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GamingWe are The Behemoth, developers of Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater, and our latest game Pit People. We officially launched Pit People last Friday. Ask us anything!

Mar 7th 2018 by TheBehemoth • 15 Questions • 112 Points

ETA 4:09PMEST - Thanks everyone for tuning in today. This has been a blast. Now it’s time to go soak my fingers in epsom salt and have a nice EC Barrel Proof on the rocks!!!

There's nothing I love more than talking about whiskey. If you have questions, I've got answers. Ask away.

Proof: https://twitter.com/HeavenHill1935/status/969574199772745728

Q:

Is Castle Crashers world related to the world of BattleBlock Theater and Pit People? (discounting the reference items such as Knight Heads)

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How did you investigate producing the game when you first decided to dive in?


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What did the athletes think of the Canadian skier who drunkenly stole a car?

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What are your legislative priorities for Missouri? How do you feel about the alleged misconduct of Governor Grietens?


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Thanks for doing this. Visited the distillery last summer and had a blast.

1) How closely does HH follow r/bourbon, if at all? Are you aware of how highly regarded Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is there?

2) What is one recent, readily available bourbon or rye (i.e. not secondary market or super $$) from a different distillery that made you say "Damn, that's good"?

If you answer, I commit to 3 fingers of Pikesville tonight in your honor.

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We don't have an official stance on specifics like these, as the games are made to be interpreted by the player in lots of ways (like who is under the armor in Castle Crashers). How they all might click together gets hinted at, but is never explained or confirmed.
-Dan


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I went to a local game convention and talked to a lot of game makers who were a few years ahead of me. The community is super helpful in pointing new creators in the right directions in terms of manufacturing, logistics, etc.

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Laugh, but also they were appalled. While talking to some of skiers there, they said that there is a drinking/partying culture in Alpine Canada, so they weren’t surprised.


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What are your legislative priorities for Missouri?

Focusing on education, primarily. Modifying the foundation formula to be more generous to schools to provide updated equipment, as well as better salaries for teachers. I'd also like to see Missouri move to a ranked-choice voting setup, to allow people to accurately represent themselves without feeling like their vote is powerless.

How do you feel about the alleged misconduct of Governor Grietens?

I'd like to see the judicial process move forward on it, and keep the politics out of it. The House is currently doing an investigation; that's fine. I feel like trying to set a trial date for November 5th was stupid. If he broke the law in this manner, he should be subject to the appropriate punishments as set forth by Missouri law.

I don't know the guy, I don't know anyone involved. This is something worth investigating, absolutely. I don't know (or have an opinion) on whether or not he actually committed the crime, as I don't have enough information available.

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1) How closely does HH follow r/bourbon, if at all? Are you aware of how highly regarded Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is there?

We certainly follow r/bourbon but not at a troll level! I know I check in on occasion because I want to know what the conversations are and what people are currently interested in. And I’m not sure I knew how highly regarded the ECBP was there but I can imagine. People love it and it has become almost fanatical since we won 2017 Whisky Advocate Whiskey of the Year.

2) What is one recent, readily available bourbon or rye (i.e. not secondary market or super $$) from a different distillery that made you say "Damn, that's good"? If you answer, I commit to 3 fingers of Pikesville tonight in your honor.

Well, the Russells Reserve 10yro is pretty damn good. And if you know anything about Jimmy and Eddie it’s that they are pretty good at what they do. I would also say that Eddie has one of the best palates of anyone I’ve ever been around. He is well known for his talent to taste and describe.


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What's the future look like for Pit People? Updates, DLC?

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Are you now or will you in the near future bring us a balanced version of the Cones of Dunnshire?


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Do many of the athletes worry about post-Olympic life?

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I'd also like to see Missouri move to a ranked-choice voting setup, to allow people to accurately represent themselves without feeling like their vote is powerless.

I'm a Missouri resident, and curious as to how you plan to introduce this to the state. Do you have a plan, or is this truly just a "Hey we should do this. Somebody do it." kind of thing as most people who present the idea on the internet bring it up as?


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Hi Denny! I'll start us off simply. Based on all factors including price, what's your favorite whiskey? If it's one you make, what's also your favorite that you don't distill?

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We’re currently working on another update for the future, but when that comes out and what will be included will be finalized later, after analyzing release feedback. (For science!)

-Megan


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If I had a dollar for every time people asked me something about Cones of Dunnshire :) I am totally Ben Wyatt in so many ways. Haha, we even made our last Kickstarter video using stop motion I just realized.

I'll see what I can do!

A:

Yes! I'm currently in the phase of ”what do I do now?”


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So, I believe (I could be wrong) that Chapter 15 of Missouri's Statutes covers all of Missouri's election laws. If elected, making modifications to that through House Bills would be my first tactic. If that doesn't work, (or I'm not elected) a constitutional amendment could be put on the ballot with enough support which would require Missouri use Ranked Choice voting.

Thanks!

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There’s not one that is my favorite, just depends on the occasion. If I’m sitting at home watching a movie or going to a football tailgate, it changes and that’s the beauty of what we do! There are a lot of different options at a lot of different price points. For example, if I’m going to a tailgate I’m going to bring Larceny - it’s a crowd pleaser and you can enjoy it anyway you want, like neat, on the rocks, classic cocktail. If I’m sitting at home watching a movie, I’m going to have some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof or Henry McKenna BIB. For options I don’t distill, probably Makers where I worked for seven years and was Assistant Master Distiller.


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Is there a planned Soundtrack release? The music is awesome.

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That's it!? I thought it'd be longer!

No, you don't understand! I was proud of that!

I compared it to the next Avatar!!


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Did the people who won medals walk around high and mighty inside Olympic Village?

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What are your views on Gun laws considering the recent mass shootings?


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Hey Denny-

big fan of heaven hill brands. elijah craig barrel proof, in particular. i have a few questions:

  1. do you have any favorite independent or small distilleries you think we should be watching? people who are doing it right and not rushing product to market?

  2. any chance of barrel/high proof offerings of other heaven hill labels?

  3. what is heaven hill doing to stymie the oncoming pop to the bourbon bubble? does heaven hill even think this is a bubble or does hh see the current fervor as a sea change for the whiskey world?

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Yes, we're planning on having an ST but there isn't a set timeline for that yet.

Our soundtracks are created slightly differently than most games, in that a majority of the music are licensed directly from the artists. When creating an official ST, it takes a bit more time to put everything together because an ST requires an entirely different type of license than that of a game release. However, because our licences are non-exclusive, this does mean a lot of these songs are already available directly from the artist!

We're working on a list to publish on our website so you'll be able to see the list of artists and songs. 


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Haha so classic. I'm going to watch that episode today.

Edit: Also, I just realized I'm married to a girl from Indiana...

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Most of them were pretty humble about it and didn't brag. I think they didn't want to bring any unwanted attention.


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Ooh, a tough question. On the one hand, I would hate to be singled out by the NRA or any other group as being anti-gun. On the other hand, I could lose all support if I don't come out in favor of gun control.

Thanks! This is the kind of tough question I was wanting!

I think the time to talk about guns, and their affects on peoples lives is whenever someone wants to have the conversation. I think asking people to "wait" for the "appropriate time" is just a way to never have the conversation. If you're afraid to have a conversation, you shouldn't be working for the public.

That said, I own two pistols myself. I recognize the emotional plea for wanting to ban firearms; I don't think that's a good answer, and there are several studies that show the effect of bans on guns are not directly attributable to a drop in gun violence. Other policies and initiatives that went along with the 1994 AWB were more helpful.

Still, it's too easy for someone to decide they're going to kill a large number of people. Law enforcement agencies should have tools, (such as the Red Flag laws being discussed right now) to proactively intervene when there's a threat to others, or a possibility of self-harm. This should go through the courts, and there should absolutely be a pathway to regaining those weapons once the danger has passed - whatever the criteria for that may be.

Closing the gun show loophole is another good idea. I have an idea, I'll float it here. Tell me what you think:

In Missouri, if you're a private gun seller, selling at a gun show, you are only allowed to sell to Missouri Citizens. (That's my understanding; I could be wrong. Feel free to correct me and cite a statute!) If Gun Shows were responsible for issuing a permit-to-purchase, you'd have background checks for every firearm sold at a gun show. (Gun show dealers, to my understanding, who are Licensed Shops, still have to follow NICS rules for background checks, even at gun shows.) The gun shows would work with the local sheriff's department to run a MULES background check to ensure the person is safe to buy a firearm. If they pass, they get a permit; they show the permit (and ID) to the guy at the gun show, and they get to buy the gun.

That's an idea, anyway. I'd also be in favor of raising the age of purchase to 21, or examining, (I haven't fully dived into it) a revival of Missouri's permit to purchase program that was removed around 2007.

Thanks for your question!

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1) do you have any favorite independent or small distilleries you think we should be watching? people who are doing it right and not rushing product to market?

Love what Pat and Shane are doing at Wilderness Trail in Danville KY. Those guys are top notch and true experts. They have not released any of their whiskey yet but it’s coming and it will be good.

2) any chance of barrel/high proof offerings of other heaven hill labels?

Once again, will never say never.

3) what is heaven hill doing to stymie the oncoming pop to the bourbon bubble? does heaven hill even think this is a bubble or does hh see the current fervor as a sea change for the whiskey world?

As I said in a previous answer, everyone has their own perspective on this, but from my position I don’t think Bourbon is going anywhere any time soon. We’re only halfway to where the industry was in its peak in the 1970’s. And we have huge growth potential in the international markets. As the second largest holder of aging American Whiskey, we’re in a better position than most to prepare for the future.


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Thank you for answering. Keep up the fantastic work. Seriously, you guys are amazing. 🤘🏻

A:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OepXFbP5Zr8

I love the game box aesthetic. I hope we can have a whole shelf for you on the Kallax at some point :)

Salem to Tortuga to Deadwood. Where are you headed next?


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What country has the nicest athletes?

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Clarification. You can buy a gun from a gun show if you live out of state, however, you would have to pay for them to transfer it to a FFL in your state of residence.


Q:

Hi Denny! Thanks for doing the AMA. I had a couple of questions.

1) What's one aspect of the master distiller job that surprised you once you assumed the role? 2) I'm a big fan of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases and the Elijah Craig barrel picks. Do you think that Heaven Hill would ever release a barrel proof store pick Elijah Craig?

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To clarify for players who haven't recruited all fighter types in Pit People, we count 18 fighter types because the archer has its own set of rules on the battlefield even though it's also a human. But if you're merely looking at it from a species standpoint, then it would be 17. -Megan


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We're not revealing Volume 4 just yet, but we're hard at work on it. But whereas the first 3 are all in the Americas, the next one will not! So many possibilities though for the series. Pick a city and a year and build a game around it.

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Norway (except Kristofferson)


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Huh; the guys I talked to made it sound like that was not at all possible. Maybe something the Gun Show told'em when setting up, or maybe just something they didn't want to go through.

Thanks!

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1) What's one aspect of the master distiller job that surprised you once you assumed the role?

Honestly, how much the title actually means to our fans and our customers. The title gives you credibility in the market so that people truly listen to what you have to say and consider you an expert in your field. I never looked at it that way. I just knew that I enjoyed it and had a passion for the operations side but never considered how that impacts others. It’s humbling.

2) I'm a big fan of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases and the Elijah Craig barrel picks. Do you think that Heaven Hill would ever release a barrel proof store pick Elijah Craig?

