I’m Sorry – Short Fiction by Chad, the Fool

The Writing Prompt:
-They say you die twice- once physically and once the last time someone says your name. Write the story of a second death.-

The Story:
Staring out the small, frosty, window, it was hard to believe this was how life could end. I said my goodbyes, snapped the visor on my helmet into place, tucked the wooden box under my arm, gave a nod to my co-pilot, and made my way through the airlock. I moved away from the lander and prepped to watch the only other surviving human this deep in the solar system lift off, break orbit, and survive.

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Space exploration had been met with so many successes, that failure seemed out of the question. Success had become routine. As a kid, I had witnessed the transition from wonder and excitement at the mere mention of the next manned mission, to the routine nature of humanity’s successes pushing deeper into space.

How could strapping yourself to a rocket and reaching another body in space become routine? I truly don’t know. It had always felt wondrous to me. Mars, Titan, Cruithne, and several other asteroids in the belt had not just been visited by humanity, They had humans living there! Humanity felt as if it were on the precipice of inhabiting the entire solar system. With each mission, complete system colonization seemed inevitable… Until now.

After watching the lander lift off, I walked several hundred yards to the east and easily found the edge of the jagged fissure that had started this whole mess. I sat down, legs dangling over the edge, and placed the old wooden box in my lap. It was the only comfort I would have in the end. The ground beneath me seemed to rumble in affirmation.

As I opened the box, the words of my mother raced through my brain. “They say you die twice. Once physically, and once the last time someone says your name. You’re going to be immortal.”

I sat there for a moment, staring at the collection of baubles inside, sick from the realization that my mother was right. Its comforting to know she wouldn’t have to witness my immortality. Especially since it would come at the cost of theirs.

I fumbled through the box, cursing the bulk of my gloves. It took a minute, but I finally pulled out a small plastic sphere. My mother said it was supposed to resemble a fishing bobber, from the late 20th century.

“Richard”. My Great Great Grandfather was the first of my family members to have a portion of their ashes placed in a trinket.

I returned it to the box, fumbled again, and picked up an Angel.

“Diane.” My Great Great Grandmother. Richard’s Wife.

Placing it back in the box I fumbled again, to sieze another trinket. This time, pulling out a small 20 sided object. My mother had told me it was supposed to be resemble a ‘D20’, a popular die, used in roleplaying games when her grandfather was a young man.

“Chad”. My Great Grandfather.

As I placed it back inside the box, the rumbling underneath me grew. I knew time was short. I tried to be purposeful, and quick. I didn’t want to be interrupted. I fetched out the small Key.

“Athena”. My Great Grandmother.

Then, a small Hammer Shaped Bauble.


Then a small Rose.


Then the small Rocket.


The rumble came again, and I closed the wooden box, lifting my gaze towards the horizon. The ground on the other side of the fissure heaved. Time was growing short. I looked down into the fissure and could faintly make out one of my crewmates. They would share my immortality.

The ground heaved again, and the fissure started to collapse. Before I could even think, I lept from where I sat, and moved away from the edge. Even knowing the end is coming, and there is nothing you can do about it, your body’s self preservation instincts are strong. I took a few steps back, clutched the box to my chest, and gazed up into the sky. As the next rumble began, I could feel the tears falling from the eyes.

“I’m sorry”.

The Backstory
In a recent episode of the 2 Fools Rushing Podcast, I promised that I would submit a short story in the Writing Prompt SubReddit, and that I would also make it available here, on the site as part of our Month of Fools celebration.

Well, here it is. You may know the names. You may have an idea of why I wrote it this way. I haven’t edited the story at all. I don’t think I can. If I do, there is too much of a chance that I’ll just decide it should be taken down.

But, promise kept.


Introducing: Fodder Inc!

Have you ever wondered how a dungeon operated? You don’t think that all those “bad guys” just happened to group together in one area, did you?

Fodder Inc is our upcoming Web Comic, where we will follow the adventures of newly hired Gop, the Goblin, as he navigates the inner workings of a dungeon, in a quest to be the greatest goblin hero!

Gob, The Goblin, and someone's hero
Gop, the Goblin

Along the way, you’ll also meet some of the people that work at Fodder INC, with young Gop, including this guy:

Mr Gbast, the Infernal Devil that runs HR
Mr Gbast, the Infernal Bureaucrat of Human Resources

Stay tuned, as we get closer to launching this hilarious comic strip about life in a dungeon from the other side.

Fodder Inc will debut later this month, right here, on Foolish Media!

April Fools, All April Long!

It’s April 1, and that means it’s April Fools! For a company called Foolish Media, 1 day celebrating foolishness, is simply not enough. 

So, Foolish Media is telling you that it’s going to be April Fools All Month Long!  To celebrate, you can purchase Oh Cluck!, and Oh Cluck, the Eggspansion! at a discounted price!

If you listen to the podcast, 2 Fools Rushing In, you know that we are launching a Web Comic soon, and later this week we’ll be bringing you a few pieces of concept art to whet your appetite for this awesome new series, Fodder Inc!.

Stay tuned, this is going to be a very busy month!

Gozer, The Bone Sculptor is available for download!

Gozer, the Bone Sculptor, the first of many D&D monsters to comeDo you have a Dungeons & Dragons game, and are looking for a Boss to toss in the mix? Do you think that it would be awesome if some of D&D’s most iconic monsters were there to give your low level parties some iconic monsters to find?

Look no further, than Foolish Media’s first Monster! Gozer, the Bone Sculptor, is a “Gazer” type Beholder monster, designed on the 2 Fools Rushing Podcast #177 “2 Fools and the campaign Preparation” .

You can listen to the episode, and check out just how we came up with this guy over on the podcast page, and you can now download Gozer the Bone Sculptor (FOR FREE!) right here.

