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The Best Posts of 2013

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Happy Holidays! To tide you over while you hide from your relatives in the guest bathroom, here are the best reads of the year.

Most Popular

These are the articles that got the most eyeballs, because of their animal magnetism, and because people shared them.

Storytelling

Five Unrealistic Character Traits

Harry Potter

Storytellers want to have their cake and eat it too, even if the cake is absolute perfection, and the eating is relatable flaws. The inevitable result of trying to have it both ways is a character that defies human nature. These characters have traits that … read more »

Roleplaying

Why Mouse Guard Is Amazing

Mouse Guard

The Mouse Guard roleplaying game is based on a comic book series of the same name by David Peterson. The basic premise is mice with human level intelligence trying to protect their fragile civilization from all that threatens it. I have never read the comics. But I love this game. Read more »

Commentary

The Best Quotes From GeekGirlCon

Dash with Rachel Jackson

The Mythcreants had a great weekend at GeekGirlCon in Seattle. I want to share my favorite quotes and a few comments on the panels I attended. Also included are some pics I got by nervously asking cosplayers to take their picture. Next time I’ll do … read more »

Worldbuilding

How to Create a Simple Language

Ancient Blaocks With Sabaean Inscriptions, Yeha, Ethiopian by A. Davey

Creating your own language probably brings to mind Tolkien’s Elvish languages or Marc Okrand’s Klingon. Most of us, though, aren’t scholars and linguists like Tolkien and Okrand. Don’t worry. You don’t need to be to add some linguistic depth to your worldbuilding. Creating a relatively simple naming language can do the trick. Read more »

Writing

Clichés Are Bad, Mkay?

Photo by Alisha Vargas

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 »

Blogger & Reader Favorites

These hidden gems weren’t read by everyone, but those who did really liked them.

Roleplaying

Making Interesting NPCs on the Fly

"My cabbages!"

Your players will spend a great deal of time interacting with the non-player characters. The unpredictable nature of running an adventure means that you will be improvising NPCs as often as not. Fortunately, making them up on the spot becomes easy with practice. Read more »

Storytelling

The Six Traits of Strong Characters

By LOLren at Flickr

What if you make up 20 pages of backstory, and your character still doesn’t feel “strong”? How can you even tell? I’m going to turn the subjective quality of “strength” into clear benchmarks by detailing six traits that strong characters have in common. Read more »

Commentary

Seven Epic Fan Romance Battles

By sora-ko on deviantART. Check out the full comic.

Here I’ll explore the philosophical paradigm that overlays our understanding of how synergistic behaviors are maintained in an ethical society. Just kidding. This is about fans, known as shippers, that really want non-existent people to get it on. P.S. Our bills are paid by our … read more »

Storytelling

How to Talk About Dark Stories

Art by Spiritgrove

Games of Thrones is dark; Disney’s Cinderella is not. Few would disagree, and many could choose confidently between them without knowing more. That’s why it’s practical to make recommendations based on how dark a story is. It’s easy to gauge, and many people have a … read more »

Worldbuilding

Should You Put a Ring on It?

A mix from Shutterstock and Zaelkrie on deviantART

Are you making a fantastic world, or an alternate Earth? Do you like it? In the words of a wise woman: you should put a ring on it. Well, maybe. As anyone with a non-single marital status can attest, rings have consequences. P.S. Our bills … read more »

 

Have a happy New Year!

 

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