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Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian spells written in Coptic have been deciphered. Cool inspiration for rpgs and world building. [Continue]

Gender Roles and Women in Power: An Uncomfortable Fiction

Gender Roles and Women in Power: An Uncomfortable Fiction

One game designer's fantasy setting plays with gender roles and has women, rather than men, in the position of dominant power in a society. Why the upset responses from some male readers? Some thoughts on the subject. [Continue]

Five Ways to Overthrow a Kingdom in Fictional Settings – Part 1

Five Ways to Overthrow a Kingdom in Fictional Settings – Part 1

Need to overthrow a kingdom in a story or game setting? Here are five ways to do so, in a 5-part series. Part 1 talks pros and cons of armed conflict and 3 things to keep in mind if you go that route. [Continue]

Lodging With the Locals

Lodging With the Locals

Fantasy writers can take a lesson from this fact: When public accommodations were not available, travelers had to turn to local folk for overnight lodgings. [Continue]

Women Warriors and Chest Size: Three Factors to Consider

Women Warriors and Chest Size: Three Factors to Consider

It's a fact: women fighters have breasts. Here are three things to consider when dealing with female anatomy in rpgs and fantasy settings. [Continue]

RPG Game Design: Building a World that Works

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. [Continue]

How to Build a Better Power Struggle: Forget Good Versus Evil

How to Build a Better Power Struggle: Forget Good Versus Evil

"Good versus evil" is overrated as a dramatic structure or device. Here's why, and why a focus on power dynamics is a great alternative instead. [Continue]

COGs in the Machine: Shallow Bad Guys

Why do 'bad guy' encounters often feel repetitive, derivative, or shallow, especially in rpgs and CRPGs, but also in much genre fiction? The "COG" model explains that dynamic, and suggests how to stop it from dragging our stories down. [Continue]

RPG theory & game design online

Mendel Schmiedekamp's RPG Theory Review blog is a great place for discussion of game theory. In 2009 I'll be running an interactive "storygame", which brings me close to ARG or alternative reality gaming. This reminds me of Mark Keavney's City of If [Continue]

Lodgings in Fantasy Settings: Where Do Adventurers Spend the Night?

Lodgings in Fantasy Settings: Where Do Adventurers Spend the Night?

Characters in rpg adventures and fantasy novels routinely spend the night at the local inn. The historical truth is rather more challenging than that. [Continue]

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Author Deborah Teramis Christian


Teramis wrote her first book at age 9, but like all good literary lizards has taken her time charging upon the market. Finally in a situation where she can write full time, she is becoming the Dragon, Unleashed, or a close facsimile thereof. Roar, said the saur.

Teramis On the Web

Alternate History Weekly Update - Guest Blogging

MilSciFi Interview - re "Live Fire" in No Man's Land

New Books


This military science fiction anthology contains "Live Fire," Christian's Tiptree Award-nominated short story set in the Sa'adani Empire, the setting of her science fiction novels. Now available at Amazon in print and Kindle editions.