John-Michael Gariepy

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Maintaining the Horror Campaign – Complete

Phew!  I finally got done Chapter 6 of Maintaining the Horror Campaign at  The article series is about going beyond having one spooky game role-playing game adventure, and pulling together an entire campaign full of intrigue and terror.  My articles that I’ve published for other websites are on delay here at, in order to give the articles a chance to breath on the website that they are destined for.  But if you want to jump ahead to Maintaining the Horror Campaign’s Introduction, be my guest.

Oh, also, this blog desperately needs a name.  It can only be called JMGariepy for so long, I suppose…

Evidently, I am a desktop background

You may have noticed the snazzy new Gravatar image of yours truly.  I appear to be some sort of wizard.

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Star Trek: Pandemic

This review was originally posted at

Captain’s Log. Stardate 8132.4:

My crew and I have been captured by an alien presence calling himself a ‘board game reviewer’. This obtuse interloper claims that he is “writing an article about playing board games solo,” and has recruited us to help him. Spock argued with the mad reviewer that, if we are helping him, then, he is, in fact, not playing solo. The garrulous alien said that this was not so, since my crew and I were part of his imagination. We have decided to play along with this god-like being for now, until an opportunity arises for our escape.

The alien has transported us to the late 20th, early 21st century. We have been sent back in time to this period so often, I should buy a summer home. Unfortunately, my team has no time for lounging, since the planet has been seized by Pandemic. Four apocalyptic diseases infect the globe, and my team must find the cure for them, then inoculate the citizenry. The conceit that four individuals could perform such a goliath task is slim, but my team is one of the best. I, Captain James T. Kirk will take the role of Operations Expert. Mr. Spock will be our Field Researcher. Dr. McCoy has gladly accepted the role of Medic, and Lieutenant Chekov has taken the role of Dispatcher. Read more…

Game Night, Part 3: The Quest for Vengeance

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In a far away land, in the distant future, one man musters the courage to gather an unlikely band of adventurers to battle the ancient powers of sloth and inertia. This winter, Prepare yourself for Game Night! An action-packed media sensation where cowards perish and the fierce break all the rules.

Chapter III: The Quest for Vengeance, is the third installment in the Action Packed, Rock’em and Sock’em, Game Night Series. The previous installments of this world-wide premier are located here and here.

All right! You’ve got some games, a place to play and friends! They’re itching to play the latest game you picked up, and you’ve made a schedule that makes everyone happy. All you have to do is get together and play!

Well, that’s the last article everybody! Thanks for reading Game Night, and have a good time.

What do you mean the article series isn’t over. As I’m typing this sentence there is nothing but blank space after it. What? You say you see a full article? Clearly, we’re at odds. You got what you wanted: you got a game group together. Now all you have to do is have fun while….


I guess I do have a few more things to say.

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