Author Archives: Marie Brennan

About Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent and the Onyx Court series of historical fantasies. The second book of the Wilders series, Chains and Memory, is on sale now from Book View Cafe. More information can be found on her website, Swan Tower.

New Worlds: Four Seasons, or Two, or . . . ?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) “I miss seasons.” I hear this sometimes from people who move to the San Francisco Bay Area from the East Coast or the Midwest of the U.S. Truth be told, … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Natural Disasters

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When “natural disasters” wandered through my head as a possible thing to post about, I found myself thinking, Is that really a worldbuilding topic? Aren’t natural disasters more of a … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Shape of the World

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’ve been re-reading the comic book series Elfquest lately, the setting of which is usually referred to as the World of Two Moons — for the very simple and obvious … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Introduction

When I’m on a panel, or giving an interview, or answering a reader’s question, I often find myself saying that I’m “putting on my Anthropologist Hat.” You see, I spent ten years studying anthropology — first as an undergrad, then … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Conclusion

The Dice Tales column has been running since the beginning of the year; now it’s time to bring it to a close. All the posts will remain available here on Book View Cafe, though spam prevention measures mean the comment … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: RPGs as Ritual

(This is the forty-seventh installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** The Dice Tales series is nearly done, but before I close it out, I want to bring up one thing that may … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Other Relics

(This is the forty-sixth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** I used to work as an archaeologist. People think that field is all about finding Stuff: graves, tools, buildings. But the truth … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: A Story in Song

(This is the forty-fifth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** There’s another kind of game record that I think may be, if not unique to my own circle of gamers, then decidedly … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: The Magic of Wikis

(This is the forty-fourth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** Last week we talked about the ephemerality of game narratives and what you would have to do in order to record one … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Ephemerality

(This is the forty-third installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** When I was studying RPGs in graduate school, I assembled a list of terms to describe the narratives they create. We already … Continue reading

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