Binary Storm (2016) and Modern Sci-Fi Literature

(Note: When I started writing this, I meant it to be a straight forward review of a sci-fi book I read recently called ‘Binary Storm’, but it sort of became a ramble about a bunch of other stuff, including Ernest Cline’s  ‘Ready Player One’, Christopher Hinz’s ‘Liege-Killer’ and some of my opinions on current trends […]

Becoming Fate’s Fire: A Method of Prophecy for a Grim Fantasy Setting

In order to cast prophecies, and interpret them, a person must commit themselves body mind and soul. The process is referred to as “Becoming Fate’s Fire” (always capitalised). The Becoming The following steps must be taken, in order to fully commit oneself to Fate, and to make the mind receptive to the movements of Fate’s […]

The Shape of Water review

Despite its magical realism, the strangest parts of “The Shape of Water” revolve around the Normal Rockwell painting that Michael Shannon’s villain, Richard Strickland, inhabits. Strickland is notably cut in a black suit, white shirt, and black tie. A stark contrast to the over-saturated blues, greens, reds and yellows that make up the films striking pallet.  Whilst […]

Xenotransplantation – System Agnostic Medical Procedure for RPGs

Content Warning: mental health, self-harm, general “body horror” themes. Xenotransplantation is the medical practice of transplanting tissue across species. Commonly used to refer to transplanting non-human tissue into a human host. For this document, we will be using it to refer to the specific practice of transplanting from a sentient race into a human host, […]

Why Bill and Ted is the best time travel story ever

I’m a sucker for time travel media, I always have been. From Back to the Future to Looper and from Doctor Who to Primer – it’s hard to find a time travel movie I haven’t seen. My friends know this about me and occasionally use it to their advantage. My wife tricked me into seeing […]

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before we talk about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, let’s talk about Harry Potter. If you’ve somehow been living under a rock for the last 20 or so years, it’s the story of a boy who finds out he’s a wizard and maybe the chosen one. He goes to a magical boarding school, learns […]

Lustnado – RPG Weather Phenomenon

RPG Talk‘s December 2016 Design Contest was to design a weather phenomenon.  Specifically: Describe a weather phenomenon for a role-playing game. What conditions are needed to initiate the phenomenon? How do the residents react? How long does it last? Can it be predicted? Entries are limited to 1,000 words and should be game system agnostic.  […]

Gold of An Ancient Civilisation – RPG Currency

RPG Talk‘s November 2016 Design Contest was to design a currency.  Specifically: Give a description of a currency in your world. What gives the currency its value? In what units is it measured? How is it acquired? How is it verified? Entries are limited to 1,000 words and should be game system agnostic.  My entry […]