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    Why buy flowers that fade?
    A sonnet lasts forever!
  • Brief Bio

    Lester Smith is a 2-term past president of the WFOP, a 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and a former JavaScript teacher for the HWG. He works days as a Writer/Technologist for the educational publishing house Sebranek Inc, nights and weekends as president of Popcorn Press.

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  • Current Project:

    d6*d6 any-genre role-play rules, featuring worlds of your favorite authors!
  • Fencing Poker Deck

  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
  • Suggested Reading

  • Undying Games

    Dark Conspiracy roleplaying game
    now by 3Hombres
    Dragon Dice game
    now by SFR Inc.
  • Cons I’m Attending

  • Games

    A pair of old six-sided diceIn the fall of 1984, during a layoff from General Electric, I sold a “capsule review” to Space Gamer magazine. A month later they accepted my “Mind Duel” board game. Within a year, I was working full-time as a designer and editor for GDW, then TSR, with a bit of freelance for FASA, West End, and Flying Buffalo. While I now work days in educational publishing, the game-design bug continues to bite.
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    Fanboy Dream Come True

    Lester Smith : February 23, 2014 12:39 pm : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press, Review
    Touchstone - Andrea K HöstPsionic Wild-born cover
    The Ancient coverAngelfire - Dark Angel #1

    Fame is like a shadow. Chase it, and it runs from you. But ignore it to focus on your work, and it grows with the passing of the sun. Of course, once night falls, it’s gone for good.

    Unless, perhaps, you carry a torch.

    I’ve had a touch of fame: a few Origins awards and poetry awards won, a few European game conventions attended as guest, a couple of weekends spent at Gary Gygax‘s home, a Tweet from Wil Wheaton.

    But mainly I’m just a fanboy. Today I’d like to talk about some torches I carry for other people.

    Andrea K Höst: I stumbled across Höst’s novel Stray (part of the Touchstone Trilogy) about two years ago and was immediately fascinated. This is, frankly, some of the best science fiction I’ve ever read (and I’ve been reading sci-fi since the late 1960s). Her writing reminds me in some ways of Ursula K. Le Guin’s. At just 99 cents, the first novel is a steal.
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    Frankie Joins Homer!

    Lester Smith : February 12, 2014 9:33 am : Announcements, Game Design

    Check out this 3D image by Fajar Kresnandar, of Frankie from the Monster Con card game! (Original 2D image by Len Peralta)

    3D Frankie

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    An Honor to Be Nominated

    Lester Smith : February 9, 2014 10:02 am : Announcements, Game Design

    2014 Famous Game Designer Kickstarter image

    As I mentioned a while ago (“King Me?“), Flying Buffalo recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to publish a new edition of Famous Game Designer playing cards.

    As it turns out, I’m currently on the list of people who received more than one vote: Richard Berg, Greg Costikyan, Tom Dalgliesh, Liz Danforth, Rick Loomis, S. John Ross, Lester Smith, Ken St. Andre, and Jordan Weisman.

    Many of those people are FAR more well known than I, and many very famous designers are currently missing from that list, so chances are I’ll be thinned from the herd. But hey, just being in the list for now is fun!

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