September, 2013

Worldbuilding

Know How Your Magic Works

Magic is a cornerstone of fantasy. A good place to start when creating a magic system is to ask yourself some questions about how the magic works. Knowing the answers to the following questions is integral to building a cohesive world. Read more »

Writing

Clichés Are Bad, Mkay?

A cliché is usually defined as “an overused phrase or expression.” How much use is overuse? 42. While this is wonderfully objective, it neither clarifies which phrases people are referring to, nor explains what’s wrong with using them often. Read more »

Links

Hilarious Ads, Microscopic Views, and Effective Love Scenes

The web is still recovering from the scandals of last week, but there’s lots of fun to be had: witness the existence of successful female action leads, hide the bodies when your roleplayers aren’t looking, experience the world from the eyes of an insect, and make a Spock for your Kirk. Once your Kirk has a Spock, you can write a love scene for them. Read more »

Roleplaying

Three Dos and Don’ts of PVP

The subject of player versus player conflict (PVP) has always been a difficult one. In a roleplaying game, you feel like you should be able to do anything within your character’s ability, including stab that annoying elf in the face. However, if that elf happens … read more »