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At the Black Gate

December 3rd, 2012

Just a note to say that I’ve got a new post up at Black Gate, looking at Alan Moore’s novel Voice of the Fire. It’s a bit of an experiment; I’ve enjoyed critical pieces by Adam Roberts in which he emulates the style of the work he discusses, so figured I’d give it a go […]


December 1st, 2012

Just a note to say that I had some fun a few evenings ago playing a game called Sentinels of the Multiverse. It’s a co-operative card-based super-hero game. A ‘villain’ card automatically takes an action each round that has certain game effects that will help in the fulfillment of an evil plan, and each player […]

Something to Think About

November 30th, 2012

A little while ago, I was thinking out loud on this blog about fantasies without rules; or without obvious rules. And about the distinction between fantasy and surrealism. It occurs to me that one way to phrase the distinction is in talking about the way different stories answer questions. One kind of fantasy answers questions […]

Another Book Sale

November 25th, 2012

Today and yesterday the Friends of the Westmount Library held their twice-yearly used book sale. The sale raises money for the Library’s collection, and is generally a pretty interesting event — it’s been growing steadily over the last few years, selling more books and raising more money. I swung by today and yesterday. I didn’t […]

News of the Day

November 24th, 2012

C.S. Lewis makes it into Poets’ Corner, or will as of next year on this date. Here’s the news from the Belfast Telegraph (Lewis was from Northern Ireland) and a reflection on the strength of Lewis’ writing from the Telegraph. Here’s a bit of background on Poets’ Corner. I suppose I find it interesting because […]

At Amberleaf Fair at Black Gate

November 22nd, 2012

Just a note today to mention that I’ve got a new(ish) post at Black Gate on Phyllis Ann Karr’s At Amberleaf Fair. It’s a nice short novel from 1986. One of the reasons I wanted to write about it was to mention a theory I have that there are a lot of treasures to be […]

The Aleatory Process IV

November 20th, 2012

Having written a bit yesterday about the process of rolling up the physical dimensions of the dungeon, today I’m going to write about the process of filling those spaces with events and encounters. The first thing to say is: these aren’t really two separate processes.

Post Recap

November 18th, 2012

A pause today in the posts about the Fell Gard process. I want to start putting up posts once a week collecting links to the previous week’s blog posts. So here’s an extra-long version, a recap of what’s been going on around here since the start of the month. I began by writing a bit […]

I was writing earlier about Angband, the video game in which one plays a fantasy hero (warrior, rogue, magic-user, priest, or other) who descends into a 100-level dungeon, each level randomly generated with monsters and treasures and traps,  in order to destroy the god of evil. It was a predecessor to Diablo, and I find […]

Heather Dale in Westmount

November 12th, 2012

Earlier tonight Grace and I had the chance to see Heather Dale perform at Westmount Park United Church. Dale’s a Canadian folk musician who’s drawn comparisons to Loreena McKennitt. You can find her website here, currently hosting a free album. Dale’s got a strong sense of the history of her music; she and her band […]

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