Writers of history A while back I was in an online forum filled with fellow writers. The majority of writers and authors on the site were thriller and romance writers … the “acceptable” genres. While there I noticed a posting about historical fiction, asking what are some favorite historical novels and short stories. I started salivating […]
Once upon a time, just about anyone could be an explorer. Little more than a hundred years ago, there were still places on this Earth which had not been reached, or had been reached by very few. In those days, just about any man or woman could set out to trek off into unknown territories. […]
A brief look at fantasy During the last century, numerous authors and editors and fantasy fiction fans have pondered the different sub-genres of fantasy literature. Today the numerous sub-genres come in many shades, but there was a time not so long ago when the majority of fantasy literature was less diverse.
Have you read plenty of fantasy literature over the years? Do you think you know your stuff? If so, take the quiz below to find out just how much you really know or don’t know. And don’t worry, as you can find the quiz answers here.
For the original quiz, check out this link. A ring The Gray Mouser 1923 The Sword of Shannara Author Ursula K. Le Guin Seven Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger Cimmeria A butterfly The Knights of Solamnia, or The Solomnic Knights A giant turtle named Great A’Tuin Kahlan Amnell Florida Technically seven, though there are more […]
es·cap·ism əˈskāpˌizəm/ noun; the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
As Dungeon Master, you’ve been preparing a week or longer, planning for your Dungeon & Dragons group’s next session, writing out stats for NPCs, trying to think through various story lines, contemplating possible player character actions and responses, etc. It can be a lot of work, and time consuming. It doesn’t necessarily have to be, […]
Frostgrave is a Fantasy skirmish wargame. You can read my initial comments of Frostgrave here. I am on the journey to playing Frostgrave at my Local Gaming Shop. The first step was reading the core rulebook. Check. The second step is developing a warband. Presented here is “Perpetual Gale,” my first Frostgrave warband. FROSTGRAVE WARBAND […]
Presenters – Connie Willis Scott Edelman Alex Shvartsman Sarah Pinsker K.M. Szpara Panel Date – May 29, 2016 Attendance – Approximately 40 Science Fiction Writers and Readers Balticon is a large annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers convention that occurs in Baltimore in late spring each year. Balticon 2016 featured George […]
The Eye of the Beholder movie promises to be a nostalgia inducing trip through the stories, influences, and history of the art that inspired decades of Dungeon & Dragon players. For those of you not getting the title the eyes of the beholder meaning originally comes from the Greeks (like most of everything else) and […]
Greetings, Nate the Nerdarch here with an update on a group of guests that will be joining us on the Fan2Sea comic con cruise 2016 (well it sails in January 2017 but you better book your cabin spot before the new year if you want to insure that you get it). Nerdarchy is running a […]
Nerdarchy Nerdy Contest and Biggest Give-A-Way Ever! (Fan2Sea Nerdcation) Greetings Everyone, I am extremely excited to go on this upcoming cruise. I have never been on a cruise and this theme convinced me that I have too be on it. Dave and I are really interested in seeing as many nerdarchists there as we can […]
For those who played Dungeons & Dragons prior to Fifth Edition, they might have noticed some old, favorite potions no longer appearing in the 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide. This makes sense as Fifth Edition is the most streamlined version of the game so far. What to do, then, if you want to include those potions […]
Introduction Aerial encounters are a rare and special circumstance that require a bit more imagination than a standard land-based encounter. Whether by traveling on an airship of some kind, or wandering the lands of a Cloud Giant, creating encounters in the sky generally come with the assumption of a higher level foe. Dragons, griffons, wyverns, […]
As some of you might know, after 20 years as a newspaper journalist, nowadays I make my living as a fiction writer, mostly in fantasy and horror though I occasionally dip into other genres. Over the last decade or so some of my short stories have become available to read on one website or another, and […]