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How to read poetry like a professor

Since retiring from his professorship at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he taught literature and writing for nearly 30 years, Thomas Foster has made a fruitful career writing instructive books about how we ought to read. With How to Read Literature Like a Professor, which he revised in …

Creative Writing

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz; Blackfish City by Sam J Miller; The Wolf by Leo Carew; The Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones and The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell<p><b>Autonomous</b> (Orbit, £8.99) is the debut novel from Annalee Newitz, a science journalist and co-founder of the SF …

Books

The Six Best Science Fiction Novels Of 2018 (According To The Hugo Awards)

Image: Tor Books<p>Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for …

Science Fiction

16 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this April

Stories about people with special abilities, Mars, and interstellar talent shows<p>Last month, I picked up <i>The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies</i><i>,</i> a new book by <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter Ben Fritz. Fritz looks closely at the rise of prestige TV shows like <i>Game of Thrones</i> and <i>Breaking Bad</i>, …

Books

Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of April 2018

Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of <i>The Best Science Fiction of the Year</i>, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World …

Books

Finally, A Tool For Figuring Out How To Jump In Dungeons & Dragons

<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> has some complex rules, and a studious fan has created a tool to help you figure out exactly how jumping works.<p>There are a few …

Dungeons and Dragons

The best board games of 2017, as chosen by the Board Game Geek community

The largest global community of tabletop fans weighs in<p>The members of Board Game Geek, the largest online community of board game fans, have selected the winners of the 2017 Golden Geek Awards. This year the big winner is <i>Gloomhaven</i>, the diceless dungeon crawler.<p>Other award-winning titles include <i>The</i> …

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

In <b>The Gone World</b> by Tom Sweterlitsch (Headline, £14.99), NCIS agent Shannon Moss looks into the murder of a family and the abduction of their teenage daughter: the prime suspect is a Navy Seal who was lost on a deep space mission years earlier. Agent Moss works on a black ops programme that …

Books

Worldbuilding: World Anvil is a Haven for Writers and Homebrew Content

Last month I looked at three realm <b>worldbuilding</b> and homebrew programs and websites and among those was <b>World Anvil</b>. In the article I had looked …

Board Games

4 great places to get free art for RPGs

<i>This guest post is from Chris Tregenza, the creator of the 6d6 RPG, and helps game designers, bloggers and even GMs find suitable artwork for their</i> …

Alternatives to Identify for D&D Magic Items

If a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons spell could be considered a public enemy, <i>identify</i> would probably be No. 2 on the list for anybody trying to …

Era of Digital D&D Homebrew and Worldbuilding

Over the last few years Dungeons & Dragons has started to evolve into the digital landscape. It started briefly with fourth edition <b>D&D</b> with the hope …

The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup

Alastair Reynolds excels at world building – his impressive backlist attests to that – but he’s also a master at constructing complex technological, far-future societies peopled by fully rounded characters. In <b>Elysium Fire</b> (Gollancz, £14.99), the Glitter Band is a vast ring of spatial habitats …

Books

6 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP - Riveted

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. For some reason, I never wanted to pick up a book set …

Books

Why I’m Here – Part Two: Some Thoughts on Old Books and Appendix N

Four years ago, I posted an explanation of what I’m trying to do with my reviews for <i>Black Gate</i>. My stated goal was, and remains, to be someone who …

Books

Mike Brooks’ Keiko trilogy is the perfect read for fans who miss Firefly and Dark Matter

Crime and spaceships<p>If you’re a fan of TV shows about wayward starship crews taking on whatever job will keep them flying, you might be suffering though a dry spell right now, since shows like <i>Firefly</i>, <i>Farscape</i>, and <i>Dark Matter</i> are no longer running. But Mike Brooks’ <i>Keiko</i> novels could help fill the …

TV shows

One-Page Dungeons Are Proof Good Things Come In Small Packages

Dungeon Masters: Would you like to know something that may change the way you think about creating adventures, and will also help eliminate a great …

Board Games

6 Tools to Help You Build Your Own RPG Map

Are you a Dungeon Master looking to take your gaming sessions to the next level? Maybe you’ve dreamed up an entire world for your next RPG campaign, …

This Cool Webseries Teaches You How To Be A Great Dungeon Master

Whether you’ve played <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> before or not, if you’ve spent about four seconds watching <i>Critical Role</i>, it’s impossible to not feel a bit …

Board Games

New Kindle? Load it with the best sci-fi and fantasy of 2017

Here's our roundup of 2017's top science-fiction and fantasy novels.<p>Got an e-reader for the holidays? Lucky you! Welcome to a brave new world of cheaper books and the liberating convenience of slipping an entire vacation's worth of reading into your back pocket.<p>Here's our list of the 10 best …

Books

The Story of D&D Part One: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons

<i>To catch you up on the history of Dungeons & Dragons, your nerdmates at Geek & Sundry are providing you with this handy-dandy series of stories on</i> …

Board Games

The most fiendishly complex Dungeons & Dragons traps

Originally published back in 1981, <i>Grimtooth’s Traps</i> details a whopping 101 different edition agnostic traps for use in roleplaying games like …

4 Common DM Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Being a DM isn't easy. The players only have to keep track of one complete character history and roster of actions (two or three at the most), while …

Faceted Classification

D&D Worldbuilding – Getting Players to Help with RPG Creation

Over on the Nerdarchy YouTube channel, there’s a whole playlist of videos devoted to tips, advice and insight for <b>worldbuilding</b>. Creating a setting …

Board Games

These Videos Help You Go Inside the Creative Mind of a D&D Dungeon Master

Jorphdan has been doing insightful post-play video diaries for his D&D campaign.<p>We're in the middle of a massive surge of popularity for tabletop games. Whether it's the hugely popular <i>The</i> <i>Adventure Zone</i>, the extensive list of <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> streamers on Twitch, or even the Waypoint team …

Dungeons and Dragons

The Dungeons & Dragons-loving geeks who became the godfathers of gaming

The creators of Lara Croft and the Fighting Fantasy novels on how their hobby brought nerdiness into the mainstream<p>‘I have a slight bone to pick with you,’ I tell Ian Livingstone as he makes me a cup of coffee in his airy open-plan kitchen. ‘This is a bone I have been waiting to pick for, oh, 35 …

Here at the End of All Things

<i>Adrian Daub | Longreads | August 2017 | 20 minutes (5,033 words)</i>1.<i>“The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as</i> …

Maps

D&D Rules Developer's 9 Insider Hacks For Players and DMs

<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>’ lead rules designer Jeremy Crawford has a tough job. To keep the game in top form, he’s got to make sure its exhaustive ruleset …

Board Games