The Top Black Gate Posts in April

The Top Black Gate Posts in April

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The most popular topic at Black Gate last month was the new edition of the classic SF role playing game Traveller from Mongoose Publishing. And the most popular blogger was our roving games reporter M Harold Page, who covered the new edition in two posts that both made the Top Ten. Well done, Mr. Page! (However, we need to talk about those expense reports from that Altairian space bar. What exactly is a “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?”)

Meanwhile, back here on Earth, Ryan Harvey had the overall most popular post in April, with exciting news on the upcoming Godzilla sequel. Hot on his heels was David B. Coe, with an article on setting and the craft of worldbuilding. Next up was Sean McLachlan, our man in Egypt, who donned a worn fedora and penetrated deep into the early tombs of ancient Egypt, sending back a trove of photographic evidence (and two mummified spiders, which thrilled Goth Chick to no end.) Rounding out the Top Five was Robert Zoltan’s far-ranging discussion with BG Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones, on the master of Sword & Sorcery himself, Robert E. Howard.

Coming in at #7 was my report on the Windy City Pulp & Paper show, followed by editor Rich Horton’s always popular annual discussion of the 2017 Hugo Hugo nominations.

Traveller wasn’t the only popular game last month, and Andrew Zimmerman Jones ably demonstrated that with a look at the upcoming Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game from Modiphius Entertainment, which came in at #9. Closing out our April Top Ten list was the latest installment in Ryan Harvey’s ongoing series on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar Saga, Tarzan at the Earth’s Core.

The complete list of Top Articles for April follows. Below that, I’ve also broken out the most popular overall articles, online fiction, and blog categories for the month.

The Top 50 Black Gate posts in April were:

  1. Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster: The Godzilla Movie to Rise Again in 2019
  2. Books and Craft: World Building and the Importance of Setting
  3. Modular: The New Mongoose Traveller #1 — First Impressions
  4. Mastabas: Early Tombs of Ancient Egypt
  5. Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast Presents: Robert E. Howard, Master of Sword & Sorcery: A Conversation with Author Howard Andrew Jones
  6. Modular: The New Mongoose Traveller #2 — More Than Just a Science Fiction Midlife Crisis Simulator?
  7. Total Pulp Victory: Windy City Pulp & Paper, Part II
  8. Rich Horton on the 2017 Hugo Nominations
  9. Modular: Star Trek Adventures is Versed in Multiple Techniques
  10. Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar Saga: Tarzan at the Earth’s Core


  11. A New Magazine of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Lovecraftian Horror, and Sword & Sorcery: Gathering Storm
  12. I’ve Got You Covered
  13. Vintage Treasures: Famous Fantastic Mysteries, edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg, and Martin H. Greenberg
  14. Worldbuilding a “Star Punk” Future
  15. The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh
  16. Vintage Treasures: Zimiamvia: A Trilogy by E.R. Eddison
  17. Liam Neeson Attached to Play Philip Marlowe… But Not in a Raymond Chandler Adaptation for Some Reason
  18. Cover to Cover
  19. Wired: The Fiction Issue
  20. Collecting (and Selling) Ace Doubles


  21. A Babe in the Woods: Derek’s Literary Adventures in New York
  22. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The 9 Aspects of Story Promise
  23. A Tale of Three Covers: Allen Steele Resurrects Captain Future
  24. Goth Chick News: IT Floats Into the Record Books (Even Before Its Release)
  25. Talislanta Returns!
  26. Goth Chick News: Netflix Gives Hill House Yet Another Life (Yay!)
  27. Julius Schwartz on A. Merritt, Amazing Stories, and the First Worldcon
  28. My Favorite Game: Mount and Blade/Warband – Part One
  29. The Gestation of Cape and Cowl: Thoughts On Jess Nevins’ The Evolution Of The Costumed Avenger
  30. When People Say the British Invasion of Comics, What Do They Really Mean?


