Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 66 – Challenging Players

Rob Ward and I are back with a new episode, in which we discuss ways we can challenge players to help them engage in a more nuanced way in our games.

Saddle up, folks, this episode is a good one!

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Alive After Reading Episode 31 – JR Handley

Hey, everyone!

This week on Alive After Reading, I’m back chatting with JR Handley, an author of military science fiction.

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Friday Morning Rambling and NaNoWriMo

I don’t recall exactly what happened in my dream last night.

I wish I did because they left me feeling pretty cheerful when I woke up.

It’s been a pretty odd week. For one thing, early on, I stayed up for 30 consecutive hours, hoping I could focus to finish my current work in progress in one day and night. I got a lot of words, but the book is still in process. I should be able to finish the book sometime between now and next Tuesday.

And yes, it is NaNoWriMo this month. Many writers of all kinds and commitment levels go to the trenches to try to write 50,000 words in one month.

I have done word counts like this before, but I’m a bit out of practice at the moment. Last month I almost managed it. This year, I’m not signed up to participate, but make no mistake, my goal is to write as many words as I can this month. No staying up all night, though. I want to make this more sustainable than my past mentality of writing as a special occasion (Which is silly for a lot of reasons, not least because it’s over half my job right now).

So, as November begins, let me encourage those of you doing NaNo to keep in mind sustainability for the future. A burst of words is a good time, but words week in and week out is even better, in my opinion.

Good day and good luck.

Thanks for reading.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 65 – Supplements

This week, Rob and I discuss peripherals and expansion books for your games.

We talk about this online article for city-building in the course of this discussion.

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Dreams with a Hint of Barnacles

I had an unusual dream last night. For one thing, it wasn’t a nightmare.

I enjoyed this dream.

In the dream, I witnessed a dark fantasy world, which appeared as a nested set of tales, one hidden within another down a few layers deep. For this reason, it is tough to remember what the overall story was about.

Dark armor. Bright blades. Powerful heroes. Tragic and dramatic results.

All surrounded in wind and rain, possibly a result of the winter storm going on in my area last night.

Right now, it seems to me this dream could apply to an odd set of worlds I have been fiddling on, involving space-traveling fantasy with barnacles on giant spacefaring creatures. But now, as I unpack the dream, it fits a much older setting I’ve created a lot better.

That setting has gone by the name of Fantasy A (I know, I’m terribly creative).

This is a setting I’ve probably mentioned before on this blog, but likely that was years ago. I can’t recall precisely.

It’s a world of demons and magic, but regardless, I’m excited to pick it up at some point in the near future, especially after this night of dreaming.

For now, though I have other work to pursue. Such is the life of a writer.

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Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 64 – Sticking to the Plan

This week on Of Mooks and Monsters, Rob and I discuss reasons and ways to stick to your plans as a game master.

Beware.

Here there be metaphors.

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Alive After Reading Episode 29 – Paul Sating

Hey everyone, Alive After Reading is back with an interview featuring Paul Sating, a writer, and audio drama creator behind a few great podcasts out there right now.

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