Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mysticism, Cosmology and Religion in Fantasy

I’ve recently found a fantastic three–part series describing a framework for writing different forms of religion in fantasy (and, by extension, science fiction). The thing is, I realised that very few alternative-world novels actually do this very well. There are … Continue reading

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The Rape of James Bond: Read it!

Not sure that I have much to add with this post, particularly as the one I posted yesterday took about a week to formulate in my head, but I read this post about rape in fantasy today, and it’s been … Continue reading

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Death to the Common Tongue: Telling stories with language in fantasy fiction

Most of the fantasy genre these days use constructed languages, to an extent. This may be as brief as the names of people and places (sometimes not even that), or as fully-fledged as a language with grammar and vocabulary. But … Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Necessity of Joseph Campbell in Fantasy and Science Fiction

I know I said I was going to write something on language and fantasy this time, but I had an epiphany on the way to work and thought I’d share it with you. A lot gets made of Joseph Campbell’s … Continue reading

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And like Magic, there was Content!

I’ve posted the section on character creation for my MtG-based roleplaying game (for now entitled Magic: the Multiverse). You can find it in the menu at the top of this site. As ever, any thoughts, comments, opinions, criticisms and condemnations … Continue reading

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Crunch and Flavour: Making a meal of Magic roleplaying

Characters are the foundation of any roleplaying game, the connection that players have to the collaborative story told during the game. They need to be the focus of any game, which for me includes the system behind the game as … Continue reading

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