Closing Time

L Top of the Rock

I started as the newest writer of the RPG Girl Thursday column January 5th, 2012. Over 100 articles later, this is my final Thursday here at Geek's Dream Girl. When I signed my contract December of 2011, I was anxious. Eager. More than a little terrified. I'd been working in publishing through other jobs before the column; news intern, submissions editor, manuscript proofer, editor, writer. My entry into working with games had been a weird sort of lateral move. I'd been working as an assistant … [Read more...]

Last Second Gifts for Your Beloved Freelancer(s)

This is one of my two iTrent batteries, which kept me in power and online at NASA this January.

Tis the season to suddenly need to get gifts, and have no idea what to get people. Particularly when they're freelancers you work with, and/or are related to. This is my whirlwind, last second gift guide to useful gifts for freelancers, with a light sprinkling of frivolity.   Stylebooks Whether your beloved freelancer has a non-fiction/news focus, or needs to abide by the ancient literary editorial arts, you can save them some cash on professionally necessary style guides. If they … [Read more...]

On The Impending New Year

On December 1st, I woke up to an email, two text messages and a phone call. They were notifications from different people that one of the men who urged me to be a writer was dead. He committed suicide. He left behind a lot of people. An entire community. Friends. Family. There were times where he was a creator. He wrote, he made live action characters look not like a sheet of stats, but a portrayal of a character. Down to the smallest tics. I hadn't spoken to him for years, for many years. … [Read more...]

#gamerHanukkah: The Tally

Cold War

Ryan and I did our best to play games every night of Hanukkah. Though we did skip a night after I had a spectacularly bad day, we did end Hanukkah with an impressive tally of gameplay. As I mentioned earlier this Hanukkah, we played the card games Trifecta, and Romans Go Home. From there, we trotted out new finds and beloved classics on our quest to play a game for every night. For brevity, I'll only include games we successfully completed. Counting my last post, we did manage to hit our … [Read more...]


2013 has been the year of trying new games. Since my fiance and I are trying to play at least one game for every night of Hanukkah, the recent card game adventures we've been having are ones I wanted to share with you. As an added bonus, these are games you can play with just about anyone; they also become a lot more fun when you start strategizing.   Fish Cook Cheapass Games.2-6 Players. Time to play: 45 Minutes. $15. In Fish Cook, the players are chefs competing against each … [Read more...]

The Holiday Episode

At some point in our gaming lives, we may be tempted to execute a "holiday" game. The temptation grows immense in winter, when the psychic critical mass of the world's winter holidays sits on top of your imagination and begs you to invite them to the table. Whether you're running with a real-world holiday, religious event from the game's canon, or your own home-brewed festival, I've got a few words of advice on making your very special holiday installment an enjoyable one.   Player … [Read more...]

The Quiet Year

Start Game

Though I backed Joe Mcdaldno's game The Quiet Year when it was on IndieGoGo, my first opportunity to play it was this past weekend. With one player who'd been through the game before, and two of us coming to it new, we set out to start our quiet year. The game exists in a really interesting space, and I want to unpack that for people who haven't played yet. In The Quiet Year, you and your players are part of a GM-less game about community after civilization as we know it is gone. You've been … [Read more...]

Post-Con Report: Metatopia 2013


I came back from Metatopia richer in stories, new friends, experiences, and a pile of business cards. None of those are unusual harvests of a convention. But I also came back with a question on my mind. Why don't more people go to Metatopia? Metatopia had 410 people in attendance this year. It's not unusual for me to attend smaller conventions—BigBadCon and GoPlayNW come to mind—but both they and Metatopia are about specific experiences for me. BBC gives me time to see a number of Bay Area … [Read more...]

The Devil in the Details

Caution Sign. Oregon State Historic Cemeteries.

It's the little details that often capture our imaginations while we run and play games. These are some spooky-to-gruesome sights in the spirit of the season, to inspire your games, tabletop or larp, across a number of time periods. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has 18 free prop templates for documents you can use with your Mythos-inspired games. From an Arkham Library Card to a Death Certificate, they've got you covered from fictional childhood to fictional grave. For those who … [Read more...]

Get Your Freak(out) On


If you're left scratching your head for ideas of what games to play for the remainder of the Halloween season, I've got a few recommendations of horror-themed fun to toss your way. All prices below are in USD, so remember to check current currency conversion and if retailers are currently offering international shipping. Murderous Ghosts In Murderous Ghosts, you have two players with opposite goals. The Ghost wants to kill you. You want to escape. You're odds aren't looking so … [Read more...]