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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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Red Button

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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Blocked Writer

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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Goodman Games Hardcover

Classic Metamorphosis Alpha Returns!

As many of you might know, I’m finishing up a big project that’s both exciting and personal to me, a new edition of the classic Metamorphosis Alpha roleplaying game. The product is late, but despite a few production setbacks I’m really happy and proud about what we’ve accomplished. I’m hopeful this might get a new generation […]

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Ponythulhu: Friendship Is Madness

Friendship is Madness

A.K.A. The Saga of Ponythulhu It was almost two years ago that my warped brain stumbled upon the idea of combining adorable, magical ponies with the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft. I was running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to print our first card game, Building An Elder God, and we were looking for […]

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Fantitlement /fanˈtītlmənt/ Noun 1. The false belief of fans that their passion and dedication to a person or intellectual property grants them rights and privileges. A few days ago I put my beautiful fiancée on a plane back to Ohio after a great trip out to California to the annual geek gathering known as Comic-Con (the Comic-Con, […]

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