I would never say never, but right now we are still focusing on building the single barrel program for Elijah Craig Small Batch program at 94 proof. Remember, our barrel program was strong a few years back, before the big bourbon boom. We are still trying to catch back up and see how we can expand this program going forward. So who knows, barrel proof might be a part of that. But at this point we just don’t know. The 94 is the focus for the foreseeable future.


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I just want to say thanks for all your hard work with all the games you've created, I cant tell you how many hours i've spent with friends in Castle Crashers, and Battleblock Theatre.

My Q: How/Where do you decide to get the jokes/running gags in the games? Are all of you just amazingly funny or do you have a think tank going on?

They're always so great and add so much more to the game.

A:

Great until they betray you.


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Why not Kristofferson? Haven't been able to keep up with the news... Did something happen between you guys?

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issuing a permit-to-purchase

That's a different Idea I haven't heard before and certainly has some merit! It's refreshing to see someone not toe the party line and want to force bans on everyone. Maryland has a couple great Democrat candidates running for Governor right now but they all support the idea of bans and that just pushes people to vote for our Republican Governor once again(And in his defense, he's done a great job).


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How aware and tapped into the secondary/black market are you? Have your recent pricing increases for limited edition bottlings been related to prices you've seen on the secondary? or more from sales increases and market research?

as a consumer, i lament the price increase, but as a fan, it's good to see the higher end bourbon releases starting to get luxury prices more in line with products in the same family (ie, scotch)

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Thanks!

Jokes and running gags are often naturally born while working on the game. Tom and I were giggling like children on Pixie Sticks when we implemented the forest animals in Castle Crashers. Stamper and I were singing a song about buckles when John was making a Necromancer belt buckle for a Kickstarter project. The real trick is to never take your project so seriously that you can't have some dumb fun with it. It's for you guys afterall!

Glad you like it!

-Dan


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Yes.

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Dude had childish tantrums at security guards and told one them to ”fuck off” when they asked to check his bag in the village. I lost a lot of respect when I saw that.


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I believe in finding solutions that bridge divides and can gain support from everyone. I don't like the idea of bans. I do like the idea of responsible, safe gun ownership.

Thanks!

A:

I am not a collector so I am not tapped into the secondary market at all. Mainly what we know is what the consumers tell us. That market does not dictate at all what pricing is for our releases. We do try to manage special releases because we truly want people to drink these products and not just collect and/or resell them. However, it’s a market that has been created out of necessity so it is not a bad thing at all. It is filling a niche. I know that some products have seen increases but it is tough for us to control what the price is when it makes the shelf. We suggest pricing but that does not always dictate what it sells for. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a great example of that. Our suggested pricing is $59.99. Obviously we have seen it listed a lot higher than that. It also still amazes me that we can offer products such as Elijah Craig Small Batch and Henry McKenna 10yr BIB in the $30 price range. Unbelievable products for the price.


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Are you planning on doing special online events? like modifiers on the match, only unicorns ,double movement, etc

A:

Was the stop motion scene comparable to Avatar?

Seriously though. If you were to make The Cones of Dunnshire I would find it very, very difficult to not throw money at you and your family : D


Q:

So what did most people eat in the olympic village?

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I want every politician to support funding CDC research on gun violence. Surely studying the factors and outcomes can help lead to a decrease. Gun violence should be treated like drunk driving in the 70's and 80's. We weren't removing cars, we had a campaign and studies to decrease the impact and occurences, with ads and awareness and studies.


Q:

We have the same last name. You get a lot of Harry Potter references anytime someone notices your name?

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We do have something set aside for the Unfair Challenge that I'd like to introduce in the near future.... We have some other ideas that I'm not 100% sure whether they'll make it as well.

-Dan


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Haha, noted :)

A:

Burgers and pizza


Q:

If the Dickey amendment could be affected by the Missouri State House of Representatives, you better believe I'd be all aboard allowing the CDC to research gun violence.

A:

Yes, I get that question all the time!


Q:

Will Alien Hominid ever be on Steam?

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-What finally made you quit your job? -How far were you into the board game business journey when you quit your job?


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What was the food like? I suspect athletes have pretty strict dietary standards leading up to their events, but if I was there I would want to try out all the local delicacies.

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I feel like you have good gun control policies, but I'm curious about raising the age to 21? I'm currently under the age of 21, and as I'm soon moving away from my parents, I was considering purchasing a firearm for home safety. Is it fair, or is there any backing, as to why someone between the ages of 18 (the current age limit without parental consent) and 21 shouldn't be allowed to purchase a firearm?


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Hey Denny! Thanks for opening your doors to Heaven for a little bit.

Can you speak on the Bourbon industry and where you think it's going. Everyone claims the bubble is about to burst.

Also, can you explain the farm to distillery relationship and where you might get your corn, wheat and rye from? I've heard that a lot of distilleries, HH included use GMO products to keep up with demand. Any shift towards organic!

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It really, really needs to. Almost disappeared from all hardware as time has passed! We're well aware and hope to have good news sooner than later.

-Dan


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We were lucky that our first game did really well right out of the bat. It had made $100,000 on Kickstarter, so some of the risk of leaving was mitigated. At that point I ran another side gig of digital marketing for small companies. When we launched our 2nd game and it also did well then I started doing only games full time.

A:

They had everything! French fries, pizza, pasta, sushi, etc.! You name it, and they had it available.


Q:

I'm more flexible on the 21 age-range. I would be more in favor of requiring proof that you can safely operate and store a weapon and ammunition.

I have my CCW; I believe in responsible, safe gun ownership. That's the real crux of my position.

Thanks!

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1) Can you speak on the Bourbon industry and where you think it's going. Everyone claims the bubble is about to burst.

Everyone has their own perspective on this, but from my position I don’t think Bourbon is going anywhere any time soon. We’re only halfway to where the industry was in its peak in the 1970’s. And we have huge growth potential in the international markets. As the second largest holder of aging American Whiskey, we’re in a better position than most to prepare for the future.

2) Also, can you explain the farm to distillery relationship and where you might get your corn, wheat and rye from? I've heard that a lot of distilleries, HH included use GMO products to keep up with demand. Any shift towards organic!

All of the corn comes from four local farmers who we have worked with for generations. We typically get our wheat from these same farms since they will grow the wheat on the same property once the corn is harvested. Our rye comes from the Northern US and Canada. We just cannot grow it economically here in KY. As for GMO, we do not dictate to the farmer what they should grow. They know what is best to grow on their land. That being said, no GM material makes it through distillation thus the reason why we do not mandate what the farmer must grow.


Q:

Do you find it hard to make a game that suits different play styles, while still following your vision of how the game should be?

A:

That’s amazing good to see people taking risks to pursue a passion. I see the third game in the Kickstarter link. What are the first 2?


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Did you see anything you wish you wouldn’t have?

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I definitely agree with proving you can safely operate and own a firearm. My plans for when I own one are to take the Hunter's Course and Gun Safety course to learn to keep it responsibly.


Q:

Hi Denny,

Any chance we’ll see a brand extension of Larceny? Maybe a barrel proof someday? Older age stated ones like Elijah Craig 18 year? Thank you for such an amazing portfolio of whiskey.

A:

It's not an easy task, but it's not frustrating or anything, either. We find exploring new territory to be one of the most potent sources of fun. What happens when you can't traditionally pick targets? Apparently a LOT! Then comes the expectations from the genre that you have to navigate either by including them another way or putting something else in its place all together. Lots of trial and error in spots. Other spots just naturally came together from the initial choice! -Dan


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The first two are referenced in the 3rd campaign. You can also see them on our website, facadegames.com

Our games are:

Salem 1692 (originally called Salem)

Tortuga 1667

Deadwood 1876

Edit: Links added

A:

If anyone here has a GF/BF that was there at Olympic, high chances that they cheated. Personally knew a handful of athletes that cheated on their partners.


Q:

Good to hear!

A:

I’ve been on record saying that I feel Larceny is our next Evan Williams. Evan Williams is the #2 bourbon in the world and Larceny has all the tools to be right there some day. We released Larceny in 2012 in very select markets. This time last year we were only in 19 markets across the U.S. We wanted to grow the brand the right way which was making sure we had enough Wheated Bourbon to support true organic growth. By the end of 2017 we were finally to the point that we could fully distribute nationally. Right now that is our focus. Once we are comfortable with where we are as far as supporting the growth of Larceny we might take a look at some of the things you mentioned. And lets also not forget our announcement of Old Fitz BIB just last month, which is the genesis of Larceny http://blog.heavenhilldistillery.com/old-fitzgerald-bottled-bond-series/


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How many flash games have you made?

A:

I just visited your site, and in a shot of one of your games there's a character called Will Griggs. Surely he's named after international footballing legend Will Grigg?


Q:

Has there been a time where it's almost your turn to go, and since it's cold, you suddenly need to go to the bathroom?

A:

The "gun show loophole" does not exist. It's just another way of saying background checks aren't needed for private sales between individuals. There are states that require background checks for sales between individuals but it's impossible to enforce. The only way it would be possible to enforce background checks on private sales would be to later implement registration, and this wouldn't stop criminals from doing illegal private sales.

As a side note, the strict wording of the law in some states that require a background check for private sales actually requires it not just for sales, but for all transfers of ownership or possession, even temporary ones. If I'm walking through the woods with my buddy and we come across an obstacle of some sort, the safe thing to do is for me to hand him my gun, then I go over the obstacle, he hands me both guns, then he climbs over. That way, you aren't holding a rifle while trying to climb over something. In some states, that safe procedure would be considered a transfer of possession and would be illegal. Hell, even something as simple as trying your buddy's gun out at the range or borrowing it for a weekend if your hunting rifle is broken would become illegal in some states. In very serious cases, if a person who owns a gun is going through personal difficulties and wants to give the gun to a friend or family member (fear of an abusive spouse using it, or they want to get rid of it because they are suicidal, for example), it adds an extra barrier and makes it much harder to take the gun off of someone else's hands. Now, there are very few police officers who would actually arrest someone for simply holding their buddy's gun, but the fact that some states technically make it illegal is a problem, and it can be tricky to word the law in such a way that it doesn't criminalize these acts.


Q:

Thanks for this AMA! I have a question specifically about the discontinued NAS Old Heaven Hill BiB (red, gold, black label). What was the approximate age of whiskey going into these bottles? I find it quite extraordinary for the price and tastes (certainly noses) well above four years. When I find these I make sure to buy them, as they’re nearly unbeatable for the value. Thanks again!

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I've made about 8 on Newgrounds. There's probably something like 6 or 7 that made it part way, but it can be difficult depending on who you partner up with online. That's a good rule of thumb, really - Never aim big for any game development unless you know the person well and know they won't bail out!

To be clear, we don't consider anything the Behemoth has done as a Flash game since our engines use forms of C programming rather than actionscript, and our engines are robust and render in raster.

Looks like Tom Fulp has made a whopping 45 or so for Newgrounds!

-Dan


Q:

Haha, he is not. He was a guy who actually lived in the town of Salem during all the witch trial madness.

A:

Happens all the time


Q:

I answered this elsewhere, but you're right about it being about private person-to-person sales. However, if you're going to an event, setting up a stall, and laying out things you want to sell, you're pretty close to a business, and I think it'd be okay to have the gun show facilitate background checks before people buy those guns.

No law fixes every problem; expecting a law to fix all issues would be, in a word, silly.

