Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

TSR's Known World
TSR’s Known World

Last month we had a look at the Top 80 Black Gate Posts of 2014, our most popular articles for all of last year.

The most popular blog posts from February include several that are guaranteed to make the Top 80 Black Gate Posts of 2015, as they garnered enough traffic last month alone to rival those near the top of our 2014 list. At the top of the heap was “The Known World D&D Setting: A Secret History,” Lawrence Schick’s fascinating reminiscence of the early fantasy world he created with Tom Moldvay that became the basis for TSR’s famed Known World campaign setting.

Second on the February list was Howard Andrew Jones’ report on the Star Trek Continues Kickstarter, “Star Trek Kickstarter Warps Ahead,” which more than doubled its $100,000 goal and secured enough funding to make two more episodes of this excellent fan-made series.

Third on the list was M Harold Page’s advice for aspiring novelists, “Writing: Why You Shouldn’t Tinker With the Beginning Until You’ve Written to the End.”

The distinguished Mr. Page had a good month, also claiming the fourth spot with “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Edmond Hamilton: Who did Douglas Adams Really Read?” And rounding out the Top Five for February was Marie Bilodeau, with her look back at classic video games like Final Fantasy II and Dragon Warrior, “Seven Lessons I Learned from RPG Games of Yore.”

The complete list of Top Articles for February follows. Below that , I’ve also broken out the most popular blog categories for the month.

The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in February were:

  1. The “Known World” D&D Setting: A Secret History
  2. Star Trek Kickstarter Warps Ahead
  3. Writing: Why You Shouldn’t Tinker With the Beginning Until You’ve Written to the End
  4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to Edmond Hamilton: Who did Douglas Adams Really Read?
  5. Seven Lessons I Learned from RPG Games of Yore
  6. Monolith’s Conan Board Game Raises Over $2 Million on Kickstarter
  7. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Best I’ve Ever Read…
  8. The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: Figures of Earth by James Branch Cabell
  9. Dual Structures in Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Stories and Robin Wayne Bailey’s Swords against the Shadowland
  10. Who You Gonna Play? – Ghostbusters: The Board Game on Kickstarter


  11. Alien Rats, Apocalyptic Nightmares, and a Horror Worse Than Ghosts: Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One
  12. Goth Chick News Catches Up With Our Favorite Comic Horror Crush: Dirk Manning
  13. Writers as Barbarian Conquerors!
  14. Future Treasures: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game
  15. The Middle Child of Editorial: An Interview with Jake Thomas, Associate Editor at Marvel Comics
  16. The Future of Fantasy: February New Releases
  17. The Recent Best: The Fantasy Catalog of Prime Books
  18. Belated Movie Review #1: 10,000 B.C.
  19. The Omnibus Volumes of Jack Vance, Part I: Planet of Adventure
  20. Poul Anderson and the Northern Mythic Tradition: An Introduction


  21. 0El Burgo de Osma: A Medieval Walled City in Spain
  22. A Neglected Classic from the Golden Age of Sword & Sorcery: H. Warner Munn’s Merlin Cycle
  23. Vintage Treasures: ATTA by Francis Rufus Bellamy/ The Brain-Stealers by Murray Leinster
  24. Destination Barsoom, Nehwon, Narnia: A Few Thoughts in Defense of Escapism
  25. The New York Times on Andrew J. Offutt
  26. New Treasures: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon
  27. Who Should Be Writing the Cthulhu Mythos Today? Announcing the Winners of Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth
  28. Twenty Years of Smart Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Tachyon Publications Catalog
  29. The Art Of Retreat, a.k.a. “Run Away, Run Away!”
  30. Vintage Treasures: Starshine by Theodore Sturgeon


  31. What Price Immortality? In Yana, the Touch of Undying by Michael Shea
  32. From Poul Anderson’s Vault of the Ages to the End of All Things
  33. Second-hand Magic, Part I
  34. Ancient Worlds: Callisto and Arcus
  35. Don’t Panic! It’s Nice to Know Douglas Adams Read Beyond Page 10!
  36. I, The Sun by Janet Morris
  37. SFWA Announces the 2014 Nebula Award Nominations
  38. Chaotic and Lawful Alignments in Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions
  39. New Treasures: California Bones and Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout
  40. January Short Story Roundup


  41. New Treasures: The Dhulyn and Parno Novels: Volume One by Violette Malan
  42. Belated Movie Review #2: Apocalypto
  43. Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1951: A Retro-Review
  44. New Treasures: Cthulhu Lives!, edited by Salomé Jones
  45. Fantasy Literature: The Orphans The Peshawar Lancers (2001) and Conquistador (2003)
  46. Vintage Treasures: Somewhere a Voice by Eric Frank Russell
  47. Vintage Treasures: Pamela Dean’s Secret Country Trilogy
  48. Michael Moorcock’s Fantasy Autobiography: The Whispering Swarm
  49. The Making of a Dark Fantasy Anthology
  50. Book Tour Tips for (Self-Published) Authors

The top categories last month were:

  1. New Treasures
  2. Books
  3. Fiction
  4. Blog entry
  5. Game Reviews
  6. Vintage Treasures
  7. Reviews
  8. Editor’s blog
  9. Magazines
  10. Art of the Genre
  11. Fashion
  12. Music
  13. Comics
  14. Conan
  15. Art
  16. Goth Chick
  17. BG Staff
  18. News
  19. Convention Report
  20. Pulp

The Top 8o Black Gate blog posts in 2014 are here, and you can see all 111 posts we made in the month of February here.

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