RPG Game Design: Building a World that Works

Gamers often create RPG campaign settings that don’t click. Here’s a look at a major game design issue that often causes this problem, and a recommended approach to set things straight. Part I of a two-part post.

The Water Leech: A Steampunk Device for Wicked North’s Westward Game

Here are some designer notes and backstory on the “water leech”, an item I recently designed for Westward, Wicked North Game’s western steampunk setting.

My Other WIP: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier

Here is some context on a work in progress I’ll be blogging about from time to time: Queen Victoria’s Transmogrifier, an alternate history and paranormal tale focused on Victorian London in a time/space where magick is real.

Urban density and world design in my science fiction book Splintegrate

As I’m working on Splintegrate, the world of Lyndir is very present in my mind. Lyndir is mentioned in my book Mainline and is the frenetic hub of culture and business in this sector. Writing about this region brings up some interesting questions about extremely dense urban space, and how people live in it. This is not the focus of Splintegrate, but I plan to write some short stories about this place when I’m done with that book.

Maps For My Fantasy World & Novels

A new section of my site has maps for my fantasy world and novels, along with background on world building, game design, and my encounter with Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Alien Blood Parasites – Defining a SF Concept

I need to define the detailed mechanism of how an alien parasite and its related disease complex works in a story I’m writing. Reader input invited.

Build a World in Five Weeks

World building is more than a hobby of mine. I’ve started the World Building Academy to teach world design to fiction writers and game designers.

World Building: Got An Opinion?

I’m looking for input on a world building survey. What are your thoughts on the subject? Comments also welcome.

Alternate History Part 2: Of Highwaymen, Ghosts, and Rural Surrey

In creating an alternate history that allows for the paranormal, I considered how the paranormal – ghosts in particular – might have affected historical events. This post takes a look at the link between highwaymen, ghosts, and rural Surrey in the 19th century.

Gay Marriage in Sa’adani Space

Gay marriage has been in the news a lot lately, but how does same-sex partnership work in Sa’adani space? This post outlines the contract-based relationships commonplace in the science fiction setting of Mainline, “Live Fire”, and related works.