Thanks for your input!

A:

Old Heaven Hill BIB was 4 year old whiskey. Today, I drink our Evan Williams White label when I’m looking for a 4YO BIB.


Q:

Now that you've gotten older and wiser, what new character would you add to Castle Crashers and what would they do?

If you do see this, thank you for making my childhood a great one. ;)

A:

I love your themes!


Q:

Congratulations on competing in the Olympics! My question is about the Kim Jung Un impersonator. What was the North Koreans reaction to him?

A:

Permit to purchase is a great idea! Run with this as a demonstration of your ability to find meaningful and productive compromises! Good work!


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Do you see the future of American Brandy exploding in popularity much like Bourbon has in the last decade? If so, does Heaven Hill have any plans for this?

A:

That's a tough question, I think I'd have to do a sit-down for that one. Probably somebody with crowd control and some ram-charges. Maybe the ability to deflect projectiles. A Mushroom from Pit People would fit the bill for all that. I think some other tweaks like letting the Necromancer sprouts wings and hover for a few seconds by holding A would be cool, too.

Thanks for sticking with us and thanks for playing!

-Dan


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Thanks!

A:

They absolutely hated him. He apparently tried to get close to their delegation, and their security detail tackled him.


Q:

I floated it past a few friends first; they liked it. I'm hopeful that seeking compromise and listening to both sides of an issue, and trying to find common ground will be more prominent in Missouri Politics.

Thanks!

A:

With the popularity of Bourbon, we continue to see people trying other brown spirits like Brandy. Heaven Hill currently owns the number-two selling Brandy with Christian Brothers. We just launched the first Bottled-In-Bond American Brandy two years ago, Christian Brothers Sacred Bond. I get to work with our distilling partners in California, O’Neill, which is an interesting collaboration as they are managing a different production process using grapes and copper pot stills.


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Will you implement a way to play 4 player multiplayer on pit people and are you planning on making another game which have a 4 player multiplayer in the future?

A:

Do you physically make the cards and game pieces?


Q:

Did you see any serious partying, like lots of booze and irresponsibility? If so, which country's athletes drank the hardest?

A:

Which of us do you think has the market on Reddit drunk Christmas cards?


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My SO has taught me a considerable amount about wine and I've taught her a lot about bourbon. I've really grown to appreciate wine and I feel like my experience with tasting bourbon has made it easier to pick up tasting wine.

Do you find that bourbon has expanded your palate while tasting other things? Other than bourbon, what other types of alcohol do you enjoy in your down time?

A:

Technically, there's 4 player in 2v2 and 6 'player' if you count 2v2 with 2 spectators connected.

We tried our best to make Pit People 4 players, but it didn't seem like a natural fit at all. However, without dancing around it, no plans for Pit People 4 player at this time. As for making another 4 player game? Oh yes, I very much want to and will try very much for!!

-Dan


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We do not. We work with factories in China to manufacture the games. There is a lot of sending designs and samples back and forth to get everything just right.

A:

Oh yeah! On the last night, I went out to the only bar in PyeongChang, and it was packed!! The eastern Europeans and Americans were the hardest partiers.

Saw a few of them walking around piss drunk in the dining hall and harassing the staff there.


Q:

Different kinds of cards, but I'd say you've got the older claim, so you!

Merry Christmas! Hah!

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Yes, tasting American Whiskey over the years has certainly helped expand my palate, or at least improved my ability to explain what I’m tasting. As for other types of alcohol, I love aged rum. I actually ran a rum distillery in the Caribbean for 3 years and fell in love with the rum making process and the people that make it happen.


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I must say no games have managed to entertain me more than Behemoth games. Your humor works across all ages, and my son and I both love to play castle crashers together. Anyway, my questions:

  1. Who or what inspired you to get into gamemaking?

  2. How do you manage to stay consistently funny across all your games. My bet is on a demonic pact.

  3. Pineapple on pizza?

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Is there a website or vetted resource to point people in the right direction, if they want to find a Chinese manufacturer of an idea or product that they have?


Q:

Did you see the athletes from North Korea at all? If so, what was their demeanor? Did they speak English at all, was there a translator for them to communicate with you guys or were they mostly kept from the other athletes?

A:

Hello, thank you for doing this AMA! Could you tell me a little more about your stance on Healthcare? I had a look at your website but was a little confused on your stance.

I'm an American and Canadian citizen living in Canada, so healthcare is rather important to me. Cheers!


Q:

What is your absolute favorite part of your job?

What about your favorite part of a day at work?

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Wow, thank you!!

  1. I really liked a lot of games. But River City Ransom, Populous, Brataccus, Typhoon Thompson stick out to me. Most of those on an Atari ST.

  2. I haven't the faintest idea other than to never take your work too seriously. If you can't work a couple wet/dry megafarts into your game then you're taking it too seriously IMO!

  3. ABSOLUTELY. I haven't had pizza without pineapple in decades.

-Dan


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Boardgamegeek.com is the place to go! There are lots of forums there to ask all kinds of questions. This guy also always has lots of really helpful tips on the logistics: https://stonemaiergames.com/about/jamey-stegmaier/

Edit: We've also just made this little guide for aspiring publishers: https://facadegames.com/how-to-publish-a-board-game/

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None of them spoke English or talked to anyone. My friend did however get a picture with them and a pin.


Q:

So, there are a lot of memes going around about healthcare. I've got friends all over the world, and they both extol the virtues of our healthcare system, and berate the problems. It's interesting to hear praise and condemnation in the same breath!

I look at it this way: Societies are generally judged on a few things, but one of the most important, to me, is how they treat their sick and feeble. In the wealthiest country in the world, with some of the brightest minds on the planet, and with the most entrepreneurial spirit, how is this not something we've solved already?

I want to see (and promote) more access for healthcare. The US seems to be moving towards a single payer system with insurance taking a "more cosmetic" method for dealing with things.

But there's no "magic key" to fix healthcare issues. We have bad eating habits in the country. We have people working too many hours, in dangerous situations. We have poor people avoiding doctors until a situation is dire, and we have people who just don't understand what their options and choices are.

I don't have a bright enough mind to fix it myself, but I'd like to see us put more focus on patients, and less on profits. Obamacare has some benefits, but insurance isn't healthcare - and requiring it for access is just another barrier and red tape that we don't need.

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1) What is your absolute favorite part of your job?

The relationships. Relationships with co-workers, suppliers, consumers…..you name it. The people tied to this industry are fantastic and make this work a ton of fun.

2) What about your favorite part of a day at work?

Hmmm…...I always enjoy the first hour at work. Our distillery runs 24/7 so when I come in in the morning there is usually someone near the coffee pot that can give me the scoop on how things ran during the night and how things are currently going. And that conversation can easily move into discussions about college basketball, crappy winter weather, upcoming vacations, etc. Just love that first hour.


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You guys may just be my favourite developers, keep making local co-op games. Me and my girlfriend love the game, we finished it a few days ago.

That said, any tips for beating the INSANE unfair challenge? It is pretty unfair.

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Was just out of curiosity. The games look amazing by the way, very elegantly put together.


Q:

What were the shady/controversial things you saw?

A:

Are you hesitant to support Medicare for All?


Q:

With finished port/wine whiskeys becoming extremely popular (angels envy, midwinter's night dram, whistle pig old world) do you guys at HH have any plans to create a unique finished whiskey?

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At least 1 Cupcake, if not 2. Try a hero Cupcake for those up-to-20 heals sometimes. A couple shield users. Delay the ends of the fights while using the Cupcakes to heal everyone back up. The rest up to you!

-Dan


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Thank you! Having cool components are super important to us. We try to avoid typical cardboard punchboards as much as possible :) So it's a lot of communicating with the factory about what is possible. I've found that manufacturers can make almost anything that you can envision.

A:

Saw a lot in-team fighting and a fight between a Russian and Canadian athlete.


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It's a federal issue, but no. I wouldn't be hesitant to support it. I'd say we'd need to look at the funding structure of it to ensure we can afford it, but the idea that it would bankrupt our country is kinda silly. Lots of countries offer a similar system and aren't collapsing into anarchy with riots in the streets.

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We’ve released a Parker’s Heritage cognac finish, as well as some Bourbon Heritage Center releases with unique finishes. With certain brands focused on innovation, there are always opportunities to experiment.


Q:

Cool, I'll try that out too. Thanks

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Are they an ethical company?


Q:

I heard a lot of Canadian athletes were pissed that Russia was even allowed to participate at all after the doping scandal. Was this the case?

A:

Hey James, I'm curious about the challenges you have faced so far, and the steps required to run for office. Specifically, what steps have you taken to drum up support and build your constituency, and what financial hurdles have you had to overcome up to this point?


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I love the special releases from HH. I have heard that Parker’s heritage collection may be ending. Is there any truth to that?

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If you take a look at the pause menu credits you'll see a general "Music by" section and a list of all the artists involved. We're actively working on an official ST release, but take a lil' extra time on our end. One thing to note is that we license most of the game music, therefore a lot of the tracks are already available via direct from the artist. Patric Catani, who holds a majority of the music in PP will be releasing his stuff digitally if not already. - ian


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As far as I know! We talk with dozens of factories for each game and look into their practices and what other games are using them for production.

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Yeah, there was a lot of shade being thrown at the Russian's from Canada.


Q:

First, thanks for the question! I really appreciate it. I'll try to give you as complete an answer as I can!

I'm curious about the challenges you have faced so far, and the steps required to run for office.

Well, first and foremost, there's a large amount of paperwork that ends up going into it. I chose to file as a Democrat, although I lean more independent than I do to any given party. The first thing I needed to do was head over to the Missouri Ethic's Commission and create a candidate committee. That required filling out a form, getting a treasurer, and creating a bank account for the campaign. (That was a whole other problem; the bank wanted proof I was running from the State, and the State wouldn't give proof until I had a bank account. Commerce Bank was really good about working with me on getting it all set up!)

Then, once I did that, I had to file for office at the state capitol. That was a kinda neat process: First, I filed some forms, (an affidavit saying I didn't owe back taxes, and a receipt from the party stating I'd paid my filing fee of $50.) Once that was done, I went up to the 3rd floor of the Secretary of State's building and created an envelope for my documents. I was lead down a long hallway, met the Secretary of State briefly, and drew a number from a Fishbowl.

That number determined ballot placement; every day after the 27th, it's first come, first serve; but on opening day, placement is random, determined by a random number. I got a fairly low number. (In the 300's) and moved on to the next area. It was a long hallway with offices off it. I went into one of these offices, and an assistant filled out some forms in front of me. I verified they were correct, and signed some forms. That officially put me on the ballot!

I then walked around a corner, got my documents officially stamped and filed, received my copies, and left! It was super awesome, everyone was really friendly and helpful.

I still have a financial disclosure form to fill out; that will be done soon!

Specifically, what steps have you taken to drum up support and build your constituency

So far, I've been going to local meetings and introducing myself, letting people know what I believe in, and asking them to reach out with any comments or concerns they might have. I have some business cards printed up that I give out, which have all of the campaign's contact info on it, too. I've given those out door-to-door in my neighborhood.

As soon as I have more fundraising completed, I'll be purchasing access to a likely-voter network application, (costs about $500 for my area) which will help me focus my attention on getting voters turned out for the election.

and what financial hurdles have you had to overcome up to this point?

