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James Mendez Hodes
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My Fiasco playset, Fist City, is now available for free from the +Bully Pulpit Games website! Inspired by such legends of two-fisted heroism as Enter the Dōjō and Miami Connection, this playset reveals the secret world of underground martial arts action beneath the suburban veneer of Poppleton. Grab your aluminum katana and t-shirt ninja mask and walk the boulevard of broken boards.
From the diamond-hard hands of +James Mendez Hodes comes Fist City, a new Fiasco playset that takes you into the secret world of martial arts warrior-idiots!
From the diamond-hard hands of James Mendez Hodes comes Fist City, a new Fiasco playset that takes you into the secret world of martial arts warrior-idiots. Bowing to no temporal authority and disr…
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I love "warrior-idiots."
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The Scion 2nd Edition Tabletop RPG is on Kickstarter! I am writing the Chinese (Shén), Indian (Devá), and Afro-Atlantic (Òrìṣà and Loa) pantheons for this game. If you throw enough money at it, I might get to write even more! This is the single largest project I've written (22.5k words and counting) as a game writer. I'm really proud of what it means for diversity and representation in RPG.
Contribute to help us create and traditionally print Scion 2nd Edition Tabletop RPG's first two books and get them into stores!
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New member! Hi, I'm Mendez. I'm a longtime player of various WW things, and I just started writing for Scion 2e and Geist 2e. I linked my web page below. Àṣẹ!
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I'm James Mendez Hodes. You can call me Lula (my capoeira apelido, Portuguese for "squid") or Mendez (the first of my two last names, perhaps more memorable tha
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In Burning Wheel, when I factor my Elven character's Grief, I "[a]dd one for every point of the character's Steel over 5". Does a gray- or white-shaded Steel change that calculation?
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Teach your new Bulldogs! old tricks with our Bulldogs! d20 and Fate Classic bundles on DriveThruRPG! One price gets you all materials for each edition.
Bulldogs! (Fate Classic Edition) - Bulldogs! is a kick-ass science-fiction game using the Fate v3 system. This game is action-packed and includes sci-fi a
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I am 4.5 episodes into Young Justice and these are my thoughts

robin: "so after the DM killed my last 4 characters, no one's putting one over on THIS one!"
superboy: "you're new to role-playing games, so we'll give you the strongest character. you'll probably be fine."
kid flash: "it's what my character would do!!!11!!!!11one!!!"
miss martian: "you know, I could just … solve the entire problem. with my powers. right now. maybe I could just—" "NO YOU GUYS NEED TO HAVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT"
aqualad: "don't worry, the DMPC is just there to help you guys in case you get really confused or in trouble. don't worry about the fact that he has objectively better powers than anyone. you've ever met. or thought about."
speedy: "I'm taking orgo this term"
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I love the heck out of that show, and Masks by extension! 
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So I wrote a book. It’s on Kickstarter now. It is about otters, and also Turkey and Africa. It would be pretty cool if you were to back it.

Ironclaw is a tabletop role-playing game about a fantasy version of Renaissance-era Europe and China populated by anthropomorphic animals à la Disney’s Robin Hood or Zootopia. This project, Ironclaw: the Book of Horn & Ivory, introduces a new continent inspired by Africa and the Middle East, and especially by Turkish expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can look forward to janissaries, galley warfare, Islamic science and medicine, and Barbary pirates; and boss characters inspired by Sayyida al-Hurra and Dracula. I am proud to add to the depressingly short list of fantasy depictions of these regions.

Also, when I started writing this book, I had this conversation with the editor.
Me: So a lot of this book is gonna focus on the Barbary pirates allied with the Turkish caliph.
Editor: That sounds pretty cool. They could be the Otter Lords of the Sea or something.
Me: Otter Lords, or … Otter Mans?
Editor: … you are not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Here is a map of the distribution of the Eurasian otter. Right in the middle of it is Turkey.
Editor: I talked to the publisher. He also says you’re not allowed to make that pun in the book.
Me: Fine. But the caliph will just happen to be an otter. Also all the Turkish nobility. They will be literal otter mans.
Editor: That’s fine. You just can’t say it.
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Probably a bit too on the nose.
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Hahaha this is so great. I just realized it's happening all over G+
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Myself in three characters.
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Myself in three characters: K I T
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Meet—or build—the perfect Ministry Initiative villain with Don Bisdorf's Nefarious Adversaries.
Nefarious Adversaries - Great heroes need great villains, and Nefarious Adversaries details a number of such nemeses suitable for the most vigor
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Learn more about the otter man empire! The bit about cultural appropriation may be of particular interest.
Five or So Questions with James Mendez Hodes on Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory
I got the chance to interview James Mendez Hodes about his game currently on Kickstarter, Ironclaw: The Book of Horn & Ivory . We talk research and appropriation, and learn a little about the game mechanics. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out Ironclaw's K...
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Just dancing, officer.
All evidence suggests I am probably a fictional character.
Bragging rights
I stole the Wǔdāng Manual, killed your master, and lived to rhyme about it.
  • St John's Graduate Institute
    Eastern classics, 2012 - 2013
  • The Buckley School
    1991 - 2001
  • Phillips Academy
    2001 - 2004
  • Swarthmore College
    Religion major, Dance and English Literature minors, 2004 - 2008
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Other names
Lula, Mendez
writing, editing, teaching, martial arts, running role-playing games for screaming children, running role-playing games for quiet children, really mostly screaming children though
  • Private Prep
    tutor, 2014 - 2016
    I teach teenagers to SAT and ACT real good.
  • Early American Women Poets
    website administrator, 2013 - present
  • The Brooklyn Strategist
    games master, 2013 - present
  • Champion Learning Center
    tutor, 2012 - 2012
  • The Container Store
    sales, 2011 - 2012
  • Kekst & Company
    intern, 2005 - 2005
  • Fulvio & Associates, LLP
    accountant, 2009 - 2010
  • The Buckley School NYC
    athletics instructor, 2008 - 2009
  • John Wick Presents
    staff writer, 2016 - present
    I write tabletop role-playing games about swashbuckling fantasy.
  • Dungeon Elementary
    game master, 2014 - present
    I teach little children to be necromancers.
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Metuchen, New Jersey
New York, New York - Santa Fe, New Mexico - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania - Andover, Massachusetts
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