Voyages in Auvergny – The Guyourne Byway

While crumbling in places, the thick cobblestone of the Guyourne Byway runs through lush farmland and the occasional copse of trees, a monument to a previous civilization’s now-lost engineering prowess. Less-traveled than in the recent past, it remains the main trade artery for the surrounding farmland and villages to reach the markets at Rocourt—as such, … More Voyages in Auvergny – The Guyourne Byway

The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

When I was growing up, science fiction and fantasy TV shows tended to share three main elements: they were usually 1) pure action-adventure affairs; 2) filmed in the abandoned quarries, forests, and subdivisions of Vancouver; and 3) were episodic/monster-of-the-week shows. You know the drill: Hercules, Xena, Sliders, SeaQuest 2032, Stargate: SG-1, The X-Files, Farscape, Andromeda, Bablyon 5, … More The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

FFC: Gelatinous Cube

These are one of my favorite old-school monsters, and I had a need for some, so I whipped up Fate Freeport stats for my friend the ooze. It’s hard not to like a monster inspired by those quivering cubes of jello you find at cafeterias, one that also functions as a giant scrubbing bubble amoeboid wandering through the dungeon … More FFC: Gelatinous Cube

Appendix N: Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson

Digging through the Appendix N of the original D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide uncovers a lot of lost treasures, books now forgotten save for those in the blogosphere with fringe interests such as reading—reading old science fiction and fantasy novels in specific. Most fantasy fans have probably read The Lords of the Rings and have at … More Appendix N: Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson

Points of Light, Oceans of Darkness

For a long time now I’ve been interested in running an old-school points-of-light style fantasy game, for no particular reason. I’ve never played or run one, so it’s not for nostalgia’s sake; rather, it’s probably for the opposite reason—because I’ve never really experienced with that style of game. “Points of Light” was the one thing … More Points of Light, Oceans of Darkness