Extreme Buildings, Recurring Villains, and Opening Scenes

It’s banned books week, but apparently good articles on it are also banned, because I got nothing. Instead you can see who won the Emmy’s, and then use the beautiful voice of Neil Patrick Harris to calm down from your rage over the rejection of speculation fiction shows. While you’re at it, check out some crazy natural medical treatments, and scheme about adding recurring villains and folklore into your games.


Some do’s and don’t’s when it comes to meeting new gamers by Shortymonster

Here’s What Went Down at Last Night’s Emmys, Where Funny Ladies Made History And Game of Thrones Won Nothing by Noelle Micarelli at The Mary Sue

Having Neil Patrick Harris host the Emmys was a win:

Science & Inspiration

These Are The Most Extreme Buildings Ever by Vincze Miklós at io9

5 Creepy Medical Treatments That Actually Work by  at

The Unexpected Places Where Artificial Intelligence Will Emerge by Annalee Newitz at io9


GM Advice: Empty Dungeon Rooms by Raging Swan

Introducing A Recurring Villain by A.L. at Reality Refracted

Grim Games: Stories About Snakes by Taylor Hubler at Kobold Press

The Greatest Out-of-Print Tabletop RPGs That We Still Love by Ed Grabianowski at io9


Open Up! Writing the Opening Scene by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Your Characters Are Lost: 4 Ways to Find Them by Alicia Rades at The Write Practice

Talking Heads, Hearing Voices and the Disappearing Narrator (about writing dialogue) by Craig Clevenger at LitReactor

 A Few Thoughts on Other Cultures and Diversity in SFF (on writing about other cultures) by Aliette de Bodard at


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