Station Myself on the Ramparts

The Amish are great people.  Growing up close enough to a large community of Old Order Amish was a blessing, and among my most treasured purchases – a comfort at a time of great sorrow – was a small and simple… let us call it a treasure chest… crafted...

The Island, No Not That One *Updated*

We’re not talking about the 2005 Michael Bay clone escape film of the same name, we’re talking about a quiet little Russian flick that is pretty much the exact opposite. Although, this The Island isn’t without a good explosion and gunfight. Apparently I’m not the only one fleeing the...

Jack Vance!

huge fan of the man, the myth, the legend who helped inspire the tabletop RPG phenomenon. Learning the master of words had penned the story of his own life drove me to get my hands on the man’s autobiography. And it was fine.  Easily the worst thing of his...

Happy Lei Day

One of the nice things about life in Hawaii – when not suffering under the jackbooted heel of a governor licking his chops at the excuse to ratchet up control of the plebs in his state – is that May First is a celebration of the unique and ephemeral...

Saint Brigid’s Moneggstery

With the world losing its collective mind, the wife has decided that one thing she will never run short of is eggs. We already had a trio of the little layers, but decided to add a few more ladies to the flock. After a bit of research, I settled...

Rogue Planet

For you wargamer types, I’ve posted a Rogue Planet battle report over at War In A Box, the place where I stash my other hobby interests. It’s the start of what I hope will prove to be a short mini-campaign I’m running for my daughter. I am not planning to...

The Great Divide Game

A blog called The Dark Herald has been one of my daily reads for some time.  Insightful analysis of these modren times and a keen wit keep me coming back for more.  The author has released (or is it re-released) a very different sort of zombie novel called The...

Crisis Aversion Team

This 1982 mens adventure fiction novel was recommended to me by fellow Heroes Unleashed author, JD Cowan, who reports: …our pair of hero cops chase down a mad drug-dealer through dirty back alleys, disgusting sewers, an exploding chemical plant, and the twin towers (oh boy), while being chewed out...

Virtue Signal – First Looks

Welp. We played it. The $40,000 poke in the eye of the sniveling schoolmarms of modern society. It’s okay. It’s a coalition building card game reminiscent of SJ Games’ Illuminati.  You play NPC cards off your special character card in the hopes of building a 15-member gang of influencers....

Spoiling the Loop

Smart sci-fi, genuinely thoughtful sci-fi on the order of a Solaris or a Primer, is a rare thing these days.  Hollywood much prefers to devolve a thoughtful sci-fi property into two men punching each other atop and exploding high place (see Star Trek) or to use slow-mo shots, soft...