When I started reading I had no notion of different “genres” among the stories I read. For many years my readings were limited by a) the books I had available at home and b) the books teachers required me to read.
If I think about the most iconic characters ever, I’m quite sure that Conan—mostly known by his moniker “The Barbarian”—must be among them and, furthermore, I dare to say that he is one of the most easily recognizable and everpresent in pop culture, even to this day.
In traditional roleplaying games—i.e., in those where we have one (1) Game Master (GM) and one or more players roleplaying their player characters (PCs)—the game’s dynamic tends to be as follows.
The GM describes the situation => The PCs ask questions => The PCs propose a course of action
At this point the GM has to make a crucial decision for the game: to ask for a roll or not in order to determine whether the proposed courses of action are successful… Or not.
My first experience creating characters was when I started playing role playing games around 20 years ago. At the time, I had no idea how to approach the process. Thankfully, role playing games help you in this regard by providing you with frames of reference or archetypes you can choose from, such as “wizard”, “professor”, or “metal head vampire”.
If the undead creature could have shed tears, she would have. Instead, she opened her unblinking eyes as much as she could under the midday brilliance, and carefully observed the vista from above.
It was October 9th, 2017. As every Monday for some years now, I sat down in front of my trusty old computer—named “Narsil” because it’s as old and broken as its namesake—and started pounding the keys. I don’t remember it well, but I was probably working on some RPG related project. Then, I decided to watch—or actually listen to—some YouTube in the background. To my surprise, Matt Colville had uploaded a video entitled “The Climax of Critical Role, Season 1”. I pressed “Play” without any idea of what I was about to watch/listen to.
In his book On Writing—one of the best I’ve read on the subject—Stephen King argues that, “if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” With this, as with many of the other writing tips the native from Maine expounds on the aforementioned book, I agree.
Surrounded by the mutilated bodies of young women—side by side with corpses who had been put to rest forcefully—stood two figures, ready to end one another.