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Revan and Mandalore

You’ll have to bear with me, I’m a little obsessed. You see, I played KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) at a young and impressionable age and it messed me up good and proper. I never really recovered. Though I loved the movies, it was this game and that novel that served as the true…

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Revan and Mandalore

Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

I’m late to the party. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series has been around for a while but I just cracked open the first book. Why did I wait so long? The truth is I’ve always been late to the party, it’s like a personal preference or inbuilt mandate in my system. I just don’t do new…

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Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

24 – State of War

War, war never changes, and it’s everywhere. At least in fiction. When we think about war in stories (except for the most gritty retrospectives) we think about glory, battle and the horrors of conflict but we rarely think about the folks at home and what troops would get up to during downtime. What does an…

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20 – What is Worldbuilding?

Happy anniversary! It’s been one year since we’ve been publishing content related to Worldbuilding for you! We’re excited to continue that journey, but we first wanted to explore the ways we’ve been learning about worldbuilding. What new tips and tricks have we discussed? What sorts of things are we looking forward to in the future?…

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Break It, Change It, Mix-Rewrite It

Authors, game masters, storytellers, visual artists, and others all have a common problem. You want to create something that’s familiar, but unique to you. Whether that be a new variant of Orc, a culture for your world, or something as simple as a snack for your characters to eat. Creating something that belongs to your…

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Break It, Change It, Mix-Rewrite It

Water Water Everywhere

Having just aired an episode on rivers I figured I’d expand even more on what we discussed. Ya see, when we put an episode together we make a metric ton of notes. Much of that content makes it into our episode then a bunch gets left out. Here’s a taster of what our discussions about…

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Water Water Everywhere

What’s the deal with WCC and Tabletop RPG? Part Two

So now, for the most important question, why should you care about Tabletop? As an author, artist, game designer, anyone making a fictional world why would TTRPG be important? RPGs pop up everywhere from Community, Freaks and Geeks, to Adventure Time and Gravity Falls. Matt Mercer has recently risen to, not inconsiderable, fame creating amazing…

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What’s the deal with WCC and Tabletop RPG? Part Two

What’s the deal with WCC and Tabletop RPGs? Part One

We (James here) make no bones of it. We love TTRPG and you’re going to get some content relating to it on our podcast and associated blog but here’s the deal. No matter your disposition toward it, whether totally unfamiliar or deeply engrossed with it, you’re going to get something out of that content. Over…

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What’s the deal with WCC and Tabletop RPGs? Part One

Fantasy vs Reality: Pace

I was told, quite accurately, that time would speed up as I aged. Though the experience for sending off for a toy after collecting enough cereal box tops is one that is restricted to children of the 80s and 90s, everyone can remember being a child and having to wait for something. And sure enough,…

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Fantasy vs Reality: Pace

Fantasy vs Reality: Complexity

Hi everyone! Welcome to another post about Fantasy vs Reality. Today I want to talk about complexity. There are many things that are true in reality that are not true in fantasy. For example, in reality, other people are as complex as you are. Everyone has their own thoughts, experiences, relationships, beliefs, and preferences that,…

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Fantasy vs Reality: Complexity