Author Archives: Rii the Wordsmith

About Rii the Wordsmith

An aspiring author, artist, avid consumer of storytelling medium, gamer, psychologist (insomuch as one with her bachelor's is a psychologist), wife, mother, DM, Christian, a friend to many, and, most importantly, an evil overlord.

To Empathize with Nazis

A friend sent me an article about mindflayers in D&D and an analysis on what the lead designer Mike Mearls said about the tremendously evil creatures ability to garner empathy, or at least sympathy. The short of it was that … Continue reading

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Foiled (achoo!) Again!

“I didn’t write a blog post today,” I sigh to my husband yesterday, not complaining about anything so much as that the day was continuing in its not-so-great course. Not only did it start when the baby woke me with … Continue reading

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Personality vs Competence

So your villain is scheming and he comes up with some sort of awesome plan, but the plan has a pretty big hole in it, and you run it by your sounding board people and they point out the hole … Continue reading

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re: Fear, and the Meaning of Courage

Just a little thought on fear, a follow-up after talking about failing your courage check (to use D&D terms): Courage is, in my opinion, not about the absence of fear; courage is being afraid and doing it anyway. And I … Continue reading

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Jumanji’s Van Pelt

This is a guest post from Tyler, Rii’s husband, who has strong feelings about Van Pelt: Rii and I recently watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It was a lot better than I ever expected a sequel made 23 years … Continue reading

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The Pants are a Lie

If you’ve ever participated in NaNo, you’ve probably heard of the term “pantsing” in a different context than pulling someone’s pants down. “Pantsing” is a short hand for “writing by the seat of your pants” in opposition to outlining and … Continue reading

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Do Babies Dream of Milkless Sheep?

Sometimes when a baby is sleeping, they pull this fantastically upset face like they’re going to start bawling, and might make a noise. Then their face fades to neutral cute sleeping baby and they might take a shudder breath before … Continue reading

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Power Creep

Last week I brought up the food chain of badassery and how to execute it, but even if you successfully execute it, you can still run into another serious problem. It’s the same problem most Shonen anime/manga run into. And … Continue reading

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The Food Chain of Badassery

I picked up Monster Hunter: World, which starts you in on fighting some low-level monsters that aren’t even proper “large” monsters, called Jagras. You next hunt a big version of them called a Great Jagras and the guy really gives … Continue reading

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Ye Can’t Get Ye Flask

In Dungeons and Dragons, many actions a playing character might like to perform are what we call a “skill check”, and the success is determined in part by the roll of a twenty sided die, or D20. If you roll … Continue reading

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