WIP (Poem) – Counting down

Two thousand one thousand five hundred none Some shake their sad heads while others make fun All watching and waiting til everyone’s gone Two thousand to one thousand to five hundred to none Two thousand to one thousand to five hundred to none The worst score in the worst game when it’s over and done […]

WIP: Flow

Fingers fly like chorus line legs and words emerge from abstract eggs of thought; instructions the machine is keen to obey time disappears in the moment of flow Twirling like dancers on comfortable chairs legs wither while the mind dithers between airy construction and the pragmatic way Whole realms appear by the terminal’s glow Voices like […]

Storm Knot

Still reasonably happy with this piece, which is a good few years old now. They cut the knot, let loose the tumult. This ship is sinking, they scream; women and Children first. The storm carries an ice harvest. It cuts to the bone, drops its cargo and dissipates. Silence pools in the seams. The kid’s […]

DMing with Stimulus-Response

Last time around, I talked about how I use Set Pieces to organize pieces of content when I DM (GM, Storytell, what have you). That works well for the “what” and “where” of my games, but the key piece of any tabletop RPG is really the “why”.  Why are the players murdering this soldier? Why are they […]