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Sharon’s Crazy Cool Kid Lunches

My wife Sharon is ... awesome. For years I worked as a freelance filmmaker. Over those years, Sharon and I worked very hard to be frugal and yet still have fun. Going out to lunch was a rare treat, particularly with 3 ravenous kids. So she did the only thing an...

Mysterium DIY Box Insert

Mysterium is a super-fun cooperative board game where a ghost tries to communicate with psychics to identify who murdered the unsettled ghostly victim.  While a ton of fun to play, often board games of this complexity require setup time that is burdensome and can be a...

Technology Agreement For Kids

When I was growing up in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia, life was pretty simple. We were free to roam the neighborhood, and happy to play with our friends until the sun went down. My Mom would ring a cowbell which I could hear from blocks away, the audible...

Dead of Winter – DIY Box Insert

Over the past two years, I’ve really gotten into the resurgence of board games and I enjoy playing them with my kids. One of the games we bought that is super fun to play, is Dead of Winter.   My kids would want to play a game, but it would take a good 15 minutes to...

DIY Wood Dungeon Master Screen

Playing D&D is more than just a game, it's an experience. When I DM a session, I want my players to be engaged with the storytelling. I like adding visual elements when I can, like hand-outs, special artwork, character and monster tents. For the longest time I was...

10 Reasons Your Kids Should Play D&D

I was at the prime young age of 12, and the big rage in middle school was this new game called "Dungeons & Dragons.” The problem? My wonderful conservative Mom was concerned with all of the satanic looking monsters, so she didn’t let me play. I didn't put up much...

DIY D&D Dice Box

Why do my dice seem to enjoy landing on the floor?  Despite how careful I am, they seem to have a mind of their own.  When they do run amok, it's always an awkward situation... do you try to read the roll from the floor?  Or do you re-roll on the table?  Or better...

Dungeon Master – Character & Monster Tents

Updated 3/13/2017 Inspired by the emails and feedback I've gotten from this article, I've decided to update all my tents and publish them on the DM's Guild called Ultimate Character and Monster Character Tents/Card Bundle.  The new tents and cards have all original...

I’m Thankful I Broke My Wrist

Today I get my cast off!! Woo hoo! There is still quite a bit of physical therapy and pain to work through before I'll be back to myself. It's been a crazy 7 weeks, but strangely enough, I've been thankful for breaking my wrist.  Before I get there, why not give you...

Movies vs. Films – Finding Your Top 10

It's an inevitability. You will be at some sort of social gathering and someone will ask you, "So what is your favorite movie?" Ironically, as a filmmaker, I never really thought about it which always made for an awkward answer to that question. Until now! "NOOO!",...

Our Thanksgiving Tradition

Ever since our kids were old enough to speak, we have held a simple and seemingly obvious Thanksgiving tradition. Just after we finish putting together a delicious plate of food, but before we start the inevitable process of over-eating, we each take time at the table...

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