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    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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    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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    SPOILER: Ithaqua vs. Anderson (and Cheat)

    Lester : 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 : 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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    The Nerd Nighters Episode 74

    Lester : July 31, 2014 8:57 am : Announcements, Game Design, Miscellany

    Nerd NightersHad a great time in “The Nerd Nighters Episode 74” last night. Thanks Andrew and Philip!

    If you’re not familiar with DFW Nerd Night, do check them out. They’re an inspiring group of gamers who do a great deal for charity—having fun and solving problems at the same time. I’ll definitely be following their future efforts.

    —Les

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