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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:

  • 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

    Nexus Game Fair Next Week!

    Lester Smith : June 13, 2014 12:25 pm : Announcements, Game Design, Miscellany
    Nexus Game Fair 2014

    This just in from Nexus Game Fair

    Important Registration Update

    Some of our sharp-eyed attendees noticed that we did not close event and badge registration on May 31st, and we can now proudly announce that online badge and event registration will remain active throughout the show. That’s right, you can purchase a badge and register for events today, tomorrow, or even at 7:00am on next Thursday, June 19th! All using our website and from the comfort of your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

    Event registration will continue to be handled via the website throughout the show, so no need to worry about stopping by the registration desk, dealing with event tickets, or waiting in any long lines. If you’d like to register for an event, just log on and register. The same will apply to event returns–you will be able to return event tickets up to 1 hour prior to the event start time. Walk in players will still be accepted at any event with available seats, if there isn’t time or opportunity to register prior to the event start. If you don’t have good internet access while at the show, feel free to stop by any of our registration or information desks and one of our volunteers will gladly assist you. Please note that the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
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    [Q&A] The Hardboiled GMshoe’s Office

    Lester Smith : June 12, 2014 9:28 pm : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press
    Who is the Hardboiled GMshoe?

    Had a great time tonight hanging out with Dan Davenport and crew here: [Q&A] Lester Smith d6d6 CORE Role-Playing Game | The Hardboiled GMshoe’s Office. Thanks for the great chat session, guys!

    Looking forward to more visits in the future, for Q&A with other game designers. (You should definitely check out Dan’s site.)

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    So Who’s Going to Nexus?

    Lester Smith : June 5, 2014 5:35 pm : Announcements, Game Design, Popcorn Press
    Nexus Game Fair logo

    More specifically, who’s willing to play a crazy card game of potentially 16 classic monsters with me? I’m dying to experience “The Mother of All Monster Cons,” and I’m willing to make it worth your while.

    All my Nexus Game Fair event descriptions are listed in this post, hyperlinked for your convenience.

    Let’s return gaming glory days to Milwaukee! Hope to see you there.

    —Les

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