Gamehole Con 2024

As of today, I’m registered as a guest at Gamehole Con, in Madison, WI, this September. (It’ll take a few days for my bearded mug to show up on the guest page, so in the meantime you’ll have to trust me.) I hope to see you there!

Memories in High Fantasy

I don’t usually get this excited about an item in the mail, but in this case I’ll make an exception.

Back in the previous century, around 1983 to ’84, I came across an even-then obscure RPG titled High Fantasy. It took a decidedly different approach to fantasy role-play, with no “hit points,” injury instead deteriorating your character’s skill percentile scores. Its character types had a distinctly different feel than D&D or TFT. And its solo adventures were perhaps the best I’ve ever seen before or since.

I bought every supplement available—or so I thought.

Last year I stumbled across mention of another book—Goldchester—and went looking for a copy. The only one I could find was on eBay for about $300, not a price I could justify, though sorely tempted.

Then last week I found a copy on Etsy for $50. It seemed worth it for the nostalgia factor alone.

Today, as you can see, it arrived! And I’m transported back to 1983, starting what would be a 2-year campaign in the Free City of Carse (Midkemia Press).

It’s not just a book. It’s memories.

So it’s gonna be forever

Today’s episode of “Why’d I wake up with this in my head?”

Maybe it’s that Swift has been so much in the news lately, and the more I learn about her, the more I admire her. Maybe it’s that there are more than one poetically perfect turns of phrase.

I’d honestly forgotten I’d ever even heard this song, but apparently my heart hadn’t. Here’s hoping that’ll last forever.

MI4 FTW

I’ll admit, the helicopter in the train tunnel soured me a bit on MI-1. And Scientology soured me a bit on Cruise.

But COVID of late has kept me too worn out to get much work done, but not feeling so poorly that I can sleep.

So I’ve been binge watching MI, and I gotta say, Ghost Protocol strikes me as a near-perfect movie.