So, like everyone else, I’ve been playing Elden Ring. I’m a huge fan of the From Software games when it comes to worldbuilding. There’s just something about how it feels to wander around in these worlds. You have this feeling that everything in them hints at this bigger, broader existence that you’re not quite inContinue reading “On Incomplete Worldbuilding & Elden Ring”
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First FlashFicFeb Foray: “Very Peri”
Last summer, I happened across The Storytelling Collective (formerly the RPG Writer’s Workshop), and took one of their many excellent courses on writing system-specific one-shot RPG adventures. This is not one of those. Rather, this is the first installment of their #FlashFicFeb event! They put out a short prompt every day, and you write 500-ishContinue reading “First FlashFicFeb Foray: “Very Peri””
New Release: The Tomb of the Heartless King (A 5e Adventure!)
Hello again, you lovely people! I’m here to happily announce THE INSTITUTE!’s first major release since early September! “The Tomb of the Heartless King” is a full adventure for 5th Edition, lovingly hand-crafted by our institutional researchers and product developers (which is me, i was both of those things.) Initially stemming from The Storytelling Collective’sContinue reading “New Release: The Tomb of the Heartless King (A 5e Adventure!)”
New website layout!
Hello again, you lovely human beings! It’s that time again– time to look back on all of the things that past-me did and put up on the internet, blush, and quickly go through and edit it all with a better set of pictures. And better curation. And a better grasp of what I’m actually doing.Continue reading “New website layout!”
What a summer!
Holy cow, it’s been a while! It seems like whenever I’m doing a lot of things, the first thing that falls off the plate is updating the blog talking about the things I’m doing. The perennial flaw in the freelancer’s life. It’s been five months? Nearly half a year? since I posted about what I’veContinue reading “What a summer!”
Check out Rulebook Rock!
At long last, one of my favorite projects has launched! Two-ish years ago, I helped write the lyrics to a parody School House Rock video about creating a Dungeons and Dragons character for professional cosplayer Ginny Di. And the song has launched! You can check out the finished product (as well as all of herContinue reading “Check out Rulebook Rock!”
Holy cow, my first overseas gig!
I just wrapped up work on my first gig paid in British Pounds! What a weird, fun milestone! The project was writing scenarios for a table-top system designed by Dungeons on a Dime, and they were absolutely lovely to work with. You should check out the kickstarter for the project in question, and take aContinue reading “Holy cow, my first overseas gig!”
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON
One foot in front of the other! I realized I hadn’t put out a blog in a hot second, so I figured I should update Any Interested Parties on how the writing is going. Right now, it’s business as usual. I’m putting my head down, working on projects for clients that (while fun and engaging)Continue reading “KEEPING ON KEEPING ON”
SCAVENGERS Indefinite Delay (And Subsequent Post-Mortem)
AND LO, it has come to pass. Sadly, and with many lamentations, it looks like the time has come to draw the final curtain over our first attempt at putting together SCAVENGERS. In a turbulent year, we did what we could! But life, as it so often does, happened to happen. One third of ourContinue reading “SCAVENGERS Indefinite Delay (And Subsequent Post-Mortem)”
NEW GAME: Cryptid!
This past month, I’ve been hard at work developing, writing, and producing a new Table-Top RPG! It’s called ‘Cryptid: A Game of Small-Town Monsters‘, and I had an awesome time making it! The game is designed as a collaboration between you and your friends to develop a cryptozoological being to haunt the edges of aContinue reading “NEW GAME: Cryptid!”