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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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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Hitting the Reset Button

Most people engage in self-evaluation and goal-setting at the end of the year or as the new one begins. For me it typically comes up on my birthday, as my brain inevitably begins to focus on questions like “What have you accomplished?” and “What the hell is wrong with you?” In years past I’ve given myself a pat […]

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Work In Progress: The Deck of Many Chores

I have a number of concrete projects going into the new year — g’bye 2016, we won’t miss you! — including RPG stuff, card games, fiction, and more. But I also have a few ideas that have been little more than vague, unformed blobs. Spending some time pushing these concepts forward is a a goal for 2017. The first […]

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Close to Home … An Autobiographical Review of Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

Close to Home … An Autobiographical Review of Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons There is no such thing as an unbiased review, but in this instance my prejudices go beyond the norm. I love Michael Witwer’s biography of the late Gary Gygax, but I’m also connected to the material […]

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