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Gaming: The Quiet Side of San Diego Comic-Con

Among the extremely long lines, celebrities, merchandise and studio announcements there is a quiet, almost overlooked aspect of San Diego Comic-Con: the gaming rooms. When I first went to SDCC some years ago, I didn’t even know where this area was. While the Mezzanine is on the map, it’s a bit tucked away and not very obvious. It attracts not …

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Knight Moves

Daniel Jaquet of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science recently applied the scientific method to the question of how well knights could actually move in armor. The idea of the knight who was too heavy to even mount a horse has been known to be a myth for some time. In Jaquet’s study, though, he records exactly …

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One Hour Tabletop Game Design

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop at CONvergence, a local sci-fi and fantasy convention. Cam Banks, Ennie award winning game designer, who is currently at Atlas Games, ran the workshop on game design creation. It was a very informal affair, with most supplies being school supply standards (construction paper, card stock, markers, pencils) while Cam …

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Character Sheets Galore

Eventually an RPG is developed for pretty much every licensed property with any popularity that a player could want. The games and how the license is treated varies. Some are very good systems on their own and some are just there to be tie-ins. Sometimes, though, you just want to play your favorite characters in a system you already have …

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My 3D Adventures Part III

I see a red mini and I want to paint it, purple-blue-gray I’ve never actually painted a mini of any kind before. I am an artist though, so I hoped that knowledge would transfer to my mini. I’d read a lot online regarding painting 3D printed objects. Lots of different advice on preparation and application of paint. After sifting through …

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My 3D Adventures Part II

The Wrath of CAD I downloaded several of Miguel Zavala‘s designs picking them based on my personal preferences for designs I’d like to try and with varying complexity. However, when it came down to scheduling some quality time with my library’s 3D printer, I chose the Bulette. I think they’re cute monsters and the calculator at 3DPartPrice.com indicated a relatively …

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Squirmish: A Monstrous Good Time

Squirmish is a new card game aimed at kids and families. I was lucky enough to be able to preview one and test it out with my daughter before the Kickstarter was launched. The first thing to mention, is that this game is made in direct response to collectible card games aimed at the pre-teen age group, such as Pokemon. …

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Catching Up With Legendary TSR Artist Darlene

Darlene is known for her illustrations of the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons as well as her maps of Greyhawk. The unicorn that greeted everyone on the title page of the Player’s Handbook was her work. She is also an accomplished calligraphist who did many logos as well as lettering for a lot of TSR products until she …

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My 3D Adventures Part I

In which I learn CAD Some time ago I’d heard about the free Dungeons and Dragons miniature designs by Miguel Zavala . Not having a 3D printer, it wasn’t too important to me, even though I find the whole idea of 3D printing to be fascinating. I’ve seen it being used to do things like create the bones of mummies …