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  • 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.

  • Meta

  • Current Project:

  • d6xd6 RPG

    Role-play in your favorite authors' worlds! Preorder discount thru Aug.

  • 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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    Andy Hopp Surprises Me . . .

    Lester Smith : August 19, 2014 9:50 am : Game Design, Review
    Low Life

    Last year at Con on the Cob, on a whim, I sat down to play Andy Hopp’s Low Life role-playing game—with Andy as game master. Here’s a confession: As much as I’ve been amused reading the unfolding setting over the years, I didn’t really imagine it was role-play-able. Like HoL, it struck my relatively structured brain as too chaotic and—well—weird to probably hold up in play.

    Boy was I wrong. more »

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    SPOILER: Ithaqua vs. Anderson (and Cheat)

    Lester Smith : August 6, 2014 5:52 pm : Game Design, Review
    Leo Anderson - Treasure Hunter

    Now that the crunch of Popcorn Press’s d6xd6 CORE RPG Kickstarter is over, I’ve returned to taking brief sanity breaks (ironically) with Fantasy Flight’s Elder Signs: Omens game on my Nexus 7.

    If you’ve not been following my blog, I rave about this game from time to time. Having beaten all the “demon Gods” several times with various parties of four investigators, I’ve taken to tackling them again with single characters—which gives some surprising insights into those characters’ abilities, the game design itself, and the structure of each threat. more »

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    My Gen Con Schedule

    Lester Smith : August 3, 2014 11:20 am : Announcements, Game Design

    Gen Con LogoI’ll be attending Gen Con again this year with the fine folks of SFR, Inc. Here’s my schedule of events:

    If you’re at the con, why not stop by and say “Hi”?

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