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Something is Amiss

The second article in Jervis Pax’s world-building series is up: Something is Amiss. (In case you missed it, you should read An Interesting Nexus first.) This is aimed at roleplayers, but of equal interest to genre writers, IMO. I should

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City of Heroes, City of Villains: First Impressions

This is only my third MMORPG, but it’s the first time I’ve been able to so thoroughly customize a character. I’d gotten the impression from some of the blog posts I’d seen that the customization was largely just of costume,

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Something Is Amiss

by Jervis Pax I am flying back to Kabul from southern Afghanistan on a Spanish CASA 295, a small cargo plane with aluminum frame and nylon webbed bench seats that run down either side of the plane. It is much

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This morning I discovered a site called Disgraceland, PRC. To quote from the page, Once upon a time in a land called Xi Pu, just west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in the People’s Republic of China, there

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Societal Obsessions

I seem to be on a roll with the world-building exercises, so I see no reason to stop now! Perhaps I’m feeling inspired by the various world-building articles I’ve read recently, even though they were both aimed at roleplayers: Case

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Lawful neutered?!

Okay, I just want to make it clear that the following design is the doing of our business partner, and NOT MY FAULT: 😀 He also sent me a whole list of alignment variation ideas to play around with this

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Artisans in World-Building

My recent review of The Vermont Cheese Book got me thinking about world-building, oddly enough. My husband, who recently wrote Case Study in Stealing from History, an article on campaign world-building for roleplaying games (but that applies quite well to

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An Interesting Nexus of Alignments

This morning we debut the first article in a new series: An Interesting Nexus, a peek inside the head of our dear friend and business partner (under the pen name of Jervis Pax) as he pieces together bits of his

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An Interesting Nexus

by Jervis Pax. Afghanistan. The earth speeds by, several hundred feet below me, and I absently watch the shadow of the helicopter race across the parched desert, jumping over the occasional mud-roofed dwelling, skimming across the tops of sparse trees,

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A “Gamers’ Manifesto” & RPG World-Building

I have a feeling everyone else has already seen this. But just in case, here’s a link for you today: A Gamers’ Manifesto. It’s the most hysterical AND accurate screed I’ve ever seen about the state of computer gaming. I

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