January 20, 2017

January 06, 2017

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: There's No Blood in a JPEG

Ken and I emerge from our time machine into the pre-apocalyptic wasteland of 2017 to talk Cthulhu mythos secrets in the information age, opting out of uncomfortable gaming content, Luke Crane, and Eliphas Levi.

December 09, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Bear With Us, Everyone Else

In the latest episode of our entirely aboveboard podcast, Ken and I talk how Ken runs games, Toronto music, emoluments, and Juan Peron’s hands.

November 28, 2016

Finding Me at Dragonmeet 2016

After a parlous period during which it seemed that Pelgrane Press’ magic spreadsheet had turned into a sensible spreadsheet, I am once again delighted to report that I’ll be attending Dragonmeet in London this Saturday. I’ll be there with the Pelgrane crew, including Kenneth Hite, Rob Heinsoo, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan and of course co-honchos Cat Tobin and Simon Rogers.

The event itself has yet again shed its skin and grown larger and for the first time will be at the Novotel London West near the Hammersmith tube station.

Stop by to chat at the Pelgrane booth, or catch me at the following seminar events:Dragonmeet 2016

13:30: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff Live: Join us for a live podcast recording as Ken nerdtropes up a storm and we field audience questions with our usual jetlagged aplomb.

15:30: What’s Up with Pelgrane Press: The whole team spills the beans on plans for 2017 and beyond, and I periodically urge the non-Kens among them to use their outdoor voices and speak up for the nice people.

If the publishing gods so decree, we’ll have a special Dragonmeet preview edition of Cthulhu Confidential, the flagship GUMSHOE One-2-One release. I could not be more excited about seeing this finally arrive in print form, so please propitiate the ink deities as the weekend draws near.

(Any Simon Rogerses out there might want to take note of the relationship between the venue and a local purveyor of Christmas sandwiches—traditional lunch of choice for humble, undemanding and hard-working freelancers. See handy map.)

November 25, 2016

November 18, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Home Movies You Didn't Take

In the latest episode of our award-winning podcast, Ken and I talk scarier Cthulhu, Chicago fim fest, commentary beats, and Timothy Pickering.

November 11, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Some Old Schlubby Wine God

In the latest episode of our eponymous podcast, Ken and I talk about mythic-level play, Ken's latest book raid and Death Spiral, the segment that is also a game.

November 04, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Not an Impaleologist

In the latest episode of our down-to-the-wire, guaranteed unskewed podcast, Ken and I talk Tour de Lovecraft, rigged votes, Sandy Petersen and Dracula's alchemy.

October 28, 2016

October 18, 2016

Join Me for an Online GUMSHOE Game in Celebration of International Pelgrane Day

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This Friday is International Pelgrane Day, an event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the GUMSHOE system.

If I get enough takers, I will join in the foofarah by running an online GUMSHOE game at 12 noon Eastern for 4-6 players on Roll20.

Claim your spot in the game by finding my email contact info in the site header and dropping me an email message. Preference will be first come, first serve for those who follow that simple instruction.

“What GUMSHOE game?” you might ask.

Well, it’s a surprise. What would International Pelgrane Day be without surprises?

October 14, 2016

September 30, 2016

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Tell Jimbo That You’ve Moved House

In the latest episode of their red-carpet podcast, Ken and Robin talk GM motivation, art direction & layout with Hal Mangold, and the Toronto film fest.

September 25, 2016

Passings

Condolences to family and friends of Jeff Mackintosh. He wrote of his impending death from cancer with courage and forthrightness. I always enjoyed chatting with him back in his game industry days and feel the sorrow of those close to him. The Pelgrane Press crew will commemorate him, as are many other tabletop publishers, by naming an upcoming character after him—in our case, in the upcoming Cthulhu Confidential. His final downturn came quickly but I think he had been informed that this was happening.

While on the subject of passings, I would also like to celebrate the joyous music of Buckwheat Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural Jr., who will not be making his November gig at Antone’s in Austin. I once saw him at a small Toronto club, where the promoter had to warn him that local blues audiences stayed glued to their chairs and that this didn’t mean they weren’t enjoying themselves. My wife and I did our best to disprove this but were 50% of the people on the dance floor.

This weekend we also lost Bill Nunn, who as Radio Raheem pulses as the heart of anger in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. He played every role with solidity and authenticity.

All three of these men were taken by cancer.

You can’t take revenge on an abstract concept. Death isn’t a dude in a skull mask you can flip off. But we could, it would be by recognizing the precious value of the time we do get on this earth, and savoring it as best we can. In the next days I will strive to do something with Jeff’s attention to detail, the sheer fun of zydeco music, the truth of Bill Nunn’s acting.