Why I Will Never Be Buddhist

A significant difference of perception exists between West and East. In the West, understanding is based on essential definition. We find it in Plato’s cave: the idea that everything we see is a distorted shadow of some Platonic archetype. The essence of reality is ideal forms—an essential “cat,” or “dog,” more »

Fashionably Late

I’ve been role-playing for ages now—pretty much from “the beginning“—and gamemastering for nearly as long, besides reviewing, designing, and publishing RPGs. I’ve played thousands of sessions, hundreds of different game titles, with hundreds of different people—and still discover some delightful new nuance of role-playing from time to time. The most more »

Going Like Sixty

So I should be catching 40 winks. Which apparently is the old number for “a lot”: 40 days and 40 nights; 40 years in the desert; Ali Baba and the 40 thieves—though only 30 pieces of silver (Judas got cheated). Instead, I woke at about 40 minutes past one, and more »

Hey. Wait. I Got a New Complaint.

“Hey. Wait. I got a new complaint. Forever in debt to your priceless advice.” —Nirvana Yesterday, I started to comment on a social-media post about moral certainty. The post posed the question whether the family that hid Anne Frank from the Nazis had sinned by lying. The implication being that more »