The scholarship and culture to which I personally am responding… is still undergoing earth-shaking change. Tolkien… was being quite progressive by suggesting elves, humans, dwarves, and shire-folk could live happily together… but…that is through a contemporary lens problematic. I come here not to bury Tolkien, but to contextualize him…
I’d make one final note about the casting, and in particular the so-called controversy regarding casting People of Color – literally anyone who has a problem with it should go pound sand and die mad about it.
Whenever anyone starts talking about “creating an experience,” it’s time to watch your wallet, and that’s not even the worst of your worries. I’ve been playing dungeons and dragons, and games like it, since the 1980s. I’m hardly a grognard – I’m wide open to change in the form of streamlining and simplifying rules, expandingContinue reading “One D&D and the Subscriber Model of Doom”
Wrapping up from a double-overloaded summer semester, and heading into a double-overloaded fall semester.
You could say I like to work.
Clocking in at 334 pages, I have completed the first draft of the novel I’ve been working on for the last year-ish. I’ve sent a copy to one of my trusted readers for first impressions, and I for my part have begun pen-and-paper edits.
Semesters can be intense, truly. Over a span of weeks (as few as three, as many as 16) I and a number of students all work hard and try our best. We usually develop something of a friendship, and I hope in the end that we all learn from each other.
Final verdict: Worth the money – it’s practically a game unto itself. Makes map-making fun (if not always totally sensible) and is a better handout generator than I would dare to ask for.
I have completed a 300+ page draft that I’m about 1/3 of the way through first edits on as I write this. Another few weeks and I’ll be looking for first readers and conducting my pen-in-hand second round of edits. If all that goes well, it’s back for a third round of revision and then off to find someone to publish it.
The movie starts with a credit sequence over a bunch of dudes karate wrestling in mud or something. The footage has been run through a black-and-white negative filter. It all looks like a creepy X-ray which has the hilarious effect of making Stephen Hayes, a real-life ninja who plays the roll of ninja master / yoda / walking self-help book, look like Kenny Rogers.
This post was one of the first to incorporate images – I abandoned the old suck.com model of text + links in favor of images with captions. I then deleted the captions on this repost because they weren’t funny.