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 when I sat across the kitchen table from her, learning how to shuffle cards. Despite being severely right-handed, I shuffle left-handed due to my attempts to mirror my mother’s hands as she shuffled. When I was a little older, she taught me how to play Pinochle and Solitaire. Pinochle was difficult because of the ‘meld’ phase and figuring out the score after each hand. I felt ‘grown up’ when we played Pinochle though. Continue reading “Why I Shuffle My Cards Backwards”
Just a quick post to let everyone know that I am behind on writing due to an overwhelming amount of gaming in my schedule these past weeks. The good news is that I am having fun playing as often as half a dozen times per week. The bad news is that I’m tired and haven’t had the energy to do much else.
Here’s a quick peak at the FUDGE game I will be running for the Game Master’s Fair in Raleigh, April 30th:
Shock and disbelief spread through London as a series of grisly murders in the impoverished east end of the city gain media attention. The year is 1888 and five women have been brutally murdered in the slums of London by a serial killer known as The White Chapel Murderer. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and their compatriots wade through the evidence provided by Scotland Yard. Will they be able to apprehend Jack The Ripper before another victim meets a bloody end?
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 single game session ahead of time
Keep my antagonists organized and ready for re-use and recycling
Pack my bag of GM equipment well before it is time to head out the door
3. Share more
Post more of the projects that I do, it doesn’t take long to summarize
Take more photos of visuals as I am creating them to share
Post more often, blog/tweet/write ahead to keep the content flowing regularly Continue reading “Gamer’s Resolutions”