April Round-Up: Tortuga Twins, Landmark Diner, Gender Affirmation

I went to the Dogwood Festival in April, and checked out some lovely art. I also ate an apple beignet, and some cinnamon apple bread pudding. They were both delicious. The next week, I headed out to the Renaissance Fair. I actually have some huge beef with the GA Ren Fest specifically. There was something … Continue reading April Round-Up: Tortuga Twins, Landmark Diner, Gender Affirmation

Online prose RPG Case Study: Sappho’s Revenge

I've run a number of discord roleplay servers throughout my life, and I wanted to finally do a write-up on the birth and demise of the one dearest to me. There are numerous reasons that contributed to her death, and I'm interested in cataloging how and why. Sappho's Revenge (SR) was a discord RP that … Continue reading Online prose RPG Case Study: Sappho’s Revenge

I can help you workshop your Dungeons and Dragons character!

One of the things I enjoy doing most is workshopping characters with people. I love interactive roleplay games of all kinds, and I've found that one of the biggest stumbling blocks for people is character creation. I don't mean the character sheets and stats, but the act of crafting the fictional person. Sorting out their … Continue reading I can help you workshop your Dungeons and Dragons character!

Video Games, Children, and the Science of Play

Numerous studies have been published about how children use toys to develop their imagination, social skills, and emotional skills. For ages, children have acted out complex narratives, engaged in creative play, and developed friendships through the use of dolls, Legos, and other imagination-based toys. I believe that children use video games in similar ways. While … Continue reading Video Games, Children, and the Science of Play

Red Dead Redemption 2: The Game You Don’t Want to Finish.

Warning: Spoilers for all chapters of Red Dead Redemption 1 AND 2 ahead: When I was a kid, I read a book called There's a Monster at the End of this Book. It was about the beloved Sesame Street character, Grover. In the first pages of the book, Grover exclaims that he's afraid of getting … Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2: The Game You Don’t Want to Finish.

Virtual Reality versus Reality

It's fascinating to see many journalists state things like "The Metaverse might be interesting, but using a VR headset for work meetings and social life isn't feasible." They're correct. Headsets are uncomfortable, can cause motion sickness in many people, and sometimes present technical difficulties that create too high of a barrier for usage. For your … Continue reading Virtual Reality versus Reality