• When I started training to become a spiritual director, I was relieved to learn very quickly that our job isn’t about giving directions, fixing problems, or doling out wisdom like some sort of Jesus Yoda. […]

  • When I was eleven, I enrolled in a five-week kids program at the University of Louisville. One class featured a new role-playing game that was sweeping America: Dungeons and Dragons. I was both fascinated and […]

    • I love this so much! As a DM to a little local group of six, thanks for this, Rebecca. What a lovely encouragement. 

    • One of my favorite posts on this site in quite some time. Love the angle and the imagination here. Wonderful!

    • I love this! I have been telling my friends (the ones not already playing) how everyone should play DnD at least once. I liked your attention to the Dungeon Master’s role and how it has to constantly move with what is given. I personally think every small group leader could benefit from being a dungeon master at least once in their life (a small group seems to function with a lot of the same principles/goals as a campaign). So glad to see a piece about this form of storytelling with friends! Thank you, reading this made my day!

    • Thank you for your refreshing and insightful perspective. I’ve been a  talmid of Yeshua for 51 years and a gamer for 45 and have heard it all–from Satanic Panic condemnation to Player Partisan zealotry. As a follower of the Way, I have defended my interest to both Christian and non-Christian alike. So much of what you say resonates with me. I have always felt gaming to be a legitimate and genuine artistic expression, one I have shared with a special group of friends for most of my life. The act of communal creation at our table, the genuine camaraderie; the joy and laughter; the tears and sympathy; the ongoing discussions of morality, ethics, and the nature of good and evil–some of which would rival any theologic debate or university colloquia–that might not have otherwise happened are pure treasure. I especially appreciate your observations on the importance of context and how gaming is an echo the tale-telling of old. As an art, I am fascinated by gaming’s unique social contract and its unspoken agreement to cooperatively create a communal narrative. Indeed, the creation of liminal space through which the artist generously and with vulnerability invites the audience to move from observer to direct creative participant is singular. I cannot resist observing how that paradigm seems to faintly (albeit very imperfectly) echo the amazing Garden paradigm and intended partnership extended by Adonai to His imagers in the evolvement of His “good” world. I apologize for going on so, but your perspective on this subject is rare and thought provoking. Once again, thank you.

    • One of my favorite Hutchmoot memories ever is hiding in a church classroom with the Hittles and Lisa and Jonny and Rich and playing D&D for the first/only time. (Narnia themed. I was a mouse bard.)This is delightful and waking up a longing to play again. Thanks Rebecca.

  • Jonny Jimison is back with a special, Creaturepedia-themed edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

    Click here to pick up a copy of his latest, full-color graphic novel, The River Fox.

    And […]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with a special, River Fox-themed edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

    Click here to pick up a copy of his latest, full-color graphic novel, The River Fox.

    And click […]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with the thirty-fourth edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

    Click here to visit Jonny Jimison’s website.

  • Jonny Jimison is back with the thirty-third edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

    Click here to visit Jonny Jimison’s website.

  • Author’s note: This essay contains spoilers for the 14th century British poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the 2021 film The Green Knight. If I spoil the poem for you, well, your bad, you’ve had six cen […]

    • See, at the end I want to believe Gawain’s head is cut off, yet like the Green Knight he is made whole again, practicing resurrection.

  • Jonny Jimison is back with the thirty-second edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

    Click here to visit Jonny Jimison’s website.

  • Jonny Jimison is back with the thirty-first edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

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  • For close to a decade now, I’ve been working on a project that is close to my heart—a series of all-ages graphic novels called the Dragon Lord Saga. It’s a story about adventure and imagination and redem […]

  • I’m writing this from a sunlit cafe in Providence, where the daffodils and forsythia are finally blooming and everything feels right in the world. Sure, I’ve got a mask on my face to remind me that we are […]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with the thirtieth edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails, featuring none other than Denethor.

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  • Sometimes, a piece of art emerges out of nowhere and catches you by surprise. For some of us, indie artist Zane Vickery’s debut Breezewood is that kind of record. Built on sweeping piano-pop melodies, heartfelt s […]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with a special podcast-themed edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

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  • Jonny Jimison is back with a special Christmas edition of his beloved comic, Rabbit Trails.

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  • As a hard, strange year draws to a close, the season of Advent feels so timely and necessary. We enter the long, dark nights of winter, and even as we look forward to Christmas, there’s still the unshakeable […]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with artistic insight and empathy in this 27th edition of Rabbit Trails.

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  • We like to say around here that “community nourishes art,” and there is no joy like watching a piece of art grow from the seeds of friendship into a finished work. We’re excited to let you know our friend and c […]

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  • I’m Lisa Eldred… a long-time Hutchmoot attendee. I am a ridiculous person who writes seriously about heavy topics.

    I heard a talk about this story by Pete Peterson, Chris Slaten, and (I think) Eric Peters at Hutchmoot a few years ago and I’m glad for the chance to finally read and discuss it!

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