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Fantasy Round 45: The Time of the Dark

2016/05/30 Leave a comment

I recently read The Time of the Dark — one of Barbara Hambly‘s books.

It’s one of her earlier books, so the plot is a little bit less complex (although the characters are still excellent).

I wouldn’t be writing about it here, except that for one interesting question that came to me while I was reading it: why are people transported into fantasy realms so often instant experts?

There are newer versions of this cover, but I still like this one with the wizard drinking a can of beer.

There are newer versions of this cover, but I still like this one with the wizard drinking a can of beer.

In this particular novel, two characters get drawn from our world into a conflict in a parallel reality.  One of them is a graduate student, and the other is an artist.  Each of them picks up a big skill shortly after they arrive in the new world of magic.

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Fantasy Round 44: Divinity Original Sin

2016/05/21 Leave a comment

I’ve been playing my way through Divinity: Original Sin, which is a pretty excellent role-playing game.

It’s been ages since I bought it, and I still haven’t managed to get through all the content.  Nonetheless, I thought I’d write a few words about the game, why it’s entertaining, and a small items that didn’t work as well for me.

These are the two default protagonists. They are also kind of scary.

These are the two default protagonists. They are also kind of scary.

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