Tag Archives: creatively anomalous

The Oligarchs

The Oligarchs of Taern rose to power in 1370 during an incursion by the undead princes of Morgau and Doresh. They declared the city independent of both Wyte and Tele, which had fought over the territory for centuries. The Oligarchs are ruthless leaders who have brought prosperity to the region. In addition to economic advancement, the Oligarchs have also encouraged the growth of Taern’s culture and fund art and theater…

Riots and roleplaying games

Photo by jerekeys Why aren’t there more riots and civil disorder in roleplaying games? Because they’re a pain in the ass to run, and no PC has ever been able to mind his own business, that’s why. Here are some ways to introduce riots and revolution to your games. Riots and mobs are massive, moving forces. Treat a riot like a large river, pushing the characters at…

RPG on IRC: Where are the nerds?

I love IRC. It’s simple, easy, and a great way to connect with people all around the world. I am a particular fan of #5by5 , #wikipedia-en-help , #wolfire , and #linkinus . Between podcast chatrooms and Wiki help groups, IRC has a lot to offer. I know that IRC has been used to run games since the protocol was first available, but I …

Taern

This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of posts detailing the world of Telmane. I am writing Telmane in a locally hosted wiki and have enough to start posting regularly. Enjoy! Taern, the City of Lights, is in the contested region between Morgau , Doresh , Wyte , and Tele . In 1370, the Oligarchs declared the city independent …

RPG Blog Carnival: Death and Undeath in my games

I was really excited by Johnn’s post announcing the March carnival because: 1) life and death in RPGs offers a lot to play around with, and 2) his examples really sparked my imagination. To be honest, death doesn’t feature very heavily in my games. Nor does undeath, in fact. I’ve stayed away from vampires, liches, and zombies and I’ve never had a…

I’m building a world

Over the next few months on this blog, I will develop parts of a world in which I hope to run some Pathfinder games in the near future. I will sketch out regions, nations, cities, factions, and denizens (sometimes literally). Things will likely be fluid as I change my mind, so I may add a wiki to keep track of…

We’re moving to Posterous

I have decided that the fate of this blog is best served by canceling my hosting plan with Dreamhost (who have been wonderful, by the way) and moving the domain to a free host. I’ve used Posterous as my host for a free blog for a while now, so it seems like a fairly natural transition. There may be some down time…

UPDATE: We’re (NOT) moving to Posterous

I have decided that the fate of this blog is best served by canceling my hosting plan with Dreamhost (who have been wonderful, by the way) and moving the domain to a free host. I’ve used Posterous as my host for a free blog for a while now, so it seems like a fairly natural transition. There may be some…

Ink Nouveau/Goulet Pen Company are having a survey and giveaway!

If you’re into fountain pens, be sure to check it out .   Ink Nouveau is a great site that really shows off what makes a quality blog: engagement, passion, and hard work.  The articles and videos there are a treasure trove for anyone seeking information about fountain pens.   The Goulet Pen Company is also quickly becoming my pen resource of choice (they gave me a free …

A response to Newt Gingrich

First, watch this video: Second, read my response: Mr. Gingrich, I do not believe we are at war.  But let’s say that we are.  In a war it is even more important to preserve civil liberties so that we remember why we fight.  And we fight for the right to vote people like you out of office.  Oh wait, I think we already did.

A response to Newt Gingrich

First, watch this video: Second, read my response: Mr. Gingrich, I do not believe we are at war.  But let’s say that we are.  In a war it is even more important to preserve civil liberties so that we remember why we fight.  And we fight for the right to vote people like you out of office.  Oh wait, I think we already did.

It may be time to say goodbye

Let’s be honest.  Most blogs shine when they have a real focus.  Most RPG blogs are just that: RPG blogs.  Perhaps they post interesting-and-random-but-related tidbits every now and then.   Ink Nouveau is a great pen ‘n’ blog that sticks to its mission with commendable zeal.  Some of my classmates, like Carey Pietsch and Steph Su , keep up sketchblogs and …

I’ve started an IRC channel

After reading so many hundreds of xkcd strips (by the way, Randall, best wishes to you and the family), I got interested in this IRC business. I stumbled around for a bit, but eventually discovered the #xkcd channel. A bunch of very nice folks, but the channel moves very quickly, with dozens of nicks contributing at any given time. It’s cool, but an intimidating introduction to IRC. …

On interactive fiction

Interactive fiction has been around a looooong time.  I’m just getting into it now, but I thought I’d write about how cool it is.  I know, I’m a tad late to the party. If you’ve never played interactive fiction, let me put it to you this way: you type commands or click on things, and it changes the setting you are in …

Why I love my thesis

Do you know what a thesis is?  Perhaps you’ve written one, or maybe you hope to.  If you are in the former category then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are in the latter, save yourselves now!  Don’t read, run! Now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, let me just say this: I am writing a…

Why I love my thesis

Do you know what a thesis is?  Perhaps you’ve written one, or maybe you hope to.  If you are in the former category then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are in the latter, save yourselves now!  Don’t read, run! Now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, let me just say this: I am writing a thesis.  I am enjoying …

Archetyping without stereotyping

A lot of what we do in roleplaying games is archetype.  Classes are based on archetypes, and even classless games often offer archetypes or similar basic concepts.  Archetypes, like stereotypes, are a quick tool (called a heuristic) that we use to make fast, cognitively inexpensive judgments.  They’re helpful for exactly that reason, and it makes it a lot easier to…

Today, I met Marina Sirtis.

Image via Wikipedia In case you don’t know who she is, she played Deanna Troi on Star Trek TNG . She was standing outside our music building on campus and asked if we were going to the Star Trek thing. Took me a little while to be sure it was her, but eventually I determined that she was giving a talk…

You may notice a button…

A big red button that should never ever, under any circumstances, be pushed.  In other words, I’ve added a reddit button to the sidebar, underneath the Search box.  I don’t generally like to do shameless self-promotion on social sites like reddit, but the /r/rpg community is both active and awesome.  This way, it’s easy for you to submit my …

On making a Great American Writer

I’m not sure just what it is that makes a Great American Writer.  I guess it’s capturing a sense of a time and place, and reflecting what others see in themselves (sometimes even the ugly bits that they wish they didn’t see).  Sometimes you reflect what others wished they saw in themselves, but that’s a rarer kind of success, since usually people just get upset…