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One of my best friends in the world...indeed, my oldest friend in the world...came out of the closet several years ago.

I once - for no reasons that were any good - was opposed to gay marriage.

I have often said prejudice against any group, any ethnicity, any race, anyone...is a whole lot easier when you don't put faces on them.

A couple of years ago, he met a guy and he decided to move across the country to try to build a life together. Oklahoma to Boston is a long ways away, or so the birds tell me. Did I want him to go? Hell no. Not because I thought what he was doing was wrong, but because he was the Best Man at my wedding. Do you understand what I'm saying? He stood by my side on the day I joined into my holy union with my wife, and then he sang - beautifully - to us. How in the world could I be so selfish as to deny him his pursuit of happiness when he had bestowed such a wondrous blessing on me?

Do I miss him? You're damn right I do. About every day. But his happiness isn't all about me, you see...and that's the point, right there. I love Kenny, make no mistake about it...and I would be one horrible human being to ever want to deny him the slightest possibility of happiness, so long as he's not hurting other people.

I don't know if he will get married. That's not my business. My business is loving and supporting my friend. As of today, a bunch of judges who I sometimes don't agree with have decided that he can, in fact, marry any individual consenting adult that he chooses, anywhere in these United States. They have decided that he has the choice to do just as I did nearly thirteen years ago...and whether or not he exercises that choice, he should absolutely have one, because this is America...and I will love and respect my friend still.

I want to make this post about love, not about hate, but I need to make one thing crystal clear: This man has picked me up at my lowest points, and he has reveled in some of my greatest successes. If you have a problem with him, then you have a problem with me. There's no discussion on that.

For me, this isn't about rainbows or red equals signs. This isn't about "gay marriage". This is about my friend having the freedom to choose to live his life however he sees fit.

Kenny is, without a doubt, one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing in my lifetime. Bar none. He has given me so much, and unconditionally and, for some reason, he still tells me that he looks up to me. How do you like that?
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Thanks, ya'll.
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Pinnacle is releasing The Sixth Gun, based on one of my favorite comic books...but is there any reason to buy this if you're already a Deadlands fan?

I mean, aside from the fantastic Brian Hurtt art?
Last year, Pinnacle announced that they were releasing an RPG based on The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. On the surface, this seems like both a brilliant, and potentially puzzling, move as Pinnacle's flagship set...
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Or just throw the bad guys and relics and stuff into a Deadlands game. I'm seriously leaning in that direction.
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Team Murphy, to go with my House Dresden and House Carpenter shirts.

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Ten different tabletop games in since yesterday. Some of which got played multiple times. That's not bad.

Dark Gothic
Betrayal at House on the Hill 
Samurai Spirit 
Pandemic
Munchkin
Camp Grizzly 
Police Precinct
Agents of SMERSH
Shinobi Clans
Chrononauts
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I've only played Betrayal the once, but I do like it. I also like Pandemic.
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So I was straightening my office tonight, and got all my board games put up and reorganized.

My wife commented that I still had a ton of room in my office closet. I said I was taking that to mean that I clearly needed to buy more board games.

Her response? "I have no problem with that. Also, if you put together the shelf you could have more space for the board games."

What a wonderful wife.
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Dropped my players off in Ravenloft last night.

I think one of them has some idea what is going on, but he's expecting me to say "Yeah, you're in Ravenloft now", and he's not getting anything that easy from me.

They have agreed to assassinate an Elven Vampire on behalf of a Lich. The vampire in question is Jander Sunstar, who brought the worship of Lathandar (who one of the characters in the group follows) - and who is decidedly not evil, but they don't know that yet.

Had to call the game last night, because sending them to Ravenloft happened on a whim...and I need some time to prepare. =)

#DND5e   #TyrannyOfDragons  
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Worst case scenario, he's the lesser of two evils in this case...but also the easiest to kill.

Either way, choice is in the players' hands as to what they do. Hell, they've spent the entire campaign aligned with a Neutral Evil Warlock bound to Tharzidun because they have common enemies, so this isn't exactly new territory for them.
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I guess I made one of my players almost cry tonight because of how her character was kicked out of The Harpers (for forsaking Azureedge - an axe forged to defend Waterdeep - in favor of an infernal weapon and forging an alliance with her devil father).

Good times.

The group has definitely frayed some alliances.
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The organizations haven't played as huge of a role as I thought they would, but a big part of The Rise of Tiamat is forging the larger alliance to fight her and the Cult...and the PCs are going to find that they are missing some key back-up if they don't make up some ground quick. (One of them got a great Insight roll and I used that to convey to them where each of the groups stand on the party and their efforts right now).
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Truth: In my time at Cherokee Nation, I have pulled all-nighters, worked in temperatures in excess of 110 degrees, dragged drunken employees out of bathrooms, stared down homophobes while wearing a stylish pink polo shirt, stared down mad Russians and performed mass inventories of flooded warehouses...but the most exhausting thing I have ever done is put four damn pallets on racking with a forklift.

This will take some getting used to.
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We were once contracted out by a Russian owned firm for refurbishment...there were many times in which our relationship was...contentious.
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Only took four days back working at Cherokee Nation for the "white trash/pale Indian" jokes to kick in.

#WelcomeHome   #CherokeePride  
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That sobering moment in which you realize that you have been working so many hours at your job that your new, higher paying job is actually going to significantly drop your take home pay due to a combination of health insurance and dropping back to a regular 40 hour a week schedule.

Hopefully I can get more productive hours out of this.
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They say you can't go home again.

But sometimes you can move back into the neighborhood, in a nicer house.

As First Days at a new job go, I've had worse.
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Huh.

I realized tonight that I have a LOT more Star Wars d6 stuff than I remembered.
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Amusing, as all the Saga edition books I own, I only got them to use as source material for d6 Star Wars :-) 
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Writer, Editor, Blogger, Warehouse Supervisor
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    Writer/Editor, 2008 - present
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I Was Bitten By Radioactive Awesome
Introduction
I am as devoted to being a geek as I am to being a husband, father and friend. I blog frequently, though not as frequently as I like, and I'm currently working with two Savage Worlds licensees in a freelance editorial capacity (Savage Mojo and Daring Entertainment). My first love is writing, and I currently write The Chronicles of Rachel Strand, drawn by Johnnie Johnson, who co-plots it with me.
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I have published comic books, won pro wrestling championships, created a blog that has now survived multiple years and a complete hard drive failure and none of that compares to the two amazing children I helped bring into the world.
Education
  • Northeastern State University
    Dropout, 2009 - 2010