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Toward the tail end of the Summer of 1987, I began spending less time with my buddy Scott. There was no drama or ill-will behind this slow drift. Scott was a hyper-motivated Type A personality on a fast track to success, and that brought a host of CV-building obligations that cut into his free time. […]

As distressing as recent events have been, I think it’s time to return to the Feature That Refuses to Die with a character who exemplifies the kinder, gentler side of Nobody’s Favorites…. …the splendorous Stingray. The second-rate scourge of sea-borne villainy started his career as Walter Newell, a government scientist and surface-dwelling pal of the […]

The bulk of my adventures in RPG mail-order were carried out through Games On Call, a Texas-based firm that advertised heavily in Dragon Magazine. A phone or mail inquiry would net you a free copy of their current catalog, a meticulously categorized newsprint directory containing all manner of ludographical treasures available for purchase. The selection […]

Leech and I first crossed paths with the Lone Punk in the spring of 1992, shortly before our friendship-ending blow-up. We were passing through the cafeteria on the third floor of Wheatley Hall (since converted into the school’s “Venture Capital Center”) when we spotted him eating alone at a corner table. Being two of the […]

After successfully completing a marathon playthrough of the Temple of Elemental Evil “mega-module,” my little brother and my new buddy Scott were itching to take their absurdly overpowered characters to new heights of loot-intensive glory. As it happened, I had just the adventure for them…. …The Mines of Bloodstone. A follow-up on what had intended […]

Train in vanity

April 4th, 2017

There are currently seven and a half billion people on this planet. Statistically speaking, that’s a large enough number for there to be three or four people out there who are devoted fans of both model trains and the gimmick-driven, sludgy glam rock of Kiss. Well, I’ve got some good news for those rare creatures. […]

Peaked in high school

April 3rd, 2017

Excitement has been building among my friends for the upcoming continuation of Twin Peaks. While I hope the new episodes live up to my friends’ lofty exceptions, I plan on sitting this one out. The original series debuted during the tail end of my senior year in high school. I first got word of it […]

Though my attempt to run Tomb of Horrors turned out to be a glacially paced fiasco, it did result in a new friendship with yet another kid named Scott. Scott lived two streets over from me and that geographical proximity led to Scott spending a good deal of time at my place during the summer […]

A half-life in film

March 27th, 2017

There’s a new Twitter meme making the rounds where folks pick a favorite movie from each year of their life. Such a list would be unwieldy enough for a millennial kid, never mind someone with as many miles as I have on the ol’ temporal odometer. I made it about a decade in before realizing […]

I’m not really into the whole anniversary tribute school of popcult writing. It’s a bit too low-hanging for my tastes and generates a slew of half-assed hot takes by folks whose experience of the item in question tends to be after-the-fact backfiller. You shouldn’t need some arbitrary temporal milestone to shine the spotlight on a […]

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