Well, financially, I've loaned $200 to my campaign, spent $50 of personal money on filing, and did $575 worth of free-work that I have to mark off as an in-kind contribution. Raising money can be a bit tricky, until you start moving. There's a quote used by Emily's list that is very true: Early money is like yeast!

That said, I'm working with some local printers to try to cut the costs down so I can get some yard signs up. Fundraising is literally the hardest part of running for office; I hate asking people for money. I wish I were wealthy enough to fully self-fund.

It's worth noting that I don't have any contributions from the Democratic party, and do not anticipate getting any. They offer some tools, (training, mostly, and the ability to purchase access to their likely voter network) but there's no financial support from them. That gives me an incredible amount of flexibility for creating my platform, too.

Hope that answers your questions!

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Absolutely false. This has been a rumor that has circulated, but it did not originate with us. Even though Parker is no longer with us, he has had a direct impact on many things that are currently aging and might become a Parkers release. This collection will continue because of that and also because we need to continue to honor him for years to come for what he has done for Heaven Hill and also our industry. It is also important to point out that the Parkers release every year donates a significant amount of proceeds to ALS research and patient care. That is reason enough to keep things going in the future.


Q:

What advice do you have for someone with little-to-no experience to get into the gaming industry?

Where did the unique character inspiration come from, the health from Gluten was genius!

A:

Do you have a translator?


Q:

Did you win?

Are you Shaun White?

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Thanks for the timely response, James. I wish you the best of luck in your campaign. It's good to see more people trying to speak up and be heard.


Q:

What's your favorite flavor Gatorade?

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My advice would go something like this:

  1. Figure out what you want to do on games. Art? Code? Concept? Design? Audio? Which parts? (animation vs. modeling vs. texturing vs. architecture)

  2. Learn some tools that help you do that thing.

  3. Find some people on the internet that fill in the disciplines for what's left and

  4. Mod existing games! Mod popular games! Mod games that you have inspiration for modding and have cool, clear ideas for.

  5. Never aim big. You want to screw up a lot and screw up often so you can develop your bag of tricks and see what players respond best to. Every developer has their strengths and weaknesses that vary from one another - find yours!

  6. Keep a positive attitude at all times! Use negative feedback as information on what didn't go well rather than stewing about it. People only complain when they care. Ask the person who said "This sucks" to elaborate and embrace them! Each person you engage of the negative flavor will become thousands and thousands of positive people in the future because you'll be considering that type of gamer in the future.

  7. Now you have experience that is almost 1:1 to professional game development!

Please see my other answer about cupcakes/rainbow horses and how they came to be!

-Dan


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Nope - the factories in China (or at least the main liason) actually have good enough English to communicate.

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Nope


Q:

Sure thing; thanks for the questions!

A:

I don't drink a lot of Gatorade anymore, but Lemon-Lime is my go-to.


Q:

I love all of the games you have made that I have played (haven't gotten to Pit People yet)! My question is will all of the star head prisoners come back on rotation eventually? I am trying to collect all of the heads and have missed a few. Also, is there any chance of an Alien Hominid steam port or a switch port of any of your games?

A:

Who would you contact to have some chinese factory make something?


Q:

What was customs like? Did you receive any special treatment being an athlete?

A:

I don't think that this has been asked but what are your views on abortion. Also what do you think about the legalization of weed? Thanks for taking your time to respond in advanced


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Hello, with regard to the star heads the answer is yes and no depending on which platform you're playing on. If Xbox360, then yes, all have been in constant rotation since release. With Steam, all have been in constant rotation minus 3 prisoners that were part of an exclusive giveaway, but can be found via trading. Hope that helps! - ian

A:

An easy place to start is alibaba.com. You can request quotes on there for things and then several companies will start up dialogues with you about specifics.


Q:

Was a joke! There was a special line for olympic delegations and they just looked at my passport and stamped it.

A:

I don't think that this has been asked but what are your views on abortion.

Another toughie. You guys are great and on fire with these today. Thanks for your question.

Gonna give you the TL;DR answer first; I hope you read the whole thing, though.

tl;dr: Abortion should be legal, and it should be rare.

The long answer: I'm not a fan of the idea of abortion. Not from a religious or ideological perspective, but from a human emotion perspective. Nobody likes having an abortion; anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is using the experience as a shield to keep themselves from hurting. I've talked to people who have had abortions; it is not a pleasant experience, and it is a tough, hard, trying time in their lives.

And the decision is never made with any flippancy. (Which is the most common way I have seen it portrayed.) When an abortion happens, it sucks. It's one of the worst experiences a person can probably go through, and a lot of people go through it alone. Ostracized by family, and friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Better sex education, better access to contraceptives, and focusing more on getting men to be more responsible about their sexual health and practices is the key to reducing abortions. Not making them illegal. They were illegal once upon a time. They still happened, and they caused a lot more heartbreak then.

RE Weed: I signed the petition, I wouldn't vote to criminalize it; I'd be in favor of decriminalizing it and releasing those who are incarcerated solely on a possession charge.

Thanks!


Q:

What's your favorite injoke that made it in Castle Crashers? There's a lot of just odd things that seem to be snuck in there, so I'm guessing some of them might have glorious context. [My favorite moment ends up being when the bear shits in the woods, and I make the joke to my groups dismay every single run]

A:

I am super intrested in getting into this. I usually have a lot of ideas for the design and mechanics yet I really suck at creating artwork. Any Idea how to roll with this? Hire someone? Do you think a bigger budget is required before financing it on kickstarter?


Q:

So you guys got custom Samsung Galaxy Note8’s, right? Did you get to keep them?

A:

Thanks, and...

I noticed that you don’t mention in your intro that you’re a Democrat. On your campaign page you talk about how this is your campaign and not a campaign for the Democratic Party.

Can you list some of the issues you’re not aligned with on the Democratic Platform?


Q:

We'd sing really, really strange songs about Davey Crockett. We aren't sure how or why this got sparked much like the majority of our jokes but that one seems to stick with me.

"Find the gems and put them in your pocket, have a 6 year relationship with Davey Crockett."

-Dan

A:

Don't worry so much about the artwork at first. Make sure the game is super fun to play and is "flawless" in terms of mechanics.

For artwork, a good place to start is upwork.com. They have lower cost artists who do good work.

Here is some other advice about getting the project ready for Kickstarter that we wrote: https://facadegames.com/our-advice-to-kickstarter-creators/


Q:

Yup, but I sold mine as soon as I got home.

A:

Gun reform is probably the biggest one. I don't want to call for a ban on the AR-15 or associated weapons, I don't like the idea of talking about an "assault" weapon's ban because it's too easy to get lost in the muck around the conversation.

I probably wouldn't vote for a ban unless there was overwhelming evidence that it would be beneficial, too. That's one of the primary ways, I guess.


Q:

What made you choose the name Pipistrella (she-bat in italian)?

Was there a specific and obscure reason or it just sounded funny?

Also, is the space bear the poor bear that Lou Ferrigno launched into space in the 80s?

A:

How many times have you playtested each of the games you made?


Q:

What was your least favorite experience during the whole thing?

Your favorite?

A:

As one of your former professors, I'm curious - how are you going to support education in Missouri? Specifically the funding of the A+ program and the new "Core 42" mandate that allows students to graduate with a Bachelor's degree and never take a basic computing course.


Q:

Pipistrella just sounds like a princess name, doesn't it? Originally when I designed her I was thinking she'll be using blunt hammer-like weapons -- we even considered just giving her a standard baseball bat. A princess with a baseball bat just sounds cool. Pipistrello is the bat from Castle Crashers and the nod to it was nice, too. If you want her to have a baseball bat instead I can thankfully say that's possible to do.

I have no idea what this Lou Ferrigno reference is, and I'm going to have to google it soon lol

-Dan

A:

Our current game is on Version 74 :) But each of those versions also has had about 3-4 tweaks along the way and 3-4 playtests. So literally hundreds. It's my favorite part of the process though!


Q:

The media. I had media approach me while I was out on personal trips with my family, which really irritated me. They lacked respect for athletes personal space.

Opening Ceremonies

A:

Hi! Thanks for the question!

First, I think computer education should start in grade school. And I want to see teachers make higher salaries. I was speaking with the president of East Central Community College in Union the other day. His name is Dr. Bauer.

(I really wanted to call him Jack. Okay. Bad joke. Moving on.)

He was talking about how higher education funding has been slipping. A few years ago, it made up 33% of their budget. It now makes up something like 22%. (Rough numbers; don't quote me on those.) He also said that A+ is not being fully funded. I'd like to reverse that.

I'll be honest - I need to read more about Core42. I know my fiancee has mentioned the program (not by name, but close) and has been enthused by it, but I need to know more about it before I can talk about its benefits. I will say, if you don't know how to use basic productivity software or work your way around a computer before you graduate middle school, I think we're failing our students.

Thanks!


Q:

I’ve been a big fan of you guys since I first got battleblock theatre on the Xbox (I loved killing my friends! Lol). I’ve since played cc and am currently working on pp.

My question is with how pit people play, is it possible you guys will look into some mobile\ table port of the game to take on the go? Or is that not a direction you can see for the game?

Again thanks for all the great games and memories you have given to all of us gamers who have plays your games!

A:

As a follow-up, what’s the lowest-quality prototype you’ve thrown together? Quality in terms of components at least


Q:

Does this mean that you were famous enough for a lot of media to recognize you or did they do this to everyone?

A:

I love your Carpool Karaoke and you're great on Ballers. How's life?


Q:

I think the most "likely" platform for on-the-go would be Switch, but we have no official plan on any platforms at this time. That would be so great, though, cmonnnnnnn Behemoth

-Dan

A:

Literally cutting up paper and writing what cards/boards do with pen. Prototypes don't need to be pretty to figure out if they work in terms of rules and game play. The design and illustration are the last thing that comes together once the game is already really fun.


Q:

😁😁😁

A:

My last name is going to be the bane of my campaign, apparently.

But life's okay. Getting married next year, so that's cool. Running for office is neat. Thanks!


Q:

Are any games like bbt and Castle Crashers planned for the future?

A:

Do you have a group of gamer friends who are willing to play test the games with you?


Q:

How well did the hosts/event organizers manage cultural/language barriers? Did you witness any issues with this?

A:

Hey there! If you had to recommend two books (one fiction, one nonfiction) that you either really enjoyed, or feel had a major impact on you or your life, what would they be?


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That's an interesting question. We normally think of genres we haven't done, but I think if enough time passes and we know how we'd do a very different feeling flavor of that genre, we'd do it. We never know what we're making next until we finish our current project!

-Dan

A:

We do, yes. We've found that a lot of people love being on the innovative side of things and helping create the game. A lot of fulfillment in that.


Q:

There was some issues as a lot of the volunteers didn't fluently speak English. So at times it was frustrating to talk to them when you had an issue. Overall they were incredibly hard working and always friendly.

A:

Two books?! That's a hard sell. Right now, non-fiction? Phew, I'm reading "Founding Rivals" by Chris DeRose, and it's a pretty great book.

Insofar as fiction goes, probably cheese out with Monster Blood by RL Stine. Or maybe The Demon Awakens by RA Salvatore. Both of those books were big for me, for different reasons. (Monster Blood gave me viciously cool nightmares for a while; Salvatore's book got me into reading Fantasy novels.)

Thanks!


Q:

Are you going to release it for Mac?

A:

How do you find playtesters?


Q:

What country's delegation was the most obnoxious? Privileged/snobby? Nicest?

