Conquest: Widening Gulfs

Approaching the inner bridge, across which the powerful Edict of Storms raged, we met a small band of Unbroken, the remnants of the Realm of Stalwart's army, facing off against Disfavored. Taking our appearance as a timely distraction, the Unbroken...

Stretching Forth

After more than 40,000 words spread through 32 fiction posts, I've been able to compile a rough draft for what I hope will be my first published novella. Never one to embrace editing—I fully understand its utility and necessity, I just am not...

The Bard, “Untouched”

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my first-ever live production of the Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In all my years of studying and performing theatre, specifically Shakespeare, I had never...

Conquest: New Walls

Having reclaimed the Regent's artifact and defeated the Banes which guarded it, our small band – Eb, Verse, Barik, and myself – left the cloying gloom of the oldwalls and once again felt the ocean breeze of the Blade Grave. The smells it carried...

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Skill Plateaus

It has been said that when men compete, only three results really matter for bragging rights – who won first, who won the most, and who won the final game. The 1998 movie Rounders talks about winning and losing in poker thusly: "Few players recall big pots they have...

MotW: Descending

With the sounds of demon-on-demon combat echoing from the next room, the investigators took a moment to catch their breath, take stock of their situation, and patch up the wounded. While Ismene and Tammy tended to his savaged chest, Tommy introduced their newest...

MotW: Titans

Trying to get a good angle with her camera on the otherworldly brawl taking place in the corridor, Ismene gasped and stepped back into the airlock. "The imps are more chimera – the demon-animal hybrids the scientists were talking about! They're almost fully...

MotW: Demon Depths

As they eased open the secure hatch, a familiar voice rang out from within. "Duck!" A massive gout of flame licked at the corners of the doorway, blown open by the blast which sent Tommy and Seth to the floor. Jolene, one of Tommy's trustworthy society members, stood...

Conquest: Banedepths

Returning back into the oldwalls catacombs, there seemed to be no end to the Banes lurking in forgotten hallways and behind ancient statuary. Between Eb's magic and my artifact blade we were able to make short work of them, but more than once we had to stop our...

Ranking Systems

In many competitive online games, players are matched up according to presumed skill and familiarity; it's generally no fun for either side to have a team composed of semi-professional gamers vie against opponents who have just started to try online play for the first...

A Scorpion Playstyle

In the final stages of preparing to run an upcoming Legend of the Five Rings table-top campaign, I'm getting questions from players about the "right" way to play their Clans, their Schools, and their classes. L5R presents a society which is very unlike modern America,...

Transition Periods (Mage Concept)

He died when he was little. Well, not died exactly, and not when he was so little. What his life was beforehand seemed minuscule, almost immaterial in contrast. Hamlet may have criticized Horacio about the limits of philosophy, but he was certainly on-point when it...