Oren Ashkenazi

Oren is a grumpy old man whose physical age hasn’t quite caught up with him, at least that’s what the kids who won’t get off his lawn keep saying. He’s been into roleplaying games since he was knee-high to a d10, and into prose writing for nearly as long. He loves stories and games that push the envelope of storytelling, like the Discworld series and the RPG Primetime Adventures. He’s also a huge Star Trek fan, though his rants on the mistakes of Voyager and Enterprise might make you think otherwise.

Podcast

28 – Space Captains

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Chris, and Mike talk about captains in futuristic space settings. They discuss how captains make effective protagonists, list their favorite and least favorite captain characters, and ask why so many space captains are obsessed with antiques. Read more »

Roleplaying

Four Reasons to Start Your Campaign Right Now

Gamemastering a roleplaying campaign is hard. Also, the sky is blue, and two plus two equals four. Because running a game is so difficult, there’s a natural tendency to delay getting one started. There’s always a schedule conflict or just a bit more to plan, but … read more »

Science!

Six Problems With Realistic Space Battles

Who doesn’t love giant space battles with lasers and missiles and shields? Some of our most riveting science fiction has come from spaceships trying to destroy each other. Unfortunately, things get complicated when you introduce real science into the equation. Read more »

Podcast

27 – Worlds of Good and Evil

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss how black and white morality is built into worlds, particularly through magic systems. They examine how good and evil are represented in different stories, and question the difference between light and dark magic. Read more »

Podcast

26 – Best and Worst Romances

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Chris, and Mike rant and rave about romance stories in speculative fiction. They discuss the problems with one-offs, love at first sight, and characters written only as love interests. They gush about couples that are unconventional, and cringe over romances that are creepy or … read more »

Roleplaying

The Pros and Cons of the Learn by Doing Method

Experience points are the standard unit of measuring character advancement in roleplaying games, and they have been since the very beginning. Kill the goblin, get 25 experience points. What could be simpler? Sometimes they might be called character points, and there have been countless different … read more »

Podcast

25 – Parents as Characters

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the depiction of parents in popular stories. They describe why so many parents are cast in a negative light, share their favorite parent characters, and rediscover sexism for the gazillionth time. Read more »

Roleplaying

Four Dangers of Unplanned Character Death

Every time a character gets into combat in most roleplaying games, there’s a chance for them to die. Any Legend of the Five Rings character that goes past their last wound box or Burning Wheel character who receives a mortal hit is pretty much finished. … read more »

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