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Dave Gross
Writer and recovering editor. Fond of movies, theater, games, novels, any kind of stories.
Writer and recovering editor. Fond of movies, theater, games, novels, any kind of stories.

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Unexpected business and a desire to wait until the books are on store shelves have pushed by the start of A Time to Harvest locally, but I still mean to run a few sessions this month and next.

Meanwhile, we've started The Blood Red Fez as a prequel to HotOE at home. The group are a mix of RP novices and moderately experienced players, most of whom had their first taste of CoC with Edge of Darkness, which I ran a few times at home and at conventions over the past year or so.

With any luck, we'll have a few new Keepers sometime this summer and maybe several campaigns going on at once.

I'll certainly run A Time to Harvest at home for friends. While I'd been considering running some at local game stores for newcomers, I'm starting to lose steam in that direction.

The closest store is the proverbial clean, well-lighted place. Unfortunately, they charge rent for the use of their tables, and their stock is meager, with no Chaosium products and no plans to expand their offerings.

Other good stores in the city have play areas, but they are either cramped or noisy or both. It's hard to imaging having a good session in those places, especially on busy weekends.

There's a store in a nearby town that seems better, although their weekend events are also busy. Their staff and stock are excellent, however, and the play area is separated from the product area. It's probably my first choice, except of course for our home library/game room, which has all the comforts, miniatures, props, and other conveniences, and I don't have to drive there.

Knowing the value of playing in a store where passersby can see the game and get interested, I don't want to give up on the idea of running store sessions. Still, I wish there were a way to ensure that I don't have to pay for the privilege, that the place is comfortable, and that they have CoC books for sale.

Your thoughts? I'm equally open to persuasion and consolation. :)

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Aaron may have gone, but his legacy lives on.

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There’s an especially good installment of Creative Colleagues coming this way next Wednesday. Otherwise, I’ve only a monthly Roundtable on tap, although there are a few sets of questions out to authors who’ve probably gotten too busy or distracted to…

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When asked where to start reading the Radovan & the Count saga, I no longer go through the whole routine of figuring out whether the person asking prefers gothic horror, wuxia, high fantasy, demon wars, and so on just to direct them to a particular novel…

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In the usual Creative Colleagues interviews, I drop five questions on a person involved in stories: writers, illustrators, musicians, nerf herders—you know the type. Yet sometimes I have just one or two questions, and I want a bunch of opinions. That…

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Did I happen to mention the first wave of Pathfinder Tales is now available at That includes all five of the Radovan & the Count novels, as well as Elaine Cunningham’s Winter Witch, to which I contributed the kissy bits. You can see all of my…

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The most exciting aspect of this year’s Pure Speculation Festival is that it’s safely nestled in October, when we seldom experience a monster blizzard. The weather forecast suggests a cool and cloudy weekend, perfect for staying indoors, taking in some…

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Every now and then, I pester my creative colleagues with five questions about their work. Most of these folks are friends, a few are secret enemies, and one has been blackmailing me for years. If memory serves, I first met Chadwick Ginther at the When…
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