Spare RIBS complete (December 16, 2004)
The zine is online at spareribz.com.
Spare RIBS resurfaces (November 24, 2004)
In the tradition of an old hobby, a zine, I've started a personal blog, spareribz.com. I'll be migrating my personal site there. So, do take a look.
Retiring to Rivendell (November 8, 2004)
As Thanksgiving approaches, I realize, with nostalgia, that I am thankful for friends and precious moments preserved. Here is one such occasion, in the form of a drawing of a couple, whose music, among other things, has inspired me. View drawing.
The Abridged Bill of Minority Rights (June 10, 2004)
The top three new amendments to the US Constitution to advance democracy: 3. Right to Free Support. 2. Right to Equality. And 1. Right to Free Thought. Read more.
The Little Princess and the Bookworm (May 26, 2004)
With a lot of help from Sheila and Sherry, I was able to take a small step toward one of my life long goals: to create a fairy tale that not only enchanted, but also educated. Here is what we were able to do in our spare time in three weeks: An original children's fairy tale in four languages. Open the book.
The Bill of Minority Rights (May 21, 2004)
The top ten new amendments to the US Constitution to advance democracy: 10. Right to Redress. 9. Right to Peace. 8. Right to Information. 7. Right to Sovereignty. 6. Right to Free Behavior. 5. Right to Nullify. 4. Right to Free Choice. 3. Right to Free Support. 2. Right to Equality. 1. Right to Free Thought. Read more.
The Major Themes of Crisis and Leviathan (May 14, 2004)
In 1987, Robert Higgs, a professor of economics at the time, wrote a book on political science entitled Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. Despite his academic title, this book is classified as, and is, primarily a text of political science. In it he used fundamentals of economics, politics, and history to explain the nature of the expansion of American government. Read more.
Zombie Infection Simulator (August 2003)
What if one zombie appeared in a town near you?
DEA - Operation Big Red (April 16, 2004)
Nine concealed packages seized in San Francisco crackdown on Narco-terrorist drug ring. DEA agents shut down the largest recreational drug ring among pre-teen drug abusers. Check out the DEA's presentation.
Looking for weapons of mass destruction? (April 10, 2004)
Check now before the site moves.
Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered in Nevada, Bush Declares War on U.S. (April 8, 2004)
In a televised press conference from the White House today, U.S. President George W. Bush announced that his unrelenting hunt for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has turned up a massive arsenal of nuke-u-lar weapons right here in the United States. The text of his speech appears below.
My SF (April 9, 2004)
A sloppy listing to a few places I enjoy in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Entreaty (May 29, 2004)
An ancient call, a modern war
Taurlos writes: "The war between the Goblins and the Grimlocks have gone on for countless Deochs, both races often asking Aisling's to help them collect the maddening rocks from within the cave. Many have perished in this terrible war, and with no end in sight, so shall many more."
I'll be running "The Entreaty" at KublaCon this year on Sunday at 6 p.m. The adventure is a D&D 3.5 adaptation of the first epic event in the MMORPG Dark Ages. In it I will also playtest a hybrid form card-RPG. The goal of the cards is to shift mental energy away from database references and computations, and toward streamlined roleplaying, storytelling, and action.
Shadow of Dar (April 7, 2004)
Damiel wrote down a tale of wizard Dar that he told one night so many Deochs ago.
What is libertarianism? (Early 1990s, revised March 16, 2004)
I've heard libertarians (falsely) labeled as conservatives, by liberals. Yet liberals, and conservatives, should begin to realize that their ideologies are not the only possible, nor are they sufficient to inclusively describe many Americans. Find out how a libertarian defends civil rights more consistently than a liberal and fiscal responsibility more consistently than a conservative. This pretty much sums up libertarianism.
Who lines their pockets... (April 2, 2004)
... voluntarily? T.D. Houfek pointed me to an interesting disclosure of campaign finances and local campaign contributions. As any veteran of advertising culture is well-aware, sponsors have an influence on the content. How does this affect the decisions of the decision-makers who overrule you for a living?
Writing Gallery (February 19, 2004)
A writing gallery of creative writing: screenplays, plays, poetry, improv roleplaying, and journals.
Art Gallery (February 4, 2004)
An art gallery of visual artwork, drawing, photography, and 3D.
New Drawing: Phallus of Fine Parts (January 8, 2004)
An inkwash based on the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
10 Great Books (January 2, 2004)
Looking for a good book with a philosophical persuasion? This philosopher recommends these books.
Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq? (2003)
Curious? Get the questions and answers about U.S. foreign policy and the invasion of Iraq.
Think Responsibly (December 16, 2003)
Remember this holiday to think irresponsibly.
New Pastel Drawing: Bear (December 1, 2003)
Here is a picture of a bear, made for Jeff Riggenbach of the Bear's Lair.
Introvert (December 13, 2003)
It is reassuring to see that I may not be as socially maladjusted as extroverts tend to think me. I'm an introvert to a T.
