Monthly Archives: August 2014

Chris Foss Hardware sci-fi adventure generator

I finally got around to buying Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss. It’s a fantastic book, with tons of great art at an absurdly low price. Just flipping through it once gave me so many RPG-able ideas, I … Continue reading

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Star Wars Actual Play Report: Marooned

After taking a few months off in the late spring/early summer, London and I have resumed our Star Wars campaign. Back in the spring our characters, Wuta the Ewok (London) and Camie Wolfsun (me) had acquired a nemesis in the … Continue reading

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“Post-plot cinema” and comic book movies as picaresques

Steven Zeitchik at the LA Times titled his Guardians review, “‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ and the rise of post-plot cinema“. In the review he basically makes two claims: first, that the plot of GotG is complex, and second, that therefore … Continue reading

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James Gunn on his vision for Guardians of the Galaxy (spoiler-free)

From James Gunn’s Forward to The Art of Guardians of the Galaxy┬á(images added by me, mostly not from the book): I have loved science fiction my whole life. To be more specific, I have loved space epics, or space operas, … Continue reading

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Gamemastering, improvisation, and fairness

The last post got me thinking about two roles of the gamemaster: deliverer-of-unpredictable-wonders, and adjudicator-of-contests. In Old School D&D, there was an understanding, explicitly stated in the rulebooks, that the rules could not cover every eventuality and that therefore one … Continue reading

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Thoughts on combat-as-sport vs combat-as-war

I’m using the classic EnWorld forum post, “Combat as Sport vs. Combat as War: a Key Difference in D&D Play Styles…” as my springboard here, so if you haven’t read that, you may want to do so before you proceed. … Continue reading

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Good and cheap: H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction

I had been circling around this since learning of its existence a few months ago, and last week I broke down and bought it. There are innumerable Lovecraft anthologies out there. I have owned many of them, not from any … Continue reading

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