Gamers versus Game Designers

Gamers versus Game Designers

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OK, short rant.
I’ll make it quick, I promise.

Two days back I witnessed a lengthy discussion between roleplayers comparing the merits and flaws of two popular gaming systems*.

The thing went on for a couple of hours as the involved parties compared narrativistand simulationist approaches to the rules, whether one system “outperformed” the other, the rate of fluff and crunch in the respective…

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… and as we are at it, here’s an excellent resource:

Your Guide To Scrivener

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Scrivener - first steps

Scrivener – first steps

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Scrivener (software)

So, how’s my life after ten days of Scrivener?
Not very different from before – I’ve still got bills to pay, I’m still looking for a day job and I’ve still a lot of stuff to write.
But at least on the writing side, things are taking an interesting turn.

Let’s see.
Scrivener for Linux installed without problem – I got the 64 bit, .deb file, and it runs on my old Ubuntu machine quite smoothly.

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"Posh, posh!"

“Posh, posh!”

writing feat

I just discovered that in the Uyghur language, “make way!” translates as “posh, posh!” – a typical call from someone trying to open his way through a crowd.
In a marketplace, for instance.
Which is just what I needed to put a nice touch of color in the second chapter of my current work.


Just this – I wanted to let the world know. (more…)

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Excellent post on Theodora Goss’ blog about health and writing, and being good at both.

Staying Healthy

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An Aculeo & Amunet Spin-off?

An Aculeo & Amunet Spin-off?

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One never knows.

bobhoskinsI was putting the finishing touches on one of the Aculeo & Amunet stories that will be collected in the next A&A ebook (coming in september, barring accidents), and I noticed that a number of throwaway characters had proved to be tougher and much more fun to write about than expected.

Centurion Nennius Britannicus is a short, balding man that looks somewhat like Bob Hoskinsin my…

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Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has been the best find of the month, and I need to share it.

Choreographing violence in stories

Choreographing violence in stories

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I said I was going to take the day off, but in the end I spent a fair part of yesterday afternoon planning an choreographing a big complicated action scene in the next Aculeo & Amunet story.

The hardest part, for me, when writing A&A, is the part about the fights.
Maybe I already mentioned this.

Fact is, I don’t like violence that much, and I’m not very good at describing it in an entertaining…

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the joys of facebook

the joys of facebook

Facebook is wonderful – allowing me close interaction with science fiction and fantasy fans, it helped me re-discover my passion for crime fiction and solitude.

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other feat

Fifteenth of August.
Mid-august day.
My country locks up completely.
Nothing moves except in crowded beaches and assorted barbecue venues.
Everything’s silent, even the social networks.

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I’ll take the day off.
No stress, no nothing.
I’ve planned lunch and dinner -something light, cheap, good.
I’ve got a good book to read.
I’ve got some nice CDs should I need any background music.


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