Category Archives: Exploration

Gaming and Dancing – Unexpected Parallels

I was talking with my wife over a nice Valentine’s dinner out on Saturday and we got onto the topic of similarities among the things I enjoy. She identified that I approach all the things that I enjoy the same … Continue reading

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Braving the Breadth of the Dice Pool – Branching Out

I’ve been discovering a lot of exciting new game systems these days, new ways to use dice and some rules to tell vivid stories. My time of blissful insularity within the D&D 4e bubble has apparently ended sometime in the … Continue reading

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Stories that Shape Us: Vulnerable Heroes – X-Com RPG

X-COM – UFO: Enemy Unknown and its sequels from the early 90’s are often hailed as one of the best video games ever made. I only played the original, just a few years ago and loved it.  I never got … Continue reading

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Playing One Piece: Crafting Epic Pirate Adventures

At long last, I have found a way to join two of my favorite pastimes: role-playing games and One Piece. One Piece is a story of adventure and friendship set in a world of islands and seas during a golden … Continue reading

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Leverage is for Elves Too (Part 2)

In my first post on using Leverage RPG to tell heroic epic fantasy stories, I identified some areas of the ruleset designed for the caper genre that would need to be tweaked to successful embody the genre of fantasy. These … Continue reading

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Leverage is for Elves Too.

“It’s not about the money. I want to bring that corrupt wizard down so he can’t ruin anybody else’s life like he did ours.” “I see. Men like him are dangerous to be sure. They think they can do whatever … Continue reading

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The Pacific NW in Instax

My lovely wife Lizzy and I had a wonderful long weekend as guests of Liz’s sister Jess in her home in Tacoma.  While there we saw Seattle in the aftermath of it’s snowpocalypse, took a side trip to Portland, had … Continue reading

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Braving the Depths of the Dice Pool

Lately, I have been intrigued to no end by the little game Arcane Heroes by Michael Wolf available under Creative Commons at Stargazer’s World. It’s rules-lite (only 5 pages) and extremely slick for what it can do. I appreciate elegant and simple … Continue reading

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Modular Meals – Maximizing Fillifying Combos.

Wouldn’t you know it, the day after I wrote the first of these posts on Food Efficiency, our handy microwave died. The irony is that Lizzy and I had just been talking about this Modular Meals idea and we were … Continue reading

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Modular Meals – Exploring Food Efficiency

I like low-maintenance food. The following food maintenance issues are powerful deal breakers in how I attribute value to foods: refrigeration requirements, portability, prep, cooking, attention required (i.e. 2 hands, a watchful eye, set-down-able-ness, mess), leftovers, clean-up, not to mention the biggest Food Efficiency … Continue reading

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