National Not-Novel Writing Month, day 1: The Silent Kid

Apparently if you're doing the short-story-per-day challenge instead of NaNoWriMo, you're supposed to also post it on your blog. I hesitate to do this because it'll be painfully obvious if I fail to keep up, and also because I'm not sure I want everyone to see my first-draft stuff. But oh, well, what the hell.... Continue Reading →

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Industrial outlaw country: What I’m listening to

Yes, that's a real thing. Shooter Jennings and his dad Waylon (you may have heard of him) got together on a project they called Fenixon. And it. Is. Awesome. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIqrniRy81pWWueofzuqBDPdW0r_v0MJ_ I've never been a fan of country music, nor have I generally given industrial the time of day, but I really like this. I've never... Continue Reading →

A quote

The paradox of the arts is that they are all made up and yet they allow us to get at truths about who and what we are or might be. - Seamus Heaney (h/t Cristian Mihai, irevuo.art)

Poetic robberies

There were plenty of deadly stagecoach holdups in the Old West, but the famous stagecoach robber, Black Bart, had a very different modus operandi: politeness and poetry. Guns were involved, of course -- he used a double-barreled shotgun in all his robberies -- but he never fired a shot. His robberies were always very well... Continue Reading →

Nate Champion’s last stand

Nate Champion knew too much. For years, Champion and his small ranch had been a thorn in the side of the Wyoming Stock Growers' Association, a cabal of the biggest ranchers in the Johnson County area. The cattlemen insisted that Champion and his fellow small settlers were rustlers, constantly stealing cattle out of the bigger... Continue Reading →

What gives a roleplaying game “staying power”?

Apparently August is the annual RPG-a-Day month, where bloggers post their thoughts about a specifice tabletop roleplaying each day, a different question/prompt every day. Of course I'm only finding out that this is a thing at the END of August...but hey, at least I found it. The Geeklife Balance blog had a great, brief response... Continue Reading →

A behavioral analyst takes on tabletop roleplaying

I stumbled across a very interesting article in which a certified behavior analyst (basically a clinical psychologist) takes an interesting look at why roleplaying gamers love their weird hobby so much. Read it and tell me what you think. If you hadn't played before and never saw the appeal, would this help you see why someone might... Continue Reading →

I’ve been doing it wrong

After a few months of following some diehard OSR bloggers, I've come to the conclusion that they're right: I've been doing tabletop roleplaying wrong. So I'm changing course with the FAR System and FAR Western. From here on out, I follow in the hallowed footsteps of Saint Gygax. No more percentile dice or fancy critical... Continue Reading →

My own old west(ish) rifle

I happen to have a lever-action rifle of my own, but it's a Marlin, not a Winchester. The Marlin company produced its rifles beginning in 1870, playing a very distant second in the lever-action rifle market. My particular Marlin is definitely not an Old West relic; it was manufactured in 2009. And it's chambered in... Continue Reading →

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