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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Coach Newquist

by Ken Newquist / April 2, 2014

It's probably the goatee.

Somewhere around the year 1998, an alternative version of myself never started watching the Mets again. Never got hooked on the Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees in 2000. Never started playing baseball games again on his Xbox 360, never started throwing baseballs on the quad at the college where he works, never went to an IronPigs game, never assistant coached his daughter's softball team...

Thirty for Thirty

by Ken Newquist / April 1, 2014

I have a goal for April: update Nuketown 30 times in 30 days, with at least three updates a week that are blog posts and four that are microcontent.

What I'd really like is to do a blog post, review, or column every day of the month, but there's no way that's happening. My wife is coaching softball, I'm coaching baseball, and I'm ramping up for a major redesign at work. Oh, and I'm the executor for my grandfather's estate.

LEGO and the Death of Imagination

by Ken Newquist / February 5, 2014

There's this meme that's circulating that claims that themed LEGO sets -- Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. -- are killing imagination. The argument goes that unlike the generic sets of old (or even better, the big bin of blocks), these sets kill imagination. Advocates of the Good Old Days claim that act of building these sets locks children into that particular milieu. Worse yet, kids don't build anything original any more; instead they can only follow the corporate hive minds step by step instructions.

2014: A Year of Transitions

by Ken Newquist / January 30, 2014

This month's RPG Blog Carnival topic is "Transitions", and it's particularly appropriate for my group in 2014.

One of our players just took a job out of state and another welcomed his third child into the world. We've just started a Savage Worlds playtest, which might lead to our first non-d20 campaign ... ever. Dungeons & Drgaons 5th Edition is looming over August, and I expect we'll at least do a playtest once it's released.

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