2 july 2022

So here’s the thing that I don’t want to write, but I feel I have to write.

If you don’t feel like creating right now because the world is on fire, the future is uncertain, and making things feels selfish, petty, or unimportant, I get it. Most of us have felt that to varying degrees since at least some point in 2016. The thing is, it’s more important than ever that we all keep going.

One of the first things authoritarian regimes go after is art. The Nazis burned paintings that they declared to be obscene. The Soviets jailed dissident writers because their works didn’t support the party ideology. Fundamentalists burned heavy metal albums and D&D manuals. All of them burned books that contained ideas that contradicted their stranglehold over truth. The last thing we need to do is voluntarily give up making art — writing, illustration, publishing, game design, crafting, whatever it is you do — because they’ve already beaten us down so far they’ve made us begin to lose hope.

Art is an act of defiance. It is creation in the face of destruction. It is life, joy, and a sense of purpose. Making art is itself a form of escapism, and a means for others to escape, even momentarily, from the various overlapping hellscapes of the modern world. For a lot of us, it’s self-care.

Life is difficult for a lot of people right now. Some far more than others. A lot of us don’t have the time, the energy, or the money to create the things we want, the way we want to. Embrace those resource limitations. Figure out a way to do it anyway. It’s part of the fight. It’s part of the resistance. Being a creator, a maker, an artist, for some of us is part of our core identity. We cannot allow them to take that away from us.


Hippogryph Modern: Urban Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.

Hippogryph Future: Science Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.


My wife Katie is donating a percentage of her art sales to NARAL. You can find out more at the link further down.

I hope you’re doing well today.

Now Available: Hippogryph Core [BUNDLE]

Hippogryph Core Bundle

Hippogryph Core [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles.

Hippogryph (Director’s Cut)

A hippogryph is a strange paradox, combining the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybrid of two things that cannot logically go together. Somehow the unlikely remix produces something that elevates both of its antecedents. Throughout time, the mythical hippogryph has symbolized everything from the contradictory nature of religious belief to the unyielding power of romantic love. For me, it represents how the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. Lofty yet grounded. Poetic yet practical. Hippogryph is so named because it is full of such dichotomies. My strongest influences are structured legacy systems like Dungeons & Dragons and lighter, more free-form mechanics like those found in Fate. My goal with this system has been to leverage the strength…

Hippogryph Modern: Urban Fantasy Roleplaying

Not all fantasy takes place in some pseudo-medieval, quasi-historical setting. Urban fantasy combines the familiar and the strange, using selected imaginary elements in an approximation of the real world. These elements, including magic and paranormal beings, often exist secretly in the world. The urban component is found in the setting, typically a city or suburban community. The use of contemporary technology, community, and social institutions establishes a recognizable context. The period in which the action occurs may be the fairly recent past or the near future, but will only require casual historical knowledge from the player and gamemaster. Like urban fantasy, a hippogryph is a strange paradox. It combines the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybr…

Hippogryph Future: Science Fantasy Roleplaying

Science fantasy is a hybrid genre that draws upon and combines tropes and elements from science fiction and fantasy. In conventional science fiction, the world is presented as being scientifically logical. Conventional fantasy stories contain mostly supernatural and artistic elements, disregarding the laws of physics and the constraints of the real world. Science fantasy, then, is presented scientifically logical and supplied with science-like explanations of its supernatural elements. Like science fantasy, a hippogryph is a strange paradox. combining the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybrid of two things that cannot logically go together. Somehow the unlikely remix produces something that elevates both of its antecedents. Hippogryph Future began…

1 july 2022

If you want to write a review, write a review. If you want to send me a multi-page email explaining how you would have designed something differently or written something with another emphasis, please stop. There are a plethora of reasons why I won’t even read it, starting with the fact that it’s weird, invasive, and unprofessional. It doesn’t matter if your intentions are good and you’re trying to help. No one wants unsolicited advice on how to do their job, especially from people who have never done said job. I know there is little respect for expertise in modern American culture, and everyone thinks they can do anything because they can Google it or watch a YouTube video or look it up on Wikipedia or listen to a podcast. If I did read it and used any of your ideas, I’d need to pay you (the ethical thing to do) or risk getting sued by you later. The ship has sailed already anyway. The book is published. It’s in the world. Typos can be fixed and small things can be clarified, but no one is going to rewrite huge swaths of text on an existing title.

