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What is “Appendix N” and why should you care?

In 1979 a company called Tactical Studies Rules published Dungeon Master’s Guide, which was the third hardcover book in their  extensive reworking of the Dungeons & Dragons game. The growth of the game’s popularity had been explosive, considering that the … Continue reading

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What do your dreams do when you are awake?

Chewing over that question is what has got me stuck on Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts at the moment. You see, I am working from the premise that what humans dream is actually an objective reality and that when humans … Continue reading

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Waiter, there’s a grobginthnik in my x’nibblierk!

Without warning the captured gnomish thief reached into his cloak and removed a g’tharknik– [Hang on, wait–what’s a “g’tharknik” again? Isn’t that the big shaggy animal with horns? How did a gnome fit one of those in his cloak? Is … Continue reading

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The Schlock Aesthetic As Narrative Xeriscape

“Schlock” is one of those things that is easy to recognize, hard to define, and nearly impossible to demonstrate by example without getting into a shouting match. However, let me open with a few observations.  First, I do not use … Continue reading

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Put some Wolff in your stocking!

Mike Wolff is an author that I admire because he has a very delicate touch, as opposed to my own rather ham-fisted style. I reviewed Guiding Council Of Myths And Urban Legends  and while I haven’t gotten around to reviewing … Continue reading

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Rogue One: Islands In The Stars

This past weekend I saw Rogue One with my roommate. On leaving the theater, I realized that I had been waiting forty years for this film. A while back I wrote a review of The Force Awakens which I called … Continue reading

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Frank settled down in the Valley, hung his wild years on a nail he drove through his wife’s forehead

“Some things are so small that you don’t notice them. Others are so big you run right into them before you know what they are.” –Samuel Delany, Einstein Intersection Imagine that you and a group of friends have been in … Continue reading

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