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Trade-in: Prologue

February 13th, 2019

My grandmother’s passing last year forced me to confront a situation I’d been kicking down the road for two decades. During the years I lived under her roof, I’d treated the attic as a catchbasin for whatever overflow needed to be shifted from my room — boxes upon boxes of paperback potboilers and old textbooks, […]

After we get home from work in the evening, there’s a time frame of roughly an hour where Maura and I are both downstairs feeding the animals and taking care of other immediate concerns. It’s also an ideal window for spinning some records. The downstairs of our home has an semi-open floorplan. What is spun […]

He could picture the scene

February 7th, 2019

Maura and I had to drive out to Springfield on Tuesday. The trip took about an hour and a half each way, which meant quite a few searchers for the Least Shitty Song on the satellite radio’s roster of preset go-to stations and their shallow playlists. Somewhere on the outskirts of Auburn, I switched to […]

I started this feature after a late summer visit to my grandmother’s house in 2016, where I risked the infernal heat of the attic to take a quick inventory of personal effects I’d left up there. Working on the Death Saves stories had got me to thinking about the contents of the crate of old […]

The second coming of my Warhammer fandom kicked off with the purchase of the second edition WFRP rulebook a couple weeks after our wedding and staggered along until the vicinity of our tenth anniversary. The purchase and frequent browsing of the tabletop RPG rulebook was the backbone of my renewed interest, but it was supplemented […]

Delay of Phlan

January 29th, 2019

We live in an era rich in retrogaming options. A bewildering variety of pixelated treasures (and trash) from the past three decades can be revisited — legitimately — via dedicated plug ‘n’ play machines like the NES Mini, classic collections playable on multiple platforms, and various upscaled current-gen remakes. The notion of playing an arcade […]

Till you drop

January 28th, 2019

Over the past few months, I’ve accumulated an ever-growing trade collection stack of fondly regarded funnybook runs. The whys and wherefores surrounding this development will probably be addressed in an upcoming dedicated feature (once the RPG one has been put to bed), but all that matters for this specific post is that scored a secondhand […]

A gut feeling

January 25th, 2019

Some friends and I were chatting the other day about how certain funnybooks evoke vivid “sense memories.” If you’ve been into the hobby for a long enough stretch of time, you’ll know what I’m referring to — flipping through some back issue from your formative years and getting a double-barreled Proustian blast of tastes, sounds, […]

After tackling the Inquisition, Rogue Traders, and Space Marine chapters, the folks behind the Warhammer 40k RPG system decided to remove crank to the edgelord dial to 13 with Black Crusade… …a standalone component system in which players could embrace the darker side of an already grimdark franchise by assuming the role of Chaos-touched enemies […]

The period from 1993 through 1999 saw my musical tastes broaden tremendously, thanks to punk losing its puritanical stranglehold on me and a twenty-first birthday gift of CD-playing boom box. I kept on buying used vinyl up through 1995 or so, but the bulk of what hit my ears was delivered digitally. Having become the […]

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