Creativity in the time of COVID

As with most of the world, I am sheltering-in-place while essential workers brave exposure to the COVID-19 virus. I am humbled and grateful to everyone out there risking their lives to save others. Beyond my admiration for essential care workers, I also feel for those...

Steemit Update

Hello and Welcome to JustinGary.com! I’ve taken a break from posting here, but not from writing!  You can find many of my recent articles on game design, lifestyle design and philosophy on Steemit.com/@jg02  Please check out my work there and leave a comment to...

Speaking at SXSW March 19

I am excited to announce that I will be giving a talk at SXSW, March 19th on How to Design Collectible Games. I hope many of you will be able to attend, but don’t worry if you can’t!  I’ll post  the material here on the blog after the event. Please...

Holiday Gift Guide

It is that time of year! Holidays are just around the corner. In America at least, that means one thing- Time to Buy Stuff! There is, of course, no better way to show your appreciation of loved ones than consumerism. Here are some of my favorite things.   Of course,...

Gratitude

We are now firmly in holiday season, and for the first time in far too many years, I have come home for Thanksgiving. Writing this from my Mom’s living room, I can smell the familiar smells of her cooking, hear the sound of my siblings chatting, and see the football...

Navigating the Labyrinth

I have spent my whole life playing trading card games. Hell, my whole life has been defined by trading card games. I started playing Magic: the Gathering when I was 16, won the US National Championships when I was seventeen, and continued playing Magic professionally...