Berin Kinsman Author | Game Designer | Publisher

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Your Anecdote Contradicts My Data

99% of the arguments I’ve been avoiding are really pissing contests over who has better facts. This often boils down to how my interpretation of the facts is better then yours, because I’m more...

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: The RPG

It’s got everything an RPG needs.  An ancient warrior race. A hero of myth and legend. Magic and technology in opposition. Adventure and humor in equal parts. Robots and elves as character options. 50...

Writing

The Structure of Tragedy

I’m currently reading Aristotle’s Poetics. This is where Aristotle coined the word “catharsis” to describe the effects of tragedy on the spectator. It’s part of the structure of tragedy outlined in the work. He was...

Writing

Literary Composition by H.P. Lovecraft

First published in the January, 1920 issue of The United Amateur, Literary Composition by H.P. Lovecraft is the horror master’s advice to young and aspiring writers.  Literary Composition by H.P. Lovecraft In a former article...

Writing

The Lester Dent Master Pulp Fiction Plot

Lester Dent, better known by the pen name Kenneth Robeson, was a prolific writer during the Golden Age of pulp magazines.  He wrote the bulk of the Doc Savage series, as well as many...

Web Stuff

Better Connections with Readers

After I wrote Why The Comments Are Closed, I started getting a lot of email. I’m responding to all of it, and will probably take me a few days to get caught up, but...

Web Stuff

Why The Comments Are Closed

Every bit of conventional wisdom put forth by “professional bloggers” states that in order to build an audience, you have to engage with the audience. Okay, fair enough. In order to engage with the...

Writing

“You Should Write A Book”

It’s a cliche, really. It happens to everyone at some point, I’m convinced of it. You’re having dinner with friends, or at a family gathering, and people are swapping stories. You tell some of yours,...

Life

World Domination Proceeds Apace

When I was in art school I had a roommate that I’ll call Victor. He was about a decade older than me, a generally nice guy, funny, intelligent, and full of incredibly useful advice....

Geek Stuff

Cyber Monday RPG Sale

Cyber Monday is such a silly appellation. We get it, people shop online after the sales at the brick-and-mortar stores are over. But cyber? Cyber? Ugh. Does your VCR still flash “12:00″ over and...

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