Ten days ago, the sky went black. The world was plunged into
chaos, and now something even more terrifying lurks.
So begins the scenario of Ten Candles, a tragic horror game
written and published by Stephen Dewey ’09.
“It’s a storytelling game,” Dewey says. “It’s about sitting
down with your friends, rolling some dice and telling a horror
story. But in this story, there’s no happy ending. From the
beginning, everyone knows that all the characters will die. It’s
about what they do with their final few hours. They’re trying
to hold onto hope. Hope is a big theme of the game.”
The genesis of Dewey’s game began at Bucknell, where he
founded the role-playing game club Adventurers Wanted and
began experimenting with writing game scenarios.
After watching the rise of crowdfunding websites, Dewey
began his own Kickstarter
campaign in late 2014. From
an initial request of $5,000,
he garnered more than 500
supporters and ultimately
raised more than $15,000,
which helped him commission
artwork, hire an editor and print
a special hardcover edition of the game.
He’s now selling Ten Candles at gaming conventions and
through his website cavalrygames.com.
Dewey isn’t ready to give up his day job in software support
just yet but says games are his passion, and he has more
scenarios in mind. — Matt Hughes
Initially, Bucknell was not at the top of my prospective colleges list. Attending would have made me
the 27th member of my family to be
adorned in blue and orange, and I
planned to rebel. Dean of Admissions
Dick Skelton ’60, who convinced
me to reconsider, did me an enormous
favor: Bucknell has shaped me, and will
continue to shape me, for a lifetime.
Majoring in management and taking
Management 101, stats, accounting,
even sociology, prepared me to grow and
manage a business, Lending Tree Inc.
Lewisburg — an experience that
continues to mold my view of the world
and its possibilities. The philanthropic
emphasis of some classes stayed with
me long after graduation, leading me
to volunteer as an alumni interviewer,
Bucknell provided a return on
investment in more ways than I can
measure — my parents and their 51-year
marriage, my siblings, my education,
my lifelong friends and my children
have all benefited. But it wasn’t until
2010, when I joined the board of the
Bucknell University Alumni Association
(BUAA), that I could define what makes
Bucknell so special.
Interacting with our intelligent
student body, dedicated staff and
inspiring fellow alums — and embracing
the beauty of our campus — reinforces
my lifelong connection to Bucknell.
More than 20 years after graduation,
Bucknell remains an integral part of my
life. I have never been more proud of
my alma mater — a place that embodies
the WE DO slogan. As I become the
BUAA president this July, I ask you to
join me in fulfilling our motto: Open
Doors, Volunteer, Give Back, Engage
Tara Garrity Lebda ’94 lives with her three
daughters in Charlotte, N.C., where she is an
avid volunteer for her church and community.
If you have a WE DO story to share, please
submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to Lead
By Tara Garrity Lebda ’94
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR: STEPHEN DEWEY ’09
“WE DO” — WORDS FROM OUR ALUMNI
Tara Garrity Lebda ’94
New alumni board president builds on her Bucknell
legacy and experiences.