Bash: A Tale of Serving Heroes (1)

I’ve decided to try putting up some of the little things I’m working on, since I seem to be unable to conjure up blog topics every week.

“Thank you for calling Bash, my name is Alexander, how can I help you?”
“I am Sir Harold of Misra and my sword isn’t working.”
“Ok Sir Harold, how isn’t your sword working?”
“It’s just not working.”
“Is it not cutting? Is it a flaming sword?”
“No, it’s not a flaming sword. And yes it still cuts fine.”
“Ok sir, so how is the sword not working?”
“If I knew I wouldn’t be calling you.”
“RRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH”
“Sir, is that a dragon?”
“Yes, I’m trying to use this stupid ice sword on this dragon, but it’s not freezing it.”
“Sir did you say it’s an ice sword?”
“Yes, I just said that.”
“And it’s not freezing the dragon?”
“Yes, I said that too.”
“Sir, ice dragons can’t be frozen with our ice swords.”
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Gettin’ Stuff Done

I may not have written as much as I’d care to over the past year or so of my hiatus, but you can bet your sweet bippy I haven’t been sitting idle either.  Between 56 games, 15 shows or movies and 16 books, I’ve been consuming fiction like it’s going out of fashion.

All with the help of lists!  Yeah, not every post here is going to be a winner.

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Vastness

Space is really cool.

Really, it’s super cool.  It’s actually one of my favorite “settings.”  It has pretty much all the elements of a good setting and really gives you room to tell a great story.  I’ll tell you why it’s in quotes though, since it takes a bit of talking. Continue reading

Slaughterhouse Five

I really wanted to do Shadow of the Colossus.  I really did.

But I decided we’d had a lot of games lately, so maybe it was time to talk about a book.  And why Slaughter House Five?

Because it’s an awesome story about a man being taken by aliens and coming loose from time.

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“Only You” Stories

I’m going to jump right into this: I don’t think characters should be special snowflakes.  They can be special, unique, more or less important than others, etc. but I hate the idea that they have an intrinsic, and unique, purpose in the story.  ONLY THEY can pull the sword from the stone!  ONLY THEY can climb this mountain!  ONLY THEY can tell a guy a joke and make him laugh.

It’s dumb, lazy and I don’t like it. Continue reading

No Limit Fallacy

I’ve been going on and on about big things.  Big villains, tough heroes, over the top craziness.  But you know what kills me?  What drags a story down into the mud before leaving a hunk of lead in its proverbial brain?

Not putting limits on things.  I’m sure reading that makes you roll your eyes if you read my breathless gushing for Gurren Lagann and actually watched it. Continue reading