A special thanks, and shout out to Natural Crit, and their awesome homebrew template!

Con on the Cob, The Wrap Up.

Jeff and Ray, Posing with our awards

Con on the Cob has come, and sadly gone, for 2018.

We fools (and honorary fool Brad) would like to take a moment to thank each and every Attendee who stopped by the booth, demo tables, or clucked around in our Dungeons and Dragons One Shot. We met new friends, reconnected with old friends, and had an absolute amazing time. A bird may not have the time to fart, But fools do! (thank you Andy, Chad can’t get that out of his head.)
Continue reading “Con on the Cob, The Wrap Up.”

Origins, 2018, the Post Show Wrapup

…And Origins is a wrap! It was a great show, and we are ecstatic with how well the show went for us.

Between the demos we ran, the connections we made, and the Kickstarter backers we were able to meet when they picked up their loot, this was a dream come true.

Here are some of the images we were able to get from the event.

Day 1, The booth is setup and ready
Day 1. The booth is setup, and ready.

Our second Banner and table Covering Arrived
We added a little more swag to the booth. Say hi to our Neighbor, Henry!

The resident Foolish Rooster
The Foolish Rooster showed up on Day 2.

Lauren the Cluck Master
Lauren, The Cluck Master, defeated all 4 Fools, handily at that.

Ken St. Andre creator of Tunnels and Trolls
The Fools met one of their Heroes, Ken St Andre, Creator of Tunnels and Trolls.

Raymond, with his mother, while demoing the game.
Raymond gives a very special Demo of Oh Cluck!

Columbus Pride Coincides with Origins, we are supporters
Saturday was Pride in Columbus, and we were proud to show our support

Christine Lapp, Pinebox Entertainment, and Inspiration for Chick-A-Corn
Christine Lapp, The inspiration for the Chick-a-Corn, stopped by for a photo!

The Foolish Rooster Ate Chicken
The Foolish Media Rooster momentarily protested the slaughter of other Chickens. Then ate it anyway

Nick Hafer, Link Cosplay, Oh Cluck Booth
Link found our Booth. The Resident Rooster feared for his life. Thanks, Nick!

Ken St. Andre plays Oh Cluck!
Ken St Andre, and his Son stopped by to learn to play Oh Cluck!

Kez, Chad, Allyson Brooks, Meddling Kids RPG
Kez and Chad meet Allyson Brooks creator of the Meddling Kids RPG

Jeff Bookman, The Resident Foolish Rooster
The Foolish Rooster went on an Adventure Sunday!

Jeff Bookman, Posing as Schwartz.
The Foolish Rooster showed that he can be just as Strong as Arnold.

Foolish Rooster in front of North Market
The Foolish Rooster was so excited to see another Rooster!

Jeff Bookman using the interactive Exhibit
Have you seen this Rooster?

Jeff bookman, the Foolish Rooster
The Foolish Rooster as Roadkill

No one wanted to leave Origins.
All Good things come to an end, and alas… So did Origins.

While Origins is over, that’s not the end of the story for Oh Cluck!, or Foolish Media!. On top of all of the demos we ran, we spent a significant portion of our time meeting other businesses, and working on new and exciting partnerships.

Stay tuned, great things are coming!

Do you have a picture of Foolish Media / Oh Cluck! from Origins and want to share it? Send it to us, and we’ll add you, and your photo to our gallery! 

The Fools at Origins!

Origins Map, Find the Fools!
The Fools are ready for the big reveal of Oh Cluck!

The Fools are going to be at Booth 439, and are excited for the world to see Oh Cluck!

If you haven’t heard the news, Kickstarter Backers will be able to pick up their product at Origins, which also means… If you missed the chance to back on Kickstarter, you can buy Oh Cluck!, and the Eggspansion at Origins!

Kickstarter: FUNDED! You did it!

Balut is super happy that he gets to join the world!


Thank you, to all 51 of our backers.
Thank you, to our friends.
Thank you, to everyone we have met along the way.

The Oh Cluck! Kickstarter has completed, and we have funded. Now starts the work of getting things all ready to go, so that we can bring you this game by July 2018.

We don’t know what else to say. Thank you. If you are a backer, your backer survey will be on it’s way to the email address that you have associated with your Kickstarter Account very soon.

Faberge Backers Your survey has information about getting your custom Rooster Done, don’t forget to get that filled out!

Design Diary: The Anatomy of a… “Rooster”?

Now that is a bizarre looking Rooster. Meet the Farmer!

Welcome to another Design Diary! Today’s Design Diary focuses on Roosters, and we’re going to use a very special Rooster as the Preview. Meet the Farmer! The Farmer is one of the “Roosters” from the Eggspansion, and is a very special Addition to the game. His farm’s barnyard is the epicenter for our brawl.

When we design a Rooster, we try REALLY hard to come at each Rooster from a thematic sense. Name, or what the Rooster is, has come first more often than not, and the ability is themed accordingly.

With this Rooster, we looked at trying to think of a Farmer just trying to do his farming chores while his crazy Roosters are staging a brawl! So, what does a chicken farmer do? He collects his eggs.

When thinking about the relative toughness of a Rooster, 3 feathers is the minimum (for non canned Roosters). The farmer, being a little stronger than your average Rooster comes in at a 4. We could have given him more feathers, but then we would have wanted to tone down the ability, to make sure that he wasn’t a giant wall that allowed the wielder of the farmer to just waltz to a win.

We kept his eggs low, to make sure that he wasn’t going to get the “Take A Dive” treatment, and make for a not fun play experience. We didn’t want him to have zero eggs, because then it felt more like an annoyance to have to engage him than anything else.