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Epidiah @Epidiah@dice.camp

"You know how often we get a gnome in Peachtrees?"

Leif Mustard: "Well you got one now."

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Leif Mustard has heard tales of snow this morning & he's wondering when it will reach him.

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Back from a long weekend, Leif Mustard is still a bit groggy.

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"12. How do you get your work out there?"

Used to be, about 18 years ago, I'd sit down with folks, 2 to 6 at a time, and played a 4 hour game with them. We would forge that connection between player & game in the crucible of shared adventure.

Today's going to be a bit of an uphill battle for Leif Mustard, which only means more glory tonight!

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"11. What's yer brand?"

My company is Dig a Thousand Holes Publishing.
My logo is a shovel swaddled in 1K.
My slogan is "For use with your imagination!"
My mascot is a curious gnome wanderer known as Leif Mustard.
My brand is the curmudgeon Epidiah Ravachol.

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Leif Mustard is witness to some strange lights in the morning sky.

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Today Leif Mustard is hard at work on his gnome taxes, which are simply a series of good deeds you do for strangers every Tuesday.

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And now, despite my efforts, a routine has encroached on me. Every weekday, I go into Another Castle, chat with Leif, see what he's been up to, figure out what to post for , & then write, read, play with my calc, or do whatever else seems fruitful in the moment.

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Instead, I discovered that my routine was more like thinking about & playing a game publicly for half a decade while procrastinating on the actual writing, getting my window shot early one Monday morning, and then writing the last 80-90% of Dread in the following week.

All of which is to say, I've long since abandoned the idea that I would be better served with a routine & I'm happier for it.

I wasted years worrying about my worth because I couldn't accomplish this very basic task. I mean, now I do write every day, but not in any way that was envisioned by anyone in the 90s.

The point is, I was supposed to develop a quirky routine like all the greats, who wrote while lying in bed every morning or standing naked in a cold shack out in the yard or, I suppose, late into the night blitzed out of my gourd on cocaine.

"8. Describe your routine"

If I have a routine, it is in large, indiscernible cycles of writing, research, promoting & play all bleeding into one another so that you never know which one you're in at given moment.

Last millennium, while I was pursuing my creative writing degree, they tried to instill in me "good" habits with horseshit instructions designed to make a certain type of writer feel good about themself. Chief among these was "write every day."


Day 7: Your workplace.

Behold, @AnotherCastleMA, my new workspace as of 2018! It's kind of a gorgeous office.

Gaze upon my desktop & you'll notice something missing. This is because my camera & my monitor are one & the same & it cannot take pictures of itself.

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Day 6—Favorite game mechanic?

"You are now wolves. Describe your coat, your size, your scent and your voice."
From Wolfspell: worldswithoutmaster.com/wolfsp

Magic! Would that every pair of sentences I wrote aroused such visible wonder & joy in the players.

After enjoying a freshly brewed cup of gnomish coffee, Leif Mustard is eager to face this day's adventures.

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5. My favorite game that I've worked on, which may come as a surprise, is Delve: Dynamic Dungeon Adventure. It gets significantly less attention than the rest of my output, but I think it's the most mechanically solid and outright fun game I've created.