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Joel Bethell
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Web designer, gamer and amateur illustrator.
Web designer, gamer and amateur illustrator.

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Sly Flourish, one of my favorite gaming bloggers, tweeted the following today: More specifically, if a player misses attacks three rounds in a row; what can the #dnd DM do to make their game more fun at that point onward? — SlyFlourish (@SlyFlourish)…

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After receiving an ominous letter last month, and a mysterious package near Halloween, I thought that the worst was over. But I was wrong. A small wooden box arrived on my doorstep one windy, cold and dark night. What was this ancient, dusty wooden box?…

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I have decided that I’m no longer trying to produce anything that borrows artistic, lingual and religious traits from other cultures (than my own). As a North American White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, I am pretty much the very worst kind of creature to do…

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I’ve begun reaching out to gaming communities with an invitation to share stories about positive and negative user experiences in tabletop gaming. I’ve also framed it from the angle of accessibility. I’d love feedback from folks: please share your…

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Something arrived in the mail today. It bears the same generic, fake return address as the previous letter. This one contained three things: an elegant flyer, an old newspaper clipping and a small burlap pouch. Immediately, the words on the flyer leaped…

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A hiatus on reviews

While I still have a drafted review on the back burner, I will be taking a break from doing game reviews for the time being. I wish to focus on my personal projects and I want to avoid a conflict of interest on e-commerce sites when I eventually become a…

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I received a letter yesterday. It was from a deliberately untraceable origin: a generic distribution centre in Toronto. The return address was written in a spidery, nearly unintelligible script, as if by a crazed scholar or antiquarian. It felt rushed and…

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Review of Save Yourself from Hell

Save Yourself from Hell is a one-shot scenario. It is flexible enough to be dragged out to 2 or 3 sessions if the players really want to play things out in detail. All over it are Venger’s familiar trademark of gonzo sci-fi sleaze, with dashes of horror…

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This was another one of those movies that stuck with me. Anything that fills my thoughts for hours—or even for days—is worth my appreciation. Just like the original, Blade Runner 2049 has great music, gorgeous visuals, and gruesome action scenes. There’s…

To anyone out there: I'm taking a month-long break from social media. While I'll still be occasionally posting on my blog (which re-shares here automatically), I won't be active until November. Until then: take care!
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