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I am the Monkey King!
Indulgent, maybe.
Perhaps my mind is addled by all of the Tim Russert eulogies and enconiums I've been seeing recently (and, I sorrow that I didn't spend more time previous watching him, though I did sit next to him in 15th Street traffic within the last 3 weeks), but i have been wondering about something...

Have I had a positive impact, however minimal, in your life?

Be it through personal interaction, virtual/electronic interacts, or even via my work (mostly gaming material, at this point).

I would like to know.

(If anyone wants to turn this into an LJ meme, I strongly support such. It is gratifying to know that one has had an impact on other people.)

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princeofcairo From: princeofcairo Date: June 19th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've run two of your games, so I suspect that your direct impact on my life has been greater than mine on yours, come to that.
em_gumby From: em_gumby Date: June 19th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have played in, GMed, and helped to playtest games you have made. That means that you are directly responsible for several dozen hours of enjoyable living on my part.

That ain't bad for someone you have never met face to face.
matt_m_mcelroy From: matt_m_mcelroy Date: June 19th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always enjoyed your games and wouldn't be reading your LJ if I didn't find it an entertaining/useful resource.
chris_goodwin From: chris_goodwin Date: June 19th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
At the absolute, very minimum, the world is a better place for having "Hyperworld vs. the Invadroids" in it.
From: ex_gobi Date: June 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup! You just gave me some good ideas on how to select the beta test groups.
flatvurm From: flatvurm Date: June 19th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have had a positive impact in my life, starting mostly with designing a successful, cool, and fun game in which people try and be good. I think that was when it all began for me.
rob_donoghue From: rob_donoghue Date: June 19th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn right you have, damn your robot brain.
cartoon_goblin From: cartoon_goblin Date: June 19th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd say you've had a postivie impace. I've got Truth & Justice, which I think is worth it for your discussion of superhero tropes and review of superhero media, if not for the game itself. A friend and I are planning on playing T&J soon (although due to various life things, we've only discussed the character and basic feel of the game, we haven't started playing yet).
taschoene From: taschoene Date: June 19th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I owe you for the fact that I have a social life, at all. If I hadn't met you bak when I moved don here, I suspect I'd still be a very lonely person.
pastor_saturn From: pastor_saturn Date: June 19th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I probably wouldn't have run across Dinosaur Comics were it not for you. So that's enriching and stuff!
bazzalisk From: bazzalisk Date: June 19th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
My players enjoyed Green Glass Grail.
From: mickbradley Date: June 19th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Chad.

The path you are taking with your games, the way you've integrated into and enriched Evil Hat while still being very much your own guy creatively, the personal way you put yourself out there for us to share your journey, your frighteningly stringent work ethic, your political insights, and the way you juggle it all - all of those things have come to be an inspiration and a yardstick for me over the past year or so.

Your mention of Tim Russert is very applicable here. When I pay attention to mainstream media, it is generally to NBC or MSNBC. I love Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and I even occasionally am entertained by Chris Matthews. But I don't fool myself for a second imagining that they're not biased. Tim Russert, though, I honestly think he was the yardstick for unbiased and intelligent political journalism, as much as anyone could be in the current media climate. And if we can trust the sincerity of his colleagues and competitors, they pretty much seem to agree with that. Chris Matthews even said yesterday that he knows he doesn't live up to the Russert standard and maybe he should start.

But I think the thing most compelling about the kind of yardstick that Russert is (even and especially now) is that he put off the kind of personal and personable vibe that makes people think, "He's a guy doing a job, doing it well. But he's not some guy on a pedestal or a pulpit. It only takes some reasonable integrity, authenticity, and persistence to do what he does. I can do that, if I apply myself."

My point is, without going overboard, that's kind of how I feel about the sort of influence you have, too. I look at the stuff you're doing, the way you share it, and the ongoing product of it, and I say, "That stuff rocks, and it is special and unique, but it's doable. If Chad can do it, I can, too."

glorin From: glorin Date: June 19th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


I am listed at Pen and Paper because of you. I enjoyed Campaign in a Box when I had a Pyramid sub. You have good ideas and you put them out there.
eslington From: eslington Date: June 19th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've really enjoyed the UA stuff you've worked on.
macklinr From: macklinr Date: June 19th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Master Plan wouldn't be the show people praise today and I wouldn't be the interviewer that people appreciate and respect without our first interview, and they way you got me to focus my show.

Also, T&J got me to see what I was missing in my gaming.
woodwardiocom From: woodwardiocom Date: June 19th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have I had a positive impact, however minimal, in your life?

Let's see . . . you've written some innovative RPGs I've enjoyed, you frequently post about rilly kool stuf, I enjoy reading your LJ, and you've made some notable contributions to a couple of my books.

So: Yup.
benliblit From: benliblit Date: June 19th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


Also known as: hell yes.
From: chuk_g Date: June 19th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, through work (PDQ stuff (T&J especially), MNPR, and Campaign in a Box) and Pyramid forum discussions, no personal interactions.
heldc From: heldc Date: June 19th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you have. :)
just_the_ash From: just_the_ash Date: June 19th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude! Like, fucking yeah, dude! Dude, like, fuck yeah! Duh!

