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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!

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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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Scary Out There

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

HeyHey,

Some poems I wrote when I was a young adult were published in this book for young adults. You can purchase it here.

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My poems are:

Sparrow

Thinking of Kelsey, and how she went to high school one year before I did and said that it was horrible, and how many years later she overdosed on Benadryl in a bathroom because she believed werewolves were waiting for her outside, but really it was a schizophrenic relapse

Trench Coats

War Paint

In the book, they didn’t bold the title of the second one, but yes it is a very long title. Really honored to have my work right after R. L. Stein’s—Goosebumps was my jam.

Big thanks to Jonathan Maberry for publishing this and a couple other short stories I wrote in other anthologies he edited.