Alternatives to Vancian Spellcasting

D&D is the archetypical RPG system. I love it (except for 4th edition which I’ve sworn never to DM again) but Vancian Spellcasting is a bit old hat at this point. Also it’s a highly specific and slightly weird concept. Wizards imprint spells on their brains and forget them after they’re cast. I can see […]

Gencon and other Delusions

Just got back from Indy a couple days ago, and I can almost function normally again. Saw some people I hadn’t seen in quite a while and bought the mandatory Kenneth Hite book (Qelong for LotFP). When it comes to the way I want to portray the occult in RPGs, he’s the guy who’s been […]

Demons of Light RPG

I’ve been working on RPG rules for Ilder’en and the stories I write for a long time. Seeing as this is GENCON week, I thought I should at least cover some of it in general terms. First off I don’t have much interest in designing combat systems and the general rules of the world (movement, […]

The Star-Rade

Two days ago I finished re-reading Creatures of Light and Darkness, then I started Asimov’s Foundation series again. A jarring and strange combination to be sure, but it gave me the idea for this short story. Read it here: The Star-Rade.

Metaphysics & Storytelling Part 1.5

The reason I wrote the original post about The conflicting tension between metaphysics and good storytelling was because I was experiencing it myself. I’d used a technical kabbalistic phrase as a placeholder until I could think of the correct word to use. The problem was that I never did and the placeholder was wrong but […]