/English-professor vocabulary
brianrogers From: brianrogers Date: June 19th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I keep sending you free stuff I think you'd like because you mean nothing to me.
cmdr_zoom From: cmdr_zoom Date: June 19th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have most of your CiaBs saved to my hard drive, am a proud owner of Dead Inside, think T&J is one of the best (if not THE best) superhero games, enjoy reading your LJ and Pyramid board posts...

yeah, I'd say so.
banchomarba1 From: banchomarba1 Date: June 19th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. More than you know.

longstrider From: longstrider Date: June 20th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Heck yes. I've loved almost all of your CiaB articles and the ASMP games I've picked up. I also really enjoy reading about the work you put into getting games out the door.
lokicarbis From: lokicarbis Date: June 20th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The quality of your writing and desgin in CiaB, UA and ASMP stuff has inspired me to think more and write better in my own works.

Not to mention the sheer enjoyment value of any of those :)

So yeah, definitely positive.
rednikki From: rednikki Date: June 20th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
You always make me feel cared for, and man, on some days, that's been all that's saved me from breaking down.
oletheros From: oletheros Date: June 20th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
i have published at least two books that were absolutely improved by your input. and that's just the empirical evidence. your friendship has made our lives much richer as well.
wombattery From: wombattery Date: June 20th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Here is my ink-stamp. Let me validate you.

I'm largely with Ken on this one. You have provided me with more of Teh Kewl than, I strongly believe, I have you. I'm coming out ahead here.
moondispatches From: moondispatches Date: June 20th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you rock. I don't know you in a real-person way, but I strongly suspect that you've improved the worlds of a much higher percentage of the people you've interfaced with than most people do.
majcher From: majcher Date: June 20th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
zonemind From: zonemind Date: June 20th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a little indulgent, to my Anglo-German sensibilities anyway, but… yes, quite a positive impact.

My estimation of your quality predates your public work by some not-insubstantial length of time. My friends and I were piloting the imaginary Overkoffler -- a magical airship named in your honour -- well before your first CiaB was published.

My crushing defeat in our Monkey/Lamb write-off was a definitive moment in the course of my professional development. It, along with Steve Jackson's then-recent and utterly devastating critique of my authorial habits, helped me to determine that I was not going to be a famous writer or celebrated intellectual…

And, while I've never run or played any of your games (I do own most of them), reading Dead Inside had a massive impact on my self-assessment. It's an impact I can't publicly explain without crossing the boundaries of self-indulgent personal exposition that I've laid out, but you can give yourself a pat on the back for it nonetheless.
raconteurx From: raconteurx Date: June 20th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
The sole connection I have with you or your work apart from this blog is the copy of Zorcerer of Zo which I borrowed from a friend and am still reading. As no one else other than Marcus Rowland has previously attempted to capture the feel of children's literature such as Oz, Narnia or the works of Roald Dahl, for that reason alone I would say you've had a positive influence.
alycewilson From: alycewilson Date: June 20th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely. We shared many laughs in college, and thinking of them still makes me giggle. I still can't hear "Bicycle" without seeing you and your buddies lip-syncing to it.
stevenehrbar From: stevenehrbar Date: June 20th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Chad, you have.

(And no, we're not just saying this. If you hadn't, why would we bother saying it? Why should I care about a guy I've never met in person and who lives thousands of miles away if he never had a positive impact on my life, huh?)
dmmaus From: dmmaus Date: June 20th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes. Many great Pyramid articles. Monkey Ninja Pirate Robot. And probably the best thing you ever did for me was to let me write that April Fool's edition of Campaign in a Box - inspiring possibly the best Pyramid article I ever wrote.
phenakistoscope From: phenakistoscope Date: June 20th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't really know you. But the one time I did meet you, you seemed cool. I'd call any cool person entering my life a positive thing. :)
jim_hague From: jim_hague Date: June 20th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell yes. Not just through T&J, which revitalized my flagging superhero games, but your overall design philosophy. I like reading your LJ here, just 'cause it's usually so damn much fun. I even like your Ming the Merciless avatar.

You even look a bit like Downey in Iron Man, which tickles me. :D
mlaff From: mlaff Date: June 20th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) running a couple of T+J games enabled me to recruit a female friend into my regular gaming group. She hadn't roleplayed in years and T+J was the perfect vehicle for easing her back into RPGs

2) Your feedback on Wizards and Wiseguys gave me a lot to think about when I was writing the new expanded edition

geekchick From: geekchick Date: June 20th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um. Yeah, you could say that. =D
lcdarkwood From: lcdarkwood Date: June 20th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have inspired me to improve my work ethic, so that I might get to the point where I can pale in comparison to you, as opposed to not even being in the same frame of reference.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: June 21st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Your gaming stuff has influenced me, certainly.
silverlionprime From: silverlionprime Date: June 24th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. You rock Chad. Both back on Pyramid, and elsewhere. :D
boadiccea From: boadiccea Date: June 28th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
What Ben said. :)
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