A:

What are some little things you'd like to see done that would benefit America's farmers?


Q:

Platforms all being currently considered, not sure. You can use 'Wine' and other 3rd party programs to play on Mac immediately, or so I hear (I don't have a Mac)!

-Dan

A:

There are often board game clubs at universities, or just local community groups. Also, friends of friends. Everyone has a friend who plays games, so it's just a matter of asking for introductions and getting new people over for game nights.


Q:

USA: Obnoxious France: Privilege/snobby Norway: Nicest

Edit 1: Didn't read that question properly.

A:

I mean, a simple one would be this: Fix Missouri Roads. It's dangerous to haul cattle on roads full of potholes and that are falling apart.

Thanks for your question!


Q:

any switch plans for any game?

A:

How did you navigate the legal aspects, like intellectual property right to your game, copyright, etc. Were legal fees built into your original business plan?

$1 million in revenue, but how much in profit if you don't mind me asking. Obviously feel free not to answer that if you don't want to.


Q:

What were the accommodations like? Were they nice or shoddy? Did you feel the games were run well by the host country?

A:

What are the biggest issues facing Missouri's 109th district as you see them? Can you name a specific way you aim to address one of these issues?


Q:

We hope so. Considering it currently with no clear answer yet.

-Dan

A:

There's actually not too much to do since natural copyrights are built in. You can't patent game mechanics, so there's that.

So much of the value of games is actually executing them right. Making it all come together. So someone who "stole" the idea of the game would still be years behind. Also the game community is very protective- if they see a copy of another game, then they will point out the faker and won't buy the new one.

Profit is about 50% after all the manufacturing, shipping, advertising, illustration costs.


Q:

The accommodations were pretty average, kinda what you expect for a college dorm room. My room was really big and had a nice view of the village. The Korean definitely put on a good show! All of them were friendly, generous, and always willing to help everyone.

A:

The biggest issues would be, in no particular order:

  • Our voting system
  • Infrastructure
  • Local Economy

I'll do you one better, and give you three ways to address these:

1.) Improving highway 47, (which cuts straight through Union) It should be a 4 lane highway, not a 2 way highway. At the very least, it should have wide shoulders for accidents. 2.) Working with the county commissioners to better plan projects. One of our roads, (Denmark) was completely shut down for some of our residents because the bridge was closed before improvements to the other half of the road were completed; residents were stuck, for varying amounts of time, without a means of egress. 3.) Switching to ranked choice voting. Not everyone agrees, but I feel it provides a more accurate representation of what people want. 4.) Starting an incubator. Our local community college has expressed interest in it; they just need some support. That means local investors and infrastructure improvements. The state can help with part of that, and I feel like good negotiating with investors, (St. Louis is nearby, with a lot of investors) could help with that.

Thanks for your question!


Q:

In another comment, you mentioned that you use a form of C to code your games. Would you be able to talk more about what the process is for a relatively small studio to make a game? I would love to try creating some small games myself, but it is difficult to figure out where to start. In the meantime, thank you for all you do, I'm loving your games!

A:

Did you have kids at the time you quit? Serious props to you if you did, as that would make most people second guess themselves.

Your games look really fun


Q:

In your opinion was there anything going on between Virtue and Moir, or are they just amazing actors?

A:

Thanks for your thorough reply. I wish we had someone with as much concern for the job in my district. What is ranked choice voting and why do you feel it better reflects the people's will? Bonus Q: what are your thoughts on those three rather provocative billboards outside Ebbing, MO?


Q:

Thanks for playing our games! The Behemoth's games have all run on an engine that's written in C++ and has evolved over many years. Some of the games use ActionScript for the game logic and some (like Pit People) are entirely C++. It's great that you're interested in making your own games! If you're interested in the technology and want to get deep into figuring out how things work at a fundamental level, then making your own game engine is a lot of fun but very time-consuming. If you're more interested in gameplay and exploring how to make something fun, then there are plenty of game engines that you can start using right away: you could try GameMaker if you don't want to do a lot of programming or try Unity or Unreal to learn programming. There are lots of tutorials for each of those engines that make it pretty easy to get started.

-Rich

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We did not at the time. Hard to say what I would have done if we did, because it is something to consider.


Q:

I still don't understand their relationship dynamic??? I saw them at the opening and medal ceremonies, and their chemistry was undeniable. Pretty sure they're ”dating”.

A:

Who's running in your district? Maybe you should run. Think on it.

Ranked choice voting allows you to number your candidates from most liked to least liked. Here's a video.

As for the billboards, I have to be completely honest: I know nothing about it. I'm sorry. :(


Q:

Thank you!

A:

What are your margins?


Q:

Were you able to talk with any North Korean athletes?

Are there any generally hated Olympians? Maybe ones that think their sport is superior to others and look down on other athletes.

A:

The billboards are a reference to this movie. There is no actual Ebbing, MO.


Q:

Don't lie, Dan! Mom and Dad always have a favorite child... they just don't say it out loud. You can tell us though... we won't tell the others... -Megan

A:

Depends on the avenue. Generally about 50-60 percent goes towards profits for our living expenses, and to reinvestment into the company and other games. But yeah, the cuts that Amazon takes, that distributors take, that retailers take, that Kickstarter takes, all vary.


Q:

Unfortunately, no. I wanted a pin from their country.

Elizabeth Swaney was the least respected Olympian there. Henrik Kristofferson was also not very friendly.

A:

See? I knew nothing about it. :p


Q:

Will we ever see the princes;s again from CC?

A:

Thanks - congrats on your success!

I work with a guy that is very into the board game culture. He and his wife go to the conventions, play in clubs, spend hours testing them, etc. That community seems to be very passionate about it so prob great opportunity to find success making good games.


Q:

Did you visit other countries' home bases (eg. Canada House)? What was your favourite?

A:

How do you feel about marijuana legalization and dropping charges against those currently in prison for small possession charges?


Q:

I hope so. I really like them. Tom and I had planned to make them super-mage unlockables but we ran out of development time and could only have 1 main type of player character.

-Dan

A:

Yes, it's a super passionate community. Lots of great, helpful people!


Q:

Visited the Canada, Czech, Austria and Sweden house

The Canada house was kinda of lame and you had to pay for everything. All the other houses had free food and drinks. Austria and Czech were probably my favourite.

A:

I signed the petition to get it on the ballot this year; I think voters should have a say on it in this state. I've never done any form of recreational drug, and I personally don't like being around people who are high. But the evidence suggests that it is not a gateway drug, and it is no more dangerous to a person's body or activities than alcohol. So, just like I don't go to bars, I won't go to places where people smoke pot.

Releasing and dismissing charges of those in jail for marijuana possession makes sense to me. I know the local police chief doesn't agree with me, but he sees things through a different lens than I do, and I completely respect his view point. It is a nuanced, and well thought out position from his perspective. I just don't agree with his interpretation of the overall picture.

Thanks. :)


Q:

Who is under the masks of the colored knights in Castle Crashers?

Also, will Behemoth ever port Alien Hominid to Steam?

A:

How do you handle the artwork of the cards and boxes? Also is their any website coding knowledge internally or do you use a basic template? Do you have paid game testers or volunteers/ friends


Q:

How much time did you have to actually relax? How much time did you spend practicing? Did you have any other people who were not teammates/ olympics related travel with you to South Korea? And how do you olympians deal with nervousness/ generally being nervous and the pressure before actually performing in the Olympics?

A:

I wish that was the mentality of politicians when I used to live in the show me state.


Q:

Who is under the mask is up to you to decide! That's part of what makes them so lovable I think - they're who you want to be, custom tailored to your brain.

AH on Steam would be killer and we're aware of that. That's all I'll say for now ;)

-Dan

A:

My wife does the graphic design in Adobe Illustrator, and we hire an illsutrator to draw the pictures.

We have a weekly playtest group that comes to our house. We also have a network of a few other groups around the country that we send print and plays to test out.


Q:

I didn't have a lot of time for myself. I spent a lot of time training or doing my rounds of media interviews. I did get to go out a couple times in Seoul and explore Korea after my events.

My family came out to see me and stayed for the entire games.

It's the Olympic man, enjoy yourself and compete like you always do!

A:

Well, we can hope for some changes. :)


Q:

What inspired the "Behemoth game style" of comedy, gameplay, and story?

A:

How did you find/choose your illustrator? How much do you pay him/her? How did you decide on a salary for you and your wife versus reinvesting? Where do you plan to go from here? More board games? Thanks.


Q:

So, how much sex were the athletes having with each other? Does it happen as often as people think it does?

A:

What’s your actual slogan?

And what’s your drunk slogan?

I hope if elected, Trump doesn’t make your job Missourible.


Q:

It's a reflection of us, I think. We have no bosses telling us what to make and it's not a "business" decision or anything - just a natural course.

I always drew goofy things, even when I was 3 or 4 years old. Just kept on going!

-Dan

A:

We found our artist on a university job board. For the first project we offered a percentage of whatever we made on Kickstarter, since we didn't have a lot to pay up front that first time. Since then we've tweaked it for each project.

You can also find artists for good prices on places like upwork.com and fiverr.com.

Deciding on salary is a lot to do with taxes. We pay ourselves more or less depending on how much we have made that year. On "up" years we'll increase our inventory and put more towards retirement.

And yes, more board games from here!


Q:

Surprisingly, no. The media blew it out of proportion. The rooms in the village were not very private, so it was difficult for hook-ups. I did, however, witness some Swiss guy notoriously hang around the rec center picking up chicks every night.

A:

Your pun is amusing. I give you one upvote.

My actual slogan: Ready to work for you.

Because I am. This job is important, and you have to be willing to work for people. Absentee politicians harm our society; we need engaged leaders.

Drunk slogan? Hrm. I dunno. I don't think I have one. I get a bit sarcastic when drunk, though. So maybe just that: #SarcasmFontsAreTheFuture

??? I dunno though. :p


Q:

What's the possibility of having a game based on Dad n' Me / Chainsaw the Children? I noticed that there is a helmet based on them in Pit People and I really loved it. Also, could the kid from Dad n' Me be a playable character in Castle Crashers, as the gameplay is really similar? And Horatio in Castle Crashers?

A:

Do you think board games will still be popular a few decades from now?


Q:

What was the most controversial thing you witnessed?

A:

You may want to think of a slogan that hasn't been used thousands of times. Just a thought.


Q:

Dad 'n Me really has a strong pull with people. There's something about those characters that makes them so lovable. They murder people indiscriminately but they also seem to have love for their own family members, so it helps prove the compassion is there...somewhere. Since a game about killing innocent children or people isn't really something we're 100% excited about making as a fully fledged game, I can't tell you that you'll ever see them. There would probably need to be some sort of morality shift in there for an official retail release. Until then they'll just have to keep poking in, nodding to those of us who know them!

The kid from Dad 'n Me could potentially work, yes. Horatio could probably work, too, though he might look a little odd. I love the idea of the tiny fence he'd have to have.

-Dan

A:

I do. They are actually growing in popularity- I think because people are needing a retreat from technology because it is advancing so much. Something about sitting around a table with friends and touching physical pieces that really can't be beat.


Q:

-In team fighting -Elizabeth Swaney -Dave Duncan’s drunken night

A:

I'm open to suggestions. This is the one that best reflected how I feel.

Who else used this one? I'm always curious to learn!


Q:

What is the coolest element of Game Design you've seen in your/other video games? Also is there a plan for a Mac version soon?