  31. Future Treasures: A Tyranny of Queens, Book 2 of The Manifold Worlds, by Foz Meadows
  32. New Treasures: The Best of Gordon R. Dickson, Volume 1 edited by Hank Davis
  33. Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Nominees
  34. So You Want to Be a Movie Star – Really?
  35. Evil Wizards, Robot Guardians, and the Maze of the Minotaur: Rich Horton on The Reign of Wizardry by Jack Williamson
  36. Weirdbook 34 Now Available
  37. Galaxy, October 1968: A Retro-Review
  38. The Top 50 Black Gate Blog Posts in March
  39. New Treasures: The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two, edited by Neil Clarke
  40. Peplum Populist: Hercules, Samson & Ulysses


  41. Modular: Chaosium Announces New Version of RuneQuest
  42. Interzone #269 Now on Sale
  43. An Interview With Author and Artist Tom Barczak
  44. John DeNardo on The Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Everyone Will be Talking About in April
  45. Wordsmiths: An Interview with Aurora Award-winner Ryan McFadden
  46. Future Treasures: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven edited by Jonathan Strahan
  47. Space Pirates and Interplanetary Intrigue: The Far Stars Trilogy by Jay Allan
  48. Black Gate on the List for the 2017 REH Foundation Awards
  49. Vintage Treasures: Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
  50. March/April 2017 Analog Now on Sale

There were plenty of older articles popular last month as well. The 25 most popular blog posts written before April were:

  1. Death Knight Love Story: WMA meets WTF
  2. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  3. The Digest Enthusiast #5 Now Available
  4. Peplum Populist: Colossus of the Stone Age (Fire Monsters against the Son of Hercules)
  5. What Lies Beyond The Yawning Portal? Some of the Best Adventures in Gaming
  6. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  7. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  8. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  9. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  10. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  11. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  12. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  13. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound
  14. Fantasia Diary 2015, Day 5: Teana: 10000 Years Later, Crimson Whale, and The Shamer’s Daughter
  15. The Return of the King (1980)
  16. My Fantasia Festival, Days 5 to 7: Cold in July, The Fatal Encounter, and Huntresses
  17. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  18. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Skeleton Matters (Or, Why It’s Not OK to Skip Scenes in Your Third Act)
  19. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  20. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  21. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  22. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  23. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  24. Vintage Treasures: The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris/a>
  25. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods

The Top Black Gate Online Fiction features were:

  1. An excerpt from The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  2. Seven Against Hell” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  3. An excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak
  4. An excerpt from Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder by Roy A. Mauritsen
  5. An excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  6. Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder” by Bob Byrne
  7. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan
  8. Fiction Excerpt: “Tumithak of the Corridors” by Charles R. Tanner
  9. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen
  10. Tsathoggua” by Michael Shea
  11. Stand at Duben-Geb” by Ryan Harvey
  12. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  13. The Sorrowless Thief” by Ryan Harvey
  14. An excerpt from Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak
  15. In the Wake Of Sister Blue” by Mark Rigney
  16. Queen of Toads” by Joe Bonadonna
  17. An excerpt from Waters of Darkness by David C. Smith and Joe Bonadonna
  18. An excerpt from Soleri by Michael Johnston
  19. Fiction Excerpt: “The Beautiful Corridor” by Jonathan L. Howard
  20. An excerpt from Mad Shadows II by Joe Bonadonna
  21. A Holmes Christmas Carol” by Bob Byrne

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Vintage Treasures
  3. News
  4. Art
  5. Role Playing Games
  6. Magazines
  7. Blog Entry
  8. BG Staff
  9. Comics
  10. Art of the Genre
  11. Interviews
  12. Series Fantasy
  13. Books
  14. Goth Chick
  15. Rich Horton
  16. Teaching
  17. Reviews
  18. Pastiche
  19. Games
  20. Fiction

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in March are here, and you can see all 95 posts we made in the month of April here.

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Ryan Harvey

Ok, I guess I’ll write more Godzilla-based posts.

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