Tag Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

FAREWELL TO THE OBJECTIVIST “HERO”

If you’ve been following Fantasy Author’s Handbook for any length of time you know how reluctant I am to get into politics—something I avoid not just in my work but in my day-to-day life to the absolute best of my … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING THE OTHER

All fantasy authors are free to create their own elves, and all science fiction authors are free to create their own aliens. But the key to this are the words “their own.” If the elves in your fantasy novel are … Continue reading

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DON’T BE BORING!

Genre authors have one enemy in common and it is boredom. Our number one goal, our Prime Directive, our First Commandment, our first principle is: Never be boring. Our readers come to us for a cure for boredom. I am … Continue reading

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THE VIRTUE OF SHELFIENESS

Hey, Objectivists, see what I did there? I’ve been seeing so-called “shelfies” all over social media for a while now, and have even shared a few glimpses of my own shelves from time to time, but this week, I want … Continue reading

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FANTASY NAMES ARE HARD

Adam Bassett began his Worldbuilding Magazine article “Naming people: Creating New Naming Customs” with: “Names have value. Aside from an identity, an individual’s name offers something greater: a glimpse of the person’s culture, history, and ancestry.” I could not agree … Continue reading

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POLITICS REAL AND IMAGINARY

I feel as though, especially now, I could make a case that all politics is imaginary. In the same way that lines on a map don’t tend to show up in real life, lines between political parties, functionaries, movements, and … Continue reading

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COULD YOU WRITE A RANDOM FANTASY NOVEL?

Honestly, if I saw this post out there by anyone else I’d be the first person to start throwing rotten vegetables at it. Of course you can’t randomly generate a novel—a work of art—using some computer program or set of … Continue reading

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PLAY!

When I was in seventh grade and extremely into Legos I made a starship—really just the floorplan—and populated it with a crew of the newly-released mini figures. I then devised a monster with a tail that ended in the twirling … Continue reading

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FANTASY WORLDBUILDING, MONEY, MONSTERS, AND FOOD

Recently I’ve been sort of absentmindedly thinking about a Dungeons & Dragons world—and not for the first time, either. I have notebooks full of D&D worlds, a few of which even saw some play time. But what inspired this post … Continue reading

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SOME THOUGHTS ON RESEARCH

This is another subject too big to cover completely in a single blog post, but let’s look, at least, at a few basic ideas around the subject of research. I think authors of fiction can be easily separated into two … Continue reading

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