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Day 97: They Still Think I’m a Cat

The suit itches, and it stinks of sweat and other, less pleasant things. Still, it’s all for science, and so I persist. Okay, I’m not really doing cat-science. But I have been buried under several NDAed projects, such as: That one un-announced game design I’ve been forcing all my friends to playtest. That other unannounced…


Mandatory Upgrades

I hate buying new computers. Oh, I love shopping for new computers: catching up on all the improvements since I was last in the market, comparing bells and whistles of various makes and brands, and ferreting out those secret spots on the Internet where the best deals are hiding. Fun stuff! I love having a…


Return of ThanksGaming: This Time It’s Personal

One of the things I love about tabletop gaming is how it fosters a community. It’s especially awesome when that community can give back to the local community around it. Gamers Giving is a non-profit organization dedicated to exactly this sort of thing. One of its largest events each year is ThanksGaming, a sort of…


A Harrowing Tale of Data Survival

When my laptop’s battery dies, it doesn’t give a polite, C-3PO-like, “Pardon me, sir, but I seem to be out of power and will be shutting down now.” Instead, it commits sudden, silent suicide. “Screw you, meatbag! I’m out of here!” More than once, I’ve dived towards the computer, power cable in hand, only to have…


New Blood

This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking on a couple panels at the second annual Fort Collins Comic Con. (Unofficial motto: “We’re bigger than you think!”) The panels were all about running tabletop roleplaying games. Together with Bill Keyes, Sean Patrick Fannon, and Ross Watson, we answered questions from the surprisingly-large crowd about…


Sweet Sounds of Barsoom

Jaxar the Barbarian, aka “that juice-fueled toddler” loves to go on long walks. “Outside!” he cries, pulling at my hand. Once on the sidewalk, he leads me down the street, around the corner, up the hill, and through a thousand miles of orc-infested wilderness en route to Mordor. Or maybe a playground. He likes swinging…


Poking at Patreon

First of all, I should establish that I’m not actually dead. But I have been spending the past few weeks with Dream Quest Academy, helping teach kids about video game development and basic computer programming principles. (Give a kid a block of TNT in Minecraft, he’ll blow it up. Teach a kid how to spawn…


More Machete Madness

Earlier this summer, I wrote that I’d be sharing the Star Wars movies with my family in the now-classic Machete Order. I also promised to let you know how it went… then dropped the ball until now. I found I didn’t miss Episode I at all. And I don’t know if it was the context,…


Return of the Machete Strikes Back Wars

There was a very specific, geeky pride that welled up in my chest when my eldest daughter said, “I need to watch the Star Wars movies.” Oh, she’s seen them before. Sometimes whole movies at a time. But mostly just out of the corner of her eye, while playing with LEGOS or doing some other…


Lords of Perfection

Like many creatives, I suffer from a type of fear known as “perfectionism.” For months, I’ve been taking baby-steps towards publishing my own RPG materials. You’ve seen many of those steps here on the blog. But I’ve been afraid to actually release anything because it never seems quite good enough. I’ve been obsessing over first…