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  • What is Play
    What is gaming? What is play? These are clear and concise questions. The answers, however, will vary with each perspective given. Years ago, I used to marvel at the plethora of explanations at what play really means.  The textbook definition of gaming is the practice or activity of playing computer or video games. Immediately, IContinue reading “What is Play”
  • The Many Endings of Mass Effect 3
    A friend and I were discussing the state of the video game industry and Mass effect 3 came up. I had no idea the extent of the controversy surrounding the game. I thought the fan civil war in the Star Wars fandom was hopping. It’s nothing compared to the decisiveness that Mass Effect 3’s endingContinue reading “The Many Endings of Mass Effect 3”
  • Attack of the Sparkle Trolls
    Like a fart in an elevator, there’s no escaping Sparkle Trolls.  What is a Sparkle Troll? I don’t think I could explain any better than this http://felbrigg.blogspot.com/2022/09/sparkle-trolls.html  Sparkle trolls are the role-playing game industry’s version of the dreaded SJW, and this is to say that they worship at the Temple of Wokeness.  The menace thatContinue reading “Attack of the Sparkle Trolls”
  • Dreams and Plays
    The Dream of Rhonabwy is the tale I’m adapting into a stage play that, much like the original, gives a satirical look at contemporary American society, contrasting with a dream of the mythical heroes of the greatest generation. The original piece was set in Welsh times and contrasted with the age of King Arthur. TheContinue reading “Dreams and Plays”
  • Thoughts On Tabletop Game Reviews
    On thinking about Ttrpg game reviews and how to write them, I gravitated from a pure book review to a game review before deciding on an in-depth hybrid of the two. I researched other sites and surprisingly, the reviews I did encounter are just generic listings of the synopsis of the game followed by aContinue reading “Thoughts On Tabletop Game Reviews”
  • Review of Atomic Punk 2160
      Atomic Punk 2160 is a post-apocalyptic OSR roleplaying game set in the nuclear wastelands of the former United States of America. Jonathan Torres, the game’s designer has stated that he was heavily inspired by the Classic Fallout series of video games when creating this game. First, I have no real knowledge of or experienceContinue reading “Review of Atomic Punk 2160”
  • Production Journal
    When I was seven HBO released a teaser that aired before feature presentations. It was an aerial view of a miniature city, complete with running vehicles. I was enthralled and instantaneously hooked by the worlds of miniatures. To this day, I love to build terrain and landscapes for a wide variety of applications, including, TTRPGContinue reading “Production Journal”
  • May 18, 1980
    The branch swayed, his two brown eyes peered through the gap, the deer was close, grazing, and oblivious to his presence. Turning away he let the branch slide quietly back, his reddish- brown shaggy hair glistening in the morning light. The hunt had ensued at dawn in a clearing on the south side of theContinue reading “May 18, 1980”
  • A Book Review: Game Wizards
    I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons and role-playing games when I was six years old. Chris, my older brother, had brought the Moldvay Basic Set home one afternoon. Admittedly, I didn’t really understand what I was doing other than exploring a planet named Oerth, but over the next few years we would play moreContinue reading “A Book Review: Game Wizards”
  • What happened to Guillermo Del Toro’s The Hobbit?
    After the financial success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema was interested in adapting The Hobbit to the big screen. Peter Jackson was offered the director role, but he turned the studio down. However, he did return as a writer and executive producer. In the spring of 2008 Jackson would hireContinue reading “What happened to Guillermo Del Toro’s The Hobbit?”
  • Mountaintop
    Deep in the Ozark mountains giant trees swayed against the earth. No birds chirped. No bugs squawked. The forest is silent as the sun sets below the mountains. The 41st battalion Search and Rescue team had been annihilated. Heads ripped from torsos had been strewn across a rocky ledge. Near the back of the ledgeContinue reading “Mountaintop”
  • Conan and The Rings of Power through The Eye of The World
    Not so long ago in a reality far far away the fandom rejoiced and heralded the release of a television show, video game, or film based on their favorite IPs. That was before the dark times, before the Empire of Woke snatched the levers of the media that control the mob, and ultimately the powerContinue reading “Conan and The Rings of Power through The Eye of The World”
  • Media Convergence in Role – Playing Games
    Media Convergence in Role – Playing Games “media convergence, phenomenon involving the interconnection of information and communications technologies, computer networks, and media content. It brings together the “three C’s”—computing, communication, and content—and is a direct consequence of the digitization of media content and the popularization of the Internet. Media convergence transforms established industries, services, andContinue reading “Media Convergence in Role – Playing Games”
  • On Amazon’s Rings of Power
    “My main point about films is that I don’t like the adaptation process, and I particularly don’t like the modern way of comic book-film adaptations, where, essentially, the central characters are just franchises that can be worked endlessly to no apparent point.” – Alan Moore On the Rings of Power Adaptation. Initially, I was aghastContinue reading “On Amazon’s Rings of Power”
  • The King’s Ax
    “Please, cut the shit,” said Ella. She looked the young lawyer in his eyes, “Give me the check and you get the keys to the facility.” She smiled. “You did make sure it’s a cashiers check, correct?” “Yes Mrs Jaimes,” he said as placed the briefcase on the table. He pulled out papers, shoving themContinue reading “The King’s Ax”

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“You can make anything by writing.”

C.S. Lewis

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