Follow Me to Dice.Camp!

A screenshot of my profile, including a recent post about Mutant Crawl Classics.

Dice.Camp is a Mastodon-based alternative to Twitter built around role-playing games. With Elon Musk’s chaotic neutral leadership style playing havoc with Twitter on a daily basis, many of my online friends have migrated to this and other Mastodon-based social media alternatives. You can find me there as @nukehavoc. I also post frequent updates for the … Read more

The Quest to Improve Nuketown’s Core Web Vitals

A graph depicting Nuketown's progress with Core Web Vitals, going from red (poor) in September to Green (good) in December

I started publishing Nuketown in 1996. I started using Google Analytics with Nuketown in 2006. In those early days of the site, Nuketown would get hundreds of page views a day, sometimes hitting a thousand. Over time, traffic declined significantly, partly because I posted less (ok, a lot less), and partly because the rules of … Read more

The Starlight Wanderer Hits the Trail

A Kindle e-reader open to text in the foreground, with a campfire in the background.

My third Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader arrived just in time for my June vacation. The 10th generation Kindle’s boasts two notable improvements: it’s waterproof and it integrates with Audible audiobooks. I greatly enjoyed my Kindles … right until screen damage ended their digital lives. I’m not exactly sure how it happened (I suspect some combination … Read more

Anker Soundcore 2: A good Bluetooth speaker

A close-up view of the black Anker speaker.

For years my sound systems were bifurcated. Ancient Logitech speakers, including a big, boxy subwoofer, resided in my game room/office. I used them when my computer was docked. Away from my desk, I used earbuds or whatever tinny sound my smartphone or tablet could produce. Last summer I spent a good many evenings working on … Read more

Installing external hard drives for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

A close-up of the original Xbox One console.

At this point, extra storage for game consoles may be almost as critical on Christmas morning as fully charged AA batteries. With modern games taking up a ridiculous amount of space on your typical console it’s all too easy to fill up a 500 GB hard drive … and not realize it until Santa’s already deposited … Read more

Nuketown Reignited

A nuclear mushroom cloud rises through the atmosphere, glowing yellow against the orange sky.

The redesigned Nuketown is here. After months of work — nearly a year if I’m honest — the latest iteration of the ol’thermonuclear burg is online. It features a host of new content, including: New episodes of the Nuketown Radio Active podcast. Game Day columns on topics like ending campaigns, Savage Worlds-powered Stargate, high level games in D&D, … Read more

Angular Momentum

A table divided into four columns: date, zone, last touched, and notes.

I’ve got a lot on my plate. Or rather, plates. I won’t recite it all here because it starts sounding like a pity party, but trust me … it’s a lot. And it’s a lot to keep track of. For the last month or so I’ve been trying out a new strategy for keeping track … Read more

Going digital with the Kindle Paperwhite

Looking back at Nuketown’s “Technology” category, I’m surprised how little I’ve written about the Kindle Paperwhite, especially considering just how much time I’ve spent using the device. I wrote about e-readers once — when I got my original Kindle Touch back in 2012. Since then I’ve upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite (Amazon), which offers a crisper … Read more