Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dwarf Cleric, At Your Service

Like many of us who love SF, I play games. Hearthstone on my iPad, and Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed on my PS3/4 and Xbox are a few recent favorites. But I don’t just play video games. I also play board games (Puerto Rico), card games (Munchkin)... and RPGs.

For the past year, I’ve spent every other Wednesday night as a young Dwarf cleric, serving her goddess and searching for her place in the world. She’s settled in with a ragtag bunch of adventurers, none of whom entirely trust the others. It makes for some interesting encounters.

So far, there aren’t any romantic storylines going on in our game, but I can see one developing on the horizon. Our warden has been eyeing one of the NPCs, a rather brave young monk, with some serious admiration.

The romance obviously won’t be our primary storyline but—as with so many fantasy stories—it will likely be a subplot that feeds threads into our main adventure. Some of my favorite fantasy stories use romance as a critical subplot, like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.

Do any of your favorite stories use romance as a subplot rather than the primary storyline?

Until next time,
--Dianne Fox

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