Chicago Gameday 50 is happening on Dec 8, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Are you local to Chicagoland? Do you want to play some RPGs? If so, head over to our Warhorn page and sign up for a game! Chicago Gameday is a free event held at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL and welcomes all comers.

Register on Warhorn:

Open events include:

D&D 5e
Dawn Patrol
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
Fall of Magic

…and more!

#10RPGs — 2/10 Foundation — Basic D&D, Holmes blue book. My mom bought me this set after I saw some kids playing D&D at summer camp and I begged her. As D&D tends to be, it was totally unplayable out of the box — mine was the chit edition, so it didn’t even come with dice. I had no idea how the game worked and didn’t really even do a close reading of the text until years later. Nonetheless, I made up some rules — as we all did — muddled through and realized that yes, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Ref:]]>

#10RPGs — 1/10 Impact — Burning Wheel

There is no other non-foundational RPG that had a bigger impact on me than this. I purchased the first edition based on an review, and it became my portal to the Forge, to my first larp (the roden one, GenCon 2004), and led to my fundamentally questioning how RPGs work and how I interface with them. Plus, I met an entire community of people, many of whom are now close friends.

This is the game that I’d been waiting for my whole life. And I’m still figuring it out!


I finally watched Mad Max; Fury Road yesterday, and it was awesome of course. (Why did it take so long? Welcome to parenthood, folks.)

The parallels between Immortan Joe with his War Boys and fascists like 45 and the alt-right was pretty on the nose, at least looking at it now. And of course, that between him and the leaders of Gasoline Town and the Bullet Farm, we get the “ones who killed the world”: Capitalism, war, and patriarchy. (The War Boys are totally toxic masculinity embodied.)

But I also kept thinking about how this whole genre — post-apoc — is incredibly libertarian/capitalist, which is probably obvious. I mean, of course we know that faced with those conditions humanity will naturally devolve into might-makes-right, everyone armed to the teeth and out for themselves, right? Never mind that history generally has shown that humans almost never do that, hence the reason we’re all still here.

Is the genre a mix of worrying about the end state of the military-industrial complex and reinforcing that mindset, since it always resurfaces in the dystopias?

Is there post-apoc fiction where everyone bands together and rebuilds, all kumbaya-style?