DC: Presumed Value

Some items have intrinsic value—there's no denying that food, water, and shelter are important staples for the human condition, and when they become scarce, fighting over those resources becomes understandably intense. There are plenty of other...

DC: Back to the Metro

Even with the world falling into chaos, people like a joke. A little levity goes a long way when you're scavenging for food and clean water, fighting off the drug-crazed gangers who want to turn the local environment into their personal...

Conquest: Scarlet Stand

With a tunnel through the maelstrom opened, and the old regent dead, the Scarlet Chorus quickly made preparations to claim ownership of the Blade Grave, formerly called the Kingdom of Stalwart. Their banners flew, snapping in the fierce winds from...

Conquest: the Pursuit of Happiness

A Regent had ruled from the throne of Stalwart for more than five centuries, an unbroken chain of leadership and sovereignty that culminated in the cries of a newborn, the last heir to the ancestral keep in which we stood. Our path was clear: to...

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Putting it Down

Over a very productive weekend I found myself writing the closing words of the final rough draft of my first book. Two hundred pages of adventures in what I could best describe as a mash up of "Scooby Doo" and "Stranger Things," and I could finally take a break from...

Collateral Damages (Runner Concept)

The Shadow community is a small one—word travels fast, even from city to city. The megacorps have subsidiaries in all corners of the globe, and their Johnsons, the semi-anonymous procurers of "deniable assets," all have bosses to report back to when a job goes south....

Conquest: Regency

The hallway leading to the regent's throne room was brightly lit, burning braziers causing the bodies strewn about to cast flickering, unholy shadows on the floor and walls. Obviously the Scarlet Chorus managed to find their way inside before we had, and made quick...

True Sight (Runner Concept)

It wasn't usually difficult to avoid her when she came home from the bars; he would crawl out to the fire escape, hide under the sink, or take shelter beneath her bed until she collapsed in a synthehol-induced haze. He was used to keeping himself entertained, keeping...

On Working and Accomplishing

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk with a good friend of mine, and one of the topics we discussed was the disparity between the amount of work someone has put toward a project and the amount that has actually been accomplished. I've certainly been caught...

Conquest: Sentinel Stand

The Regent of Sentinel Stand, the last ruler of the fallen kingdom of Stalwart, had ordered his men to kill us where we stood. Barik had been itching for a fight since the moment we arrived through the impassible storm, and gleefully took to battle in way I had never...

The Thralls of Leadership

Upon reflection I find the number of times I have found myself in leadership positions to be of note. Whether it's heading up an improvisation troupe, presiding over student and community organizations, entering management in the business world, or leading guilds in...

Job Security

My father once told me a story about an employee at his work, though I think the lesson I've come away with over the years is not the one he intended. He talked about a man who sat at a desk, and on the wall next to him were scribbled dozens if not scores of phone...

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