Waking at the tip of a bright fingered dawn, we made ready to leave the fallow grounds of that mining settlement and journey to the west. Amadi 🗡 🗡 assured me that the Egyptian assassins he pursued were traveling westward along the coast, possibly in an effort to make their way around the coast of Espana and return to their native land. Following them seemed a … Continue reading A New Friend, An Old Accomplice
I find myself cast out from my homeland, set adrift upon the waves with naught but my longboat, a skeleton crew of worthy seamen, and a brand of vengeance burning within my chest. I am betrayed. The gods have looked down upon me from the heights of Asgard and made a mockery of my ambition. They have seen fit to tear away that which is … Continue reading Thats My Mine!
Some would argue that the time for cyberpunk is long past, that the present has caught up with the future in every meaningful way, leaving cyberpunk as this strange, vestigial genre clinging to the edges of science fiction and crime genres. Even Neal Stephenson summarily executed the genre before taking a hard U-turn into post-victorian nano clockwork punk in The Diamond Age. Richard K. Morgan … Continue reading Half Done Drowning
I’m about 120 pages into A Cold Day to Drown and this might be my best story yet. That’s not to say that the first draft is any good. The exact manifestations of Talbot’s anxiety disorder have transformed radically three times. A scene I had planned for months feels completely wooden and will need to be almost completely re-written in the next draft, while two scenes … Continue reading The Hurricane Approaches
Getting Neverwinter Nights 2 running on Mac isn’t difficult. Getting multiplayer working does take some effort and a message to tech-support. Continue reading Playing Neverwinter Nights on Mac
It snowed about a foot over the weekend and here in south-east Virginia that means that the entire region has ground to an icy halt. The streets in my neighborhood are covered in a couple of inches of packed ice, which will no doubt stay in place until the temperature hits 60 and it starts to rain on Wednesday because the city doesn’t plow or … Continue reading Snowy Borderlands
(This post is based on the afterward that I’ve written for the book. TL;DR: You can now pre-order Words of Power on Amazon.) A few years ago I read a vampire novel. I don’t usually read vampire novels, but this one was cowritten by one of my favorite film directors and I figured it was worth giving a try. That book turned out to be … Continue reading Words of Power is Finished
You might not be able to tell from the screenshot, but this portion of Evoland plays like a simplified version of the Diablo games, complete with hyperbolic loot titles and a health meter that looks like a glade orb filled with blood. This section of the game is a little frustrating, as even with the magical ring that grants me +10% to grinding, I’ve had … Continue reading Evoland
Here’s an interview with a professional linguist on the way technical side of decoding Heptapod B in Arrival, which was one of my favorite films of 2016. Continue reading The Linguistics of Arrival
J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa on this day in 1892. Whether you are a fan of Middle Earth or simply enjoy role playing games, other fantasy novels, or constructed languages, Tolkien’s work has had a significant influence on the literary world. I was probably 12 or 13 when my mother bought me copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at … Continue reading To The Professor!