Berin Kinsman Author | Game Designer | Publisher

Writer Survival Guide

Practice Kindness

During one of the hardest times of my life, my worst misstep was withdrawing into myself. Instead of reaching out to other people, I pulled back. Some of it was embarrassment, some of it...

Writer Survival Guide

Write Something for Yourself

You will always end up writing things that, honestly, bore the crap out of you. It might be a whole project that you’ve taken on because the money’s good. It might be a piece...

World Domination: A Memoir

The First Roleplaying Game I Ever Gamemastered

When I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, I was the gamemaster. It was 1979, and there weren’t a lot of options. I will say that I was thankful for The Keep on the Borderlands,...

Writer Survival Guide

Writer Survival Guide: Have Confidence

No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. Okay, maybe your mom. Or your significant other, if you hit the love lottery. To get people to the point where they’re...

World Domination: A Memoir

The First Roleplaying Game I Ever Purchased

The first RPG I ever purchased was also the first tabletop roleplaying game that I ever played or ran, the “Holmes” or “Blue Book” edition Basic Dungeons & Dragons boxed set. I remember where I...

Writer Survival Guide

Writer Survival Guide: Let It Go

In Tina Fey’s book Bossypants she talks about the many perils of doing improvisation, one of which is the risk of falling flat. Not every bit works with every audience. Sometimes you just don’t...

Starship Tyche

Starship Tyche: A Joy Forever

Season 1, Episode 3: The Tyche rescues a ship full of beautiful women betrothed to inhabitants of a mining colony, but they harbor a dark secret! A Joy Forever is a space opera adventure set...

World Domination: A Memoir

The First Roleplaying Game I Ever Played

The very first tabletop roleplaying game I ever played was the 1977 printing of the Dungeons & Dragons Basic boxed set, better known as the “Holmes” or “Blue Book” edition. I got it in...

Writer Survival Guide

Writer Survival Guide: Embrace Downtime

Obviously, I’m a workaholic. I use various excuses to cover the fact that I’d rather stay busy, and I really don’t want to look too deeply into why I feel the need to keep...

World Domination: A Memoir

Comic Books: Gateway to D&D

When I was a small child, maybe 3 or 4 years old, I’d get dragged along to the grocery store. No kid likes this, but most well-behaved kids learn to tolerate it. I don’t...

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