The Plague Court Murders by John Dickinson Carr is a 1934 classic reader-solvable mystery. Spoilers: With characters swapping outfits, melting bullets, and a chapter-long red herring, I was at a loss for how anyone could figure out whodunit.

Have people actually found the solution before the end of the book…


The capital’s been stormed, the virus rages a second year, and Pokemon cards are selling at record prices. This article is about that last piece of news, so dig out your old collection for the most profitable nostalgia trip of your life.

The Basics

The lower corner of each card has a…


FF7 Remake follows the principle “don’t have a one-dimensional villain” in a way you don’t expect. …


In Final Fantasy VII Remake’s first chapter, a black feather drifts through the air and lands on the floor. This is a beautiful way to foreshadow the appearance of the final boss: Sephiroth, a war hero with a single black wing. …


How do video games keep their towns from getting repetitive? The same formula always plays out: arrive, side quests, boss battle, leave.

To keep things from getting boring, some make dramatic location changes. For example, a switch from a sandy sea side to a green valley. …


I recall one particular scene in Fable II: A woman’s child is taken by Balverines, and the hero chases after them.

The atmosphere is perfect: dark woods, tense music, wolf monsters lying in ambush. And then you hear a high-pitched Scottish accent:

“Hey! You’re that mighty adventurer, aren’t you? Well…


Not long ago, I was critiquing a short story and came across a passage like this:

The gravel parking lot had six spaces. Two were filled by Ford F-150 pickup trucks, and the rest were empty. There was a convenience store on the west side of the lot with printer-paper…


The lessons here are generalized from an eight year career in competitive Model UN. You won’t have to know anything about MUN beyond the fact that it involves making friends as fast as humanly possible in a room of one hundred strangers.

Let’s define networking as “making meaningful connections with…


I hesitate to write this.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the funniest book I’ve ever read. I remember my classmates glaring as I laughed aloud during silent reading period in middle school.

My concern is that reverse engineering Adams’s humor will ruin it. As explained by E. B…


I have twice represented the DPRK in Model UN conferences. I don’t know how this reflects on my personality, but I won awards both times.

Having graduated the circuit, I leave behind this guide for all who dare walk the same path.

Attacks

Here are phrases for use on your opponents…

Douglas Fitz

Interested in too many things.

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