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The Refuge: Zombie Fun for the Whole Family

Classic board game play with a focus on simplicity.   The Zombie genre is perhaps the most improbably popular pop culture phenomenon of my lifetime. If someone had suggested back in the eighties when I was running a zombie campaign using the rules for Chill that the Romero films would spawn scores of imitators in film, television, and comics, I would have …

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Midnight Legion Box Set! A Classic Concept Remixed….

Choose your own adventure in the classic, solitaire fashion! Atari. Cassettes. VHS. Safety Dance. Basic Set. By Balloon to the Sahara. Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Mountain of Mirrors. If you are a Generation X-er you likely recognize all of these references. A singular thrill particular to that time were the slim paperbacks that housed a roleplaying game experience within. The …

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Take This Brother, May It Serve You Well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty8zaBS4Bjg   Press play. Don’t ask any questions. Wait a few moments. Come back to these words.   So the story goes, a man is drawn into an alternate dimension, a parallel Earth where The Beatles never broke up. He is told in no uncertain terms that he can bring nothing back to our world with him. So what does …

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More Than Half A Man: Westfalia’s Halfmen Army

More Than Half A Man: Westfalia’s Halfmen Army Written by Kevin Birge Oh, sure. Halflings (we can call em’ that here) look harmless. Little hairy-footed, gluttonous drunken blighters. More likely to pick your pocket or trip over your boots than to put up a fight. Peaceful, smiling, and friendly, if a bit standoffish around bigger folk. So the surprise is …

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No Morning Light: A Boxer’s Story Part One

No Morning Light by Kevin Birge The driverless black sedan was utterly silent except for the sounds of bulletproof rubber against the aging blacktop. The wastelands of Detroit had mostly been denuded of usable road surface, but the city kept one long stretch of two lane in semi-usable condition for police access. Inside the car, total silence broken only by …

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Jack O’Lantern Tears

Halloween. And all day I spent with the dead. I brought them into my mind one by one, in the order of their passing, from the earliest childhood days forward. I marched them past single file in my mind’s eye and tried hard to honor them by seeing them clearly. Some I saw with more clarity than others, and my …