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From Pages to Pavement

Thing is, most of us writers are spoiled brats. We’ve all been doing this since we were old enough to hold a crayon. If it takes 10,000 hours to become professional at something, we should have been paid ten cents a word by the time we hit 8th grade.

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Gamemastering NPCs: Part Three

There’s an interesting paradox in role-playing games, in some ways presented right there in what we call them. Players take on roles, characters, that they’ve created. That step, that stage separates roleplaying games from other forms of fiction and narrative.

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Wizard vs. Witch: Who’s the real Villain?

The Witch: The Witch’s eastern counterpart is dispatched without warning by a powerful child adversary who claims she didn’t mean to do it. But of course, that’s exactly what any child-assassin would say in that circumstance. And honestly, when was the last time an intact house fell out of the sky by coincidence?

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Wuxia Novels and Chinese Swords and Sorcery Films

Misunderstandings and non-communication serve as the main engines for many of the plots. You’ll finding yourself screaming, “Why don’t you say something?!” more than one. Honorable silence in the face of accusations will keep digging the characters into deeper holes.

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Blog for a Bella Swann

In the last Blog for A, we talked about cyborgs, and discussed a range of metal men (and women) that included the Terminator, Vic Stone aka Cyborg of the Teen Titans, cylons (particularly Number Six) and the Bladerunner replicants. In the end, though, in picking a favorite cyborg, I’m going retro, like one of our […]

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Transforming Tolkien’s world to a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar was launched by Turbine in April 2007, bringing the world of Tokien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to the world of animated pixels residing online on servers powering a persistent online world. Having brought the worlds of Asheron’s Call and Dungeons and Dragons to online […]

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You Would Hear Me Laughing: Ruth Nestvold

Ruth Nestvold is an American writer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Her work has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov’s, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, and several year’s best anthologies. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through […]

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Con Report: Fourth Street Fantasy

…what I think happens is that each particular convention evolves its own language. It tends to happen early on. “She was sad”, in its original context, was an example of bad writing. Throughout the convention, repetition gave it meaning. Gave it humor. Gave it a place in the language, in the conversation.

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Gamemastering NPCs: Part Two

I kill NPCs, but I do that more sparingly than I have in the past. I’ve learned over the years that being ready to kill NPCs at the drop of a hat is a certain way to make players avoid making real connections and investment in the world around them.

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In Anticipation of Clarion West

Who knows what visions we may receive during these weeks of hard work and intensive writing? Maybe we’ll have written stories about zombie cockroaches who fall in love with clockwork dolls, or maybe we’ll have created entire new universes for our characters to play around in…