, it kept me pretty nearly broke, but I visited that barber shop every day.

Then I thought perhaps the trouble lay in my social defects and that I was one of these stupids who never say a word all evening. So I learned French, Spanish, Greek, Crow and Old Crow, Choctaw, Coptic, Cuneiform and Hunt & Pick. I got so cultured up that nobody could pass a wisecrack without my hurling a fast one right back at him.

I drank Listerosis by the gallon, because the advertisement said not to ruin my chances with HER by neglecting it.

You should have seen me delve into Elbert Haldeman-Julius’s Scrapbook. I knew Aristotle as well as Babe Ruth knows his batting average. You have to get next to the best minds of history to be able to knock HER for a loop. I found that out in the magazines.

I became an expert on more musical instruments than Paul Whiteman ever heard of. People used to stand entranced outside my window, under the impression that I was the Street Cleaning Department Band and that Lindbergh had just landed again, or something. You can’t win HER without Art.

I joined all these clubs that prescribe the best book of the month to you. In that way I got four different books every day. A thorough grounding in current literature always goes great with HER. If you don’t believe it I’ll show you the clipping that says so.

That wasn’t the half of what I did to gain HER love.

And still she regards me as something even the cat wouldn’t bring in.

Doesn’t SHE know the rules of the game? What’s the matter with the girl, anyway?

– Tip Bliss.

BONUS ITEM

Here is a comic strip from the same year (1927, a few months later) that I quite enjoyed. Click for a closer look!

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I love that they’ve given over a whole page to this gag!

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Jigsaw Puzzles are Fully Funded!

I’m very pleased to announce that our Wondermark jigsaw puzzles are now fully funded!

The campaign is still open to backers through October 9, however, so I consulted with my closest adviser to brainstorm some stretch goals, and we thought of a couple.