Showing the DudeBros the Door

I don't play many video games, but I remain on the informed fringe of that world because many of my friends and peers DO play them, and because so many aspects of video game culture - and critique thereof - have direct bearing on the tabletop gaming culture of which I AM a part. The video game hobby gets most of the press because it has grown into a huge industry, but almost everything that is going on in that sphere is also going on in the much smaller sphere of tabletop gaming. In other words, both hobbies are engaged in a struggle over issues of representation, equality, and access. And as … [Read More...]

A Monkey's Harp

Not Today, My Friend. Not Today

Several things have been swimming in my brain for the past few days -- My plans and hopes for becoming actively involved in justice/equality/human rights issues. My plans for creating and sharing ideas for growing as a tabletop roleplayer. My reborn itch to run/facilitate games again, and my desire to work on and finish some of the half-baked designs I've left lying dormant for years.Of course a lot of this energy has been fueled by my time at GenCon, which has fueled bursts of similar energies in the past. This time it also has a lot to do with a wakeup call regarding P.G. Holyfield, a … [Read More...]

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Vegas After Midnight: Aces High

I’ve cooked up a set of thematic statements about the four Aces in Vegas After Midnight, and decided to put them in graphic form, like I do. Here they are – the Ace of  Diamonds, the Ace of Spades, the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Clubs.  


Apocalypse 2: The Un-Mickening

Yesterday’s post about Vegas After Midnight not being post-apocalyptic generated this excellent comment on Facebook from my buddy-bro Daniel Perez, and I want to immortalize it here so it doesn’t get lost, because there’s not a person in the world who doesn’t get all giddy when somebody expresses something that proves they totally smell what… [Continue Reading]


Apocalypse? Answering a Vegas After Midnight FAQ

Well, actually, I don’t know how frequent a question needs to be before it becomes a “frequently” asked question, but this is a question that got asked a lot in the early days, and yesterday I got a message from a friend asking it again in the context of my recent post on the High… [Continue Reading]

Enter the High Rollers

Here’s a look at the 18 High Rollers represented with their card ranks in Vegas After Midnight. And to help you get a feel for where i’m going with this. here are a few notes: Each of the suits is symbolic of a general realm of evocative aspects: SPADES covers the realm of Chaos, Destruction,… [Continue Reading]


Vegas After Midnight 2013: My Approach

Now, when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. — Apollo Creed, Rocky III Way back when, I used to create roleplaying scenarios and campaigns with intent to run them… [Continue Reading]