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Behind the Screen: Fusion Dance

If I only ever learned one thing from the rabid fixation with fanfiction, it’s that there is no out-of-bonds for the human heart. But if I only ever learned TWO things from fanfiction, it’s that people love a good mash-up:  Inspector Gadget running with Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who meets Dr. Strange, Red Sonja vs. Jungle […]

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Prince of the Crawling Shadows (Pt. 1)

This post is in the Eldritch Icons project which will weave a narrative to supplant the 13 Icons of the Dragon Empire with more sinister icons born of Weird Fiction. When the Elf Queen departed, the heart of the Dragon Empire skipped a beat. When the blood druids took control of the Wild Wood, the […]

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The Rose Hill Remixes

In 1982 a psychology postgraduate student named Jacob Frenz broke into the ruins of Rose Hill Penitentiary, ostensibly to impress Marie Knepler, an undergraduate psych student and potential love interest. Franz left his father’s old Ferrograph Series 6 reel to reel tape recorder running overnight whilst he and Knepler drank a beer and got high […]

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Unreal Worlds: The Magic of ISIS

Young men alternately dressed in traditional flowing bedouin robes and imported Belgian skinny jeans stand in a single line, warbling a keening hymn as their shovels bite deep into the packed soil beneath the desert. Here or there a sandstone column or eroded wall peaks out of a dune, so old that you could be […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: Bermuda Triangle

The Hunt The Bermuda Triangle is a myth. Just another patch of ocean, statistically no more significant than an equivalent area anywhere else in the Atlantic. But there are…places. Places where things just – poof! – disappear. There one minute and gone the next. But nothing really disappears. It can’t. It would be against…nature. Physics! […]

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Dispatch Ultra: The ERR and the Looting of Europe

As the Nazi army rolled across Europe, causing untold destruction and death, they were followed by another group. A task force, led by a Nazi intellectual and ideologue of the highest order, began systematically stealing the collected cultural and artistic wealth of Europe. Focusing largely on Jewish property, this group rounded up books, paintings, jewelry, […]

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Behind the Screen: Fusion Dance

If I only ever learned one thing from the rabid fixation with fanfiction, it’s that there is no out-of-bonds for the human heart. But if I only ever learned TWO things from fanfiction, it’s that people love a good mash-up:  Inspector Gadget running with Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who meets Dr. Strange, Red Sonja vs. Jungle […]

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Behind the Screen: Onion Nights

If you’ve been paying any attention to the tabletop games coming out the past few years, it’s easy to spot a trend of systems getting simpler, quicker, softer-edged and more lightweight. Fate and FAE, the Apocalypse World explosion, the Cypher system, even D&D 5E are all vastly simplified from the systems many of us cut […]

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Behind the Screen: Character Recycling

Generally, I’m a fan of recycling in all its forms.  Yet it took me years to come around to the notion of recycled characters in tabletop gaming. For a very long time, I simply didn’t get why so many players had their ‘pet’ character concepts that they would recycle again and again across setting and system […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: Bermuda Triangle

The Hunt The Bermuda Triangle is a myth. Just another patch of ocean, statistically no more significant than an equivalent area anywhere else in the Atlantic. But there are…places. Places where things just – poof! – disappear. There one minute and gone the next. But nothing really disappears. It can’t. It would be against…nature. Physics! […]

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