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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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    d6*d6 any-genre role-play rules, featuring worlds of your favorite authors!
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  • 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.
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  • Poetry

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron ByronIn 1985, a British Romantic Period Literature class changed my life. The poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Keats wakened in me a passion for writing. I determined to somehow make a career of it—and somehow feed my children.

    Since then I’ve worked exclusively in publishing, first for game companies, now in education. I also continue to write, study, and promote poetry. It’s my opinion that poetry used to belong to the people, until academics stole it. It’s high time to steal it back from them.

    A Valentine Sonnet in Progress

    Lester Smith : February 11, 2014 6:07 pm : Announcements, Poetry
    Old Couple

    A couple of weeks ago, I offered a free, personalized Valentine’s Day sonnet for the first person who could “pique my interest.” My Georgian buddy John Cochrane responded with this intriguing premise:

    Valentine’s Day poem from man to wife. At the stage of life when bodily frailities really start setting their teeth in, kids are pulling away, individuating, will be out of the house sooner now rather than later. Both parents’ circle of old friends dispersing in a widening gyre, no new friends being made to take those relationship slots. Money manageable but always tight. Still very much in love with each other, but a dwindling number of life’s major moments to look forward to. Hope this snags somewhere, even if only on your pants cuffs like a stickleburr.

    And here’s a first plan of attack—what my day job calls the “prewriting” phase of the project—based on that description:
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    Original Sin

    Lester Smith : January 26, 2014 6:00 pm : Announcements, Poetry

    The Bible tells us
    God made man
    in His own image

    Here’s a for instance:
    when man sinned
    he blamed the woman

    Just like God blamed man
    for His broken world

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    The Pastime Machine: New Cover

    Lester Smith : January 19, 2014 10:56 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    The Pastime Machine, blue coverAll that red was sort of overwhelming, so I asked Kate to prep a few other possibilities. She, Jenny, and I discussed them, and you can see the winner to the left. (Click the photo for a larger view.)

    Now I’m busy putting together an Indiegogo project to fund illustration—ideally in full color—and perhaps even a hardbound version.

    Seventeen sonnets are drafted thus far, which is 16.83 percent of the full book. I can draft two new sonnets per week, meaning that with the 17-sonnet head start, the book can easily be composed by the end of the year. The overarching plot is finished already, but lots of details remain to be decided, and I’m hoping Indiegogo backers will be excited to get involved that way.

    More news later!

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