Mic Check

Hi, my name is Adam and I like to read, write, think about and even play RPGs.

I started this blog back in August 2012, just shy of seven years ago. A lot has changed since then, and a lot hasn't.

Seven years ago, my wife and I took a vacation to the town we live in now. Seven years ago, I discovered the vibrant OSR blogosphere while on that vacation. I remember staying up late after she'd gone to bed, sitting on the front porch of the house we were staying at (it was my parents', but they were out of the country and we were housesitting, so I guess it wasn't really a vacation), reading Wampus Country later than my wife appreciated. That "vacation," I bought a stack of Savage Sword of Conan at the antique mall in the tourist town (South Haven, MI) my folks lived in. I picked up a battered "Best Sci Fi & Fantasy 1972" paperback from Black River Books. My wife and I fought about RPGs and our wedding (which had been the year before) in front of my brother.

It was all there. Opening my eyes to the actual creative endeavors of the proper OSR (what now gets called "art-punk" or even "sword dream" or some other such nonsense) that beat the pants off of any of the watered-down crap from major publishers spewing out mainstream, readily-digestible swill rather than raising the level of discourse (yes, WotC, I'm bored by you). A healthy diet of Buscema-drawn decapitations and pre-genre-D&D fantasy & sci-fi. The fight with my wife was stupid, but it happened in front of my brother, so he got a glimpse at the real of his brother's marriage.

And then, about a month later, I did what anyone recently awakened to theory or art or thought that they had just scratched the surface of would do: I started a blog.

And in those seven years, a lot has changed.

I met a group of friends for life, the other players and DMs of the Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad campaign (oh, god, this is my first post since the death of G+; it was my instinct just then to + in everyone by name, but I guess you guys know who you are, right?).

Wayne, Edgar & I wrote, drew & and published the first three issues of the zine we named after our online campaign.

I met a friend-of-friends named Donn and started a podcast with him. That podcast would last three seasons over four years and has a bunch of material that still needs to be released. Donn is now up for an Ennie and you should vote for all things Mothership.

My wife and I had our first child, Stanley, and then moved across the state to that town where we had vacationed in 2012 to be closer to my parents.

After Stanley was born, I couldn't play with the Metal Gods as much and eventually, that group met its end. Everyone blames the drugs and booze.

I started two new jobs, but the last three years at that second new job has been amazing. Basically, I sell RPGs to folks who have no idea what an RPG is.

My sleep issues started getting a lot worse, especially my Restless Leg Syndrome and now I can't sleep through the night without prescription drugs or pot.

I spent a whole year without blogging.

The old Metal Gods zine team decided to get the band back together and we launched a really well-received Kickstarter for the first ZineQuest this year to produce three new issues featuring lots and lots of art from folks I've wanted to work with for years.

My wife Kate and I got pregnant again. The baby is due the week of Christmas. My timing sucks.

And I started reading Wampus Country again, from the beginning.

In the town that I discovered it seven years ago.

And I've got a bunch of Savage Sword of Conan comics and lots of pre-genre-D&D sci-fi.

And even more amazing gaming friends than I had seven years ago.

I'm happy to still be here with you, folks.

The very first post on Dispatches from Kickassistan was the one-and-only ever episode of Korgoth of Barbaria. Maybe you haven't seen it, but you probably have. If not, enjoy. If so, enjoy again.


  1. Welcome back, Adam. Congratulations on being pregnant again.

  2. Welcome back to the world! Looking forward to future episodes!

  3. Welcome back! Life is funny that way - it ebbs and flows.


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