Hades Storytelling Analysis: Or, How to Humanize a God

I have spent scores of hours playing Hades, Supergiant Games’ first foray into the twin worlds of roguelike RPGs and early access games. Many other writers have expressed their thoughts on this game, usually praising its exciting gameplay loop, community engagement, and the stunning art and music that we have come to expect from Supergiant’sContinue reading “Hades Storytelling Analysis: Or, How to Humanize a God”

Is D&D Meant for Conservatives (or the Alt-RIGHT)?

There’s been a bit of a stir in the online D&D community in the past few days, particularly on Twitter. Some people have raised concerns that Dungeons & Dragons, and tabletop RPGs in general, are geared towards players who are conservative, both politically and socially. In particular, several Twitter users pointed to aspects of theContinue reading “Is D&D Meant for Conservatives (or the Alt-RIGHT)?”

How to Build Better Worlds — The power of the past

One of the most interesting things — for me, at least — about running games of DnD and writing fiction stories is the act of worldbuilding. I doubt that I am alone in this interest, either; the subreddit dedicated to worldbuilding has over 540,000 subscribers at the time of writing, with plenty of great resourcesContinue reading “How to Build Better Worlds — The power of the past”

How to Break Writer’s Block: Staggered Procrastination

I am almost always writing. Between my day job, which consists of writing content for 8 hours every day; my personal fiction projects; drafting materials to play D&D and other RPGs with my friends; and creating updates for this site, I am frequently tackling a few dozen writing projects at any given time.  I amContinue reading “How to Break Writer’s Block: Staggered Procrastination”

How to start as a D&D Dungeon Master: 7 Key Steps

With so many places on lockdown or under stay-at-home orders right now, a lot of people are looking for things to do during the quarantine. One of the most common new hobbies that people are picking up is getting involved in Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) and other tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs). These games offer aContinue reading “How to start as a D&D Dungeon Master: 7 Key Steps”