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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Concerted Madness

In previous entries about creating characters I've talked at length about the need for character quirks to not define the character. Someone who "has a limp" or "only opens doors with their left hand" as a primary characteristic doesn't usually make for a compelling...

Immutable (Runner Concept)

Angela wasn't supposed to learn about the truth behind her father's position at the company, but sometimes rebellious teenagers can surprise even the most well-prepared of parents. She had been raised as a normal, average daughter of a mid-level wageslave, a...

Conquest: Into the Gorge

Though we didn't anticipate any great difficulty in our travels through the Stone Sea, aside from the near-constant earthquakes and aftershocks, we avoided returning to Halfgate all the same. We had stood idly by as Disfavored baited and killed Scarlet Chorus soldiers...

AFK: Piles of Diamonds

Of the many forms of currency available in AFK Arena—gold coins, hero's essence, soulstones, and so forth—none is arguably more valuable than Diamonds. Primarily obtained through real-money purchases and account achievements (such as completing a difficult campaign...

VMware Lockups

Recently I wrote a relatively non-technical review of some of the woes I've recently faced with my in-home server. Unfortunately, after another week of dead-ends and false-starts, I'm nowhere closer to figuring out what could be the cause of my server's problem. This...

AFK: An Unlikely Superstar

In most hero-collecting games, the more highly-rated or rare a hero is tends to mean they are objectively better than more common or lower-rated heroes. This is not necessarily so in AFK Arena, where today I explore the truly game-shattering character that is Saveas,...

Dark was the Night (Movie Review)

When I come across movies on streaming services that are teasingly interesting, I tend to do a cursory internet search to get an idea of what may be in store for me. Recently I was introduced to a low-budget (by Hollywood standards) supernatural thriller called Dark...

NW: Peace of Mind

I know of no race in, on, or beyond Toril that is wholly without strife. War, hunger, jealousy, and ego come to a head in all civilizations and in all walks of life, and while strife is a common thread that unites us all, in the best of times it is known only in...

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