An Introduction to Lighthouse, the RPG System I Wrote

A lighthouse is a navigational aid, guiding ships so they can safely get to where they’re going. This Lighthouse is a tabletop roleplaying system designed to emphasize storytelling. It is easy to learn and simple to run, but incredibly versatile. Using polyhedral dice, you determine not only the degree of success or failure of a…

Chuck Barris and the Art of Not Giving a F…

The Gong Show was a thing when I was in high school, for the brief, shining moment that it lasted. I thought it was hysterical, and weird, and subversive insofar as it seemed to upset a lot of nominal adults. Strange people with little or no talent, behaving oddly and in some cases outright badly.…

That Time I Teamed Up with Dick Tracy to Catch a Federal Fugitive

Back in 2005 I was working as a manager at Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona. One day a man in a standard-issue “detective” suit and tie — you know, the “I dress like this because I have to, not because I want to” look — comes in and identifies himself as United States Marshal…

5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons: More Story, Less Crunch

On Saturday I ran a Dungeons & Dragons game for the first time in years, using the most recent iteration of the rules. I picked D&D, rather than any of a dozen other systems I prefer and am more familiar with, because this group specifically wanted an authentic D&D experience. Only one player (other than…

Katie in Finland: The Election Process

In this episode Katie and Berin discuss how they’re legally able to vote in municiple elections in Finland despite not being citizens, and compare and contrast the voting process with that of the United States. As always, this conversational podcast reflects the opinions of the hosts and is for entertainment purposes only. It should not…