|Tof Eklund is a gender-queer writer, critic and scholar. After a bookish childhood obsessed with Tolkien and The Muppets, ze went on to complete zir Doctorate in English at the University of Florida with a dissertation on visual narrative in Comic Books and Video Games. Tof Now teaches Creative Writing at Full Sail University while continuing to work on both scholarly and creative projects. Zir interests include feminist and gender theory, strategy games, and line art. Tof lives in Orlando with zir amazing wife, crazy-cute toddler, and aging cat.|
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
The 131 Preview Review takes on something a wee Bit Different... The Unconventional Dwarf With Dr. Tof Eklund for #MondayBlogs
The 131 Preview Review Presents
|The Unconventional Dwarf is the first in a series of books intended to bring role playing into the 21st century by taking it back to its roots and questioning its fundamental assumptions. The Unconventional Dwarf will show some of the ways to make a game unique, to re-ground fantasy in real-world myths and logical consistency, while also renewing that lost sense of wonder. Each of the Dwarven societies presented herein have familiar traits, but in new contexts and they all overturn certain aspects of Dwarves a you know them in favor of an original and consistent society inspired by everything from Ancient Sparta, Imperial Rome, and the Amazons to cave-diving, celebrity culture, and even the naked mole rat. Whether looking for a concept for the next character, working on developing a world for the next session, seeking inspiration for a game design project, or simply looking for a good read, it is our hope that these pages will inspire, amuse and maybe challenge you.|
Well That should wet the palette.....
Monday, February 10, 2014
Happy Birthday to me and the 131 Preview Review
That's captain obvious for you!
The In Dreams... Series, The Roads Trilogy, is the accumulation of almost eight years of writing. Begun in 2006 after a D&D campaign
ended S.I.Hayes took the world and created the Unavoidable Road. It took five years as
Shannon spent many months at a time in an undiagnosed Bi-Polar fog.
In 2010, she finally found the help she needed and she has been writing feverishly ever since
The first book wast over 130,000 words, so she decided that it needed to be smaller if only tonot scare readers away form an unknown book that was so thick.
Thus the first trilogy was born.