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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Another gaming thing I got totally wrong

Digging into the excellent Emperor's Notepad blog, I came across this post: You are (probably) doing it wrong: Hit points, literature, and D&D. Oh, really? You're going to defend hit points? Bring it on! Good luck, because I have NOT been doing it wrong, and... Oh. Well, you've got a pretty good point there. Well, yes, as it... Continue Reading →

When I win the lottery…

I will buy one of these. Or better yet, that one. Because those things are difficult to find, and even if you did find one, it wouldn’t be as nearly flawless as this one. And I will buy a whole bunch of land out here: And I will build a nifty house, not big, but... Continue Reading →

State of the FAR System

With warmer weather, fragrant blossoms, and new leaves, this seems like a good time to assess the state of the FAR System and what's next. First, a bit of new news: We're on RPGnow.com and drivethrurpg.com as Two Far Publishing. Nothing uploaded yet, but I'm working on a gaming aid that will probably go up... Continue Reading →

Friction checks: A way to add realism and excitement to your game

It's like the fog of war—but different. Where the fog of war usually refers generally to battlefield confusion, the concept of friction goes a step farther, quantifying the natural unpredictability of human reactions to threat, surprise, and stress. People who study human performance in combat have found that a predictable percentage of people—even trained soldiers—will fail... Continue Reading →

Old West prescription shades

Did you know that people in the Old West actually wore sunglasses? It was a surprise to me. I've been thinking about guns, horses, clothes, provisions, even eyeglasses...but sunglasses never occurred to me. While doing research on the Allen Pepperbox gun, I stumbled across a dramatic part the gun played in early Mormon history and... Continue Reading →

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