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Poetic Musings

Thank you for taking this literary journey with me! Here I post personal thoughts on social issues, reflections about day-to-day living, and of course a healthy amount of stories inspired by the many games I’ve played over the years. I try to update several times a week, and genuinely appreciate the care and support of all who read these words, whether the post is fanciful or heartfelt.

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How to Play RPGs in 2023

How to Play RPGs in 2023

Several coworkers had expressed interest in playing Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know how to go about finding a game, or what to look for to determine if a game they found was a good one. I volunteered to run them through a small dungeon I had put together, which...

The Crossing

The Crossing

The elderly man’s eyes went wide as Brehan grabbed his hair from behind, jerking his head backwards over the chair’s rich leather backing. His scream was cut short by the feel of her blade, thin and precise, against his windpipe. Her anger was almost palpable,...

The Worst On-Call

The Worst On-Call

Most people working in IT are familiar with working an on-call rotation, where after-hours requests or urgent trouble tickets might require their attention, and that for the duration their "shift" they can't be more than a few minutes away from a place they can work....

These Character Concepts Three

These Character Concepts Three

Recently I was invited to play in a budding Dungeons and Dragons game set in an Art Deco-inspired city called Bladewater, and part of the campaign generation process was for each potential player to come up with several unique character concepts that could conceivably...

The Horns of War (04)

The Horns of War (04)

21st of Zephyr, 1075 AE No body of soldiers should ever enter upon any great or important undertaking without first invoking the blessing of the five gods of Elona. With a week before Sunspear ships—bolstered by the Istani navy and allies from afar off—set sail for...

Still Waters (Runner Concept)

Still Waters (Runner Concept)

Content warning: this story contains difficult and uncomfortable elements from a non-binary person’s upbringing. It is ultimately a character background focused on finding acceptance, but that road is rocky, and painful, and dangerous. Okea never felt at home in the...