Take that energy and go make your own thing.


Hippogryph Modern: Urban Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.

Hippogryph Future: Science Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.


My wife is donating a percentage of her art sales to NARAL. Read more here.

I hope you’re doing well today.

30 june 2022

I want to write a piece for the people struggling to be creative right now. It makes more sense to put it as the opening piece in the July newsletter because I’ve sworn not to do long-form blogging here. But it’s unabashedly political, which I try to keep to a dull roar on company-branded outlets. Ultimately, I think it’s too important and I will likely end up running it In both places.


In the month of June, Lightspress Media released 8 new books.

Hippogryph Modern: Urban Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.

Hippogryph Future: Science Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.


My wife is donating a percentage of her art sales to NARAL. Read more here.

People ask why I’m not doing something similar, and all I can say is to read Matthew 6: 1-4. That shouldn’t be read as a criticism of my wife or anyone else, just a statement of my personal comfort level.


In the coming weeks, you’re going to be flooded with DoubleZero settings.


I hope you’re doing well today.

Now Available: Hippogryph Future Science Fantasy Roleplaying

Save 20% through Wednesday, July 6th!

Science fantasy is a hybrid genre that draws upon and combines tropes and elements from science fiction and fantasy. In conventional science fiction, the world is presented as being scientifically logical. Conventional fantasy stories contain mostly supernatural and artistic elements, disregarding the laws of physics and the constraints of the real world. Science fantasy, then, is presented scientifically logical and supplied with science-like explanations of its supernatural elements.

Like science fantasy, a hippogryph is a strange paradox. combining the elegance of a giant eagle with the stability of a horse. It is a hybrid of two things that cannot logically go together. Somehow the unlikely remix produces something that elevates both of its antecedents. Hippogryph Future began as a hybrid of the D20 Future SRD and Fate Accelerated. The horse and the eagle. Not a conversion of one to the other, but a whole, new thing incorporating the strengths of both. I like how it turned out. Hopefully, you will enjoy it for what it is.

This book includes:

  • Systems: All of the information necessary to run a game, including the core mechanic, the use of hero points, and more.
  • Characters: The character creation system, explanations of abilities, and prompts for creating backgrounds. Play a human, alien, artificial intelligence, or mutant. Concepts include Bounty Hunter, Chosen, Engineer, Fleet Officer, Grifter, Itinerant, Marauder, Marine, Muscle, Mystic, Psi Knight, Psion, and Smuggler.
  • Equipment: Mechanics and statistics for weapons, armor, technology, travel, and other tools.
  • Hazards: Radiation, vacuum, and other hazards faced by player characters in a science-science fantasy setting. 

29 june 2022

A pompous troll tried to mansplain women’s rights to my wife, then had the whole-grain audacity to ask her if she does commissions (she doesn’t). She’s far more patient with people than I am. The block button is my friend.

Katie is donating a portion of her sales to NARAL. Go buy some of her artwork.

I’m working on DoubleZero settings, since that’s probably what you want me to actually talk about.

Hippogryph Modern: Urban Fantasy Roleplaying is currently on sale for 20% off.

If you’re at all upset that I’m “bringing politics into everything” I invite you to read John Scalzi’s elegant thoughts on authors talking about politics.

I hope you’re doing well today.

28 june 2022

My wife Katie is donating a portion of her art sales to NARAL.

For the past several days I’ve been throwing myself into work. I can’t deal with people right now.

My plan was to bank some completed projects, and space out releases, but I think I’m going to just drop things as they’re done for a while.

If you’re at all upset that I’m “bringing politics into everything” I invite you to read John Scalzi’s elegant thoughts on authors talking about politics.

I hope you’re doing well today.