Son of a Geek

When your dad worked on Dungeons & Dragons for 4 years some stuff tends to rub off on you. You’ll know the breath weapon of every chromatic dragon, have your own set of dice, and recognize the awesome beast that is the Beholder.

Here is a picture Henry drew for me the other day. Shaggy and Scooby are about to meet the eye tyrant and this one aint no old man in a costume.

Dungeons of Dread

Roll For Rinitiative Raggy

Watch Birds to Catch Fish

For the past few months I have been reading Ted Leeson’s The Habit of Rivers. The book presents a collection of well written essays and short stories about the author’s fly fishing and life experiences. Leeson grew up in the midwest but now resides in Oregon and fishes throughout the Western US. In the essay Everything That Rises, Everything That Flies, Leeson draws a strong connection between birds and fish. Continue reading

Passing the RPG Torch (part 2)

After a rousing success (no pun intended) of playing roleplaying games with my son for the first time, he and I decided to play again a few days ago. We continued where we left off from the last session, with the Star Wars RPG Invasion of Theed Adventure Game. Since he had the basics down, this session I decided to beef up the rules. I added back in the use of the vitality and wound points and required him to use skill checks to accomplish tasks. I also advanced the characters to level 2, equaling the level of the next few encounters. Continue reading

Aging Myself as Gamer- Part 1 (1976-1983)

With the “end of the decade” (unless you ascribe to year 1 vs year 0 philosophy ) every blog and website has been creating their “X of the decade” lists. All the video game sites have posted their best games of the decade list so I have been reflecting a lot on my life of playing video games. I freely admit that I am not the most hardcore of gamers but I enjoy playing and recently realized that I have been playing video games for 4 decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s) : O. I have not always played the best of games and I have never been the best at playing games but it has always been a fun pastime and I thoroughly enjoy working in the games industry. So as a fun exercise in making myself feel really old I have decided to take a walk down memory lane and share some of the games (both video and table top) I have played over the years. First up are the 70’s and early 80’s so stop watching That’s Incredible, take off your Moon Boots, grab a Pepsi Light and read on:



Pong screen shot

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Christmas Feast

We are hosting Christmas dinner this year and I am doing the cooking. My parents are British so I grew up with the traditional English feast. When I was a boy I went to my Gran & Grandad’s house in Ashford, Kent one year and fondly remember the meal, complete with Christmas Plum Pudding that had coins hidden inside. I have put together my menu putting a modern twist on the traditional English Christmas Dinner. I never acquired the taste for plum pudding and we did turkey at Thanksgiving so I am skipping those. Here is what I am preparing:

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Passing the RPG torch

Recently, I have been thinking about teaching my son Henry  how to play Dungeons & Dragons as I think he would like the game. His reading and math skills have improved significantly over the past few months and we have always enjoyed creating mass battles using his D&D minis. With the minis we would keep the rules pretty simple, if we used any rules at all, so I knew I would need to simplify the RPG rules. Character sheets, combat rules, and encounters would all need to be scaled back to match his comprehension and maintain the fun. My thoughts were to use the D&D 4th Edition RPG Starter, stripping down the rules to match his abilities. I figured that would take a few hours of work and I was not quite sure where to start.

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May the Cake Be With You

My son is turning 7 this month and he is a huge Star Wars fan. He loves the Clone Wars cartoons, Lego Star Wars video games, Lego Star Wars toys, Star Wars action figures, Star Wars miniatures etc. In 2008 he was a Clone Trooper for Halloween and this year he went as Jango Fett. So when I asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday, the immediate answer was STAR WARS!!! Me: You mean like last year? Him: Uh? Yeah!

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First Spam!

I have heard it be said that you’ll know you have a real website when you get your first spam. Well today my site went legit as I got what I consider to be my first spam, although in the lexicon of the web it would more likely be considered a troll.

Someone using the handle “Anonannoyed” and the clever email decided to come all the way over to my little corner of the interwebs to start a D&D edition war and tell me the products I’ve worked on “aren’t D&D products”.

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Welcome to my website.

This is my first of what I hope will be many posts here. I am creating this site to talk about my work in the gaming industry and feature some of the games that I have worked on including Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. I will also talk about some of my other interests including snowboarding, fly fishing, bird hunting, and photography.