Alchemist (November 1, 2003)
Halloween is the closest thing San Francisco has to Burning Man. Selma kindly shot me here.
The Nursery of Blackest Crimes (November 18, 2003)
On the origin of the United States federal government
Many ask in what direction should the federal government grow. Its power and girth is legendary, beyond mythical proportions of the ancient world. It routinely surpasses the power of our superheroes. As Ben would say to Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility." Many believe there can an assemblage of mortals capable of wisely guiding the juggernaut, implying that the skull-crushing lythmobile possesses a legitimate direction. So, in order to discover that direction, it is wise to consult where it came from-its origin.
Read the essay
Better Game Design through Data Mining (August 15, 2003)
Gamasutra.com Cover Feature
Players spend millions of man-hours selecting optimum strategies in a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG). They are getting the best return on investment (ROI) on your MMOG. Are you? Learn when, what, how, and why to optimize player performance from a MMOG designer who analyzed millions of player-hours during several years. Read more at Gamasutra.com, or my archive.
Hip Gnosis Audio August 3, 2003
A friend of mine that I met at a magick class in 1997 is moving away. We had a farewell party last night, and it seemed fitting to make a musical compilation. Several songs that follow a theme. I'd originally listened to them altogether in 1997, not long after discovering the magick in Tool's lyrics at Lollapalooza in 1997, as well as the funky, esoteric style of Beyond Race. After the years, I still like to listen to these songs a lot.
Gustav July 8, 2003
A rough sketch of a roguish character for a new RPG campaign that Ben, another student at SFSU, began here in the Bay Area.
Tele-Militanting July 7, 2003
A silly scene for a silly play.
Cube of Space Study Aid (June 25, 2003)
My friend Brian is having his last Cube of Space group meeting here tonight, for a while in San Francisco, since he's moving to Japan. Here's a little something dedicated to his effort. It's a study aid for the correspondences of the Cube of Space that Paul Foster Case popularized.
Glioca's Fear (June 22, 2003)
Mike just had his 19th birthday today; it was spray-painted at the corner of 19th & Noriega in San Francisco, where he was gunned down by the police a few months ago. It's a part of what I too fear. The event and the name, Mike, reminds me of my good friend for whom this play was written.
Gem Midsummer (June 21, 2003)
A poem written about a woman not so many midsummers ago.
Fun is Fine: Toward a Philosophy of Game Design (June 20, 2003)
Posted at Joystick101
"[Do not] mistake yourself for an 'artist.' Our goal is to create newer and more fun games. Art is not our goal." Tetsuya Nomura, Final Fantasy character designer
The Entertainment versus Art debate flares perennially. These participants may be having fun, but the dichotomy is uniquely inappropriate to games. By the end of this article, we may disentangle the faulty dichotomy. After reconsidering what we think we know about a game, fun, and art we may come to discover that Nomura and Costikyan are correct:
"If you were to write a Seven Lively Arts for the 21st century, the form you'd have to mention first is clearly games." Greg Costikyan
Read full article here or at Joystick101
Fairy Tales (June 18, 2003)
The fae in the enchanted garden were in sore need of inspiration to survive the midsummer heat. Having heard of their plight, Damiel hosted fairy tales in the enchanted garden. Hear the fairy tales that were told.
MMORPG Epic Events and Quests
Designing and scripting epic events and quests with a continuing storyline that players impact is my favorite task in MMO game design. Here are the epic events and quests I most enjoyed creating.
My Religion (June 16, 2003)
A series of fragmented flashbacks of my changes of religions.
The Endgame (June 15, 2003)
At Nadia & Amir's party I heard Adventures Unlimited is returning from the dead. My cherished live-action role-playing experiences have been at Adventures Unlimited. So, to mark the occasion, here is a journal entry from an event three years ago that I had the grace to enjoy, write down, and retain through the years.
Preface to the Design of a Game (June 14, 2003)
This paraphrase of Oscar Wilde's preface to the Picture of Dorian Gray playfully presents my aesthetic of game design.
Hemloch (June 12, 2003)
Several Deochs ago, Damiel wrote a short poem about a plant in Temuair and the faerie village at its roots.
Winter Bloom (June 11, 2003)
A poem written for the closest person I have met, in waking moments, to a fae.
Walking Away (June 10, 2003)
A music compilation I listened to as the wave of the invasion of Iraq had approached. The photograph is much older, from Thanksgiving day, 2001, which Windy took of me on a beach north of Santa Cruz.
Fairy Tales (June 9, 2003)
The fae of the Enchanted Garden are suffering as the summer heat approaches. As the midsummer approaches, their nights need dreams.
The Role of Religion in Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying (June 7, 2003)
Cited by Margaret in Rhetoric of Religion. In 1999, I designed and scripted a polytheistic, player-driven religion system. It included miracles, faith, mass worship, ceremonies, quests, alliances and enemies, and social structure. Recently a sociology student ask me why. Indeed, why?
