Into the arena, and back out again.

I had been hearing talk about a game called For Honor recently.  I looked into it and was intrigued.  Brutal melee combat.  Knights versus Vikings versus Samurai.  I was excited at first, and then I slowly came to realize that this game seemed heavily focused on player-versus-player combat.  Yes, there's a single player campaign, and there's also co-op versus A.I. options, but it still seemed the real meat of the game was focused on players fighting other players.  I'm sure the game is ver...

Adventures at Katsucon!

Katsucon was a blast.  It's always a blast.  We spoke on some very well-attended panels (thank you!), met some great people, reunited with some old friends, and generally had the awesome time we've come to expect from a Katsucon weekend.  But aside from all that, there were a couple of stand-out adventures I got to have this year that made the weekend especially enjoyable. I got to join a pirate crew.  It's not a real ship (duh) nor do I have any regular obligations to terrorize the seven...

Enjoying myself.

It's taken me thirty seven years to finally be able to say this with confidence:  I finally feel attractive. I want to add an important disclaimer to that statement.  My beautiful, loving wife has never made me feel unattractive or ugly.  She has shown me nothing but love and support in all the years we've been together, so the above statement is not an implication that she has done anything to diminish my perception of myself.  But even with all her support, and being plainly attracted t...

And once again, Katsucon.

Garth and I will be making our return to KATSUCON this weekend! This is a big show that has treated us very well over the years, in terms of attendance, sales, atmosphere, and the friendliness of both the attendees and the staff.  Big shows with lots of sales are great for our finances, but not always great for our hearts.  The sheer enormity of big shows and the constant activity can be very draining.  Small shows with less sales can be a strain on o...

A blog about nothing.

I was wrapping up a tabletop roleplaying game with my friends last night when I realized I hadn't written today's blog.  I was stumped.  Besides my seething outrage over U.S. politics (which I did not have the energy to blog about) I didn't have anything to write about.  My friends tried to provide some helpful suggestions. "Write about our game!"  I said I've written about the joys of tabletop gaming, both in general and with this group of friends in particular. "Write about us!"  I ...

Backtracking

Everyone has moments in their life that if they had chosen differently would have lead them down a path to being someone entirely different from who they are presently. Every moment is like that, technically, but some moments are bigger than others. I have gone through a number of them, most pretty typical. The moment I chose Virginia Tech. The moment I changed my major from physics to industrial design. The moment my buddy Larom introduced me to Mega Tokyo and taught me how to separate my scann...

A man of character.

I recently posted the second of our two January vlogs.  I talked about (hopefully) amusing facts regarding the characters of STAR POWER; their origins, their development, and working with Garth to bring them to life.  I mentioned that I'm one of those people who has a cast of characters banging around in his head, just waiting for a stage to be showcased. With every story I tell, my head-cast gets smaller.  With every experience out...

Unavoidable politics.

What I'm about to say I've already said on various social media platforms, but I'll repeat it (and slightly expand upon it) here for your convenience if you don't follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram. It looks like my intention to stay barely political on the internet has been pushed aside.  I've been voicing my political opinions (a.k.a. disappointment and outrage) since our new president took office.  Even if you don't live here in the United States, the last week of our poli...

Off to the races.

One of the most fun aspects of science fiction and fantasy are races.  Whether they're from another planet or dwelling just over those forbidden mountains, outrageous races are one of the most wonderful features of sci-fi and fantasy.  Whether the aliens are invaders or they come in peace, whether the elves are allies or ancient enemies, I look forward to discovering a setting's non-human inhabitants.  Over the years I've developed a few favorites, of which I will speak about in today's blog....

The power of the mind.

I have a love/hate relationship with psychic powers. I absolutely adore them in fiction.  Some of my favorite characters in the science fiction genre have been psychic powerhouses, most notably The Mule from Isaac Asimov's masterpiece, The Foundation Trilogy.  When I play a sci-fi action game, I gravitate towards characters or classes that revolve around psychic powers.  Even in sword-and-sorcery roleplaying games, if there's an option to play a psychic/psionic character, I'm all ...