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My kickstarter continues on – 13 days left!

If you haven’t seen my Kickstarter project for the card and dice game I developed with some friends, what are you doing?  Get on over there! 😀  I kid.  But I don’t kid. Anyhow, we posted another update today highlighting the voting developments and pointing to a mention of the game on a Welsh newsletter […]

Recent gaming 5 – 11 October

#WhatDidYouPlayMondays #GameLog for 5 October to 11 October 2015 Stealing an idea from Rolfe for a bit of blogging content, here’s this week’s playlog. Card Games: Dead Man’s Draw, Quiddler, Machi Koro, Space Hulk: Death Angel Board Game: Between Two Cities, Forbidden Desert I’ll post a mini review of one game each week after the […]

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir We read this book for my SF group this month in anticipation of the film being released soon.  Amazing! Through a cascading set of mishaps, Mark Whatney is left for dead on Mars by his fellow astronauts. This novel tells the exciting and harrowing tale of attempt to survive.  A […]

In Which I tell Real Simple Magazine about zombies

Real Simple magazine ran a piece on Zombies in this year’s October magazine, and guess who’s quoted in the article?  Thanks to Kate Booth for sending me the pictures.

I inadvertently took June off from blogging

It’s been a busy month around here, working on writing projects and creative projects and, well, work.  In all that time, I’ve just fallen off the blogging train.  Sorry about that! Quick updates: Not much reading this month.  I read Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.  It was good. Plenty of gaming.  It was […]

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: […]