A:

What are your top 3, not made by you, board games? Where do you draw your inspiration from? How do you see the board game genre developing in the coming years with the advancement of technology?


Q:

Did the north Koreans stay in the Olympic village?

A:

Missouri? How about Histouri

Cave?! We've got plenty, but I won't!

In the middle of states, but on top of things!

Standing for what You believe!

It's up to US!

Give Me Another Beer!


Q:

Hmm. It's hard to pick! I really appreciated Nioh's take on complex combat, which definitely builds on the Souls-like. I have been enjoying the crowd control combat for the dwarf in Vermintide 2. I love lots of design decisions in Dead Cells, Heroes of the Storm, Crypt of the NecroDancer, Mount & Blade, Everspace, Warframe, TF2, The Division (after the patch), Absolver, Dungeon of the Endless, Xcom, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Helldivers, etc....

Platforms upcoming undetermined!

-Dan

A:

I am awful at picking favorite board games, because it always changes on my mood. But my most recent favorites are Code Names, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, One Night Werewolf.

Inspiration comes from testing our games a TON, playing other games, learning about history (our games all have historical tie ins), and traveling! Traveling really jogs the brain for creativity.

Honestly I think the advances in technology make people want to go back to the basic cardboard and paper and tangible pieces in their hands. They need an escape from their phones and the mess of the internet. I think board games are getting more popular because of that.


Q:

They did indeed! They had a massive flag hanging from their building in the village. They usually kept to themselves and only walked in the town with their delegation and security detail.

A:

You're cheeky. :)


Q:

What's the name of the songs that play when you beat the game for the first and second time? I really loved the first one. Are they licensed or made for the game?

A:

How does it feel to be Lily's dad from How I Met Your Mother?


Q:

Did Lindsey Vonn find a Valentine's date? Asking for a friend.

A:

Hi James; I'm not from Missouri but it's very exciting to see someone with a sense of humor running for office. One of the questions I would have for you is this: What do you think your state does well? What do you think the state does poorly?


Q:

Unfortunately, the song titles are a bit spoilery :/ i'm working on a tracklisting for the website so that's in the works. Thanks for the kind words and stay tuned for the listing! - ian

A:

Oh it feels good :)


Q:

She did, apparently, it was a news anchor. However, I did spot her on bumble.

A:

Thanks for your question! What does my state do well? Farm. Agriculture is a huge part of our economy, to the tune of $88 billion. Our small farmers are fantastic people, and they are great stewards of the land.

What could we do better? A lot of things. I think communicating might be a good goal. I've got family that shuts down when they hear the name "Obama", and other family members that shut down when they hear the name "Trump". I think if we could open our hearts and listen more, and empathize better, our state would do better.


Q:

Is there any concept art you guys haven't showed us? How was the story going to be like initially? and is the game selling well?

A:

Do you need someone to help you test out games? Lol. I love seeing more non-traditional board games (read as Hasbro repackaging a 50 year old game). What gets the idea for the game started, do you find the theme first then figure out gameplay mechanics or try to figure out what kind of interactions you want players to have with the game/others and go from there?


Q:

What was the gossip about Elizabeth Swaney?

A:

Farmers should find it easier to sell the product of their toil in marketplaces, without fear of large corporate farms undercutting them and driving them out of business.

In your mind, are large corporate farms undercutting them through unfair advantages of some sort, or is it simply economies of scale? And if it's happening due to natural advantages of large operations, how do you intend to change that?


Q:

Dan has a few sketch books with early sketches and we're hoping to share more of those in the future. Here's a post with media from early development: http://blog.thebehemoth.com/2015/05/19/first-20-minutes-of-game-4/

Also, here's the first sketch of Pit People Dan made:

https://blog.thebehemoth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PitPeopleConceptArtHELLO.jpg

(Dan: "Pit People was the name written on the original concept sketch that started it all. Every interaction took place in an arena. Over time, adventuring became a big part of the game. However, a key moment in the story now occurs in the Pit, and so the name remained! In the end, we’re in the beginning!!!!!!!!!!")

-Megan

A:

It really varies. Sometimes there's the idea of a mechanic that I build around (like in our 2nd game I built the game around the idea of a mutiny- working with a captain and then betraying him), and sometimes it's a historical setting (like in our current Deadwood game I learned about the town a lot before building the game around it). Really depends! Every game is a conglomoration of lots of inputs from life.


Q:

Saw her around the village a couple times; she seemed very fake. After all the bad press, she went into hiding.

A lot of athletes from the smaller countries were floored because she made them look really bad in the media. They felt that she was a scam and didn't earn her place there.

A:

Like most things, it's a bit of both. Giving small farms access to larger markets, (through better roads and internet) we can help offset some of the large vs small situations.

There's a discussion in Missouri right now about large out-of-country owned businesses that are given tax-breaks and loans by their country-of-origin to go to other countries and supplant local businesses; there should be good ways to track that, and impose fines/restrictions on access to our markets. In the long run, allowing that much "free market" access (when Governments get involved, specifically) you'll drain local markets of all the cash, and then you're in a dangerous place.

It's a very difficult scale to balance, and requires a lot of input, ideas, and solutions from every side of the problem.

Thanks!


Q:

What is your favorite dinosaur?

A:

How hard was it to come up with the concept/theme/idea? What do you do with concepts/themes/ideas that just don't work? Are you afraid of running out of game ideas?


Q:

Being that these were your first Olympic games, what surprised you the most that you weren't expecting? Also, how much was free for you?

A:

Can you tell Frito Lay to stop putting pretzels into Munchies bags?


Q:

Grimlock (animated) - ian

A:

The ideas for the games really just snowball from one little thing. We think of some core concept, or some city and year from history, and then build from there. We test a ton and keep improving as we go.

Not worried about running out of ideas :) There are infinite ways to play a game, and infinite themes to pull from.


Q:

Nick kroll deciding to randomly show up in the village. Everything was free!

A:

Sure, but it won't work. I'll tweet about it for you.

Here you go.


Q:

Any big plans now that you have a million in revenue? Other business interests or personal interests outside gaming you would go after? Just looking to live vicariously through you haha.

A:

Have you had sex with any other Olympians?


Q:

Do you see your drunk Christmas cards being used against you in a campaign smear?

A:

Good question! We want to keep making games! It's so much fun and it lets my wife and I work from home and not work crazy hours. So why mess up a good thing?

That being said, I'm interested in innovating in this world a bit. Creating cool interesting apps out of our games, inventing new genres of games, building on the worlds our current games are in, etc. There's so much room for creativity in the game world so it brings a lot of fulfillment.


Q:

Yes

A:

Maybe, but I mean, here's the deal with it.

I don't drink much at all. Once a year, I invite some friends over, and I do some drinking, and write some free cards for people around the world. I get messages like, "My friend's wife just died; he could use some cheering up" or "I have nothing to look forward to this year; this will really help out" and "You're a terrible person for doing this, let's be friends."

So I don't see it as a negative. I drink responsibly, not to excess, and I want to help other people have a great holiday with something to look forward to. If people want to judge me negatively for that, I don't think I would ever be able to change their minds. :)

Thanks for your question!


Q:

Nice, yah does sound like the dream to me. Be able to put my energy towards my own pursuits. Best of luck with your future endeavors!

A:

Saskia??


Q:

What would you propose to address the opioids crisis?

A:

Thank you!


Q:

Ahaha, I wish! That girl blew off every single guy that approached her.

A:

A number of things, but probably one of the first would be fully implementing a good Drug Monitoring Program; Greitens took a good first step, but it could be strengthened.

Hospitals already have the tools necessary to watch for drug abuse issues within their own networks; giving them the ability to share that information easily (in a controlled way; similar to how other states have done it) would help immensely.

In Franklin County, it starts with prescription drugs, then moves to Heroin, Meth, and Cocaine. I spent an hour talking with Police Chief Brune about what our issues were, and not having a good rehabilitation policy is part of the problem. A good focus on that would be beneficial.

Thanks for your question!


Q:

Where were you when you got the first idea of making a board game?

A:

OK... How did sex with Olympians compare to non-Olympians?


Q:

How’s it going, James? Just life in general. I live in California, but I wish you good luck in your campaign.

A:

Alaska!

I was up there working for a summer and my friends and I designed a "Harry Potter Mafia" game that tweaked the traditional mafia/werewolves idea. That morphed into a game called "Cities" and then it became our first game "Salem." It was all just for fun of course, but then when it went big we found a way to keep making games.


Q:

Better than expected.

A:

Oh, pretty good for the most part. I've got a lot on my plate, but I think that's good.

Thanks for asking; I appreciate it!


Q:

What would recommend to someone for making a board game? Like what sort of skills and resources would help with making games?

A:

What were the cliques like? Was it mostly athletes from the same nation sticking together or did cliques/groups form according to their sport etc?


Q:

How do you like your steak??

A:

Check out boardgamegeek.com and look around those forums.

Don't be afraid of criticism! Print out a game and test it over and over again. Just jump into it and you'll pick up skills as you go.


Q:

Most athletes stuck together with their own countries.

A:

Medium rare, grilled over an open fire.


Q:

What kind of instruments, software, hardware, pencils etc, do you use to design the boardgames?

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA! Is there any sort of "talk" that you are given by your host country or by NBC or the Olympic Committee regarding how you are supposed to act or regarding political statements or topics that might be sensitive to the Olympics?


Q:

Missouri resident here and employed by the department of mental health. I was curious what your thoughts are about the state of the mental health program are? Are there things you would like to change, programs to expand/shrink?

A:

Lots of cardstock for printing off prototypes for games.

For software I just use Powerpoint for the non-designed prototypes for figuring out the game mechanics. Then when we design our illustrator uses Phototshop, and my wife (as the graphic designer) uses Adobe Illustrator.


Q:

Mostly to just stay neutral. Try to defer any political comments and don't state your position.

A:

I think getting access to good mental health is harder than it needs to be. There aren't a lot of providers in this area, and they don't have a wide range of accessible hours. There are a few options for fixing that, of course. Improving the way we access healthcare would be one; it would offer incentive to start new practices. Mandating hospitals have a member on staff 24/7 would also help, but be expensive and possibly extremely under-utilized.

Providing children with mental health care access is crucial, though. Schools should have trained counselors on hand (not guidance counselors, but therapists) who can work with all of the kids; it might be the only mental healthcare the kid ever has access to, but it would be better than nothing.


Q:

Do you think you'll have "made it" enough to not use kickstarter someday? What do you see as the advantages to using kickstarter even after getting a couple of hits under your belt?

A:

Did it ever feel anti-climactic? What was your favorite part? What's the part that no one who wasn't there wouldn't guess?


Q:

Have you ever been to Bobby's bar? I went there once and was very pleased with the cost effective beer. 1$ bottles!!!! That's like 6.50$ here in Canada. Keep up the great work in Missouri and keep the golden liquid flow. Also treat Nortek good because they bring you guys lots of money :)

A:

I think that's a possibility for sure. But I love Kickstarter for several reasons beyond just funding. It does a great job marketing the game since thousands of people see it and get excited about the idea of a campaign. It also lets us know how many games we can produce. If we made a game and then nobody bought it we would have a lot of lost money in sitting inventory. Kickstarter lets us know how many we can order, and bring down manufacturing costs accordingly (since ordering more brings the cost/unit down).


