Please allow me to adjust my pants…

Holy hell, how did I go all these years in ignorance of the awesomeness that is the sound of Clutch? I don't know, but I'm dancing the good-time dance now, and that's what really matters. https://youtu.be/zPjkQKfmVI8 Yes, okay, this is kind of a filler post. In all the excitement of figuring out a plausible excuse... Continue Reading →

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A new-school survey about the #OSR

If you do the tabletop roleplaying thing and you've heard of the OSR (better known as #OSR), go take this survey and register your opinion: http://b.link/osr What the hell are you waiting for? Go do it! You don't even have to actually play OSR games. (I don't.) All you have to do is have some... Continue Reading →

Recap: Not-Novel Writing Month is much better than the real Novel Writing Month

For anyone who may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers attempt the Herculean labor of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This year, I got wind of a different challenge; a not-novel writing month, as it were, in which the goal instead is to write a flash fiction story every... Continue Reading →

Let’s not go there

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own... Continue Reading →

What lies or threats had led him there?

Was wondering what to write today, but I found out via a post on Amatopia that some weenie has been trying to smear Tolkien as a closet racist or something from the high pulpit of social justice resentment, and this shall not go unanswered. (Even if only three people read it, damn it, I'm going... Continue Reading →

National Not-Novel Writing Month, day 21: Return of the Silent Kid

This is a followup to The Silent Kid, which is the first Not-NaNo story I posted three weeks ago. I wrote this on Nov. 21 at a NaNoWriMo write-in I went to with my daughter. She's doing the regular NaNo, while I'm doing something a little different. A ghostly smile flitted across Sunny Jim's face... Continue Reading →

Maps in roleplaying games: Unexplored opportunities

Tabletop roleplaying is a game that revolves around maps. If you're not placing figurines on a map surface, you're navigating a mental map that has been provided to you by the gamemaster's description. There's a sizable cottage industry in map illustration in the Tabletop RPG hobby. But often, beyond providing the locations of things that... Continue Reading →

Don’t know the lyrics? Don’t worry, it’s death metal; no one will know the difference.

Number 2,113 in the ever-growing list of reasons why I love metal: This live performance by Amon Amarth. https://youtu.be/lGEoJLIIuow?t=296 Another thing I love about the world of metal: metalheads, and especially metal musicians, are gigantic nerds. (This is reason #19, in case you're keeping track.)

National Not-Novel Writing Month, day 15: A Robocraft story

I play only two video games: Minecraft and Robocraft. What I like about both of them is that they don't feel like video games to me. As a kid (and as an adult when my kids gave me a great excuse) I loved building awesome futuristic vehicles out of Legos and imagining them in combat.... Continue Reading →

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