What the Hell Is Wrong With Gamers?

Green Ronin Publishing recently put out an open call for female game designers for a specific project. I used to be one of the Ronin, and I was proud to see them doing something that everyone should have been doing years ago: forcing the issue to give women more of a chance to be game […]

Breaking Into the Gaming Biz

This is a question I get asked from time to time: “I’m a writer/artist/editor; how can I break into the gaming industry?” The first piece of advice I give ANYONE looking for work in the gaming industry is this: Don’t quit your day job. With your day job you have (one assumes) guaranteed income as […]

Trek of a Lifetime

Two things had me thinking of the classic, 1960s-era Star Trek television series. First BBC America is running mini-marathons every Friday starting late in the afternoon where they run four or five episodes, then loop them for a second showing, ending well after midnight. Second, famous gamer-dude John Wick has been talking on his Facebook […]

Trip Report: Geneva Steam

I’ve attended EVERY SINGLE ONE of the Geneva Steam conventions! Okay, that’s only three so far, and since it’s a mere hour’s drive from my home, it’s not really that much of an accomplishment. Even so, Geneva Steam is a small but growing steampunk convention, and I find I’m enjoying it more every year. The […]

My Own Brush With Political Money

It’s no secret that political campaigns aren’t free. Whoever said that anyone (any native-born citizen of the United States, that is) can run for President of the United States is clearly delusional. No one could even consider running for US President without a substantial campaign fund — hundreds of millions of dollars, in this case […]

Geneva Steam Coming Up!

Two well turned-out Steampunks in the Vendor’s Room from last year’s Geneva Steam. I’ll be attending steampunk convention Geneva Steam Con the weekend of March 10-12. The convention is being held at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin. I’ll be participating in two events at the convention, both on Saturday. At 3 PM I’ll […]

Working the Polls On Election Day

First thing that happens when you want to be a poll worker is you have to attend a mandatory training and swearing in session. The swearing in is important, as you are acting as a temporary government official when you work the polls. For each new election you work, you have to attend an additional […]

Getting Animated!

I’ve been hooked by several animated TV shows recently, and I find them just the right mix of goofy, immature humor, clever plotting, interesting character development, and sly, understated humor. The first one is Steven Universe, which I’ve written about before. The second is Gravity Falls, and the third is my most recent discovery, Star […]

Tales From The Game Store, vol. 2: Phone Antics

Many years ago (back in the 1980s, in fact) I fielded a phone call. Me: “Pegasus Games, how may I help you?” Pause Him: “Do you have any airplanes available?” Me: “Yes, we do.” Him: “How big are they?” Me: (Measuring) “Oh, they range from an inch to three inches, nose to tail.” Pause. Him: […]

A Few Updates and Some News…

Glad to leave January 2017 behind, frankly – it was not my best month ever. It began with the death of my Mother-in-Law on January 9 — between my wife and I, this was our last surviving parent — followed immediately by having to euthanize my 17 year-old cat the very next day. Midwinter Gaming […]