Category: Humor

Funny things

Atompunk Reading

In the Atompunk Age, manly men read books like this one, accompanied by a dry martini.

Narnia in the Real World

Last year, while researching Narnia, I found out about the existence of a Florida rock band called White Witch. I don’t know if the name was inspired by Narnia or not. But there are plenty of other musical groups and even companies who looked to Lewis for inspiration. The Australian rock band Silverchair was perhaps …

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A Devilishly Good Pizza

Fresh from Satan’s oven. (Cover art for The Bad Samaritan by Robert Barnard)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/21/21: Fill Your Bookshelf

Sometimes when you DM or write fantasy, you need to list books in a character’s library.  Books that sound obscure, magical, historical, singular. Tolkien has his imaginary Book of Redmarch, Lovecraft his Necronomicon and Pnakotic Manuscripts. Here’s a randomgenned list of some more.   Library Books, Fantasy Style A Man’s Tome of Migford Four Books …

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Even barbarian heroes get itches in the most private of places.  


These candy-colored lollipop skeletons would make any human drool. (Artwork by Jason Limon)  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 1/20/21: Animal Magic

Need some spells about animals for your campaign? Look no further.   Animal Magic Aelbun’s Annoying Sparrow: Enchants a nearby sparrow to harass an opponent by diving at it and flying in its face. Humanoid creatures will attack at -1 capacity. Blandoth’s Wrack Sea Serpent: Causes great pain in sea serpents of all kinds. Most …

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* simper *

Seena Owens as a Babylonian Empress in the silent film classic Intolerance, 1929.  

Experiments in AI-generated Writing

Over the past few years there has been a lot of attention devoted to the idea that AI — artificial intelligence —  will eventually be writing fiction. There’s tons of example in the Twitter and YouTube communities, mostly due to the efforts of comedy writer Keaton Patti, who uses predictive text to compose random, hilarious …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/16/20: Christmas Characters

Santa, and Father Christmas and Sinter Klaas before him, is the penultimate character representing Christmas spirit, but he has many helpers. In Germany, there’s his evil counterpart Krampus, and since 1823 (when A Visit from St. Nicholas — better known as The Night Before Christmas — was first published) his reindeer. In the twentieth century …

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