Deck of Many Chores, Ver 0.5

Deck of Many Chores (The Return)

About a year ago I started playing with an idea for cards that weren’t used in a game, but rather a way to help families and households manage necessary chores. Inspired by my love of fantasy roleplaying games, I called it the Deck of Many Chores. Its first incarnation was literally hand-drawn on blank cards purchased from […]

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Hauntings & Households - Design Notes

Hauntings & Households

If you follow both my professional career and my personal history as a tabletop gamer you’ll see a couple of clear trends: I love traditional fantasy gaming (i.e. Dungeons & Dragons), I adore horror as a genre, and sometimes I just want to make people laugh. Larry Elmore’s SnarfQuest comic took a D&D-style setup and […]

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Digger & Jamie, Texas (2015)

To My Brother, On His Birthday

I always wanted a younger brother. Two sisters happened; I love them and I’m grateful because growing up with them helped me understand and relate to women. It was a brother that I really wanted, though, but my parents told me it would never happen. I wanted a best friend, sounding board, someone I could […]

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Into the Case

I Made A Thing: Retro-Gaming Console

There was a frenzy of interest and pre-orders when Nintendo announced the NES Classic, an affordable little gadget that would allow us all to play 1980s video games like the old days. But Nintendo pooped the bed when it came to production and distribution. Now the SNES Classic is showing more of the same issues, […]

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Awesome Sauce on Parmesan Cracker

Jamie’s Awesome Sauce

In my gigantic blended family that includes children ages one to twenty, there are only a few things we cook that everyone enjoys. My meat sauce is versatile, stores easily, and is delicious. It does use alcohol and that could be omitted if you abstain or are sensitive to it—though tomatoes include alcohol-soluble flavors that really […]

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Character Sheets

Building Character (Sheets)

Hi, I’m Jamie, and I’m a Dungeon Master. It’s been three weeks since my last game, and I have to admit I’m feeling pretty anxious about getting my hands on some dice. Some of you out there know exactly what I’m talking about. Today I’m thinking about character sheets. For roleplaying games in general, and […]

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Carrion Encounter

A Tale of Two Crawlers

  You never know when you’ll have the dickens of a time in the game publishing business. Indeed it can be the best of times and the worst of times. And with the punishment of this opening paragraph out of the way I can get on with my explanation, having banished any great expectations on […]

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Climbing Out, Cleaning Up, Moving On

Each day most of us get out of bed and clean ourselves up, put on decent clothes, smile when we see others, and present a positive image to the world. “I’m doing fine, things are handled, nothing is really bothering me.” This extends to the online world, where we curate pictures and words to very […]

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Story of Civilization

Remembering History, And Its Damn Good Teacher

Have you ever sat down and thought about the people who made a profound impact on your life? You would likely begin with parents, close friends, personal mentors, inspirational heroes, and if you’re very lucky, teachers. Friday night I learned that my high school history teacher passed away. We were not friends, and in fact […]

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