Category Archives: Maps

It’s a Small Video World After All

One thing you might have noticed about video games that ostensibly show the entire world is that these worlds are really small. That’s not too surprising, especially in earlier games with limited space, but it still raises some questions. The … Continue reading

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Let Sleeping Lines Ley

Something I’ve seen mention of occasionally but didn’t really know a lot about was the concept of ley lines, which are basically invisible lines that connect significant places. Alfred Watkins, a businessman who dabbled in antiquity, came up with the … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Map Attack

On the map of the countries surrounding Oz from the Tik-Tok of Oz endpapers, L. Frank Baum included places from his non-Oz fantasies, including the as-yet-unpublished King Rinkitink that would become Rinkitink in Oz two years later. Most of these had already … Continue reading

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It Makes Me Wonder

Stairway to Oz, by Robin Hess – The author once again returns to the Nome Kingdom, an intended invasion of Oz, and transportation gates. It starts with a boy named Ryan Westerly visiting his parents in Colorado, who turn out to … Continue reading

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Baum’s Diamond Swan Song

In the past three years, I’d gotten into the habit of rereading the main Oz book of focus before OzCon, which was canceled this year. I still intended to read Glinda of Oz, but I’d been putting it off because … Continue reading

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Dragon vs. Dragon

Since I enjoyed my playthrough of Breath of Fire 2, I decided to go back (figuratively, that is), and give the first one a try. I finished it yesterday, and it wasn’t really that difficult. I did use a walkthrough … Continue reading

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The King Is a Drip!

It’s March 10, which means that it’s Mario (MAR10) Day, at least in this country. I guess elsewhere it’s Iomar Day. I write a lot about the Mario universe anyway, of course. I’m really not that good at the games, … Continue reading

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Prester Change-O

I’d seen mentions of Prester John, but I wasn’t really sure who he was. I’ve since found out he was a mythical Christian king in or near India whom the European Church saw as a potential ally against the Muslims … Continue reading

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Sticker Fun

I finished Paper Mario: Sticker Star last weekend, and I’m only just writing about it now. It’s fairly slight, especially for a role-playing game, but still pretty fun. I wrote earlier about how you can only make moves by using … Continue reading

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