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    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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    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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    Next Up, Odyssey Con!

    Lester : April 7, 2015 10:04 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press

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    This weekend is Odyssey Con, in Madison, Wisconsin, with special guests Heather Brewer, my old pal Matt Forbeck, and Jonathan Maberry.

    It’s a con full of panels, workshops, and gaming. If you haven’t yet signed up, visit the Odyssey Con Web site to register.

    I’ll be attending as a panelist on eight different topics, listed below with the other panelists. And you can find me in open gaming in the hours between, demoing Popcorn Press card games, and maybe a spontaneous D6xD6 RPG session or two. I hope to see you there!

    Friday
    11 p.m.: Zombie Games: Have We Hit Bottom Yet?
    Panelists: Bill Bodden, Lester Smith

    Saturday
    10 a.m.: Games In The Classroom, or “Can I roll Dice To Kill It?”
    Panelists: Aaron Pavao, Doug Niles, Lester Smith

    1 p.m.: Awards (Huh) What Are They Good For?
    Panelists: Matt Forbeck, Matt McElroy, Don Perrin, Lester Smith

    3 p.m.: Self-Publishing Your Game: How To Know If It’s Right For You?
    Panelists: Aaron Pavao, Jason Blair, Lester Smith

    6 p.m.: Is Crowdfunding the Way To Go?
    Panelists: Tiara Lynn Agresta, Jason Blair, Lester Smith, Rob Wieland

    10 p.m.: Breaking Into the Games Industry: How NOT To Do It
    Panelists: Tiara Lynn Agresta, Jason Blair, Aaron Pavao, Don Perrin, Lester Smith, Rob Wieland

    Sunday
    11 a.m.: The Golden Age of Gaming — What The Hell Happened?
    Panelists: Bill Bodden, Doug Niles, Aaron Pavao, Lester Smith

    1 p.m.: GMs: How To Handle Triage When The Party Goes Off-Map
    Panelists: Lester Smith, Rob Wieland

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    Lost My Medallion

    Lester : March 2, 2015 10:32 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press

    I had a great time at Capricon a couple of weekends ago…

    TorstenThat loss was fairly humiliating. Given an odd number of players, I took part in the tournament myself, and ended up in the final round. Torsten’s opponent ended up accepting defeat (instead of mutual destruction) to guarantee someone would have a shot at the medallion. Torsten beat me in the tournament itself, winning the opportunity to fight for the medallion.

    It was a hard-fought battle, with both of us severely wounded near the end. Then he pulled a perfect parry, activating the “Special Events” deck, turned up a Queen of Spades, and punched my fencer with his free hand, knocking my guy out, and taking the medallion from his unconscious body. Sigh.

    So I’ve had to purchase another medallion for future convention challenges.

    Congratulations, Torsten. Well fought.

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    D6xD6 Pencil Dice!

    Lester : February 13, 2015 1:12 am : Announcements, Game Design

    D6xD6 pencil dice

    D20 Entertainment’s Pencil Dice Kickstarter has a new stretch goal: D6xD6 Pencil Dice! I’ll be buying some of these pencils myself to give away at D6xD6 RPG sessions this convention season. But you should check out the Kickstarter page for other options currently available and planned as stretch goals.

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