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Goal Achieved

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2017 at 4:21 am

We’re now 40 hours away from the end of the campaign. It’s been an unbelievable experience. Within the first ten hours of us being on Kickstarter, Side Effects was fully funded. We’ve had many reviews, interviews, and posts, but this is one of my favorites…

From my friend Jason. I played with him and his wife, Yifei, when Kat and I were in Tokyo this September.

We’re not far from our $75k stretch goal and there’s still time! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/818343421/side-effects

Check out our other videos and reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL5bCmO4g1b5oARwxm51XyBDLRo6-FGMz

Directed by Luke Koz. Ben Bronstein, Kat Thek, and I are playing in the video. I recorded the song. Oliver Conant is the voice. Camera work by Sarah Tricker.

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Side Effects, a card game

In News, Uncategorized on January 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

I’ve always loved making games. When I was a child, my friends and I would get together to invent new games made of cardboard and paint and markers and anything else we could get our hands on. I even remember getting boardgames from the thrift store and repurposing them—gluing paper over the board or using their pieces to make new, more interesting games.

I even had a brief stint writing and designing computer games with HyperCard. My Dad and I would do them together and then upload them to an indie game AOL forum—people under 25 will have no idea what any of those things are.

But I never did anything with my homemade games on a grand scale like I’m doing now.

Last year, I started developing a card game that involved mental illnesses and drugs. The game took many months of tweaking and refining until now we finally have a very fun, darkly humorous, and vindictive game that I’m now calling Side Effects.

I brought my prototype (3×5 index cards with clip art glued to them) to my friend Lee‘s apartment to play with a bunch of people and see if they had any feedback. The illustrator Ben Bronstein was there and he liked the game so much that he offered to help me refine it and do the artwork. I had seen Ben’s unique brand of line art a la R. Crumb back in the day and was overjoyed that he’d help me bring Side Effects to life.

Over the next several months, we worked together, developing a style and template for the cards. We went through many, many revisions and I’m so freaking excited to share the final product.

Here are just a few examples of the cards.

We plan on launching a Kickstarter sometime early this year.

Go to pillboxgames.com and sign up for the mailing list.

If you live in the New York City area, send me a message and I will be more than happy to meet up and play a few rounds with you. It’s a great bar or coffee shop game!

Even This Acronym

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2016 at 12:18 am

I was asked if I’d like to contribute to a couple anthologies recently. One taking place in the V-Wars universe and the other taking place in the X-Files  universe.

For the V-Wars story, I wrote about life in Brooklyn after it’d been nearly decimated by war. The story centers on a somewhat sleazy, broke 20-something who, in the midst of a bad breakup, finds that he’s become addicted to sex with a hermaphroditic succubus.

For the X-Files story, I have Mulder and Scully come to my apartment in Brooklyn to interrogate me (Jade Shames) while I’m in the middle of writing the other story.

Check it out! Click a book for a link to order it.

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