Q:

It wouldn't say anticlimactic, but the opening ceremonies were a bit a disappointment. There was a lot of unsold seats compared to the closing ceremonies (really odd).

I think everything about it was amazing. It was my first games, so I didn't have any expectations. Really enjoyed the atmosphere at the short-track races and my events.

A:

I have not been to Bobby's Bar, but I now am imagining Bobby Hill owning a bar, and that thought frightens me.

Because that boy ain't right.

:)


Q:

You can do your own marketing and preorders to achieve that, though, right? You mentioned you have to give kickstarter a cut of your revenue. If it's a convenience thing then maybe giving up that cut is worth it to you still.

A:

What was the worst part of the olympics?


Q:

stance on electoral reform?

A:

Yes, but it would mean putting in a LOT in place on my website, marketing channels, etc. Kickstarter makes it super easy. Also, about 70% of our sales on Kickstarter come from internal Kickstarter traffic. They have that audience of people that we wouldn't be able to pull in otherwise.


Q:

-Elizabeth Swaney -Aggressive Media -low turnout for the opening ceremonies

A:

I'd like to see Missouri switch to "Ranked choice voting", which, in my mind, would form a more representative government of the population.

Thanks!


Q:

How do you start designing the game when you just have the idea and nothing else?

A:

Hi,

How efficient is the IOC anti-doping agency?

Have you come across any cases/hearsay where an athlete won a medal because of performance enhancement drugs but cleared the official doping test?


Q:

As a Missouri resident, I'm concerned about the Zhentarim's growing influence over government officials. The Harpers get some floor time, but when a member of the Emerald Enclave speaks up, they aren't given the same amount of consideration.

How would you bring a balance to a state where the densely populated cities lean left and are located at the extreme East and West borders with so many conservative leaning counties in between?

A:

You just start! You get something printed out and test it. It's always awful the first 20 times, but you take little pieces of each version and keep making it better. But that's the key- test test test and don't be afraid of feedback and admitting the game sucks for a long time.


Q:

After Sochi, they definitely step up their game. I was tested three times in the week before my departure to Korea and once before competition.

I haven't, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was one athlete there at PyeongChang.

A:

I literally laughed out loud at this.

I'd call on Elminster to force the representatives of all factions to the table and have a good long conversation.

Thanks! :)


Q:

What software do you use to design your games?

A:

What do you REALLY eat when you're in a foreign place to compete?


Q:

Are you homosexual?

A:

Our illustrator works in Adobe Photoshop, and my wife primarily works in Adobe Illustrator doing the graphic design


Q:

Everything and anything on my plate. The dining hall had a good selection of different foods.

A:

No, but I really can't imagine why it would matter.


Q:

A couple of friends and I are a little over a year into creating a board game, aiming to have a finished product to start looking to sell (on kickstarter or to an existing company) by the end of 2018. I think we're on version 5 or 6 of the rules at this point. Do you have any recommendations for who to work with once we get to the printing stage? What parts of the design process are pitfalls to watch out for, in your opinion? How did you balance players who want to do nothing but betray in an initially cooperative game vs players who don't ever want to backstab?

A:

What was your "dating" app of choice for Olympian hookups?


Q:

Question here... Where the Fuck is my Christmas card?! Because I never got my secret Santa Gift!

A:

We used Panda Games for our first game. They are a little more costly, but make it easy for first time creators. pandagm.com.

One thing to watch out for in the design process is to not fall in love with your baby too much. Don't be afraid to hear points of criticism or recognize that your game might be clunky or flawed. Rip it apart to its core!

For your third question, just make sure incentives line up correctly. Reward them for staying just enough that they think about staying. But reward them for leaving if the opportunity comes up. Our new game Deadwood actually does this a lot.


Q:

Tinder! Everyone staying in the village got upgraded to gold for free. Surprisingly a lot of the athletes shut their account down because ”NBC” had an Instagram page that exposed everyone. So most of the people you matched with were not in Korea and were using the passport feature to match with all the Olympians.

A:

Did you sign up for one? :( I sent a ton out this year; I can look through the database later, if you like.

I'm really sorry. :/


Q:

Hey 'a dad'! I'm a huge fan of boards games and so I very much respect and envy you!

Where would one go to patent their own board game idea or to get the ball rolling?

A:

Did you get to see or meet the North Korean cheerleaders?

What was your impression of them? They always looked sort of unreal or doll like when I saw photos of them.


Q:

Do you think that violet video games cause violence among kids and teens?

A:

Hey! Thanks!

We don't worry about patents, since it's really tricky to "patent" an idea of a game mechanic. So honestly don't worry too much about it. Just start making a game, testing it out, getting art slapped onto it, and then getting it out there!

But make sure you're making a game for the fun of it, not to make money. Most games don't make a lot of money. But if you passion shows through then people will see that and it may get big.


Q:

I did see them at my event when I was competing and at the short-track race.

I think it was a hilarious propaganda tool by DPRK, and they seemed very doll like and fake. Around them, there were escorts that made sure none of them escaped.

A:

No. There are some interesting studies about losing games and violent games and the way we trash-talk and interact with others afterward, but there is no long-term evidence from any study that such things lead to violent behavior.

Well. Other than throwing the controller.


Q:

Since you were presumably not running a business before, what advice would you give to new business owners that could make life much easier now knowing the potential pitfalls?

A:

What was the general stance towards German and Norwegian(etc.) athletes like, especially those who won multiple medals. Like where they not well seen or was everyone just happy for them?


Q:

California here. What is your stance on gerrymandering? Are you for it, against it, and what would you do to push your position forward?

A:

Start using accounting software right off the bat to keep track of all income and expenses and taxes and such. Makes all the "boring" stuff easier in the long run so you can focus more time on the fun stuff of the business. Wave is a free software you can use. Quickbooks is what many people use.


Q:

Nobody had hard feelings to them. Only OAR and their athletes who won medal.

A:

Good question! There are some good reasons for some of the ways some districts are drawn; unfortunately, most districts are drawn for partisan advantage.

There was a study done, (don't have a link handy; it was shown to me by someone I work with; he had a printed copy) that showed redistricting done by a computer would have only shifted one federal seat, so that makes it seem like a trivial issue.

I'm for logical drawing of legislative boundaries with good justifications that don't rely on party. I think it should be non-partisan, and focused on ensuring that citizens are properly represented.

Thanks!


Q:

What’s the process like starting a new game? Like what’s the process from ideation to shipping the games out. :)

A:

What was the general stance towards Russian athletes? Did you interact with them? Do they discuss the doping scandal?


Q:

Hey! I'm actually a KC native, and I'm going to school in Rolla for computer science! In fact, I recently had an interview with KnowledgeLake about a week ago, so now I get to turn it around! Out of curiosity, where are you going to school?

A:

Ah man, tough question :) Short version: come up with basic idea, test test test test test, get illustrations, get graphic design to put all designs together, proof rules, create kickstarter page, do Kickstarter campaign, manufacture game, freight game across ocean, ship out game. For longer version read more of this whole AMA.


Q:

Most of them were really quiet and kept themselves. Everyone respected their space and didn't bother them much (*Except the Canadians). There was already bad vibes from everyone so they didn't really talked to anyone except their own delegation members. However, I talked to a few of them in the fitness centre and they were really nice.

A:

WGU - it meets my flexibility needs, what with running for office and working full time. Plus my bowling league. That's important.


Q:

How does the work life balance compare to your previous job? Do you work more hours now?

A:

From the perspective of an athlete, what is the best and worst part of competing at an Olympic level? Is there anything that you wish was handled better?


Q:

What do you hope to accomplish as a state representative? Are there any strong stances or claims you'd want to make on behalf of the state?

A:

It's great! I work less now, and I get to be home all day with my wife and daughter, which is awesome.

Sure, it's harder to "clock out" since I never "clock in", so sometimes I have to force myself to not check emails over weekends. I also have to set hours for myself so that I will indeed "clock out" on some days. I really love what I do so I need to make myself stop.

But yeah, it's great being able to travel whenever we want and take days off whenever we want.


Q:

Best: Competing against some of the best athletes in the world

Worse: High pressure to succeed for sponsors, nation, etc

Handled better: Media!

A:

Oh, a few basic things. Some infrastructure upgrades badly needed in my district would be a start. I'd like to fix voting in Missouri, but that's a pretty lofty goal. Maybe the loftiest.

Thanks!


Q:

I've been thinking about a game that is mainly card based. Where do you get to get your cards produced?

A:

Do you think PyeongChang was well prepared to host the Olympics? Any unsafe things or weird shit happen?


Q:

What is your stance on tax cuts for the rich?

A:

We use makeplayingcards.com for prototype decks. Then when we actually manufacture we use factories in China.


Q:

It was safe, nothing out of the ordinary happened from what I remember. They definitely had their shit together well in advance!

A:

It's a big question; I don't begrudge anyone their success, and I don't mind paying high taxes myself even though I'm not "rich". (My fiancee and I fall within the "middle class" range). I feel like tax relief is best applied from the bottom up, as those at the top of the income range do not spend nearly as much money locally. But it's not a one-size-fit-all answer; so few answers in life are.

Thanks!


Q:

How exactly are the 3 games different from eachother? All it says on the kickstarter is that each "have a dark, mysterious, or secretive element in its gameplay". I don't want to get into a Forbidden Island/Forbidden Desert situation where the games are almost identical

A:

Did you get a Poutine at Canada House?


Q:

Would you be interested at tackling the billboard infestation we have here in MO? I was traveling the southern half of the state the other week and couldn't help but notice how much of the scenery was blocked by massive and repetitive billboards.

A:

They all play very differently.

Salem: a group trying to find the witches. The witch team spreads during the game so it's a race against the clock. Lots of lying.

Tortuga: two hidden teams, so you have to figure out who your teammates are. Trying to get the most treasure for your team. Some lying, lots of strategy and using turns wisely.

Deadwood: work with a team to get the most gold, but at the end you have to kill your own teammates! Balance of teamwork, and self-preservation.


Q:

Nah man, that shit was overpriced.

A:

I'd be interested in hearing more about it, but I'm not sure I'm going to have an energetic reaction to the information. But I'm interested in learning more. :)


Q:

Hm, it sounds like your games involve a lot of lying and betrayal. Do you still trust your wife?

A:

You've mentioned in-team fighting a couple of times. Can you give us an example? What's going on to incite things like that?


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Anything you can do to help enable direct-to-consumer auto sales?

Having dealt with dealerships in the past, they add nothing of value to the buying experience. And as a consumer, I can't tell you how great it was not having to mess with a dealership when purchasing a Tesla. I felt the same way again when I bought another one.

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There have been many a game night where she doesn't speak to me for a good hour after we play :) We have lied to each other A LOT during our games.


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Apparently, there was drama going on in the CAN woman bobsleigh team, and none of them sat together. One them left the dining hall in tears a couple of times.

Not exactly sure about the details, but I believe it has to do with competitiveness or the team positions.

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You know, I'm not sure where Missouri's laws are on this one, so... maybe there is something that could be done in MO to facilitate it.

That's something to look into. Thanks.


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the kickstarter page says 2-9 players but the FAQ says 4-9 players- which is it? i'm seriously considering getting the 3-pack!

edit: 3-pack secured!

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So how many athletes are doping?


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What was the catalyst that made you want to run for office? Which issue are you more excited to get working on first, if elected? :)

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Nice! Salem is 4-12 players, Tortuga is 2-9, Deadwood is 2-9. That's why we say each game in the series is "at least" 4-9.


