Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokemon, Mother, Tales of, and Persona. Any fan of role playing games would do well to familiarize themselves with these series (And before any of you crawl up my ass about it, yes I consider Persona and SMT to be two different series. All the games since Persona 4 Golden have lacked the SMT name and have taken more risks with different game genres.). Over here in The West™, we have our own tradition of RPGs from Dungeons and Dragons and Mass Effect to Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. However, when I think of RPGs, I think of the turn-based combat of the first 10 Final Fantasy games and the Mother series, and not the shooter like, or strategy combat of its western peers. Though it’s very much up to personal preference, I know quite a few people who would agree with me when I say that Final Fantasy defined what RPGs are.Read More
Stories would be nothing without stakes, and by far, the most common thing at stake is a character’s life. A good story gets you invested, and can even force you to suspend your disbelief in plot armor as you dangle your heroes off a cliff. But when do you let them take the plunge? In general, that’s up to you, but at least hear what I have to say on, how and how not to kill people.Read More
Let’s talk about diversity in fiction. Now I realize a topic sentence like that might frighten those of weak constitution, but rest assured, you have nothing to fear from me. While a diverse cast is by no means a requirement to tell a good story, it must needs be remarked that having a diverse cast can provide a myriad of viewpoints from which to examine your story, and as a result, make it deeper and richer. That’s the core of what I’d like to say, but this would be an awfully short post if it ended here, so let’s set up and knock down some strawmen, shall we?Read More
The skill for writing every day is a level 63 Writer class ability that can be gained through the “Trials of the Publisher” sidequest, or by inputting the Konami code on the title page of your book.
If only...Read More
Villains and Antagonists are what push your main characters to grow and get better. They push your story ahead and will probably be your protagonists’ final boss. But making a good antagonist is easier said than done. So what goes into making a good one?Read More
Shun, Luna and Bruno leaned against the outer wall of Djastra’a. The light shining down from a golden, sunless sky. Under it, each of them felt exposed; like 1000 people were staring at them. As soon as they caught their breath, Bruno grabbed Luna.
“So let me get this straight, Queenie,” he said, holding Luna by the lapels of her robes. “You have no magic, no plan to kill Xipil, and if we leave the city, an ancient god of darkness will tear us apart. Did I miss something or did you just royally screw us!?”Read More
There’s nothing I could possibly put here to express the the depth of the sorrow I feel right now.Read More
I would describe myself as a gamer. I’ve been one almost all my life. I started when I was eight with Final Fantasy X and have continued playing games since then. I also have chronic depression. While I cannot place exactly when the depression started, I can guess it all started around the time my Pop-pop, died when I was seven. Gaming and Depression have always gone together for me. Back when I was just getting into it, my family didn’t have a game system so I just stared at the TV and watched whatever was on. Later, once I had my GBA or or Gamecube, I would play those. Fast Forward to now and I’m still basically doing the same thing.Read More
Once, long ago before the world as we know it existed, there were other people. People who, at a glance might seem similar, but the longer one stares at them, the stranger they look. Their bodies and souls were changed with the events of their lives.Read More
Good time of day everyone. Welcome to my seasonal check-in where I tell you all how I did toward my goals, and you all can feel free to share your progress in the comments. If some of you would like to see where my goals are they are in the bottom right of the homepage of my blog. Without further ado, let’s just get started.Read More
A madness crawls across the floor and climbs the walls like dark, tangled vines.
Reality warps and the vine covered walls reach inwards, toward the walls within.
All is a tangled, dark, mad world without escape or respite.
The walls within hold
For now.Read More
Fensburg was silent that night. No frogs croaked, no owls or other birds, nothing. The entire wood around the town was eerily silent, and they were all aware of it. That night, no one slept, each of them gravely aware of how much danger they were in. When they set out at dawn, it was reluctantly and with heavy eyelids.Read More
Energy crackled on Luna’s hand, and for a split second, her wings were visible. She quickly swiped her hand in front of her, leaving a trail of blood floating, marking its path. At the same time, the room rang with the sound of a gunshot, but neither fell. When the sound faded, the gun and bullet had disappeared into the void - Luna’s void - and Bruno stood there, stunned. All he could do was stare at the faint outline of Luna’s wings.Read More
“Will people even let us in?”
Shun shrugged. “Don’t know, don’t care. If anyone asks you who you are, just tell them... actually, pretend you’re a mute. I’ll do the talking.”
“And if they know what a black dragon looks like?”
“Can’t you just glamor yourself to look different?”
Luna sighed and looked away. “No, I’m actually not very good with glamors, the thing I do with my wings isn’t even technically a glamour, it’s just a dark facsimile.”
“Useless...” Shun muttered under his breath.Read More
Don’t misunderstand, I like good looking women as much as the next guy and sex is not the problem here, I’m a huge fan of Bayonetta. The issue I have here is the male gaze. Every single female Blade has large breasts, other traditionally feminine identifiers, or was designed to appeal to some specific fetish.Read More
Luna held up a hand. “The kingdoms I once ruled are no more. For the moment, I am not a queen, my chosen title is Ultima,” she placed her hand on the elder’s shoulder. “Ultima Luna,”
“Hey, Ultima Luna?” Shun called from where he stood, “Just so you know, you’re still not technically free,”Read More
“Oooh, I haven’t granted a boon in forever.”
“From what the legends say, you never did.”
“History is written by the victors. Had you been in my position, you would have seen things my way. Now would you stop pointing that sword at me? If I wanted to hurt you, I would have already.”
“Forgive me if I don’t trust the queen of darkness,” he said, brandishing the sword as he spoke.
Luna sighed and shook her head. She wound up, and then lashed out, her maw closing around the sword. With almost no effort, she bit clean through it, leaving it in pieces.Read More
A major part of worldbuilding is filling your world with unique, believable cultures and/or races. However, it is all too easy to fall into the pitfall of creating a monocultureRead More
On a black night, I walked…Read More
Gwen Kelley was a resident of the peaceful town of Sandbar for as long as she
could remember. There, she had a house, one that belonged to her parents. It was all
she had left of them, and it was where she would rest for the few hours she had to