Celebrate with us and donate to future of literary education and arts with #LEAF

To celebrate Glacier Peak’s success, I am going to match 100% of donations to the Literary Education & Arts Foundation (LEAF) from now until the end of March. (Up to a $1,000 total. We’ve been successful, but we’re not wearing hats made of money. Yet.)

LEAF is a 501(c)(3) organization registered with the IRS. All contributions to LEAF are tax deductible and nonrefundable. All the directors and staff of LEAF are strictly unpaid volunteers. 100% of all donations to LEAF go directly to supported programs.

You have several choices for donations to literary arts and education through LEAF:

  • You may contribute to the fund which supports the Northeast School of the Arts’ Creative Writing program. This money is earmarked for the award-winning Literary Magazine and is part of the program that helps these young writers get college scholarships in literature at a higher rate than anywhere else. All surplus funds every year are invested directly to the NESA CW Literary Magazine Endowment.
  • Directly to the LEAF operating fund which supports all LEAF activities, including youth writers programs and other literary foundations and programs. All surplus funds every year are invested directly in one of our endowments.

Please donate to LEAF and the future of literary education and arts.

Modernity preorders are now open!

We are are now ready to take preorders for Modernity, for print, PDF, or both. You choose!

We are offering a 50% discount on all Modernity preorders during ChimaeraCon, for those of you who are attending.

We’ll also be running three sessions of the introductory adventure during ChimaeraCon, in case you want to see Modernity (or David) in action.

If you’ll be in the San Antonio area this weekend (April 4-5-6, 2014), drop in and visit us and get in on the raffle for great prizes!

How tall is that wall… really?

I’ve never thought of myself as an impala, or any other herbivore for that matter. Hrm.

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet.  Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three-foot wall.  The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.

A lot of humans are like this.  They are afraid to take a risk.  Not I.  I understood at an early age that in order to triple your success ratio, you might have to triple your failure rate.
Harvey Mackay: Make Failure the Beginning of Greatness

Although it wouldn’t be too bad being a brontosaur. That might be pretty cool. Especially if someone mounted machine guns and howitzers on my back!

Does anybody else feel a little nostalgic for Paraworld now? I might have to dig that one out of the closet and set it up for family game night. Since Steam doesn’t seem to have it, I wonder if it’ll run on our Windows 8 PCs?

But I digress… I didn’t start this off to talk about war dinosaurs. Not withstanding the cool factor of giant armed and armored… Never mind.

Harvey Mackay’s post at Ziglar.com included something that I love:

Failure can be one more step on your road to success – you just have to turn it around in a positive direction.  Failure can push you harder to succeed.  Failure can strengthen your determination to overcome obstacles.  Failure can make you braver in the face of opposition.  Failure can help you learn what you need to do in order to succeed.  Failure can teach you what your limitations are – and your strengths.  Failure can encourage you to change your strategy.
Harvey Mackay: Make Failure the Beginning of Greatness

There’ve been decades of my life during which I felt caged in by walls that seemed insurmountable. Afraid to fail. Afraid to start. Just afraid… Looking back on them now, those walls seem about 3-feet tall. Huh.

Have you ever felt fenced in like that?

Do you now?

We may not be laser-equipped dinosaurs (yet) here at Glacier Peak, but we’re definitely pointing our [fictitious] bulldozers at some longstanding walls. It turns out that we can only be caged by our own consent.

You cannot be caged without your consent.

I’m not aiming for failure, but I won’t be daunted by it anymore if (and when =) it finds me. I hope you’ll join me and do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but were afraid to try (again). We might both fail. So what?

After all, I’m Irish, and Murphy is that horrible second cousin that blows into town a couple times a year, just for fun, to remind me why I should never attend family reunions.

But I digress. Again…

Go do what Eleanor Roosevelt said: Do one thing every day that scares you. The bigger, riskier, and more likely to fail the better!

EDA Sprint 0 is complete!

The number one question we get is, “What game are you working on? When I can play it?” The answer is, “Real soon now!” Heh.

"Talk is cheap. I go to a lot of gaming events, and people come up to me and say ‘I’ve got this great idea for a game’, and I’m like ‘Yeah, that’s great – I want to see your game.’"

Gamasutra – News – Tin Man Games’ Ben Britten: Why ‘Failure is Awesome’

Message received. We’ve driven the requirements spike. We’ve done lots of imaginary playthroughs of the first four “scenarios”. We’ve got the concept art. We have acquired all of the tools and all the toys to launch us into a successful Sprint 1. We’ve done the retrospective and will make some adjustments to our process for future sprints. Perhaps I’ll blog about those more in the future.

We are ready to roll!