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Shake us and we rattle…

Some friends and I have been working at some board games, recently, and we’re very near to putting our first print-n-play game up for people to see, try, download, and so on.  As part of the project, I’m starting to tweet and blog over on that website occasionally, so that there’s content there, and stuff.  […]

On Game Design: The Kitchen Sink

I am an unabashed sucker for Kitchen Sink games.  I don’t know where I first heard this idiom applied to game design, but I definitely can’t claim it for myself.  I’m using the term to describe the following kinds of games: They have lots of complex, interconnecting rules They have multiple game mechanics to learn, […]

April 29, IN HISTORY – labor relations

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. For some reason, lots of photos from Aprils 29th were available, we have Presidents, Writers, Opera Singers, plus bombs and wreckage.  Enjoy! President Opera Singers Writer Upton Sinclair […]

On Baltimore

Thinking about Baltimore this morning, I recall this Martin Luther King Jr quote I read a few years ago: It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist […]

Dispatch from the Age of Electracy: C2E2 edition

One of my prized possessions (thank you, Joe Hancock and Joy Sperling) is a Dawn of the Dead poster signed by George Romero, Ken Foree, David Emgee, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross.  Among the various bits of stuff that the seller provided were photos of the signings — attesting to their provenance.  With C2E2 today, […]

April 15, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Unbreakable

I’m not sure how much of an essay is worth writing here.  Slate excellent pieces about the race issues in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and in particular the disturbing trope of the “hilarious black neighbor” trope that has become so common.  Aisha Harris writes: The tongue-in-cheek song will be familiar to anyone who’s followed the news […]

Games: Why you should be a Cheapass

  One of the first game companies I learned about back when I started collecting interesting games was Seattle’s own Cheapass Games, headed by James Ernest.  In my collection, I have old copies of Kill Dr. Lucky, Deadwood Studios, and some kind of space game with rabbits  (I have to admit, of those three, I’ve […]

March 11, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. There was only one good March 11 photo in the Flickr Commons stream:

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton If you don’t read XKCD or Munroe’s weekly “What If?” column over at xkcd.com, you’re really missing out.  This book collects some of the best What If columns, plus adds a bunch of new ones.  It’s a simple premise: […]

March 4, IN HISTORY (The Inauguration Edition)

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. What do Lincoln, Taft, and Wilson all have in common?  March 4 Inauguration day! After George Washington set the date as March 4 at his second inaugural, every […]

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Obsolete before it ships

Charles Stross reflected on the relentless pace of culture and the difficulty of writing about the near future or the present in a post about his book Rule 34: There is a certain pub in Edinburgh that I’ve used as a setting for some key scenes, because it’s quarried out of the side of a […]

Whither game reviews?

How shall I write about games on my blog? As you’ve surely noticed, I’m playing a lot of board games lately and would like to write something about them on my blog.  I hesitate to do reviews because there are lots of good game reviewers who give games several plays before they review them, and […]

Sous Chef

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney, narrated by Fred Berman Sous Chef is part detailed explanation, part memoir, part battle narrative.  It recalls a day in the life of the assistant chef at a mid-level “star rated” restaurant in New York.  Gibney does a great job explaining both what the day […]

February 25, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. Also (from Wikipedia): 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver. 1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation. […]