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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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Your Friendly Neighbourhood Undead, and Other Metaphors

Apologies for the lack of posting lately, in addition to musings on Mists of Albion and failures in playtesting Magic: the Multiverse, the I’ve been caught up with vampires, zombies and undead in general. Fortunately not an infestation of my … 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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Where Are All The Fat Elves? The Need to Rethink Fantasy Races

Why do fantasy races exist? To provide something different, the fantastical element, maybe. Although plenty of fantasy, such as Robert E Howard’s Conan, manages a fair amount of fantasy without non-human characters (but still manages to get in some comments … 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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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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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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