Put Your Knives Away for Zach Braff

A few weeks ago, Zach Braff launched a Kickstarter to fund a sequel to Garden State. Four days in, it surpassed its goal of raising $2 million dollars.

This has been the source of much public wailing and gnashing of teeth. Notably: Ken Levine doesn't think Braff needs the money, and Alan Jones echoes much the same sentiment in the Toronto Standard. Other comments I see on social media amount to: "I won't back it because he's a d-bag." or "Great, now famous celebrities are going to crush indie film."

Speaking as a creator, a long-time KS backer, and someone with an active project: I don't get it.


New Reel for the New Year

Got the footage from some recent projects. Time to update!

If the embed doesn't work on your device, you can check it out natively on YouTube here.

-Tom, off to find the yogurt place.


Last November I got the privilege of showing up to the Paramount lot and working for two days on See Dad Run, starring Scott Baio.

To answer your questions:

  1. Yes, Scott Baio is cool in real life.
  2. No, I did not ask him about Charles in Charge, Happy Days, or Joanie Loves Chachi.
  3. Yes, those are my own clothes. DAPPER!

I really had a great time on set and it was a fun part. Not every job is like that.

You can check out the full episode at this link. My segment is around the 15:30 mark.

-Tom, who is either smugly inept or ineptly smug.

Dispatches from the Dalmatian

For the past week or so, I have been dog sitting.
More specifically, I have been dog-sitting a dalmatian.
Like pretty much every pet owner ever, I've begun wondering what the dog is thinking. As near as I can tell, here is a complete list:



This August I am proud to be hosting the 2012 ENnie Awards at Gen Con. For those of you who are not native to this particular quadrant of the nerdosphere, for over 10 years now the ENnies have recognized the top writers, artists, and designers in the field of role-playing games.

Or, in layman's terms - it's the People's Choice Awards of Dungeons & Dragons.

I'm excited about the gig, and if YOU too are excited, you can now be DOUBLY excited because as part of its annual fundraiser, the ENnies are raffling off a DREAM DATE with me.

Click here to bid on the eBay auction.

Note that, according to the listing, I am a brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item.


I'm excited about the opportunity and look forward to seeing my geek brethren at the con.

-Tom, who can currently be had for the low, low price of $67.

Consider Me Flattered

According to AdWeek, Bill Clinton recently gave a speech on creativity at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes and mentioned his favorite commercial:

"My favorite ads in the United States are those ads encouraging people to switch from cable to DirecTV," he said, as the crowd laughed. "You have a problem. Something disastrous happens. You don't get along with your daughter. She winds up having an alternative lifestyle, marries a guy with too many tattoos. She ends up having a child who wears a dog collar. Now, you have a granddaughter with a dog collar. Switch to DirecTV. ... They're the most hilarious ads I've ever seen."
That's me, in this spot:

-Tom, who would like to note once again for the record that his job is weird.

Paranormal CATTIVITY

I recently participated in the Collaboration Film Challenge, a short film festival designed, as the name suggests, to get filmmakers to work together.

Basically, we were given the following quote by PJ O'Rourke:

"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
We then had a few days to come up with five pitches for short films based on the quote. Once a pitch was selected for us, we had a week to write, shoot, and edit the final project.

Paranormal CATTIVITY was my pitch, a found-footage horror movie. With sock puppets.

I'm happy to say that we were the runner-up in the Audience Award for Best Film.

-Tom, who still has some dead puppets in the trunk of his car.

The Complete Dungeon Bastard

Just a quick post here: the musings of Bill Cavalier, ADVENTURE COACH! continue to drop from the mystic confines of his vaunted Adventure Corner every week.

Admittedly, that can be a lot to keep up with.

So, to help you stay on top, we've put together this handy YouTube playlist that compiles all the episodes.

Of course, you can also find the videos posted over on dungeonbastard.com.

Share with your friends and become a fan on Facebook!

We're at ~200,000 views for the series, I appreciate your support.


Return of The Dungeon Bastard

At this point the original video has over 21,000 views so I got together with my friends at Epic Level Entertainment and put together a series of videos for follow-up.

In "ASK THE BASTARD" Bill Cavalier takes questions from regular gamers and dispenses his unique brand of wisdom. It's Dungeons & Dragons meets Chuck Norris meets Richard Simmons.

Yeah, try to get your head around THAT.

More coming soon. (VERY soon!)


A month ago, my friend Cindi called me. She was looking to get familiar with her new HD camera and wanted to know if I had anything I wanted to shoot.

As I learned from Ghostbusters, the answer to that is YES.

And therefore I'm proud to unveil my latest project: Bill Cavalier, ADVENTURE COACH.

Check it out, share it, favorite it, rate it. Do all those quick but significant social media things if you are so inclined.

And there's more geeky deliciousness waiting for you over at the official website: DungeonBastard.com.

I want to give a big thanks to Cindi, Dave, John Frank, Blake, TC, Jane, Evan, Sarah, and Kevin for all their hard work. I had more fun than I had a right to.

And a special tip of the fedora to one Indy Cavalier for his good-natured sense of humor -- but more importantly: all the good times we've had gaming together.

-Tom, also known as Nan The Slink.

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