Valley of the Green and Gray (June 6, 2003)
My friend Roger is getting married tomorrow? Can it be? We had a bachelor party on Mount Tam last week. The passage of time reminds me of a fairy tale of a child, which I wrote at the same place on Mount Tam two years ago, during Beltane, 2001.
Temuairan Calendar (June 5, 2003)
Damiel made this to help you--and me--understand which seasons and years on Earth correspond to which seasons and years in Temuair.
Game Design Education Guide (June 4, 2003)
Here's the first installation of a game design education guide. More coming soon.
Mediatronic Mites (June 3, 2003)
Memes and the emergence of nanotech. A nifty giftwrapping pattern I'd originally made for a philosopher who introduced me to many good memes, Rob Bass.
Gray (June 2, 2003)
This is the first act of a modern, American screenplay adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Damiel's First Mass (June 1, 2003)
A few worshippers of Glioca who missed the mass asked to see the sermon. Damiel has offered his next a week from Monday.
Nuked Subway (May 31, 2003)
This morning, Roger asked me what insight I gained into statecraft from my service in the US Army. I said: The manipulation of the public by the media of the North Korean threat against the US. Coincidentally, I took a photograph when I was in the Army, stationed in Korea in 1996, titled, "Nuked Subway." It won an award for creative effects in Seoul that year.
Marriage of Deksar & Pashura (May 30, 2003)
Damiel hosts his first Mass tonight in Dark Ages. He was reminded of the marriage he had the honor of preaching at two years ago.
Reiner Knizia at KublaCon (May 29, 2003)
Hearing Reiner Knizia speak at KublaCon reminded me why I design games.
Lifting the Veil (May 28, 2003)
I was recently reminded of my mother two summers ago.
Garden Song (May 27, 2003)
Here is a song that Damiel wrote about the enchanted garden in Mileth.
Tree of Life (May 26, 2003)
Can you find her lost lover and banish the demons from the enchanted forest before the first day of Spring?
Tree of Life, a new D&D adventure and expansion, debuted at KublaCon. For more information, contact me.
Burning Man 2000? or 2001? (May 19, 2003)
I went to Burning Man a couple of times. Each time was magickal. Samuel Edward Konkin III asked me about it, so here's basically a diary of 2000 and 2001 with a few photos.
Ioc (May 17, 2003)
Damiel wrote a poem in praise of the miraculous healing light, known as "ioc." And he announces his first mass.
Welcome Damiel (May 16, 2003)
A long overdue friend is making his home here.
Empowering Customer Harassment (May 12, 2003)
US courts will decide soon on whether they will relax the laws on when someone may be harassed, stalked, or blackmailed.
King's Dagger (April 18, 2003)
I got a taste of 3D modeling, textures, and lighting. Can you read the inscription?
Dark Ages Politics in Theory and Practice (Friday, April 11, 2003)
Published in Imaginary Realities, September 2000. Player-driven political system that I designed and scripted in an MMORPG named Dark Ages in 1999. Since then I evolved the political system each year, so the current has different proportions and expanded structure.
Evilometer - US Goes Gold! (Tuesday, March 25, 2003)
The US's reputation for being evil just went gold. On a scale of one to ten, how evil are we yet?
Violence Service Provider (Monday, March 24, 2003)
Any violence that you witness will be the violence that we want you to perform, on whom we want you to perform it, when we want you to perform it.
Put on a Human Face (Sunday, March 23, 2003)
My personal opinion of the war on Iraq and a helpful suggestion.
To Be: The Magic of Role-playing (Thursday, March 20, 2003)
How you play can change how you live, which can change the world you live in.
To be published as a foreword for a guide on role-playing in Dark Ages. This is a rough draft.
Forward (Monday, March 17, 2003)
A conversation with Robert Bass, and the war fever inspired me to link
wisdom for the future, now.
Better Game Design through Data Mining (Saturday, March 17, 2003)
Republished with broader browser support, including Netscape 3.0 or higher.
New Presentation (Saturday, March 8, 2003)
"Better Game Design through Data Mining"
Here are the slides of the talk I gave at MUD-Dev Conference. I kept them brief. If you would like the details that a figure, phrase, or symbol represents, please ask me about it.
New Drawing (Monday, December 16, 2002)
"For Whom the Sirens Scream," A 9" x 12" graphite drawing for a one-act play, which has the same title.
New Play (Sunday, December 15, 2002)
"For Whom the Sirens Scream," a one-act play based on a true story.
Free Calculus Quiz (Friday, December 6, 2002)
Lord of the Rings Essay (Tuesday, December 10, 2002)
"Understanding the Ring" is now online, re-edited, and in HTML. Explore the depth beneath the surface of The Lord of the Rings. Learn how this epic reshapes ethics (HTML, MS Word 95).