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Everyone is doping

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I've been interested in local government for quite a while, and the fact that this is an open seat makes it competitive. However, I was not planning to run; a woman named Patricia Schuba was planning to run, and I was going to offer her my support. She had to back out, though, so I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth was, so to speak.

Ranked choice voting is probably the first bill I'd work on, but education reform is where the bulk of my attention is going to be.

Thanks!


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I hear that for people from poorer countries, the highlight of going to the Olympics is actually getting much needed health care. Are they able to receive that?

Also, are companies just throwing things at you as far as gifts and goodies?

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Mr. Cordrey,

As someone with farming experience, how do you feel about the massive CAFOs being built across the state literally adjacent to other people’s private properties? (Callaway Farrowing, Tipton East, Valley Oaks Steak). Would you support increased DNR regulations about these?


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There is a polyclinic that has everything in terms of health care. You have access to physio, acupuncture, dentist, medicine, etc. You'd be surprised that it's not just smaller countries that take advantage of this, but in fact a lot of American athletes were using the dental care access.

Samsung gave every athlete a free Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone. Got a backpack, a lot of clothing, headphones, goggles, and a lot of free equipment.

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Being a farmer/raising livestock/growing crops/however you want to slice it and dice it should be about two things: Growing/producing good product, and being a steward of the land. CAFO's do neither of those things well in any sense of the word, and they go a step further by hurting local economies by moving money out of state, generally. (Not in every case, of course, but Callaway Farrowing, for example, was registered by a guy from Iowa as a local LLC to run these farms.)

So, we need to look at them carefully and make sure that they aren't abusing our laws to make it harder for local farmers to farm. That could include reducing tax-loopholes for these kind of agencies, or increased regulation.


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How is Shaun White off camera? I have heard he can be kind of rude in person, but that's something I read on the internet so could be completely false.

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Excited to make my first post on reddit. Anyways, what is your favorite kind of toothpaste? What kind do you have at home right now?


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No, it’s very true! My brother got snubbed by him when he asked for an autograph.

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I'm enjoying Crest sensitive teeth tooth paste; it's pretty great. It's what I use! Thanks for caring about my teeth!


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Hi, Thanks for AMA.

  1. Is that much sex really happen which is portrait by media?
  2. How you dealt with the performance pressure?
  3. How bad was the effect of Norovirus?
  4. Does the sportsmanship spirit really exists in that highly competitive environment? Recent example from this time?
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What's your drink of choice?


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  1. Every athlete was really just focused on competing
  2. It was my first Olympic so I really didn't have any high expectations. Just to have qualified and to be able to take apart was a huge honour in itself. I just competed like I would have on any normal day.
  3. The media over-exaggerated it. There was maybe 8 confirmed cases, not 30 something.
  4. YES! I was surprised to see some top-level athletes and even medalist came to me and gave me some personal advice.
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What's your drink of choice?

Generally speaking, I like caffeine free diet coke with some lemon or black-cherry flavoring added. :)


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What’s the deal with Virtue and Moir?

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Spiked? I meant adult beverage but aight.


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Dating... or secretly married

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Nah, I don't really drink that often!


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I know you want to keep this pretty anonymous, so I'll try to be general. What continent are you from?

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What is your position on gun control and the second amendment?


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Panem

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Thanks for your question. I answered something similar here. If that's not enough information, let me know. :) Thanks!


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What did you do to spend the time when you were not attending the ceremonies and events?

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How many genders are there?


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Went to Mcdonalds, watched other events, trained, did some interviews, and toured Korea.

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My view on it is this, and you can take it or leave it however you want: I don't care. I honestly, just really couldn't care. If you want to be called "her" even though my societal training tells me to call you "bro", well. Her it is. If you want to be called It, well, that's fine too. If you come up with your own pronoun, I'll do my best to treat you with respect and reference you the way you want to be referenced.

One of the most innate qualities we have as people is self determination of our lives and to have our own agency. It costs me nothing, absolutely nothing, to treat someone with respect, or to call someone a Xhintingopod if that's how they identify their gender. As a cost/benefit analysis goes, that's a no-brainer for me.

Thanks.


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How's the McDonald's at the Olympic Village?

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Hi! I'm a fellow Missourian here. Do you plan on doing anything about the roads if you're elected? For example the ones where I'm at have already had several fatal accidents this year, and nothing's being done about it.


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It's was pretty average, very low selection of items. I went about 5-6 times and not as often as I’d like because there was only one stand in the gangneung village and it was a 38min ride from the Pyeongchang village. It was definitely worth it because you could order as much food as you wanted.

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Through our area there's a road, highway 47, which is a big pain point. I would definitely like to see it expanded, and to fix some of the issues we've got with our infrastructure projects. We need good roads to improve education access, (there's an open-enrollment bill for an area nearby, one of the congressional reps for that bill cites road safety as a concern. Instead of fixing the problem, he'd rather ignore it.) and improve our economy.

Thanks!


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gangbang village

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Hello James! I am a native of Missouri, I was just wondering how you feel about our states Capital and our Governor being indicted?


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Damm autocorrect

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Hi! I liked Jefferson city; the Capitol Building is gorgeous, and the city is pretty nice too. I had a great pork chop at a soul food kitchen; it was amazing. Good corn bread, too.

As for the indictment, let the judicial process do what it does. I don't have enough information to have an opinion on it; but I'd like to keep the politics out of the court room as much as possible. Let the judge and prosecutors and jury do their thing, let the House do its investigation (as is appropriate) and let's all take a collective breath and let them do their work.

That's not a popular opinion in the Democratic party, either.

But thanks for your question!


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Autocorrect learns what to say based on what you have previously typed.

Into gangbang porn?

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What are your thoughts on Global Warming?


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I should clean my internet history then.

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That our oceans are getting warmer, and weather patterns are changing as a result. That people who have been studying this for significantly longer than I have been alive have been warning us about it since the 80s.

And mostly, that if it is a hoax, and we implement renewable energy, and clean up the air, and find out it didn't matter? We'd still have a pretty awesome planet as a result.


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Did you get a lot of attention from fans/locals?

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Missouri uses the fourth most coal of in state in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Administration in March 2017 (1). Missouri also ranks thirteenth in the amount of CO2, despite producing very little coal(2). Missouri also has a number of opportunities to significantly increase renewable energy, according to the NRDC in May 2010 (3) and again by the USIA in March 2017 (1). There would also be a significant increase in job capabilities for Missourians in the renewable energy field, just like there has been in Massachusetts and Illinois (4). In fact, all of Missouri’s surrounding states have taken advantage of increasing renewable energy (5). Missouri ranks 40th in renewable energy (6).

Considering the fact that increasing renewable energy would likely increase available jobs for Missourians and decrease the negative environmental impact we currently have, do you plan to advocate for an increase in renewable energy in Missouri?

  1. https://www.eia.gov/state/analysis.php?sid=MO
  2. https://www.eia.gov/coal/annual/xls/table1.xls 3.https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/cleanmo.pdf
  3. http://www.cleanjobsmissouri.org/
  4. https://renewmo.org/re-news/missouri-falls-short-in-renewable-energy-generation/
  5. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri

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Hmmm... This may reveal my identity

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I'd vote in favor of renewable energy methods. I'd support them a lot; coal ash is a real problem in Labadie, which is in my district. Last year, though, I believe I recall reading that Ameren was about to invest $1 billion in renewable energy. That's a step in the right direction.


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Did you meet Pita, the Tongan athlete? Was he nice and authentic?

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You mentioned doing something about the farmers being ‘undercut’, but what if I , as a consumer and private citizen (or more importantly someone who couldn’t afford to pay more for groceries) wanted to go for a cheaper product? Would you essentially try to limit choice on what people eat or are you talking about cutting agricultural subsidies?


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I did meet Pita! He was nice.

Honestly, he posed for the camera and with other people, but he's a kind of fraud like Swaney. Most of his delegation members were very snobby and kinda had this high glory vibe around them.

I think it's cool and all what he did, but now he's going on and loathing up all the media attention after he said ”he would be return to Tonga after the games to help repair the damage after the storm”. He's currently in LA doing more self-promoting. I don't think he's as genuine as people perceive him.

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I don't want to limit anything. I want to keep large organizations from pulling money out of our state. CAFO's are an example of this; they come in, take advantage of Missouri markets, and bleed our economy dry while only contributing a small portion of it. There has to be a balance, because like you said: You need to eat, and you need to be able to afford to eat.

That's why I want to focus on education and the local economy in my district, and bring in new jobs that will help pump money into our local economy. Cutting subsidies harms your ability to buy low-cost food, but it might also make it less cost-effective for a large farm to pull money out of our economy.

These are big problems where small tweaks can make big changes. Thanks for being engaged and asking a great question. :)


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since olympics is a huge sex fest. What country's olympians are the most 'popular' and 'unpopular'? I know this question is probably messed up and I asked it in an inelegant way, but I still would like to know. thanks!

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I was born and raised in Missouri, and I’m excited to see a candidate who is passionate about education! I went to school at Mizzou, and graduated with thousands of dollars of student loan debt despite many scholarships I acquired and the job I had on top of my schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

How do you plan on making a college education legitimately affordable for the average student? Even better, would you consider relief for students who have already graduated with significant debt, such as reducing or eliminating loan interest rates, allowing students to pay for student loans pretax (like you can for FSAs, commuter benefits, etc), or increasing tax benefits for those paying towards their loans? This is impacting my future, delaying my goals for marriage, savings, and buying a house, and any help would be beneficial towards reaching those goals faster.


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USA, Italians and Australian athletes are always DTF!

Germans were unpopular

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Student loan debt is crippling. Finding ways to pay for it are important; I think the Federal government is going backwards when it comes to education financing. (But that's not a surprise given who currently runs the department of Education.)

A good start is the Core42 option; we're helping kids get college credits in high school right now to help supplement what they need when they get into a college environment. Fully funding the A+ program would help. Improving work-study programs in colleges would also help, and finding ways to reduce tuition costs would be beneficial. There are some ideas for how to do that, (including rolling certain types of colleges into the K-12 model, which I'm not fond of.) but I'm not sure which is the best model. I'm open to suggestions, and talking about it. But I don't have a concrete or well thought out solution for everything.


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Hello Mr Cordrey, What are your thoughts on the state of LGBT rights in Missouri? Do you think we should have an LGBT protections bill to stop discrimination against LGBT people? I see that one of your important issues is edcuatjon reform. As someone who grew up LGBT in the Missouri school system I found it troubling at best. What do you think could be done to help our most vulnerable students? As you can probably tell this is an important issue for me.
Thank you for your time.

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Hey, thanks for your question!

I think that people look for reasons to ostracize others without empathizing with them. I'm a CIS white guy from middle-America. My whole life has been set on "easy" mode. But when I was somewhere between 8 and 11, my aunt came out to me as gay, and posed the following question:

"Do you love me any less?"

As a kid, my thought was, "That's dumb. You're just different, who cares?" But I found out that a lot of people care, and care a lot. I feel like we could be doing a lot more to protect and nurture students so they feel safe in the classroom, and in their own bodies. It doesn't matter to me how you self-identify; I care that you feel safe and comfortable in your work place, in your education system, and in your community.

In my mind, schools are places where people come together; segregating them out for any criteria whatsoever feels wrong.

Thanks for your question; I hope my answer helped.