Day 15: Making the Memorable Villain

Day 15: Making the Memorable Villain Hi, my name is Kat and I love bad guys. I have a bit of a reputation around the office as harboring “dark side force-princess fantasies,” and always being cast as the example dark side-using player during meetings. To be fair, it’s the Witches of Dathomir I think are sweet, not the Nightsisters, but the perception remains. Maybe it’s like Sam said, and I like breaking the taboo around Sith and Imperial characters, or maybe it’s because the bad guys I know and love have deeper and more nuanced motivations than the shallow...

Sounds of the Desert Part 2

Sounds of the Desert Part 2 Back in June I posted the first half of this post, and finally I’ve gotten around to finishing up the draft of the second part. Though Marrakesh no longer runs, I sometimes find myself coming back to this playlist when I’m writing, or when I was running Ashes of Athas, a Dark Sun module by Baldman games. Anyway, this second half tends to feature more fighting and chase music, with a few marketplace themes thrown in for good measure, but the albums primarily supplement Erdernstern’s Into the Gold or Jesper Kyd’s Assassin’s Creed...

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens Bells and drums and the roar of fire in your ears as the flame-haired dancer leaps back. The guards press forward with muskets in their hands that make them invincible. They do not understand, and soon surround her at gunpoint, waiting for the command to fire. She spins, her hair billowing scarlet, her chiffon skirts glimmering with heat and she brings her hands to her chest in time with the silent music’s breve. The wind rushes in to feed the explosion as everything goes red. You shield yours eyes against the flare. When you can look again, the men are...

Blog Crits: Exchange of Realities

Even more Writing, Role-playing, & Gamemastering Tips & Tricks Three out of Three Crits So I finally happened upon Exchange of Realities, a blog centered on the crossroads between writing and gaming. It’s much older than Triple Crit, and as you pore over the right-hand column, you’ll probably be wowed by the sheer amount of material, not to mention the range of topics (I know I was). She even has meta-posts on blogging and NaNo. And she’s pretty freaking insightful, too. On The Problem with Pure Potential and its Alternative, she addresses...

Sounds of the Desert Part 1

I’ve spent a lot of my time off from work on the Obsidian Portal Wiki for my weekly Dungeons & Dragons Campaign, Marrakesh, and I’m lucky enough to have players who are enthusiastic about contributing as well. M, who plays Zael, writes up fucking hilarious adventure logs every week, in addition to illustrating the characters and their exploits. One of the things I’m known for at the table is my extensive playlist to supplement their exploits in-game. I’ve gone through the trouble of listening to each track, adding comments to describe the...

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