James Abels

Written by James Abels who lives and works in Florida building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter

Keep Voting!

31 October 2018

Keep voting! If not for yourself, than for us!

Babels at the Museum

3 October 2018

Babels and I went to the Florida Museum of Natural History with my parents. He was pretty excited about the teeth.

Waterdeep Bar Fight (In Three Acts)

1 September 2018

Time for a bar fight! Round 2. Dovan goes down. A win for the good guys!

DragonCon Room View

30 August 2018

Our view from our room at DragonCon 2018.


28 August 2018

We did it!


15 July 2018

Breakfast! Reminds me of a very important breakfast date 6 years ago.

Independence Day MODS Trip

4 July 2018

Trip to my old museum haunt.

Tomb of Annihilation

19 March 2018

Back in my 2018 Life Update post, I mentioned starting a new Adventurers League Tomb of Annihilation campaign. At DragonCon, David and…

Wakanda Forever

7 March 2018

Sorry for the late post. I got lost in Wakanda. This is an amazing movie. One worthy of all the praise its receiving. And we don’t need to…

2018 Reading Goal

26 February 2018

Along with a return to blogging and emerging from my newborn cocoon, I have set a goal to read, on average, one book a week. To that end, I…

2018 Update

19 February 2018

Life Update Welcome back to Concreate Chaos, life preparing for and with an infant has been crazy. I started wrapping up my commitments…

Brendan Cosplay - Planning

19 June 2017

Planning With Babels going as Salamence and my Lucas costume being a bit well-worn, I’ve decided its time for a new Pokémon trainer…

Wander-Lost Recap 1

29 September 2016

Kicking off a new campaign is always fun. New settings, new characters, new adventures. Wander-Lost is no exception. As the Matrix of GMship…

Wander-Lost Introducing Chase Starryeyes

23 September 2016

In the previous post , I introduced the new campaign, Wander-Lost, being run for my regular RPG group. We play bi-weekly and fill the…

Wander-Lost Intro

22 September 2016

As we enter the autumn season, my main RPG group has wrapped up another campaign. This summer, our brave astronauts landed on Mars. They…

OctoPi 3

22 August 2016

In December, we bought a Lulzbot Mini from Aleph Objects and it has been a fantastic purchase. Our first few months of ownership saw a…

1GAM January Postmortem

1 February 2016

January is in the rear view mirror and I’m happy to say I completed a game. Sure there’s no art. And it’s short. But it plays as I had hoped…

Department of Collections - Character Creation

22 January 2016

Finally! Character Creation. It’s taken a while to get here but here we are at last. At the end of the Time and Tide Campaign, we spent a…

Game Night for 1GAM

20 January 2016

I decided to participate in 1GAM as part of my resolutions for 2016. The theme for January is hobby. The first few weeks of January have…

Learning 3D Modeling

18 January 2016

For a while, I’ve been struggling with continuing to work through the drawing exercises as part of Learning to Draw . The last exercise I…

My Next RPG Campaign - Concept Refinements

15 January 2016

When we last left off, I came to the conclusion I wanted to run a pulp heroes campaign . Today, I’ll discuss refining that idea and some of…

N7 LootCrate

13 January 2016

I’m not the easiest person to buy a gift for. I have a few wishlists scattered across the internet. But this Christmas, I knew exactly what…

LDJAM 34 Post Mortem

11 January 2016

For the past year, I’ve been participating in the Ludum Dare game jam every few months. I started by joining up with some friends, A Flat…

Learning to Draw - Hands

8 January 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on my drawing. I’ll admit a big part of that is that I struggled with the current exercise and gave up…

Hello 2016!

1 January 2016

While I’m not a fan of celebrating on New Year’s Eve, I am fond of turning the page onto a new year. The clean slate. The upcoming events…