A Tribute to My Father

My father was so gregarious! He loved people and made friends wherever he went. Dad loved the companionship and conversations he shared with others. He always greeted folks with a big smile. His upbeat sense of humor was contagious. Today I want you to remember him at his happiest, when he was surrounded by friends […]

Why I Shuffle My Cards Backwards

I have many fond memories of card games as a child, but in every one of those memories, I’m shuffling the cards wrong.  I have no intention of learning how to do it ‘right’ either. My mother taught me how to play my first card games: Go Fish and Slap Jack.  I was 3-4 years old […]

Complete Campaign – Lessons Learned Along the Way, Part 4

After finishing up the first campaign that I’ve intentionally completed, I have contemplated the lessons learned.  This was the most character driven and story intensive game I had ever run.  Today I’m covering the Audio and Visual aids that made the campaign feel more real. Music! Battle music consisted mostly of movie sound tracks.  Since […]

Complete Campaign – Lessons Learned Along the Way, Part 3

After finishing up the first campaign that I’ve intentionally completed, I have contemplated the lessons learned.  This was the most character driven and story intensive game I had ever run.  In this short series I’ll be sharing a few examples from the Solo Ravenloft campaign. Hopefully you’ll end up inspired to try something different for […]

Complete Campaign – Lessons Learned Along the Way, Part 1

This weekend I will be wrapping up the first campaign that I’ve ever completed. EVER. I’ve learned a lot from the process and am quite thrilled at the idea of finishing a campaign on purpose with a fairly tidy ending (I hope). I feel that this was one of the most interactive and fun to […]

Gamer’s Resolutions

Promises to Myself for the New Year 1. Stretch myself as a player Create more complex characters Really get into their heads Have my characters evolve more during game play Get a better handle on my vocal accents and avoid accent drift 2. Organize myself as a GM Have material read for more than a […]

Review: Obsidian Portal – Collaborative & Informative

After the great Obsidian Portal workshop that Eric ran the other day, I thought I’d share some basic information for those that did not get to attend. Benefits of Obsidian Portal over other Wiki Sites Made by gamers for gamers – Obsidian Portal has features other Wiki’s don’t, such as character pages that only the […]

Can’t wait for GURPS!

I am very excited to be invited to play in a Victorian/SteamPunk GURPS campaign. The game seems very exciting from the journal entries of the other players and discussing the game with a few players and the GM. I have not had this level of anticipation for a game in a LONG time. Going crazy […]

Tweets & Gamers

So last night, I came home from an interesting night out with a bunch of my gamer friends. We had an interesting time at a sports bar. I was tired but stopped to check my email and twitter before bed. Most of the people I follow and who follow me on Twitter are gamers. By […]

Video Games – Thinking Back Fondly

The first electronic games that I remember playing were on Bally’s home console system, the Astrocade. These were fairly simple games but they were definitely fun. I remember that there was a 2 player old west gun fight game, a video poker game, a game where 2 players had long ‘worms’ that grew and grew […]