The indestructible girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 2)

Here's another flash-fiction story I wrote by way of setting up the second week of our Marvel superheroes roleplaying campaign. Wednesday, in the not too distant future Sidney Malloy puts her strawberry protein smoothie in the cup holder, wipes the sweat off her brow, and turns the treadmill up a notch. On the curved, wall-to-wall... Continue Reading →

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The amazing elephant girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 1)

So here's a little thing I wrote -- I guess you could call it flash fiction -- to get the players set up for our second Marvel Superheroes roleplaying game session. It picks up the tale a few days after our characters' first superhero action ever. Wednesday, in the not too distant future The alarm... Continue Reading →

Marvel superhero roleplaying week 1: The first encounter

In our first game session, we had a run-in with some baddies who tried to kidnap a friend of one of the player-characters. The characters hadn't met at this point and had no idea who each other were. This is the first time they've crossed paths. They're not costumed crusaders yet, either; this is the... Continue Reading →

Superheroes: No school like the old school

I don't know how many people even remember the old Marvel Super Heroes roleplaying game anymore. It's old-school -- published by TSR in 1984 and updated with an advanced version in 1986 -- and also short-lived, as was already out of print by the time I found it in the early '90s. It had been... Continue Reading →

The best guitar solos ever

After seeing the post on awesome guitar solos at Amatopia, I started writing a comment, but quickly ran into a big problem: too many great solos. So I left a link to a single Rush song (because Rush) and collected the others for a post of my own. So here goes. Similar rules for the... Continue Reading →

The Traitor Ratul and the Swords of Lok

Read a free short story, "The Testimony of the Traitor Ratul," by Larry Correia, and an excellent article titled "The Swords of Lok," which looks at why swords are the way they are.

Sea serpents! Mysteries!

It's 1899. A tramp steamer rides out a tsunami in the South Pacific, and then visits some of the devastated islands in search of news and cargo. On one particularly remote island, the natives tell of a gigantic two-headed sea serpent that washed up on a beach in the tsunami's wake. The steamer's captain is... Continue Reading →

Forget the swordplay. Get armor right instead.

Subtitle: If I see a katana slice through armor like it wasn't even there, I'm going to reach through the screen and punch you. I can't even tell you how many movies I've seen that do this. (Not reach into fictional dimensions and punch people in the face...the katana thing.) No matter what kind of... Continue Reading →

Government shutdown: An eyewitness report of anarchy and mayhem from Gunpowder and Ink.

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