Category: #writing

  • Do games have elements that they absolutely need?

    Do games have elements that they absolutely need?

    There are books upon books upon books written about writing. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or pretty much anything a person can think of. Someone somewhere wrote a text about proper writing. Those same books don’t necessarily apply to tabletop roleplaying, or do they? Yes, grammar is essential. Yes, style matters. And good gravy, please make…

  • The importance of short stories

    The importance of short stories

    There are essentially five major publishers. That’s it. If you have one hand, and all your fingers intact, you could count them all. The most prominent novels tend to come from these organizations, and their subsidiaries are responsible for most fiction in just about every genre. However, the bleeding heart of innovation in fiction has…

  • Being manipulated by villains

    Being manipulated by villains

    This post came out of a conversation I had on the internet. An endeavor like this feels like I am essentially screaming into the void. Yet, I ended up debating, without hostility, whether a PC could, or should, be tricked into becoming an agent of an evil character. At least that was how I understood…

  • The end of NaNoWriMo 2022

    The end of NaNoWriMo 2022

    It’s over. NaNoWriMo 2022 is over as of midnight tonight. The 50,000-word sprint is over, and I didn’t complete it. More importantly, I don’t care. The goal this year, at least for me, was to test writing a series of separate articles as opposed to a larger single text. This project was a success because…