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On the Road Again…Kinda

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Since talking about where I am, metaphorically, last Monday, this seems a good point to go over where I’ll be, literally, over the next few months. Mostly, I’ll be home, getting work done. Everyone’s happier, that way. But I will be popping over to a couple of conventions this summer and beyond. I had to turn down cons in Croatia […]

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The Munchkin Card I Couldn’t Draw

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This popped up on my Twitter radar, today: To which  Andrew Hackard, my great friend and Munchkin Tzar, responded: It all came to my attention when the challenge was accepted: OK, then. Here we go: I’ve drawn over 5,000 Munchkin cards at this point. Hope-and-Crosby-like, I’m healthily on the road to Card  #6,000. I’ve scribbled monsters and mayhem and […]

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Welcome Back…

HEY - remember that time I was a Guest Artist on my own dang game?

Hi there! It’s been, what (Takes out pocket watch. Glances at it.) four months since I’ve posted any updates here? OOPS! Oh, ha. What an absent-minded silly I can be. (Puts watch away. Gets ready to bolt.) Eeeek. Um, errrr…what can I say? It’s been a busy time, and I’m sorry things have slipped a bit, on […]

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Warpcon And On and On

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Happy 2016! Just a quick note to let you guys know that I’m going back to Warpcon in a few weeks, and I’m as giddy as a Japanese anime schoolgirl before the tentacles arrive. WHAT: Warpcon 2016 WHEN: January 29-31. 2016 WHERE: University College, Cork Warpcon is one of those conventions that’s become like family […]

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Crawling Into 2016

2015 was a year. As has been the case for quite some time, the takeaway from it all is that I am ridiculously blessed. You can insert “privileged” or “lucky” for “blessed,” if you’re so inclined. I’m not sure which applies more. All I know is I’m incredibly fortunate to find myself in a position […]

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The Spoiler Blame Game

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  When are we officially allowed to talk about this? Surely the Internet has set a date. I *really* want to talk about this. — John Kovalic (@muskrat_john) December 18, 2015 Who’s at fault when a movie gets spoiled?  My take: Opening weekend, the fault is 100% on the person (here simply known as “the Spoiler”) leaking the spoiler. […]

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Star Wars Openings, Past and Present

Star Wars Openings, Past: STAR WARS (1977) – I’d read about “Star Wars” crossing the Atlantic, on a 747, possibly listening to Fleetwood Mac on the god-awful earbuds you rented from the airlines for $4, back then. I was 14, and the summer holidays were upon us. We were returning Stateside to visit my grandparents, and drive across […]

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DM Me (Part II)

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Here’s the thing: Not long after painting minis again, and running my first DMing sessions in, what, 15 years for my nieces and nephews, I stumbled across some old files I’d saved. My campaign maps from the late 80s and early 90s. And lightbulbs went off. The Southern Lands are not particularly auspicious, as roleplaging campaigns go. […]

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DM me! (Part I)

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Last weekend, for the first time in maybe 15 years (and possibly – gulp – more), I DM’ed me some Dungeons and Dragons. This may come as a surprise to some folks, given the roleplaying cred of my comic strip, Dork Tower. It sure shocked the heck out of me, once I did the maths. Don’t […]

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Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.

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Yesterday’s DORK TOWER: I am all four characters, though the last panel is (I think) obviously most me. Much has been shown to us, at this point, from Episode VII. More than there ever was for Episode I, by far. So though this was my reaction to the first Episode I trailer, way back when…I […]

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