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Pure Ecstasy:A Science Fiction Short Story

I thought this post had best have a nice picture at the top. It's tangentially linked to the story

I thought this post had best have a nice picture at the top. It’s tangentially linked to the story

I wrote a short story for the Wells Literature Festival competition. Chances are I’ll never hear back so in the interests of getting my work recognised to some small degree I’m posting it here. I fear some of the important points of the narrative may have been lost when I had to mercilessly cut the word count to less than 2000. Similarly, some points may have been under-explained. Let’s hope not though. I present to you ‘Pure Ecstasy’.

“Do you believe that happiness can exist without suffering, A-Mov?” Alma asked as she slumped across the table, staring at the tissue box on her desk, contemplating why she had allowed it to remain when she no longer sneezed.

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Morality Plays-Being the Good Guy in Tabletop RPGs and the Trouble of GMing for Psychopaths

Never let the GM force you to be a terrible person

Never let the GM force you to be a terrible person

Much has been said about the fun one can have whilst embracing their darker side in an entirely fictional setting, be it in a choice-driven video game or a tabletop RPG. As the old adage goes, it can be good to be bad, especially when your insistence on flamethrowering the knowledgeable prisoner actively hinders your fellow players’ mission. I speak here though in defense of the saint, the hero, the martyr, those characters so committed to doing what they feel is the right thing that they would sooner surrender themselves than see people hurt. Making people that are ‘nice’ goes against our usual fantasies of no nonsense badasses and in any other fiction an impossibly noble hero would be criticised, but in an RPG the narrative can adapt to exploit their conscience. It’s up to the GM to challenge the moral compass of the character, and often the player.

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