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Scifi Women, Realistic Swords, and Parallel Worlds

This week we see how far women have come in science fiction – and how much farther they still have to go. We learn why steel is folded to make swords and what it would take to travel to another universe. Then we question whether our characters belong in our story. Read more »

Roleplaying

Failures That Hurt a Game

No matter how many bonuses a character possesses, the dice will eventually turn against them. They will fail an important roll at a critical moment. This can be a good thing, because success means nothing without the possibility of failure. Unfortunately, it can also be … read more »

Storytelling

Creeping Out Your Audience

In film, it’s easy startle your audience. Giving an audience the creeps…well, that takes a little more work. What if, as a storyteller, you want to create an atmosphere that will creep out your audience- how do you make it happen without sights and sounds in your toolbox? Read more »

Storytelling

The Problem With Multiple Viewpoints

Many storytellers enjoy looking through the lens of more than one character. In speculative fiction, multiple viewpoint characters are often used to show different places in the world, or illustrate a conflict that is epic in scale. Unless the story involves a device that is … read more »

Podcast

3 – Adventures in Worldbuilding

The Mythcreant Podcast

The Mythcreant Podcast dabbles into the depths of worldbuilding. Dash discusses how she starts the process for new stories, and Mike puts some of his military history knowledge to work in spec fic. Plus examples from Star Trek and Discworld, laser catapults, and other short topics. Read more »

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