Icy Mike Molson
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Joined 08-14-00, id: 16216, Profile Updated: 06-01-14
Author has written 14 stories for White Wolf, Diablo, Dungeons and Dragons, Forgotten Realms, and A song of Ice and Fire.

The Molsonite's Odd Fact of the Month(or longer, since I don't update this thing often): Despite the fact that Smoke and Ash has more hits(by a country mile) than any story other than the ubiquitous Road Less Traveled, it has the least number of reviews of any of my stories...

So now it's been fourteen years. I'm getting friggin' old.

So I'm married, have kids, have a job, run two campaigns, and somehow I'm still managing to get a little work back in on The Rising Fist, although in recent months Smoke and Ash has been my pride and joy(sort of). It still amazes me that The Road Less Traveled, which has been basically defunct for the past seven years, is still getting hits. If you got to me through The Road Less Traveled, I promise you that there's other good stuff in my repertoire as well. And some of it even has an ending. I don't know why, but I happen to like Unbridled Wonder. Maybe it was the fluff factor. Maybe it was the unlucky, plucky girl thief. I do know that as my writing progresses, it seems to be getting a little better in the dialogue and character development areas. And now, with my wife's constant, loving hounding, my writing has progressed to even loftier heights. Once I was teaching her; now she has been teaching me, and making me better for it.

I approach much of my New World writing, where Unbridled Wonder, The Rising Fist, and indeed all of my D&D stories are set, with a rather simple approach. These people are not heroes or villains. They are just... people. People with merits and flaws, people with hopes, dreams, and fears, people that fear death(well, maybe except the orcs, but they're not terribly smart). For some reason, approaching it in that fashion makes the characters more alive. Sure, you can have stat sheets and feats and levels and hit points and spell lists, but in the end, they're still people(even the elves). I think approaching it that way makes characters far more believable. Sometimes, all a character wants to do is get through the night alive.

I still have my Dungeons and Dragons quest, sort of. Since I wrote Climbing the Web(proof that simply putting drow in the story ups your hits by a factor of 3), I have deviated heavily from the 100 Adventure Ideas. Still, since I refuse to acknowledge the existence of 4.0(like many gamers have refused to), I have a lot of time left to work on them again. After all, I only have about 95 ideas to go. And I do have some interesting ideas for them...

Once, I had said there were two great evils in the world. They were R.A. Salvatore and George Lucas. Well, that hasn't changed.

I do still review stories, occasionally, but I admit to a bit of a spiteful streak when it comes to any good drow. If nothing else, if I have reviewed your story, there must have been something to hold my interest at least to the chapter I reviewed. I tend to be very critical, because plain and simple, enough people give the "U R kewl, rite moer soon!" reviews that my technical advice/suggestions should be able to fit in somewhere. If you can't spell, I'm going to call you on that(I learned to spell; so can you). If you have no command of the English language and the Mexicans I used to work with when I climbed trees have more of a grip on grammar than you do, I'm going to tell you(again, I learned it, so can you). At least run your spellchecker before you post. If you give me yet another drow renegade/Do'Urden clone, I'm going to call you on that, too(well, that's kind of a personal thing, as Salvatore's concept has been beaten over the head and is now more trite and/or cliche than anything else). But I do not flame, I do not pointlessly criticize anything or anyone, and in the end, my goal is to help you craft a decent story. I know Nevermore did the same for me(it hurt to see someone criticize my work, but in the end I became much better for the detailed criticism), and someone did the same for him before that, and so on down the line. Don't be discouraged by me; if nothing else, you can motivate yourself by trying to get back at me for being a mean old pedagogue.

In memory FDNY. Heroes are never forgotten.

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Smoke and Ash reviews
He only came back for a handmaid. But somehow, he ended up with a princess. Now half the realm is searching for him and his new, somewhat unwanted ward... an AU where Robert's victory is not quite as complete over the Targaryens.
A song of Ice and Fire - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 35 - Words: 77,117 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 2/13 - Published: 3/2/2014 - Oberyn M., Jon A., Rhaenys T.
The Rising Fist reviews
For centuries the orcs of the Khairaithi Mountains have venerated their One Eyed god with glorious war and brutal raids. But now one chieftain questions whether or not such ways will be the downfall of his people...
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 15 - Words: 73,142 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 4/11/2014 - Published: 4/6/2011
Climbing the Web reviews
House Evnissien is looking to advance its power and influence in the city of Llyr, but sixteen other houses stand in their way...
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 16 - Words: 55,082 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 3/26/2008 - Published: 10/12/2006 - Complete
The Road Less Traveled reviews
After their caravan is attacked and destroyed on the road to Lut Gholein, six unlikely allies must make their way through the desert to the port city without losing their lives to demons... or each other.
Diablo - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 18 - Words: 113,211 - Reviews: 247 - Favs: 112 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 3/28/2007 - Published: 7/14/2002
I'm Different, Just Like Everyone Else! reviews
A renegade drow finally escapes his dark life in the Underdark, to find something very odd in Waterdeep....
Forgotten Realms - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,136 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/20/2005
Unbridled Wonder reviews
One thief. One constable. One magical rod. Tierwaal may never be the same...(Finally done)
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 10 - Words: 30,693 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/1/2005 - Published: 2/6/2005
Fire and Darkness reviews
A sudden, mysterious fire breaks out in the northwestern reaches of the Forest of Argent, threatening the elves and especially treants in the area. But when the elves set out to stop the fire, they find far more than even they suspected...
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 12 - Words: 39,092 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 12/2/2004 - Published: 7/11/2004
Orcish Vise reviews
The official policy of Tourant is to let the Khairathi tribes fight it out among each other unless they cross the border. But when two rangers find a tiny village about to be crushed by impending war, their conscience overrides the king's orders...
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 13 - Words: 46,433 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/24/2004 - Published: 5/26/2003
Hounds of Winter reviews
Southern Tourant has always been known for harsh, long winters. But when extremely late season storms break over the region, one scholar thinks it's more than a natural act...
Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 15 - Words: 53,331 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/7/2003 - Published: 12/2/2002
Question Mark reviews
(No, it couldn't be finished...)Alexei Karamov's pack of Shadow Lords has picked up a young girl, but the biggest problem is not the pack of demented, sadistic Black Spiral Dancers that want her. Alexei would really like to know why they want her...
White Wolf - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 28,665 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 9/25/2002 - Published: 11/6/2000
Sleight of Hands reviews
When the Gangrel mercenary K.T. Corben is called to New York City to investigate the deadly, elusive Black Hand, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Now all he wants is to escape the heart of the Sabbat's power in the New World with his life...
White Wolf - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 145,540 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/19/2002 - Published: 12/9/2000
Gateway to Power reviews
After a century of Toreador power, the city of Saint Louis is on the verge of falling to the bloodthirsty Sabbat. A new general is needed to guide the Camarilla away from the brink of disaster...
White Wolf - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,667 - Reviews: 6 - Published: 6/30/2001
Enemies Disguised as Enemies reviews
The Gangrel mercenary K.T. Corben gets more than he bargained for when he takes a job against anarchs in San Francisco...
White Wolf - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 32,349 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/22/2000
Dogging the Shipping Lanes reviews
Fianna may not like boats, but they don't have much of a choice this time...
White Wolf - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 40,049 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/22/2000