I keep hunting for themes when I tabulate the most popular articles on this website every month. But you Black Gate readers, you’re inscrutable. One month you want all the secrets of writing fantasy trilogies, the next it’s all about the origins of Dungeons and Dragons. Seriously, I’d love to know what articles I should be planning for this blog… but after seven years like this, I give up.
Well, I suppose it’s good that you have diverse interests, anyway. And you sure have great taste in writers and books.
Take last month for example. The number one article for the month was a guest post from author Harry Connolly, author of “The Whoremaster of Pald” and Game of Cages, examining Attack Novels — those story ideas that a writer can’t stop thinking about.
Number two on the list was M Harold Page’s review of Campaign Cartographer 3 Plus, a terrific new fantasy cartography tool for creating your own magical kingdom.
And the number three article at BG last month was M Harold Page’s look at history as the bedrock of fantasy: “The History Manifesto and Sweeping Histories.”
Fourth on the list was our report on a recent attempt to reboot SSI’s famed Gold Box games using Kickstarter, followed by Thomas Parker’s heartfelt remembrance of a great American actor, “Leonard Nimoy Saved My Life.” And sixth was Elizabeth Cady’s detailed look at the new film Jupiter Ascending, “Capitalism Ascending.”
The complete list of Top Articles for March follows. Below that, I’ve also broken out the most popular blog categories for the month.
The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in March were:
- Helpless in the Face of Your Enemy: Writers and Attack Novels.
- Software Review: A look at Campaign Cartographer 3 Plus
- The History Manifesto and Sweeping Histories
- TSI Kickstarter is Rebooting the SSI Gold Box Series
- Leonard Nimoy Saved My Life
- Capitalism Ascending
- Northern Matter in Poul Anderson’s “Middle Ages” of The Broken Sword and in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
- Legion from the Shadows by Karl Edward Wagner
- The Omnibus Volumes of Jack Vance, Part II: Tales of the Dying Earth
- New Treasures: Swords of Steel edited by D.M. Ritzlin
- The IX by Andrew P. Weston
- Memories of Mosul before ISIS
- Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. Le Guin on Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
- The Future of Fantasy: March New Releases
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: REH Goes Hard Boiled
- Gen Con Threatens to Leave Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill
- Goth Chick News: Will Ripley Finally Get a Happy Ending?
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Lords of Dus
- Developing a Voice, Fine Tuning Scripts, and Getting Neurotic About Hair Color: An Interview with Marvel Comics Assistant Editor Xander Jarowey
- Expanding Our Magazine Coverage at Black Gate
- Adventures In History: George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman
- Vampiric Legions Versus Noble Knights: Avalon Hill’s Dark Emperor
- What Really Happened at the First Siege of Orleans? And, Where Does Dark Age History Come From?
- Weirdbook Relaunches
- Vintage Treasures: Book of the Isle by Nancy Springer
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Asimov’s The Caves of Steel
- Ancient Hatra: Another Victim of ISIS
- Vintage Treasures: Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
- Representations of the Amazon in Poul Anderson’s Virgin Planet and in DC’s Wonder Woman
- Wild West Outlaws of the Silent Screen: When Hollywood Hired Real Bandits
- Goth Chick News – Don’t Open: Dead Inside, Walker Stalker Con Drags into Chicago
- February Short Story Roundup
- Two Great Books by Poul Anderson: The High Crusade and The Golden Slave
- Leah Schnelbach Ranks the Fantasy Films of the 1980s
- What Are the Best Star Trek Original Series Episodes for Kids?
- Future Treasures: New Cthulhu 2 edited by Paula Guran
- Adapting Nostalgia to Be More Awesome (And How I Try to Contain my IDW Anger While Remaining Spoiler Free. Mostly)
- Vintage Treasures: The Boats of the Glen Carrig by William Hope Hodgson
- Fantasy Literature: The Sword of the Lady, Part 2
- Vintage Treasures: The Chronicles of Corum by Michael Moorcock
- An Astounding Science Fiction Testimonial
- Miss Fury: Sensational Sundays 1941-1944
- Goth Chick News: A Horror Convention Starring Bud Bundy? Read On…
- Art of the Genre: The Art of the Iconic Character
- High Space Opera: Jim Starlin’s Metamorphosis Odyssey and Dreadstar
- What to Read Next?
- Fantasy Literature: Tears of the Sun & the Frozen Pizza Effect
- Fantasy Literature: The High King of Montival
- Vintage Treasures: Sheila Gilluly’s Greenbriar Trilogy
- Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February
The top categories last month were:
- New Treasures
- Blog entry
- Vintage Treasures
- Game Reviews
- Editor’s Blog
- Convention Report
- Art of the Genre
- BG Staff
- Future Treasures
- Goth Chick