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Many tabletop role-playing enthusiasts had to make big changes to their playstyles in 2020. Whether it meant suspending long-running games, moving to virtual play sessions, or playing more with those they lived with, it’s been a challenging time to get a fix of that dice-rolling goodness.Read More
Working through the Fantasy Religion Design Guide, our first step is to decide on the scope of religions on the world we are creating.Read More
Depending on your campaign setting idea, in the early stages you may only need a bare minimum of details about your religion.Read More
It’s an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto to Indianapolis. And the route, which takes me through Sarnia, Detroit, Toledo and Fort Wayne, is far from scenic. But Gen Con is the biggest boardgame convention in North America, and there’s no direct flight between the two cities.Read More
Tabletop RPGs provide some of the most memorable experiences you can have at the table, whether it's cheering at a clutch dice roll, gasping after a dramatic payoff or laughing at the charming antics of Tim the Goblin.Read More
A lifelong bookworm and a fantasy geek, Sarah Chaffee had for years admired Dungeons & Dragons from afar. “In the culture I grew up in,” she says, “it was very much like, ‘D&D is devil worship.Read More
The idea of artificial general intelligence as we know it today starts with a dot-com blowout on Broadway.Read More
After several years of escalating tension between workers and management at Google, Google workers have publicly launched a unionization effort—a critical step in an industry where labor has become increasingly organized.Read More
Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything.Read More
The funding model that made Silicon Valley a global hub excels at creating a certain kind of innovation—but the pandemic has exposed its broader failures. I felt bad asking Zack Gray to repeat his story. He was used to it, he said.Read More
Messaging app Telegram is under pressure to crack down on an AI bot that generated tens of thousands of non-consensual images of women on its platform.Read More
Bianca Riemer remembers sitting through her first unconscious bias training course in 2011, as a stock market analyst at Morgan Stanley.Read More
My curated recommended articles on linguistics, natural language processing and interactive fiction.
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2020 was quite the year for science fiction, but it wasn’t all about escaping to other worlds.Read More
This article was featured in One Great Story, New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. I worked at various start-ups for eight years beginning in 2010, when I was in my early 20s. Then I quit and went freelance for a while.Read More
A program that can automate website development. A bot that writes letters on behalf of nature. An AI-written blog that trended on Hacker News. Those are just some of the recent stories written about GPT-3, the latest contraption of artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI.Read More
The AI is the largest language model ever created and can generate amazing human-like text on demand but won't bring us closer to true intelligence. “Playing with GPT-3 feels like seeing the future,” Arram Sabeti, a San Francisco–based developer and artist, tweeted last week.Read More
An insight into the way machines make meaning. A few years ago I used an algorithm to help me write a science fiction story.Read More