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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has purchased the Montreal-based app developer Tribal Nova. Tribal Nova does excellent work-- well played HMH!

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Too often in kids' gaming, I find that clients want to build overly complicated, sometimes convoluted story lines to help their games along. I can certainly understand the instinct to do so. The idea is to contextualize the action, to give the user a call to action and motivate gameplay. That having been said, I'm coming to the conclusion that less story, if handled nicely, can be better.

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Several weeks ago, after much thought, I finally ordered a set of the Blackwing 602 pencils recently re-issued by the Cal Cedar Pancil Company as The Palomino Blackwing. I've long been fascinated by Blackwings-- for those uninitiated with the them, Blackwings were a pencil produced by Eberhard Faber and noted for their very even, thick black lines and even strokes. A small amount of wax was mixed with the lead, making the effort of drawing or writing easier. Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheim, and John Steinbeck were each 602 enthusiasts.

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Amélie Graux is a Parisian Illustrator of children's books. We got one about eating recently for our daughter. Every page is sweet and beautiful. As an illustrator, Graux has a really great rhytm and weight to every drawing. The design of every drawing is lovely as well. There aren't any sample pages of her books on her portfolio webstite, but it's very much worth the look...

http://grasduchou.ultra-book.com/book

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