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A Beginners Guide to Magic A Beginners Guide to Magic

Well Game of Thrones is over for another...*squints at calendar*, really? Wow ok...two years, so with this rich seam of fictional magic out of our lives for a while, let’s talk about the real thing.

The New Worlds and
Strange Visions...of Twitter. The New Worlds and Strange Visions...of Twitter.

Twitter at its worst can be a truly dark place, filled with Nazis, trolls, and the incoherent ranting of a tangerine Mussolini, but it is also home to some quite amazing little pockets of wonder…

The Internet Has Lied To You (You're Shocked, I Know) The Internet Has Lied To You (You're Shocked, I Know)

We’ve all seen articles (on io9 no less!) or even entire blogs dedicated to the strange Victorian practice of posing dead bodies in standing positions so they can look alive for one last photograph but...did they?

Time Commanders S3 Ep1. Time Commanders S3 Ep1.

Yes, it’s the return of BBC’s Time Commanders, last seen on our screens way back in 2005.

Better Uses of Westworld than Red Dead Redemption LARPing. Better Uses of Westworld than Red Dead Redemption LARPing.

I’ve enjoyed this season of Westworld and I’m looking forward to the next one in 2018 (the gap presumably needed to negotiate the rights to another four Radiohead songs) but one thing bothered me throughout the series...was “recreate the old west” really the best thing Arnold and Ford could think of?

Peter Vaughan 1923-2016 Peter Vaughan 1923-2016

2016 continues to 2016 us today with the death of veteran British actor Peter Vaughan, known most recently for the role of Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones (a role he only retired from this year), but he has been a frequent face in genre film and television for many decades.

Gather
Round The Fire, It’s The Sunday Open Thread! Gather Round The Fire, It’s The Sunday Open Thread!

Tonight marks 350 years since London (or at least a large section of it) was reduced to ash in the Great Fire taking with it 13,000 building but, remarkably, claiming only six lives.

Monday Fiction Prompt or: The Only Reasonable Use For This Terrible Terrible Idea

On the island appearance, above all else, was of paramount importance, streets were lined with lighting which mimicked Victorian gas-lamps and artificial trees were dotted onto every corner. The base of each looming concrete tower was clad in brick and featured rows of endearing shopfronts; a florist, a bakers, a…

OBSERVATION DECK SUMMER GAME JAM! (Prompt and Sign Up) OBSERVATION DECK SUMMER GAME JAM! (Prompt and Sign Up)

Well, it’s August tomorrow so here we are, time for the launch of the first annual* Odeck Game Jam! Just follow me over the jump for prompts, rules (or a lack there of) tips, suggestions, and to sign up…

Looking Forward to Remakes. Looking Forward to Remakes.

People are very negative about film remakes, and to an extent this is understandable, there have been some bloody awful ones over the course of film history but there are also plenty which are good, or great, or that many people forget are remakes at all.

Superman IV As It Was Meant To Be Seen... Superman IV As It Was Meant To Be Seen...

...reenacted shot for shot without a budget.

Observation
Deck Summer Game Jam! (How to take part even if you’ve no idea what
you’re doing) Observation Deck Summer Game Jam! (How to take part even if you’ve no idea what you’re doing)

I’m thinking of running something fun for the Summer here at the Odeck...a Game Jam! I’ll put up a prompt at the end of the month and anyone wanting to take part has the whole of August to make a game!

Tiny
Utopias: Fort Brian (Firewatch)   Tiny Utopias: Fort Brian (Firewatch)  

Welcome to the second of this clearly in no way regular series about fictional places. Last time we visited a world in the stars, this time we’re going somewhere a little closer to home.

BASTARD BOWL 2016
(Team sheets) BASTARD BOWL 2016 (Team sheets)

Yes there are only a few days remaining until Game of Thrones’ inaugural* Bastard Bowl, the focus of this seasons traditionally epic episode 9. Now that we’ve all had a few days to soak in last weeks episode, it’s time for a nice round of predictions, guesses, and non-monetary gambling**!

That
Probably Wasn’t A Deus Ex Machina That Probably Wasn’t A Deus Ex Machina

About a year ago I was directed to this bit of writing by Andrew Ellard, regarding the over and misuse of the term “deus ex machina” by people criticising screen-writing. It’s been making its way around my head again recently after a string of critiques of the “Everything Wrong With” video essay style, which have a…

Tiny Utopias: Alien Planet (Orchids To Dusk) Tiny Utopias: Alien Planet (Orchids To Dusk)

Welcome to Tiny Utopias a (hopefully?) reoccurring series looking at interesting, intimate and often interactive, fictional places.

Game of Thrones Nitpick of the Midseason... Game of Thrones Nitpick of the Midseason...

Yes, it’s the show with dragons and ice zombies and wargs and elves (but we’re not calling them elves but they are elves just admit it) and I am going to nitpick about the accuracy of a single moment in episode one of this season...just...go with it ok?

Sunday Open Thread...Procrasty Is A Gleeful Dork Edition. Sunday Open Thread...Procrasty Is A Gleeful Dork Edition.

Some of you had The Force Awakens to lovingly massage your nostalgia hungry brains last year, but now things have aligned to give me a turn at this lovely feeling of familiar yet new enjoyment!

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAYnight open thread SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAYnight open thread

Thanks to a combination of a family outing (to scenic Chichester, see above) and yesterdays call for new Thursday’s Tales submissions I’m feeling bad about having been so lax about doing any creative writing over the last few years so am now endeavouring to put into words a story I’ve been rolling around my head for…

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