Month: June 2016

The Vorrh by B. Catling

When an author chooses to go by their initials only, I’ll admit that I tend to assume they’re female. A lot of female authors (particularly in male-dominated genres) have used initials or masculine-sounding pseudonyms to boost passerby interest. By page…

Curse of Strahd: Session 11

I will admit that this was not my strongest session. I could make a dozen excuses – overwhelmed at work, not getting an amount of sleep generally considered “sufficient”, a million distractions – but it happens to all DMs at…

Humanist Science Fiction

I have previously discussed what I’ve termed “optimistic” vs “pessimistic” science fiction, and also stated my very strong preference for optimism in fiction. But certain works even within that category become my special favorites, the works that I love above…

Turbulence by Samit Basu

Did you guys know that superheroes are really popular right now? I guess there’s like, a lot of movies and comic books and TV shows about them, which I was, of course, completely unaware of. Good superhero fiction can be…

Curse of Strahd: Session 9

Battlefield management, or battlefield control. It is a very important strategic concept, and it’s one that my party has mastered. Good battlefield management can make an extremely daunting fight into a piece of cake, and it can allow a party…