Casey Jarmes is a BA creative writing/game design student at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in southeast Iowa. He is an indie Game Developer who frequently participates in Game Jams and the author of more than two dozen short stories. In his spare time, he is the host of the podcast Silver Age/Silver Screen.
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The warm water pours down on me, washing away the dirt and grime. I grab a bottle of shampoo and squeeze it over my head. More shampoo than I should use, so much that it’ll probably ruin my hair. I don’t really care, I need to be clean. The suds wash over my body asContinue reading “Pescado”
He woke up to a nosebleed. Bothered by this, Ron opened his eyes to the blackness of his apartment. He touched his top lip and felt the warm sticky liquid dripping from his snout. With a sigh, Ron crawled out of bed and walked into his bathroom. The nosebleed stopped as quickly as it began.Continue reading “Damnatio Memoriae”
Rachel’s eyes flutter open. Or, more accurately, her eye flutters open. It shows her the small white light illuminating a tiny room. She turns her head and discovers a small metal table. A top the table sits her bag, a crowbar, and sword. Behind the table lie cabinets and medical supplies. Helena’s office, Rachel thinks.Continue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter XII: The Fire Still Burns”
Rachel collapses onto the ground the moment she arrives in the break room. Without the fight to distract her, the sheer horror of what has happened hits her like a freight train. She starts hyperventilating and repeating the words oh my god over and over again. “Rache, we need to talk,” Jeremy says. “Oh myContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter XI: A Man Who Survives”
Far from the stadium, there lies a beach. There are no battles to be found at this beach, no underdogs or champions, no wizards, and certainly no cowboys. At this beach, you can find nothing but grey sand and blue water. On one cold morning, years before the 14th Tournament, a woman by the nameContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter X: Long Walks on the Beach”
Nineteen tiny explosive devices detonate at 3:24 AM in City 61, ripping a sealed metal door from its hinges. Six masked individuals carrying duffel bags rush into the chemical plant it guarded, stepping over the twisted chunk of steel they just destroyed. One of them kneels over at the entrance to inspect the door. “ThisContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter IX: Cold Hearted”
Legion’s fists are clenched together so tight that the veins look like they’re going to burst any second. His teeth grind together like they’re trying to break a walnut. His face is as red as blood and his eyes sear with the blazing fire of hate. Faust, on the other hand, is laughing his assContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter VIII: Sucker Punch”
Lazarus awakens early on the fourth day of the Tournament. With a smile on his face, he walks out of his room and onto his porch. He sits and watches the rising sun. If one were to read a summary of Lazarus’s actions prior to seven o’clock that day, they would be thoroughly unimpressed. OnContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter VII: Sword of Light”
Windhelm (Skyrim) The city of kings has seen better days. It’s an old city, maybe the oldest on the continent. Legends describe it as the home of heroes, the shining jewel of the empire. Now, Windhelm is a shell of its former glory. Its stone walls are chilled by the northern wind as its peopleContinue reading “9 Cities”
Rachel sits at the counter of her room, eating a bowl of cereal. She’s still scared from the fight from the previous night, but not to the point where she cannot function. Jeremy is racking his brain for strategies to take out Heavyweight in the event the sword cannot harm him. He messes with theContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter VI: The Cowboy”
He’s a prick, okay? That’s the best way I can describe him. And I don’t mean that as an insult. I mean, it is one, but I’m not saying it to be mean. I’m just being factual. The man is a prick. Total asshat. If he wasn’t so good at what he does I’d haveContinue reading “A Story About Two Pricks”
“So you fight in a few days,” Jeremy says. “How is this different from fighting in a few weeks?” “It’s sooner, for one thing,” Rachel says. She sits down on the bed and places her hands on her temples. “I didn’t think I would fight so early.” Jeremy leans against the metal wall, clicking oneContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter V: Ricochet”
At the beginning of May, the Tournament staff contact Rachel and ask her if she can travel to the Tournament on her own or if she requires them to make accommodations for her. Rachel decides upon the later. Three weeks before the Fourteenth Tournament. Rachel travels to City 19’s docks to board a ship headedContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter IV: To Fantastic Horizons”
Rachel returns to her apartment several hours later. Her home is in the rundown part of the city. Or, more accurately, the most rundown part of the city. The part of the city with the gangs and the drugs. The part of the city where people get pickpocketed every ten seconds. On a side note,Continue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter III: First Blood”
Contrary to popular belief, air vents are very difficult to crawl through. Since vents are designed for the purpose of transporting air, rather than plucky heroes, they tend to be a tad small. Another problem with air vents is the noise factor. Crawling on your hands and knees over sheet metal is extremely noisy, negatingContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter II: Opportunity Of A Lifetime”
In the middle of the ocean sits an arena. A circle of limestone tiles, roughly forty meters across, that has over the years witnessed the bloodshed of a thousand battles. The arena has watched men die and watched men learn what it truly means to live. On a calm Sunday evening, in the twilight ofContinue reading “Sole Survivor – Chapter I: The Arena”
Bootstraps is a board game created by Casey Jarmes, Keegan Milano, and Thomas Rohn. The game is centered around working-class life and seeks to capture the difficult, hopeless, often random experience of being a working American. Can be downloaded here Ruleset Set Up1: Each player takes 10 money and 5 joy.2: Place three shop cardsContinue reading “Bootstraps”
A competitive Quake multiplayer level, built for 2-4 players, taking place inside a prison. Can be downloaded here.
Celeste (Matt Makes Games, 2018, PC) George Mallory, one of the first men to ever summit Everest, famously answered a reporter’s question on why he climbs mountains with a simple, three word statement: Because it’s there. It is human nature to seek challenge, not simply because of desire for a reward, but because the challenge,Continue reading “Celeste REVIEW”
Helltaker (vanripper, 2020, PC) Helltaker is a game about a guy going to hell so he can build himself a harem on anime demon girls. Much to my surprise, given that concept, its actually a well-polished and enjoyable puzzle game, if a bit short. The core gameplay of Helltaker centers around simple yet difficult blockContinue reading “Helltaker REVIEW”
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