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Team Sign UP and Donations for Journey to the End of the Night

Hey Runners and Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night participants,

The all new Team Sign Up form is in.

This year we are trying out a new system to make it easier for people to donate, for people to rally around teams they like and donate on behalf of those teams. This is our first year trying this, and we are doing it due to overwhelming feedback that this is something people would appreciate. It doesn’t look very web 2.0 right now but it works, and I think it’s a stepping stone for cooler things to happen in the future. With teams having their own pages that they can customize and log their stories and stats.

This race is 100% free. There are no tickets and there never will be. Coming out to play and bringing your friends is all we care about.

We put RAJEN on because we want you, our fans, our friends, our members, the Story Luck kids, and those of you who have no idea who we are to have an adventure. We want you to spend a night creating new stories in the city of Chicago. We think that’s a public good. We put this on every year no matter what. And we will continue to do so until the end of time. We love it.

Every year, people ask, “Why don’t you make the race for charity? You know, like race for the cure, or a fun run. If you charged five dollars, people would totally pay to do this. It has to cost you money to put it on!”

While that sentiment is really super double plus nice, and you’re always very generous with the buckets and hats we pass, and while we know you’d be willing to pop a Lincoln to play, we want to make several things very clear. This race is licensed to us via a creative commons non commercial license. At it’s heart, this race is about free imaginative play. It’s about a group of volunteers getting together in order to give you an amazing experience, without expecting anything in return. RAJEN, and JEN in general is a gift. We take that very seriously.

This race has flourished all over the world due to it’s free and open nature. It’s flourished because there aren’t any gatekeepers. Not even $5 stands between someone and playing this game.

That got us thinking, even though we think of RAJEN as our charity work, it might make sense to use it as a mechanism to help other charities we care about.

We are happy to announce that we will be raising money this year for Common Cause’s campaign to educate people on the importance of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that your data shouldn’t be throttled artificially. Net neutrality is the idea that all data over the internet should be treated equally and that there shouldn’t be gatekeepers between you and the information you seek, whether that be a small website like Storyluck.org or a big one like CNN.

This year we will be splitting donations equally with Common Cause. Click here to find out more information on how they are educating people on Net Neutrality.

And click here to sign up as a team for RAJEN.

Thank you for being generous with your money and your time.

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Chicago Solo Festival Festivants

Have you ever seen a herd of hermit crabs? How about a collection of solo shows? Both of these are paradoxes, but only one will be available August 13th to the 23rd at the Solo Chicago Theater Festival.

Solo Chicago Fest Owen Kalt

One special performance will feature Owen Kalt. Owen Kalt is a member of the StoryLuck community and we could not be more excited for him to bring the house down with his show “Danny’s Friend.” He’s done dry runs but that’s not enough to whet my whistle – I cannot wait to see the show again.

Owen’s Show is part of this year’s formidable lineup. Some of these performers were kind enough to talk to StoryLuck: hopefully these brief introductions will reveal just how enjoyable the second annual Solo Chicago theater festival will be.

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5 Easy Ways to Support Your Favorite Local Artist

Something that’s easy to forget when you’re binge reading your favorite author or listening to your new favorite band on repeat is that artist-audience communication is a two-way street. While you’re soaking up everything that your new favorite artist produces, they might just be waiting for a reply. Here are five easy ways to support …

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Congratulations Owen Kalt

Solo Chicago Fest Owen Kalt

Owen Kalt’s show Danny’s Friend has been accepted into the prestigious Solo Chicago Festival. The whole thing is going down between August 13th and the 23rd and you can get a $30.00 pass to see all the shows, or see Owen’s show on the 14th or the 16th for just $15.

August 13 to 23, 2014
Berger Park Coach House Theater
Three Cat Productions is excited to announce the lineup for the second annual presentation of the SOLO Chicago festival. SOLO Chicago will feature individual performances by vocal artists, storytellers, and more. 2014 performers will include Captain Ambivalent, Mary Ruth Clarke, Jillian Erickson, Matt Griffo, Owen Kalt, Barbara Lau, Marissa Lichwick, Megon McDonough, Carson Reiners, Maureen Riley, Laura Scruggs and Debbi Welsh. Each evening will showcase individual presentations by multiple performers.

