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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.

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  • Halloween Project

    Funded! Popcorn Press's 6th annual Halloween celebration is now being edited.

  • d6xd6 RPG

    Role-play in your favorite authors' worlds! Automatic 5% preorder discount.

  • 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.
    Photo by sean_hicken

    Summon My iTouch

    Lester Smith : July 17, 2014 9:21 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press

    My iTouchI’ve added a one-only backer reward to the d6xd6 CORE RPG Kickstarter:


    For that pledge, someone will receive:

    • a signed full-color hardbound and ebook of the game;
    • their character somewhere in the text;
    • their name in the credits;
    • six Kickstarter-exclusive CORE RPG dice;
    • six fanged smiley promo dice;
    • one online role-playing playtest session with up to five friends;
    • one copy of every book, ebook, and card game currently in the PopcornPress.com catalog; and
    • my used 4th gen 8GB iPod Touch—with my name and Web site URL engraved on the back—to carry all those ebooks in!
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    These will be at Quincon…

    Lester Smith : July 15, 2014 6:49 pm : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press
    CORE RPG "Character Sheet"

    They‘ve shipped! And tracking says they should arrive on Thursday, before I leave for Quincon.

    d6xd6 CORE RPG notebook Along with one of these!
    (I couldn’t resist.)
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    Serendipity is the Kindly Grandma of Invention

    Lester Smith : July 14, 2014 7:50 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press
    Smiling Grandma Fab Sunglasses White Hair
    Creative Commons photo by Steven Depolo on Flickr

    The story of how the d6•d6 CORE RPG project came to be is a series of happy accidents.

    In January of 1997, Archangel Entertainment contracted me to work with Steve Stone on a role-playing game based on his artwork. The result was Zero, an underground, telepathic dystopia ruled by an eternal, body-swapping queen.

    Happy accident #1 was a challenge at the time, by another Archangel game designer, Tony Lee, to design an RPG with as few attributes as possible. Tony suggested Body and Mind. I wanted to “one-down” that, and came up with a single attribute: Focus. The Zero role-playing game would be my first experiment with that mechanic. more »

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