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Behind the Screen: Alone in a Crowd

It’s no secret that our media laud the loners.  We adore the one-soul-against-it-all narrative of a reluctant hero saving a world they don’t feel attached to or welcome in.  While it’s not the only narrative, it’s definitely an attractive one to a lot of people, and unlike an ensemble cast, it’s one a single player […]

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The Eldritch Icons Series

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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Jack Chick: Agent of Lucifer

It’s laughable, really. The very idea that a common, harmless hobby like Dungeons and Dragons is a front for organized Satanic witchcraft and demonology is absurd. Probably the only thing crazier would be the idea that the Shriners — yeah, the guys with the funny hats and the children’s hospitals and the silly little cars […]

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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: Alone in a Crowd

It’s no secret that our media laud the loners.  We adore the one-soul-against-it-all narrative of a reluctant hero saving a world they don’t feel attached to or welcome in.  While it’s not the only narrative, it’s definitely an attractive one to a lot of people, and unlike an ensemble cast, it’s one a single player […]

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Jack Chick: Agent of Lucifer

It’s laughable, really. The very idea that a common, harmless hobby like Dungeons and Dragons is a front for organized Satanic witchcraft and demonology is absurd. Probably the only thing crazier would be the idea that the Shriners — yeah, the guys with the funny hats and the children’s hospitals and the silly little cars […]

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Behind the Screen: Alpha Weirdness

The most terrible thing about Tiggers is just how common they are. I should explain.  A ‘Tigger’ in this case is a player who’s deeply dedicated to having a super-unique character and making sure everyone knows it. Much like in the Hundred-Acre Wood, Tiggers can be memorable, but obnoxious, and their tail-springing antics can cause […]

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Behind the Screen: Pattern Recognition

There’s a fantastic article from earlier this year about the ‘shape’ of choice-based games.  It was based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books many of us grew up with, though the principles apply to any choice-based games with different potential paths to choose from. So, naturally, it applies to most tabletop games as well, […]

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