The festival will run Wednesdays through Saturdays, August 13 to August 23, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Berger Park Coach House Theater, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660.

The SOLO Chicago festival is part of Three Cat Productions’ ongoing effort to offer Chicago artists a creative platform, foster relationships between local performers, and bring new work programming to the Edgewater area.

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The 151 from Stockton

So confession… I’m kind of a crappy Chicagoan (let me put in the caveat that I’m from the Western suburbs before I have the real city dwellers jumping down my throat). I’m a crappy Chicagoan in more than a few ways. I prefer my hotdogs with plain ketchup, and I tend to root for the …

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Speak Easy by Waxwing a Talk by Andy Patton

A long time ago, I asked Andy Patton to talk to me about his game Speak Easy. Now that he’s hit his Kickstarter goal, (We backed him, and so should you!) I’d like to share some of the thoughts he had about the game.

Speakeasy is a Prohibition era role playing game that involves players dividing into two teams—the Mob and the Feds—and wheeling and dealing over the course of three hours to make sure their team comes out on top. To describe it to people I usually ask them if they’ve played Mafia, then say it is like that (minus the problems of Mafia) on steroids.

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How to Make Pervasive Games Safer with Andy Patton

Andy Patton is a Chicago game designer who has worked on projects such as the Mafia-like game called “Speakeasy” and is the founder of Waxwing Puzzle Company, a company that designs clue-based mystery and adventure games for businesses, groups, events, etc. He also runs a successful blog that delves into various aspects of game design. …

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Going to Readings; Eric May features July 22nd at City Lit Books

I don’t know if he would remember this, but I first met Eric May, after a Story Week event. We rode down an elevator together and I listened intently as he spoke about a student’s recent work. Later he featured on an early podcast for us.

We run into each other fairly often, at readings and various events. This city is full of my favorite people, and he fits right into the great stuff going on in Chicago.

“How is your new show going?” He asked me at the Printer’s Row Lit festival.

“Awesome, but it’s hard to explain. You should come and see what we are doing. It’s sort of next level. If you liked the community aspect of the Story Luck show, it’s like that times ten.”

He came, and told two off the cuff tales about last month’s theme, “I’ve never met you, but I think you’re great!” That theme and other’s stories sparked for him, “I’ve never met you, but I bet you know where you’re going,” and, “I’ve never met you, but you look like X famous person!”

“It doesn’t matter what I’m dressed like, or how big a scowl I’m wearing, I’ve just got a look that says to people, He’s friendly and knows where he’s going, we should ask him for directions.” (Not a direct quote.)

Now, because I love Natalia Nebel, I knew he was going to be featuring in January 2015 at Sunday Salon Chicago. But that’s way too far away. I wanted to see him do a proper reading. His book, Bedrock Faith, had just been published to rave reviews and great sales.

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I’ve Never Met You: The Soap Opera aka Host MIA

A couple of years ago, I decided to do divorce, new job, and moving, all at the same time. I did surprisingly well, or at least it seems that way in retrospect. So, naturally, I had the confidence to approach more stressors without fear of losing it. The story below is about being absolutely open to meeting new people, trusting, falling hard, and picking up the pieces.

My stressors of choice this time were moving, job changes, and house guests. The biggest difference to this cocktail was that I am in a happy relationship for this one– to be honest, I think this makes things harder. Divorce was hard, but the only person I had to worry about was myself in that situation. In addition to a partner, I also have a lot more friends than I did last time. I am always concerned with other people’s feelings, so this magnified my issues ten fold.

Moving, job changes, and house guests– NBD, right?

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Its Back! Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night

Is there a need to fear an Apocalypse if we all end up being immortal robots? RAJEN, asks you to explore the city, but it also gets you to question what it means to be human. Story Luck is inviting you! and all your friends in and around Chicago to participate in Robot Apocalypse: Journey …

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