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Read this month

Yesterday I wrote a bit about not writing reviews anymore. But I still definitely want to hightlight *what* I am reading and since I’m busy packing up books right now I figured I should mention some work I’ve recently read before it disappears into a cardboard void.

I had a backlog of unread On Spec Magazine issues but I’m now caught up, having read On Spec #84, #85, #86, and #87.

Some fantastic stories in these. I think issue #85 in particular may have just become my favorite On Spec issue, at least in the past few years. Though I am also partial to #87 since I have a story appearing in that.

I also read Tales of the Talisman V, Issue 3 (Winter 2009/2010 — yeah, I know, I’m behind in my reading). Some good stories and some really good stories. Worth checking out.

In Neo-Opsis 21 I particularly liked Patty Jansen’s story ‘Santiago Dawn’ but there’s other strong tales here too, with quite a range of subject matter.

I also read Tesseracts Fourteen (Tesseracts is a long-standing Canadian anthology). Some fantastic stories in here… well worth the read, especially if you enjoy weird fiction.

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.


  • Mordi Peshkess

    Hrm. I shell check them out. Reading through the A Clash of Kings right now and I need some light reading… :P

    Off topic: WHat do you think about the¬†announcement¬†that Baldur’s Gate I & II are getting a remake AKA Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition. If you have no idea what I am talking about here a link.¬†

  • Mordi Peshkess

    I am too but I don’t envy any of them if it uses the 2nd Edition AD&D rule set…lol. let them learn to deal with the crazy attribute system and THACO and negative AC. DAMN IT. I had to teach it to myself. I still get¬†migraine¬†thinking about it.¬†

  • Mordi Peshkess

    Good luck I say. Took me well over a week to figure that one. Math is NOT for me. I looked it last night and it also reminded me  how fraking insane the attribute system was. 

    However, once it clicked it was awesome and it made me feel smart. However, I still get a headache trying to think about it. I think they’ll do well to use the system that was used in Icewind Dale II. I remember it being a modified/real time version of 3rd Ed. I don’t remember much of that game but I do remember enjoying the combat.¬†

    I think a app would be a great idea espacilly for people who will be coming from 4th Ed. I was amazed to find out just how many D&D players just have no¬†familiarity¬†with the AD&D rule set. All they knew was that it was complicated. I guess I can understand that if you’re coming from 4th Ed, which bring me to my question.

    Have you had any¬†experience¬†with 4th Ed? I played it myself and it’s ok but a bit too simple for my taste but I do see how people would be leaning more to that system.

    PS: I am throughly enjoying that read list. Bookmarked them for future reading.

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