Alien invasion: love and war

Human culture had prepped the public for the idea of a hostile alien invasion. We never prepared for one that was benevolent.

Jul 3 2017 - 1 min read

Playtesting Avert the Apocalypse

I was sick yesterday so couldn't run, but two Sundays before that, I got to playtest the first session using my [Avert the Apocalypse] hack, first described in [Staying Busy].

Jun 27 2016 - 2 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