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Stefan Shirley (Esteban)
If you continue to buy their fear, they will continue to sell it to you.
"Don`t be foolish. A castle without a crypt is like a unicorn without a horn."

Circle me for
: Tabletop Gaming of all kinds. Or, if you know me in meat space. That's pretty much all I'm online for. Never mind here. Just in general: games, "staying in touch."

Follow me at:
Twitter: for most of the links I see fit to share. It's basically a live feed from my tablet.
Right here on Google+: for blog updates - if you don't subscribe to the RSS feeds.

What I want to be when I grow up:
So far I've had dreams of being a Green Lantern, Jedi, and Santa Claus "when I grow up" all dashed. Now, I'm grown up and I guess it may finally be time for a plan... D?
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Looking for
Friends, Networking
Other names
Esteban, Doctor Checkmate, Crooked Rook, Peregrine "Bright" Brighteadow, I roll dice, and variations of all of the above
Apprentice Hotelier. Freelance Editor. Ghost Writer.
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I have 306 followers? All sitting there in the aether in silence? I still don't understand how Google+ works, or even why. Why are you all so damn quiet?
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Is this a test?
I've nothing nice to say.
I'm shy.
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A lot of activity is in communities and Circles of course. I comment quite a bit, post infrequently and very seldom "Public".  It's all about getting in with a group with similar interests.
Frankenstein Apocalypse
Frankenstein as in the monster's composite nature. Apocalypse as in post-apocalyptic tropes. So, in keeping with my growing tendency to DIY my hobbies and expand my horizons into things of an arts and crafts nature, I've gotten it into my head to not create...
T Minus What
It's November and it's seventy five degrees as the sun sets outside. None of this feels right. I've got less time for blogging lately. Changing priorities personally, changing responsibilities at work, and the longer my gaming drought lasts... Well, I'm sur...
Labels Two Point Oh!
4-Colors: Comic Books and Superheroes 42: Meta and Process posts, OR things not fitting another label Car Wars: Car Wars, tabletop vehicular mayhem and manslaughter D&D: Dungeons & Dragons Electric Gamer: Mostly mobile; eventually PS4 Fate: Fate or FAE RPG ...
Things Pop Culture Taught Me...
...That Maybe Religion Taught You. I would hope it goes with out saying that my parents and grandparents are part of this equation, too. But, Pop Culture in the form of watching the original Star Wars trilogy over and over again, as well as Summer afternoon...
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More Icons!
Coming this month is a bunch of old Icons characters from the old blog. We recognize that you have a choice in comics, and we thank you for choosing Checkmate Comics! Stay tuned!
Coming this month is a bunch of old Icons characters from the old blog. We recognize that you have a choice in comics, and we thank you for choosing Checkmate Comics! Stay tuned!
Amalgam Earth E: Not enough to form posts of their own
Does the Marvel Universe have Amazons? I know I've said I like the Ms. Marvel Wonderwoman mash up, but I'm curious. Atlantis: I could take the time to mash up Namor and Arthur Curry. I could. But, I would rather drop my favorite Mutants and Masterminds char...
Amalgam Earth E
Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark become Anthony Bruce Hughes. I've never been particularly in love with DC's fictional cities, so ditching them for the more "real life" locations of Marvel's universe lead me to the thought, "why not make the Ironbat's family a re...
Amalgam Comics
I really wanted to love these crossover mash up events. I did, but so many of the mash ups made no sense to me. The only one I kind of dug was Spider-man and Superboy. Spiderboy (with or with out a hyphen) made sense to me. Darkclaw? Magneto and the Metal M...
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Right. Magneto and the Metal Men, not weird enough. Speed Demon, Generation Hex nicely gonzo. Darkclaw way, way to bland. Grim and gritty to the point of being salt. Bleh.
Ouroboros of the Oubliette
Past posts about D&D will remain here, but I've devoted a new blog to D&D and fifth edition in particular. I hope you'll join me there as I try to recapture and retain the magic that the game gave me thirty years ago. Game on. This is the Ouroboros of the O...
Fear Koan
Fear: "an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat." Koan: "a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enl...
Stefan Shirley (Esteban)'s +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
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