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Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Over the last week I’ve been reading a science fiction book called The Three-Body Problem. It was recommended to me a while ago, so I got a Kindle sample. I couldn’t get into it. However, it’s been recommended to me a number of times since then, so last week I just went for it. I […]


Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Over the last year, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect pair of boxer briefs. Through a series of misfires, I think I’ve finally found the answer. It started with this post: “What Is a Reasonable Price to Pay for Underwear?” My conclusion was that even though it’s hard to bite the bullet […]


Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Happy Thanksgiving! If you celebrated the holiday, I hope you had a wonderful day. I attended my traditional friends Thanksgiving and had a great meal, then I went to see Creed 2 with a different friend (I really enjoyed it). Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving for me is just like any other day. While I […]


What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

This random topic came up the other day. I’m not sure why I thought of it, but I remembered from my days in Japan that onomatopoeia varies for different languages. There’s a ton of it in Japanese–like, the word for the sound that rain makes, the wind blowing, etc. My favorites were the animal sounds, […]


Can You Debate from the Other Side?

Can You Debate from the Other Side?

Last week I returned to a podcast, Funding the Dream, that has been silent for a long time. We had a great chat about the current state of Kickstarter and what it would look like for Stonemaier Games to return after a 3-year absence from the platform. But one of the secret joys of recording […]


How Do You Respond to Political Text Solicitations?

How Do You Respond to Political Text Solicitations?

Before this year, I had never received a political text solicitation. But I’ve gotten around a half dozen of them in the last few months. If you’re unfamiliar with these texts, here’s an example of one I received today: Hi Jamey! This is Robin volunteering with X. The election is coming up quick, and Y […]


Have You Ever Scavenger Hunted?

Have You Ever Scavenger Hunted?

I had an interesting experience last night. A friend was hosting a Harry Potter themed Halloween party. When I arrived, I was told it was time to leave–we had to go on a scavenger hunt! The hosts had spent the last week taking photos of interesting objects within a square-mile radius (things they saw while […]


Who Presses Thumbs Down on YouTube Videos?

Who Presses Thumbs Down on YouTube Videos?

Have you ever pressed the “thumbs down” button on a YouTube video? Every now and then I happen to glance at the thumbs up/thumbs down ratios on random videos I’m watching, and I’m almost always surprised to see some number of thumbs down, even on videos that aren’t in the least controversial. Like, I was […]


Have You Ever Purchased a Household Item from a Facebook Ad?

Have You Ever Purchased a Household Item from a Facebook Ad?

Last week I did something for the first time: I clicked on a Facebook ad and bought a household item. I’m specifying “household item” because I’m pretty sure I’ve clicked on an ad in the past for Kickstarter games and probably backed at least a few of them. But the vast majority of the ads […]


My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

Every day or so I hear the roar of an airplane above my building as it prepares for a landing at the St. Louis airport. Logically I know it’s an airplane, but the imaginative portion of my brain sometimes wonders if I’m hearing the sound of a massive alien spacecraft. It’s then that the logical […]


Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

At the convention I attended last week, I noticed something that strikes me as odd: A LOT of people stand still on escalators. When I use an escalator, I treat it as an accelerated staircase, not a ride. That is, I walk up/down the stairs as normal, and since they’re moving, so I get to […]


Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Today I read about a new Hulu series called “The First” that’s all about the first manned expedition to Mars. It plays a little bit like a prequel to “The Martian,” though with more serious overtures. I’m sitting here watching a beautiful trailer, and I find myself thinking, “Can we please just do this? Why […]


What’s Your Jury Duty Story?

What's Your Jury Duty Story?

10 hours from now I’ll begin jury duty. This will be the fourth time in the last 7 years that I’ve been summoned to serve in St. Louis City, where I live. For me, it’s a dichotomous duty: I’m proud to perform my civic duty, but I’m also the only full-time employee at a company […]


Talking About Games in My Sleep

Talking About Games in My Sleep

Last night I had a vivid post-apocalyptic dream. In the middle of it, I got out of bed to use the bathroom, and when I feel back asleep, I had a different dream in which I told people about the dream I just had. Super meta. I liked it. This was a reminder that I […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with people I’ve never met or rarely get to game with. I’ve been keeping a list of games I want to try out for […]


What’s the Longest Game You’ve Ever Played?

What's the Longest Game You've Ever Played?

I know, I just posted a board game article on this blog last week. But I promise this entry applies to all types of games: tabletop games, roleplaying games, sports, video games, The Hunger Games, etc–any type of competition. Some games are simply longer than others. For example, soccer is typically a 90-minute game. A […]


The Popcorn Conundrum

The Popcorn Conundrum

Prepare for a deep dive into the twisted mind and tummy of Jamey Stegmaier. For any of this to make sense, you need to understand that I love movie theater popcorn. I don’t love all movie theater popcorn, but when a theater makes good popcorn, I’m all over it. In fact, I often look forward to the popcorn more […]


What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

As of right now, I have exactly one rule on my game room whiteboard: “No cell phones at game night, please!” I like to keep it simple. Who wants a long list of rules when we’re just trying to have fun? Well, as it so happens, gamers love rules! So I decided to compile some […]


Twins Day 2018

Twins Day 2018

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. I’ve commemorated it every year since then on my blog. My coworkers and I were enjoying lunch together in the meeting room of my first “real” job. Halfway through my sandwich, I looked over at my coworker, Tracy, and realized that she and I were wearing similar outfits. […]


Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

A few years ago I was at a family reunion, and my aunt and uncle gave me a tour of their remodeled home. It was in their master bedroom that I discovered something that I’ve envied every since: A giant shower with spouts on opposite sides. It looked kind of like this: At the time, […]


Do You Play HQ Trivia?

Do You Play HQ Trivia?

I’m not sure if this is a St. Louis thing, a midwestern thing, an American thing, or a universal thing, but trivia nights are quite common here. I bet there’s one almost every night at a bar, and a number of fundraising events are structured around them. I, however, generally avoid trivia nights. I love […]


The Neighbor and the Christmas Tree

The Neighbor and the Christmas Tree

My condo is on the second floor of an eight-story building. Today I walked downstairs to check the mail, and I noticed that the stairs were covered in a thick layer of pine needles. I knew the source right away. Earlier in the day I was taking out the trash, and I noticed a Christmas […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway Mini

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway Mini

I know, I just posted a top-10 list about board games last week. I even included games I wanted to play in 2017 but didn’t get the chance. But…I’m attending a small game convention in a few days (Geekway Mini), and there are games I want to play there. So it’s on my mind. So […]


Dream Room #3: Game Rooms

Dream Room #3: Game Rooms

I love hosting game nights. Part of it is that given the choice to leave my condo or stay at my condo, I’ll choose to stay 9 times out of 10. Another part is that I love to play games, of course. So I host game night every Wednesday for a few hours. It’s a […]