• Current Projects!

    The Pastime Machine
    An ongoging novel in sonnets roasting Wells, Dante, & more!

    I'm translating this dark classic Spanish game to English.

  • Suggested Reading

    Final Failure: Eyeball to Eyeball
    Zen of the Dead - cover

    Grim Series: poems
    edge of the pond
  • Brief Bio

    A 2-term past president of the WFOP, 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and former HWG JavaScript teacher, retired from educational publishing to produce poetry, fiction, & games via Popcorn Press.

  • Featured Products

    Role-play in your favorite novels with the D6xD6™ RPG!

    Sword fight with a specially illustrated poker deck!

  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
  • 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.
    Photo by sean_hicken

    Upcoming Convention Events

    Lester : January 17, 2015 12:06 pm : Announcements, Free Games, Popcorn Press

    No Quarter Asked. None Given.

    Convention plans are beginning to fall into place. Watch the bottom of the right sidebar for a growing list of convention attendances.

    Besides lots of D6xD6 RPG events, I’ll be running some card games—including a regular Clashing Blades! tournament in which you could win a deck, or even take the medallion above from around my neck.

    Here’s the deal on that: (1) players are paired off for a practice round to learn the rules; (2) those pairs then play an actual tournament round; (3) whoever wins their first round keeps that deck; (4) the tournament winner plays me for a shot at the medallion.

    These things aren’t cheap, so I won’t make it easy, which means if you win it, it’s worth bragging about. Here’s a list of upcoming events, so you can plan if you like.

    Capricon: Feb. 12-15

    • D6xD6 RPG – Ghost of a Chance – Friday, 02-13-2015 – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Lake Michigan A – Table A (Gaming)
    • Clashing Blades Tournament – Friday, 02-13-2015 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Lake Michigan A – Table B (Gaming)
    • D6xD6 RPG – Shotguns & Sorcery with GoH Matt Forbeck – Saturday, 02-14-2015 – 11:30 am to 3:00 pm – Lake Michigan A – Table A (Gaming)
    • The Mother of all Monster Cons – Saturday, 02-14-2015 – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Lake Michigan A – Table E (Gaming)

    Gary Con: Mar. 26–29

    • Wolf Man’s Curse Card Game | Thursday 1:00pm 2 hours | Event 313202
    • D6xD6 RPG: Ghost of a Chance | Thursday 6:00pm 4 hours | Event 118429
    • The Mother of All Monster Cons | Friday 1:00pm 3 hours | Event 213301
    • D6xD6 RPG: Fear the Light | Friday 6:00pm 4 hours | Event 318516
    • D6xD6 RPG: B-Movie Madness | Saturday 1:00pm 4 hours | Event 413403
    • Clashing Blades! Tournament | Sunday Noon 3 hours | Event 112353

    I hope to see you there!

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    Short Interview at Gary Con 2012

    Lester : January 6, 2015 10:37 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press

    This short video, shot at Gary Con 2012, is part of a series by d20 Entertainment. Check out the whole set to see James M. Ward, Larry Elmore, and Harold Johnson, with more yet to come!

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    Lady of Pain

    Lester : November 27, 2014 12:24 am : Game Design, Poetry
    Spellfire: Weasel Attack

    Lady of Pain
    (for Adam White)

    “You guys are jerks,” Steve says. A dawning haze

    of horror fills his eyes. I lay more cards. He’s

    still. I raise his champion to highs

    he never dreamed, then steal it, turn it, hose

    his few remaining troops. Ken laughs, says, “Who’s

    your daddy?” fans his hand, leans back, and weighs

    his options. Steven says, “You’ve made a weasel

    game out of my baby!” Ken cracks wise,

    replies, “She never loved you. And your woes

    have just begun,” then spanks him till he’s woozy.

    —Lester Smith

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