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Writing for Tabletop Gaming

(Author’s note: This is an abridged version of my hour long “Writing for Tabletop” panel that I give at conventions. I’m mainly focusing on my core tenets for how I approach it. Also, may the 4th be with you!) Storytelling, no matter who is slinging the narrative, has a shared toolbox to take fleeting concepts… Continue reading Writing for Tabletop Gaming

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Growing Stories, Salvaging Ideas

I adore creative project documentaries. You know the ones. They’re the “making of” documentaries. Games, movies, comics, the works. I love seeing the process, and hearing the anecdotes from these talented powerhouses as they walk us through the landscape that separates their initial concept and the finished product. Over the years, just taking the time… Continue reading Growing Stories, Salvaging Ideas

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Plot vs. Story, now with Star Wars

Now that I’m finally past putting googly eyes on the minor mountain of pre-orders for my new book, (and seriously, thanks guys and gal. You’re the best!) it’s high time I wrote up another article for this little blog-that-could. Well, that, and my wife/manager is giving me side-eye to prompt me to put forth more… Continue reading Plot vs. Story, now with Star Wars

geekery · Movies · Real Talk · review · World-Building

Black Panther isn’t a Superhero Movie, and that is AWESOME.

I am confessing my prejudice here. I judged this film before buying my ticket. I walked into Black Panther fully expecting a glorious superhero spectacle in the boilerplate MCU tradition. Origin story, inciting event, heroics and redemption; all that stuff. I was riding the hype train after the character’s appearance in Civil War, and I… Continue reading Black Panther isn’t a Superhero Movie, and that is AWESOME.