Author | alymonster

An all-around nerd of supreme magnitude, Aly's folks used to get her to agree to extra housework by asking while her nose was stuck in a book. At age 16, Aly officially became a gamer, after letting her best friend convince her to give RPGs "a try". (Aly still role-plays; her best friend doesn't.) During her "misspent youth", Aly studied history, watched Star Wars more times than she could count, helped her mother catalog their Star Trek episode collection using their brand new and astonishingly fast 46K home computer (ooh, ahh), learned how to fence, and generally made life educational for the people around her. What a horrible girl.

Aly Condon can be found in Oakland, California, where she spends her time reading, crafting, watching geek-TV, playing console games, petting her cats, watering her massive houseplant collection, and doing lots and lots of roleplaying. Additionally, she has an East Asian Medicine private practice, which not only delights her, it pays the bills.

Burning Wheel Revised Edition Review

Posted on March 16, 2009 by

Burning Wheel Fantasy Roleplaying System (BW) isn’t like other RPGs. Yes, that first sentence is maddening; “What is BW like, then?!” you shout, frustrated. Let me sum up…

First off, Burning Wheel is a story-driven game. Kept simple, the rules are astonishingly playable, with sample-of-play threads written throughout the main book and the supplements that remind the GM and the players that they are sharing a story that they tell together. The entire point is to be fun; well, isn’t that the point of hobbies?

Review by Aly Condon


Old Man’s War Fiction Review

Posted on October 13, 2008 by

“I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”

Chances are, if you read a webzine such as this one, that you’ve been around the internets long enough to have heard of John Scalzi. Either you’ve viewed the ever-famous picture of his cat with bacon taped to it, or you’ve spotted his blog, “Whatever”. Spotting Scalzi isn’t hard: he writes, anything, a lot of it.

Ah, but have you read his fiction? No? Do so.

Review by Aly Condon


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