A Challenging Book

I just finished reading a very interesting book. It’s called The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by ZigZag Claybourne. Some of you may recognize him as the author of a fabulous guest blog post a while back.

I thought this book was really quality entertainment, but at times it was difficult to follow for a few reasons I went into in my review over at amazon and goodreads.

Reviews aside, I liked the book. I also thought it challenged me a little bit, especially with some of the notions I have acquired as a writer.

The first of those notions that The Brothers Jetstream challenged was the assumption of what needs to be dramatized as a scene, as opposed to summarized. Without getting too nuts-and-bolts, I mean that certain types of scenes, especially action scenes received moments of concise summary, in place of length exchanges. I like this part of the book a lot, but it is definitely not something I have done much in the past, within my work. In the future? Probably I will have to try it out.

Second, I think the sheer glut of characters, while it did not bother me, it spiked up the reading difficulty. Just keeping track of all the names could be tough at times. However, I could generally put the name to about 80% of the characters in even the biggest group scenes. All in all, this is more of a quibble than a complaint. And the fact that, given the name and a little dialog I could usually recall large parts of the character’s introduction, I gotta say ZigZag rocks quick characterization.

I’m beginning to run down for the day. I think I’ll leave it here.

Thanks for reading.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 34 – Review of Blades in the Dark

This week, Rob and Tim discuss a recent in-person game session involving a new RPG called “Blades in the Dark” from Evil Hat Game.

Spoiler alert: It’s a good time.

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Mental

Good Monday to all and to all a good morning.

I am facing quite a challenge today (To tackle as soon as I stop yawning every five seconds). Today is the first day of a new attempt at a work schedule. The schedule? Eight AM to Eleven AM will be writing time on weekdays.

Three hours. Three hours of writing all in a row.

That may not sound like a lot, but overall it means about 4000 words if I stick to it with enthusiasm and discipline.

I would love to do that many words, that much story, each day. I will love it, is how I should write that.

The work of a few hours a day will really add up fast. And my current project, the sequel to Hunter and Seed, really needs to get done.

In related news, I am editing a much longer book into a pair of smaller books now. We will see how difficult that gets, especially because I have to give priority to the sequel I mentioned above. My hopes for getting two series out this year are high.

But right now, it all feels a little mental, as the Brits might say.

Hence the title of this post.

My books can still be found on Amazon and elsewhere if anyone is interested.

Thanks for reading.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 33 – Interview with Another Tim

This week, Of Mooks and Monsters returns with the last of the interviews Tim recorded last year. Incidentally, this one involves a friendly neighborhood game master, also named Tim.

Don’t let that confuse you, though. This other Tim is an enthusiastic gamer and a skillful game master.

Enjoy the little chat we had, share, enjoy, and we’ll be back next week.

Thanks for listening.

Show email: podcast (at) ofmooksandmonsters.com

Follow Rob Ward on Twitter: @StageHat

Follow Tim Niederriter on Twitter: @TNiederriter

Buy Tim’s books:  Amazon

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 32 – Historical Games

This week, on Of Mooks and Monsters, Rob and Tim discuss historical RPGs… and some other things.

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Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 31 – Adaptations

(Sir Not Appearing in this Episode, Toshiro Mifune, “The Seven Samurai”)

This week on Of Mooks and Monsters it’s an episode all about adapting other media to use in your games.

No spoilers!

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And thanks for listening.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 30 – Pro Wrestling Actual Play

This week on Of Mooks and Monsters Tim sits down in the player seat and Rob runs an RPG to playtest one of his own systems: A professional wrestling RPG.

So join the Canadian Python, Goliath Kong, and the rest of the federation for a royal rumble… and it’s hilarious aftermath.

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Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 29 – Tenlyres Actual Play Special

We have a big show for you this week, folks.

Tim’s novel, Tenlyres is out for preorder (And paperback) right now, and in honor of that, enjoy this game set in the Tenlyres world. (Amazon)

But that’s not all! This game session features the talents of not only Rob Ward as a player, but also three special guests.

James Silverstein (Author and badass)

Denise Lhamon (Author and Illustrator)

And Dave Robison (@WritersPodcast on twitter, creator of the Roundtable Podcast, as well as many other fabulous things)

Together, we five plunged into this game and for a few hours managed to hold back the tide of war… and had a really good time.

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RPG Making

 

I have hit my stride over the past couple weeks in designing stuff for this RPG I’ve had on my mind for the last 5 years.

The RPG? A tabletop game based on S. John Ross’ Risus, the Anything RPG.

I call my version of it Risus Hack, but perhaps I should think of a different name because of how much the game has grown from the base I started running as a senior in college.

I think it’s still a simple game, though one with a lot of room for fiddling.

As I get restarted on “Spurring the Beast” (Sequel to last year’s first book, “Hunter and Seed”) I keep having RPGs in the back of my thoughts. That may have something to do with running an RPG podcast every week. And, oh boy. Fans of the Of Mooks and Monsters podcast are in for a treat over the next few weeks.

I have to credit the show with a lot of my recent enthusiasm for games and stories. Turns out, going back to my roots as a game master and player has been good for my brain. Soon, I hope to have a version of Risus Hack available for download. I am not sure if I should charge for it. And if I do charge, how much should I?

I guess I had better get to work.

I’ve put a lot of work into this game. I look forward to sharing it in the near-future.

Thanks for reading.

Tenlyres is still available for Pre-Order. Buy me a cup of coffee and get a full novel in return.