About This Blog
Of Dice and Pen began as a blog devoted to tabletop roleplaying games (thus, its name), primarily Pathfinder, which is the game I play most frequently. I intended to use it to review various products as well as a few other things that never materialized. Instead, the blog very quickly ended up focused on the review side of things, and I soon expanded into reviewing Doctor Who and other programmes.
At this point, I decided to focus on reviews of all kinds of science fiction and fantasy, from roleplaying games to television shows and movies to books. I also decided to throw in some social and media commentary here and there as well. So I’ve ended up with reviews of Pathfinder products, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, and commentary on media sexism (such as my immensely popular Sexism in Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who? essay) and other issues I consider important. If there’s anything you’d like me to review or write about, let me know in the comments below. Naturally, as I’m only just one person with a limited amount of time, I can’t make any promises, but if it’s something I’m interested in, I’ll see what I can do!
Who Am I?
My name is Michael Ray Johnson. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where I make my living by teaching. My degrees are in English and Education, but I also have a heavy science and mathematics background, as I started out studying astronomy. I also write a great deal and would love it if one day that writing starts to pay a few bills. I have played roleplaying games since childhood and have been a massive fan of Doctor Who and other science fiction and fantasy for just as long, possibly longer.