Games

A pair of old six-sided diceIn the fall of 1984, during a layoff from General Electric, I sold a “capsule review” to Steve Jackson’s 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, Flying Buffalo, and others. Nowadays (after an interlude spent in educational publishing) I’m publishing myself—and other people—via Popcorn Press.
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Gaming for Goodness’ Sake

Lester : May 6, 2015 11:39 am : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press

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On May 23-24 this year, the Off/On The Square bookstore in Jacksonville, IL, is hosting a charity event: Gaming for Goodness’ Sake. As the image here shows, they’ve made up some shirts for the event, and my Monster Con card game is one of the featured images. You can learn more about the shop in the Journal Courier.

I’ll be there Saturday afternoon, sporting my T-shirt, and running these games:

1:30 Invasion of the Saucer People card game
2:30 Clashing Blades card game
3:30 Monster Con card game
4:30 D6xD6 L’Académie des Arcanes role-playing

Hope to see you there!

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Next Up, Odyssey Con!

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

Odyssey Con banner

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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