Playing Champions Now post-release

What is this new spin on classic Champions?

Jun 10 2020 - 5 min read

What's an indie game?

Look for flames in the comments

Jan 19 2020 - 1 min read

A shipping filk

With friendships for PCs and things, You can see what teenage love brings, With your fangirl squee you’re off on a trip, With a quivering…

Jan 11 2020 - 1 min read

Back from GeekGirlCon

Pictures and links from #GGC19

Nov 18 2019 - 1 min read

Going to GeekGirlCon

I haven’t been back to GGC in a few years, but I’ll be there this Sunday to support an artist friend, and see what there is to see. I don’t…

Nov 16 2019 - 1 min read

A Taxonomy of RP

Cutscenes, recaps, and PBP - what am I talking about when I talk about the act of playing a game?

Nov 13 2019 - 1 min read

The Unmasking part 2

I'd written about the Monday Masks game ending [earlier](/2018/10/30/the-unmasking/). Tonight, we saw the penultimate episode. And I'm pretty happy about how things are wrapping up. Why is that?

Nov 26 2018 - 2 min read

The Unmasking

The game I've been playing for over a year, colloquially known as "Monday Masks", is coming to an end. I don't know if it'll be in two sessions or twenty. So what should I make of all this?

Oct 29 2018 - 3 min read

Livetweeting Solo

A long time ago, on a Blu-Ray far far away...

Oct 28 2018 - 4 min read

Writing Resources

Here's a big master list of resources for people doing creative writing.

Jul 14 2017 - 3 min read

Why We Play

Political posts don't normally appear in this space.

Nov 22 2016 - 4 min read

Star Wars Headcanon

I like putting thought into the reasons why a setting must work a certain way.

Aug 24 2016 - 8 min read

Staying Busy

The last several weeks have been pretty busy. I've been slow to post, so here's a recap of recent work.

Jun 2 2016 - 3 min read

Deconstructing Doc Smith, Part 2

This is a continuation of part 1, [Deconstructing Doc Smith](/2016/03/24/deconstructing-doc-smith/). In this part, I'll be talking about the underlying model of a typical Doc Smith universe, the unfo...

Apr 16 2016 - 3 min read

Deconstructing Doc Smith

[Film Crit Hulk] writes about "breaking a story". Rather than constructing a story, the goal is to take a story you're familiar with, or want to tell, and separate it into its component pieces. So I'm...

Mar 24 2016 - 6 min read


Two ideas came together for me this morning: a discussion of the mass graves of London, and the recent victory of AlphaGo over Lee Sedol. No, really.

Mar 13 2016 - 2 min read

Gundam Gaiden

Thinking more about the [Souls of Steel playtest](/2015/10/12/souls-of-steel/) at GeekGirlCon spurred me to combine two of my anime interests: giant mecha and romantic comedy. No, seriously.

Oct 22 2015 - 2 min read

More Top Ten Super-Tropes (that I absolutely love)

After writing about the [Top Ten Super-Tropes](/2015/10/01/top-ten-supertropes/) that bother me the most, I thought I would talk about the tropes in superhero gaming that really make it work for me as...

Oct 4 2015 - 6 min read

Top Ten Super-Tropes (that I hate)

I recently backed the [Masks] Kickstarter, and I think it will be well worth it. Before that, I backed the [Daring Comics RPG]. Before that, I've played any number of supers settings, at any number of...

Oct 1 2015 - 10 min read