I’ve loved The Joker for a little while. Not nearly as long as some of the true fans harkening back to comic books or the animated series’. My introduction, like many fans, was with Heath Ledger’s Joker in Dark Knight. He’s a mesmerizing idea. And I say idea because I mean idea. The very distillation…Read More
Okay, so that was click baity, sorry. the Empire did tons wrong. Alderaan (autocorrected to Alfa tan which is a great band name) being blown up was pretty bad, killing all the Jedi too (especially the younglings), but, when you think about it the Jedi were kinda problematic anyways. You have an armed organization of…Read More
The Empire Did Nothing Wrong
One. Sort of. He might come back though. Tolkien was a master of worldcrafting. A person that Seth and I hold in high esteem and, I think, for good reason. His work, however, does not necessarily hold up to our naturalistic scrutiny. Maiar are these angelic beings in Tolkien’s mythology, Balrogs are Maiar, Gandalf is…Read More
How Many Balrogs Does it Take to Kill a Wizard?
I don’t mean to say that your world isn’t as exciting and interesting as the story you want to tell. I only mean to say that it’s less weird than you think. Tell me, what is weirder? A sentient, carnivorous plant, or the fact that World War I was started by an assassin who, minutes…Read More
Your World Isn’t All That Weird
I’m no author, but I sure like tabletop roleplaying games (like Dungeons and Dragons). I get a wicked kick out of them, especially playing the game as the gamemaster (referee, storyteller, dungeon master, etc…) because I get to take players on a walk through my world. In crafting worlds I generally approached them after the…Read More
Is Your Worldbuilding Efficient?
Dishonored remains one of my favorite games for worldbuilding quality. Firstly, I’m a big fan of blending steampunk aesthetics with magic so any attempt already has my attention (see also: Malifaux) but Dishonored, through its books and various overheard conversations, etc… does a particularly fantastic job at immersing you in a world of deep, disconcerting…Read More