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Tracking RPG Campaigns on Paper—My System

It has been more than I decade since I used paper notes—everything is on the wiki now—but my system is pretty sound. I hope that you find this useful. Requirements: Manilla folders, stapler, paper clips, writing utensils, post-it notes, loose unruled paper. Generally: If there are multiple note papers on a topic, they are paper-clipped […]

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Fate Encounter: Pinned Sniper

I’d like to share an encounter I wrote in the hopes that it helps to inspire other Fate RPG GMs. Thematically this encounter is about the PCs taking out a trapped sniper; mechanically this is an encounter that consumes resources that the PCs could walk away from. What is a Sniper? In the scenario that […]

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Book Report: Just Fucking Ship

I’m always balancing at least a dozen spinning plates at a time, running from project to project, keeping them all spinning. The only projects that finish are the ones that I do for other people. My own personal projects fall by the wayside as time gets crunched or I find new inspiration for another project. […]

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What I Read in 2018

While compiling this list I thought to myself, “I must’ve read more than this”. But that isn’t true. I spent a lot of the time I would’ve listened to audiobooks instead of listening to podcasts. The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files) Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder) Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and […]

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Building a Website Using WordPress (Class Slides)

I taught a class on building a website in WordPress. These are the slides and handout. Download the Slides Download the Handout

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Managing a Long-Term Fate RPG Campaign Online

UPDATE November 2019 — the content of this article still stands. I will periodically review it and keep it up to date. I moved to rural Pennsylvania a few years ago and this forced me to move my gaming online. Fortunately, my gaming friends were cool with this and we started playing online. This article […]

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What I Read in 2017

For fun, here is a list of the books that I’ve read in 2017. Note that most of these were “read” via audiobook. Loved The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage Trilogy 2 The Autumn Republic: The Powder Mage Trilogy 3 In the Field Marshalls Shadow (Powdermage Universe) How to fail at almost everything and still […]

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Getting Permission to Enter a Foreign Land, Run as a Long Conflict (Fate RPG)

Summary: Conflicts can be more than physical or social and can take place on a timescale that isn’t moment-to-moment. I’m running a Musketeer-style game and the PCs are trying to sail into the port of a foreign country that has closed their borders. They would like to do this legally for story reasons (but are […]

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Designing NYU’s College of Global Public Health New Website

“Designing an Energetic and Entrepreneurial Website” talks about the discovery and design process for NYU’s new website for the College of Global Public Health. Creating the design for CGPH was satisfying on a lot of levels. The new site has strong, captivating visuals and represents their desire to “reinvent the public health paradigm.”

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Ethics of Web Design in 2017: How We Can Do Our Best

I recently gave a talk to the Refresh Pittsburgh Web tech group called Ethics of Web Design in 2017: How We Can Do Our Best. This was the first run for the talk. I’ve posted my script for it here.