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The Cyberathlete Professional League

The idea of professional computer gamer was in its nascent phase when John and I started writing the book.  Jonathan Wendall, better known as Fatal1ty, was making headlines, and Stevie Case was the new nerd pinup girl. We spent a good deal of time traveling to QuakeCon and the Cyberathlete Professional League events to understand exactly […]

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The (Not Really) First Computer Game

The first computer game was SpaceWar!, we all know that. However, this is the first game produced by Richard Garriott, the man who built the first commercially successful massively multi-player game. Akalabeth would eventually morph into Ultima, launching a franchise of games that built — and then changed — the gaming landscape. This is the […]

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The Ultima Atlas

I’m selling my house in Austin, which is only interesting to this tale because I purchased the house with the advance onDungeons & Dreamers, and then moved here to finish the book. As I was digging through my files, I came across this little gem, the map of some of the early Ultima games. Throughout […]

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Don’t Call it a Comeback

It’s been almost 10 years since we first started working on Dungeons & Dreamers, a fact that I hadn’t thought about until just now. Time flies. In the game world, not much has changed…and everything has changed. The timing is right, and John + I decided upon a basic framework for the Second Edition of […]

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SFA About the Book

In June 1935, Bobby Baker got in his car in Hamilton, Ohio and headed south towards the Central Appalachian town of Manchester, Kentucky, the place his family helped found in early 1800s. Bobby was an enigma. A man bound by generations of family honor and duty, he still managed to spend a great deal of […]

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Berea College

I spent the last few days at Berea College, digging through the Appalachian Feuds special collections. There was some good information there. It’s mostly filler material, the backdrop information for the story. But I have 200 pages of material coming to me. The drive down was spectacular. While some folks complain about the flatlands of […]

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Notes from the Clay County War

I’ve been in the special collections section of the Berea College archives. Until recently, this school had a large number of files associated with my family and the 100-year feud in Southern Kentucky. Apparently those files are now in Manchester, the County Seat. Still, I found some interesting tidbits in the New York Times: From […]

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