Hey friends, there’s only about 3 days left on my Werewolf project, and I’m posting some cool updates:
One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make about moderating a game of Werewolf is what to do about sounds during the night. Some people ask players to tap on their knees or clap to block out any noise; other players like the mind game of analyzing all of the accidental rustling during the night.
I prefer another option - playing some creepy, atmospheric music to block most (but not all) noise and help set the mood. I commissioned my friend Robin Arnott (Deep Sea, Antichamber, SoundSelf) to make a ten minute piece of music for the night portion of Werewolf, and he made something really incredible. Today we’ve released it for you to use in your games under a BY-NC-SA Creative Commons license.
As part moving in to the new office, I decided to finally list my business on Google Maps so when people search for “Maxistentialism,” it pops up.
Unfortunately, when you try to register your business on Google, they require you to put in a phone number, and I didn’t want to do that for the following reasons:
This left me with only one option: I had to build my own robot that I could send forth to battle telemarketing robots when they called.
To build my own robot, I bought a number on Twilio ($1/mo), which I listed with Google. Now when that number gets called, my robot recites a twenty minute passage from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities before allowing you to leave a message, which it then transcribes and emails to me.
The number is (312) 756-0182 - give it a call.
Here’s how to make your own phonebot:
http://twimlets.com/echo?Twiml=%3CResponse%3E%0A%3CPlay%3E [LINK TO YOUR AUDIO FILE HERE, MAKE SURE YOU USE ESCAPE CHARACTERS] %3C%2FPlay%3E%0A%3CRecord%20transcribe%3D%22true%22%20transcribeCallback%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ftwimlets.com%2Fvoicemail%3FEmail%3D [YOUR EMAIL HERE, ALSO IN ESCAPE CHARACTERS] %22%2F%3E%0A%3C%2FResponse%3E&
I spent a lot of 2012 traveling, and Twitter helped me meet new people and stay in touch with my friends. Here’s some memories of my year on Twitter, and my favorite tweets of the year.