Anti-Heros, Villains, & Evil Sorcerers

I often want the monster to win in the end. I am often disappointed.  Universal monster movies especially adhere to this dynamic (the real ones, any Mummy movie that’s in color is shit). The “romantic lead” hero has zero personality and is only defined by his passionate and complete love for the white damsel in […]

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 […]

The Sea of Time

I’ve been reading one of the Kencyrath books, The Sea of Time. If you haven’t heard of them, go read God Stalk right now (or whenever’s convenient, I’m not picky). I found a copy at a college library book sale and read the chapter titles. I was sold when I saw a chapter called, “The […]