Science Fiction & Fantasy Summer Reading List 2024

Several covers for books featured in the Nuketown Summer Reading List 2024

The 17th edition of Nuketown’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Summer Reading List features 18 books (15 novels, three non-fiction books), three novellas, and five graphic novels. The Summer of 2024 will be a fun one. My wife and I are going to Iceland with our extended family for a week and we’ll be spending a week … Read more

Summer’s End 2023

A view of the Chesapeake Bay at sunset, part of Nuketown's Summer's End 2023 retrospective

Usually I write these Summer Reading List retrospectives at the actual end of summer (rather than days before the start of the next summer) but 2023 was a particularly trying year and motivation was lacking. But now a new summer is upon us … so let’s take a breath and see how last year went. … Read more

Total Eclipse ’24 in Vermont

A view of the total solar eclipse in 2024.

There are a lot of things these days that are overhyped. 2024’s eclipse is not one of them. In a whirlwind couple of days, NeutronLad (17) and I went to an accepted student event at RIT (a five-hour drive). Then we headed to Burlington, VT to visit StarlGirl (21) at the University of Vermont (another … Read more

Return to Philmont: Introduction to Backpacking

March 2024 saw us hit the trail with an “introduction to backpacking” trek to New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest as part of our upcoming return to Philmont. It’s our traditional starter trek, which is meant to introduce new scouts and leaders to backpacking. It also gives more experienced scouters an opportunity to get out their … Read more

Follow Friday Archive

A screenshot of Follow Friday social media updates on Mastodon

An ongoing archive of Nuketown’s Follow Friday updates. Social Media Instances dice.camp – My favorite Mastodon instance. It’s like a never-ending summer camp for RPG fans, where the conversation is fun, the ideas are engaging, and everyone’s building weird projects out of popsicle sticks. Editors & Writers wandering.shop/@ScottEdelman – Writer, editor, and host of the … Read more

So Long and Thanks for All the Tweets

A snapshot of a Twitter profile

It’s long past time to say goodbye to Twitter. And not just because Twitter doesn’t actually exist anymore (having been replaced by the ridiculous “X”). You can find me online at the following places: Twitter stopped being fun years ago. I stuck around because I had a few friends there, and momentum. Most of the … Read more

Online Dungeon Master’s Toolkit

A swampy battle map featuring heros battling demonic creatures. Created using Inkarnate, one of the tools in my Dungeon Master's Tool Kit

The key to virtual play is crafting a online Dungeon Master’s Toolkit that works for you. Just like my physical dungeon master’s toolbox, the online one makes my life easier. It cuts down on prep time, creates robust visuals for battle maps and illustrations, and keeps me focused. Adventure Prep Battle Map Creation Virtual Tabletop … Read more