Monthly Archives: October 2016

Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose – The Cave of Illusions

I mentioned the Cave of Illusions a while ago. This post will detail some of my original notes for the location and its associated roguelike project, as well as some of my new plans for the entire thing.

The original Cave of Illusions project only featured one dungeon (the titular Cave of Illusions), which was meant to have as many as 65,535 floors. It featured a single player character, whose gender you could choose (note that gender only affected dialogue). Two NPCs, a mother and her daughter, helped guide you in your quest to the bottom of the Cave of Illusions.

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Off-topic post: Are the days of hard science fiction numbered?

While this isn’t a post about Innocence Seekers, as a speculative fiction writer I feel the need to address this topic. One of the challenges of writing plausible science fiction is the need to ensure that every parameter of the setting conforms to well-accepted scientific theories. Indeed, this was easier around the turn of the 20th century, when scientists were discovering element after element, particle after particle, and conceiving many now-proven theories. However, the pace of new discoveries has slowed, and what we do have is, to be frank, quite restrictive. This blog post will detail my thoughts about the future of realistic science fiction with respect to real science.

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Innocence Seekers: The Black Rose – Waystones

In this blog post, I will be discussing the waystones. Waystones are magical objects created by alchemy which bind points in space and time together. Invented in 2008, they provide the main means of interstellar transportation for humanity. Although travel via waystones is slower than the previous method of using Portal Monoliths, it is a lot safer (waystones do not come with the risk of spawning monsters, unlike Portal Monoliths).

There are three general types of waystones: primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary waystones form the “root” of a waystone network. Secondary waystones denote specific points in the galaxy, and must be bound to a gravity well (typically that of a star). Tertiary waystones are not bound to a gravity well, and are the waystones which permit interstellar travel between secondary waystones.

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Off-topic post: Anime I watched and am watching (sixth post)

Another season of anime, another post detailing what I’ve watched. Whether you’re watching the leaves turn red up in the north, or seeing new leaves grow in the south, it’s time for me to mention the new anime coming out this season. For this post I will speak about my first impressions for a select number of new anime, and this post will be updated over time. A word of warning, though: even though I’m only going to mention the first episode of each anime in this post, there may be spoilers.

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