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What a Game or a Story Can Be

Gaming can be a place to show that you understand complex things and can implement your plan towards success inside a framework or against these complex rules (things) toward success.  For some, this is the ultimate feeling.  Power, excellence, pride for yourself and your team. Satisfaction.

Games provide a place for companionship,  camaraderie and competition, often all together in one time and place.  These games are my favorite, the ones that happen with multiple people in one place at the same time.  For me, many of the best moments of my life were spent ‘in game.’  Not just RPGs and board games, which I do enjoy the absolute most, but backyard football, volleyball and many, many hours spent building MtG decks and playing them against friends.

Now, as I have finally, and with much backsliding and resistance moved into adulthood.  I would like gaming to provide me an income.  Gaming and writing. But, not for nothing, I want to provide people with quality games as I have seen them throughout my life.  I want to give people the chance to connect to others in one of the few ways I know how, through games and stories.  In the next few days I’m going to post a couple products here. A game, and a story.  The game I made for a friend.  Because that is what gaming has always been to me, a friend. The story was going to be a game, but became a novella.

I consider games to be sacred. First, because they bring us together.  Even solo games bring people together to discuss rules and strategy etc. That makes games good, and of course this is what makes stories good too.  And to me a story is a game too.  A game of, can I surprise you, can I put you in suspense, or bring forth an emotion in you. Can you relate to this series of events, people and places that I have described?  Second, games are sacred because for a short time at least, games and stories give us purpose.  Purpose is why we are here.  What purpose?  Well, it depends on the game.

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Solo Gaming

So, after ditching your gaming group. You may find yourself looking to game, but have no one to game with.

What’s a fella to do?

There are a bunch of games set up for this. Here are a few of the ones I own.

Catan Dice game
This one is fun. I don’t like the whole pad of paper thing. Like Yatzee I always think I’m going to run out of paper but I never do.

Four Against Darkness

Just discovered these. Simplified D&D, more randomized, fun, but time consuming. I have not gotten through a full round yet. Cool thing here is, there are many books based on the core book, a whole world of stuff to discover, and I’m pretty excited to have found these.

Dungeon Roll

I’ve not kept up with Tasty Minstrel, but I remember when they first came out and I watched them grow, the owner guy wrote up some nice posts. Great games, all are good quality and fun as far as I know, I only played a couple here and there at Gen Con. My kids and I play Dungeon Roll once in a while. Rules were a little confusing at first but still super fun.

For more solo gaming check out ‘The Youtube’ https://youtu.be/u4NgWKD2Lnw

This guy is great. My kids want me to do videos and smile and stuff, but I assure you that I simply can’t be this animated and excited about, well anything.

Please send me a message about Solo Gaming or anything else here: Email Me I’m working on a PnP game and would like to send you a free copy.  I call it: Toadstone.  Don’t you really want to know what that is about?  Yep.

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Getting Back to Games

So I created a separate site for my personal and rant-y stuff. Stay here for games guys. Games, writing, creative stuff. Just getting focused. If you like rants. They are here for sure, and I will continue to bless you with game, writing and creativity rants. Don’t you worry.

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Pay Attention

Such a simple thing to do right? Wrong. Paying attention is difficult, very difficult. You are not thinking, you are just watching and listening. But keep working too; you can’t just watch, you are a participant. What a crazy world we live in and what crazy lives we lead. Hang tough friends. We will get to the end whether we want to or not. What will they say about you at the end? Good things? Or he/she was a miserable bastard? What I dislike the most, I guess, is the idea that I must climb this ladder. This eternal fight to beat the other monkeys to the top. It’s tiring! But continue on and never surrender. Will you hit the top, probably not, but never let them think you knew that all along, keep pushing like you will be the next boss or the next family leader etc., and they won’t say that you gave up. Wouldn’t that be the worst thing you could do? Give up? And should you end up at the top, then you can think clearly right? Wield that power with honesty, grace, bravery and with as much morality as you can muster. So in a word. Persist.

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Speaking of Fear

Seems to be my new topic lately. I’m letting go of mine. Let go of yours. I’ve often feared that my boss was out to get me. That I’ve become a burden to my work, and maybe sometimes that was true. I definitely hit a burn out phase just after 2008 as many of you did. But I’ve finally come to realize that maybe my boss is just trying to get me to my potential. Which is pretty cool. So don’t hate your boss. Love yourself and do good work. You will be fine.

Not that you give a fuck. But I’m getting back to writing in June. I’ve been out of commission for a good year and that is not working.

Also go read this it’s great. http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Mount-Guyot-Buddha-Palguta-ebook/dp/B00DX5NWWW/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

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Tough

Tough to you if you can’t find the time. I know how it is, got to keep up with that young kid. Worry about these bastard, cold-blooded managers removing you for some younger, faster worker. And oh while you are keeping up, your energy level is dropping, reflexes are slowing, eyes getting worse. Such is life, suck it up. No wonder so many older guys bust their asses so hard. There is no rest for you my friend, no rest till the day you die.

But if you do take a moment, maybe a vacation to read a book, think freely and let possibilities flow though you. What if you could do something different, be someone better. Don’t worry I’m not trying to sell you anything, not right now anyway, go check out my eBooks later. I’m just trying to get you to think a little. Think about the last time you just let go and followed a bird as it just hopped about and pecked at the ground. The last time you just stared at the water and watched the waves go up and down. Try and take those nice thoughts back to your life with you. Hold on to them. Maybe let them influence a decision or two. Then maybe, just maybe we will have a kinder, calmer world.

I’ve learned to meditate and to loosen up a little. It’s been good for me. I’m still wound pretty tight but I’ve grown, and it was needed. If I’m ever going to write anything decent, I’ll need to know that peaceful feeling and I’ll need to know how to generate it in others as they read the words, that, let’s face it, I did NOT write in that state. I haven’t written much, but I’ve written enough to know that it’s work. And to do it well, it’s damn hard work and it take a lot of time, focus and dedication. Prolonged effort over time my friends. Lots of time.
So I say tough, tough to you buddy. You can’t find the time? If you can’t find the time then you are not a writer. Because a writer writes, always.