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Writer, Unblock Thyself

Look up at the masthead and below my name you see “Writer • Game Designer.” Notice which one comes first, despite the fact that professionally most people associate me with dozens of roleplaying game titles. And while game writing most certainly is writing, along with the nonfiction articles and blogs I’ve done, when I call myself a “Writer” in the […]

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Adventures in Catfishing

Jamie’s Note: Wow, I haven’t updated this thing for nearly a year. Oops. Been pre-occupied with my daughter’s battle with blood cancer. See our website for information if you would like to know more or order some of the fun, geeky items we have for sale to help out our family. Otherwise, enjoy the new content! […]

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We’re All Weird: Felicia Day Memoir Review

It looked like she was patting our booth reassuringly, or perhaps performing an understated interpretive dance. As I returned from the Starbucks located a convenient dozen yards from our booth, I realized the tiny redhead had reverse-wrapped packing tape around her hand. I set our coffee order down. “Um, what the hell are you doing?” […]

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3 Reasons I Love Metamorphosis Alpha

Quick Metamorphosis Alpha RPG Purchase Links: Pre-Order Physical Book + PDF Download eBook/PDF Only from Signal Fire Studios eBook/PDF Only from DriveThruRPG (This post was originally published in 2013, but in celebration of the eBook launch of the new Metamorphosis Alpha eBook and upcoming “dead tree” version, I’m bringing this back for everyone to know […]

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Why I Love The Dress Debate

Yesterday the internet collectively lost its damn mind over a picture of a dress. On the same day the FCC made a landmark decision over Net Neutrality, Russia threatened to cut gas to Europe, and an American atheist blogger was hacked to death with machetes in Bangladesh … we’re mostly talking about a dress. Also, llamas. […]

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Mexican Jamietini (Martini)

As friends, acquaintances, and your Mom all know, I enjoy cocktails and punches and tipples and toddies. If you look around this very site you’ll note that I’m no stranger to sharing drink recipes. This afternoon delight is a regional favorite of Austin, Texas, and was introduced to me by my awesome Longhorn sister-by-marriage. Tales […]

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6 Modern Ideas That Are Decidedly Ancient

With the ability to communicate over vast distances, fly across the globe, and play Candy Crush Saga while standing in a fast food line, we modern first-world humans are living what would have seemed like fantastic science fiction only a few generations ago. But Third Wave cultural bias means that we look at the distant past […]

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Darkness, Horror, & Maturity in 80s Cartoons

Kid-focused entertainment in the 1980s is best known for being cheaply-produced half-hour advertisements for toys and breakfast cereal. I am proud (or alternately, ashamed) to admit that I was the kid who would rush from the bus stop to pour myself a bowl of crunchy sugar soaked in milk-fat and sit eye-blisteringly close to the family […]

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5 Insane Recent Dangers Faced By Kids

(This article uses NSFW “adult” language and the subject includes children who’ve gotten hurt. While the author makes jokes about the bizarre nature of the incidents, he does not think that an injured child is ever funny.) As summertime heats up the northern hemisphere, so too does the number of emergency room visits for our shortest and dumbest […]

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A Rape of Ice & Fire

*** SPOILERS ARE COMING *** The article below is chock-filled with spoilers for Season 4, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. You have been warned. *** The Internet exploded in sound and fury on Sunday night, the howls of outrage the likely suspect in my recent insomnia. It seems like the entire world is screaming […]

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