For a couple of years a good friend of mine has been telling me about sites in Morocco that have been used as sites for shooting scenes for the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” particularly ones in desert or exotic settings. It was thus a pleasure for me not just to recently visit the sprawling North African nation and spend 10 days there but to visit the seaside city of Essaouira, which has served as the real-world basis for Slaver’s Bay and the city of Astapor.

Never, perhaps, has such an OK book been so reviled as has Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick’s dystopian tale of what it means to be human in a post-apocalyptic world. It is not a great book, certainly, and not even an especially good one, but it is by no means terrible or, one would think, likely to inspire any extreme emotions.

On the Game Blender Challenge episode of "d-Infinity Live!" each of the co-hosts was given three randomly-selected games or game books from the shelves of their colleagues and had to create, on the fly, a treatment for an original role-playing game using elements from them. (In the image above, an actualized Ammonite player character participates in the destruction of Smallville H.S.

One of the things that makes the “d-Infinity Live!” challenge episodes challenging is that each participant is not just trying to create something, they are competing against other clever people who are endeavoring to do the same. So, it behooves us to go beyond what we otherwise might and do something that is going to stand out compared with the other creations that are going to be publicly presented. 

Following is a piece I initially wrote a little more than four years ago but which I have updated and expanded in response to our recent "d-Infinity Live!" episode on Vermin, to include recapping some of my comments during the show. 

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