Category Archives: Commentary

Talking Heads and Ivory Enclaves: A Gaming Forum Community Explored

I’ve been doing some on-and-off research into the nature of the gaming community, pulling my thoughts on various issues together, occasionally posting some of the results on this blog. I had a discussion last year with The Geek Anthropologist about … Continue reading

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Tripping Up Over Too Much Narrative: Battlestar Galactica vs Deep Space Nine

Having spent a fairly sleepless night last night, realised I have a case in point for what happens when there is too much plot in a piece of media, and things get too wrapped up in their own narrative rather … Continue reading

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George RR Martin obviously plays Dwarf Fortress

After spending the last entry gushing about expanding Vampire: the Masquerade‘s various archetypes,this time I’m going to be talking about narrative. Specifically the consequences of its lack and the impact that lack has on those who interact with it. Take … Continue reading

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Vampires Should Take Up Knitting! Or Maybe Baking. Or Ballet. But Only If They’re E-e-e-evil…

Apologies for the extended hiatus, I’ve been very distracted by both real life and Vampire: the Masquerade of late. So much so that I’ve now got another section of this website devoted to various rules expansions and interpretations of the … Continue reading

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Plot and Pathos, and Ever the Twain Shall Meet

This blog post is written off the back of the Day of the Doctor, so first thing’s first, a warning to all of you… The 50th anniversary episode was, in its way, a good one. There were so many nods to … Continue reading

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What Does Your World Do For a Living?

There’s quite a lot of fuss in fantasy fandoms about “high” and “low” fantasy, with a great deal of time and trouble going into working out exactly what high fantasy or low fantasy is, and their various characteristics. One of … Continue reading

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What is Humanity, Anyway?

Following on from my last post about non-human fantasy races, I’ve been scratching my head lately thinking about how humanity gets presented in fantasy and science fiction. Most particularly what the differences are in the two genres, and what it … Continue reading

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Not Proud to be a Geek: Needs to be resaid

I’ve stumbled across this marvellous post from Storming the Ivory Tower that needs to be exposed to a broader audience (as narrow as my current readership is). It’s a scathing indictment of geek culture and how narrow-minded, inward-looking and downright … Continue reading

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Fantasy is Badly in Need of the Renaissance

Apologies for the lapse in posting recently, life and appendicitis have been getting in the way of things. Think about Mediæval Europe for a second. What sort of pictures do you get? Is it one full of unrelenting peasant drudgery, … 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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