Conquest: Mediation

"Human is indeed Stonestalker," Red-Fang greeted us as we descended back into the runic hall, her voice wavering with awe. "Means human will help tribe rid ancestor's lands of Elder Teeth stealers. Will protect legacy and strength of Beastmen and...

DC: Dazzlers

Facing the catastrophic disintegration of society, people do some weird things. I don't mean trapping and eating rodents for food, that happens any time supplies run low. Nor do I mean banding together in pack-like groups for self-defense—that...

Success from Rejection

It has been said that what defines an author isn't the actual publication of a book but rather being turned down for publication. How many people have an idea for a story they want to tell, compared to those who write it down? How do those numbers...

Conquest: Aurora Nights

A surprised Red-Fang watched us enter the runic hall at the base of the Spire. "Am impressed," she barked, noting our battle-torn and bloody clothing. "Martial prowess good. But what proof of inner strength do you have?" I can't tell whose angry...

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Appendix Two is a Lie

One of the books that most formed my early gaming experience was The Way of the Scorpion for the Legend of the Five Rings game system. A deep dive into the politics, mentality, and hidden truths behind one of the most secretive organizations in the setting, it...

Conquest: Circle of Strategy

The Beastmen may have had experience, physical structure, and savagery on their side, but we four had tactical experience, relying on one another as we stared down all number of foes, human and otherwise, in our travels together. The Beastmen hooted and howled their...

DC: Guerrillas

The continuing heat wave wasn't doing us any favors as we worked to retake the city. With clean water a rare commoddity, ensuring that our forward outposts and control points were well-stocked was an unending endeavor. Time and time again it seemed no sooner had we...

A WWII Guide to Self-Care

Content Warning: This story includes references to the horrors of the Holocaust, several generations removed. It also includes descriptions of medical gore and of self-harm which may not be suitable for all audiences.

Conquest: Elder Teeth

Our march down craggy and uneven trail into the valley below was often sidetracked by Earthshakers and Beastmen arguing about the nature of the strange purple crystals that protruded from almost every surface. The Earthshakers had forced their way into the valley and...

Conquest: Aurora Oldwalls

Cloudless days traveling under the incessant sun of the Stone Sea did little to improve our mood as we made our way to the great northwestern Spire. By the time we reached the entrance to the oldwalls, our lips cracked and bleeding from the heat and dust, none of us...

Legendary 55Hp Monks

One of the reasons I'm not generally a fan of board games is that I get too highly invested in the outcome (read: competitive). I'm less competitive with video games—I routinely play with people who are better than I could ever be—but still I loathe dying and tend to...

Conquest: A Bloody Tribe

The Beastmen had lain traps on the path to their camp – surprisingly ingenious ones, at that. Cleverly-hidden, well-made, and certainly catastrophic for any who ran across them, it spoke volume about the intelligence of the local tribe. As we hiked up the trail a...

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