The Storyteller: Observations on Walter Benjamin and Roleplaying Games

I "The art of storytelling is coming to an end. One meets with fewer and fewer people who know how to tell a tale properly."[i] So starts Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay "The Storyteller: Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov." To Benjamin, who lived through the first World War, the art (or "craft" as he … Continue reading The Storyteller: Observations on Walter Benjamin and Roleplaying Games

Invisible Sun & The History of Surrealism Pt. 1: Precursors to the Surrealists

(The Black Square. K Malevich. Source)   0 - PROLOGUE & DISCLAIMERS _____________________________ To begin, I feel I might as well explain 1) what this series is and 2) what this series is not. Just recently a new tabletop roleplaying game called Invisible Sun was released by Monte Cook Games. Composed of four books, many … Continue reading Invisible Sun & The History of Surrealism Pt. 1: Precursors to the Surrealists

The Most Alien (Excerpt from a longer work)

I've recently been planning a longer series of related posts that have required a comprehensive bit of reading, and have therefore delayed my (already quite irregular) schedule for posting. I wanted to make sure I produced something, so here is an introductory piece that I wrote in connection to a novella-in-progress. *** “The Most Alien: … Continue reading The Most Alien (Excerpt from a longer work)