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30 Things to do for JRR Tolkien’s Twelvity Fifth Birthday

Be neither late nor early, but arrive exactly when you mean to. Don a jacket of bright blue and boots of yellow, just like that merry old Tom Bombadil fellow. Have second breakfast. Visit www.theprancingpony.com and see that it’s an available domain. Proceed to then procure the domain, and develop it to be a fan page for The Fellowship Of …

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30 Ways To Ring In The New Year

Before you do any of this, remember to roll a d30. Make toasts from a drinking horn, instead of a wine glass. Roll a d4, and make that many toasts. Scream a Klingon Death Howl for the end of the old year. Utter a quote from a Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode that you’ve never uttered before, and do it …

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Cam Banks and the Future of Cortex

It was announced on November 1st that Cam Banks had acquired the Cortex License from Margaret Weis Productions. This seems like a very appropriate acquisition, since Cam Banks has worked on Cortex and helped design Cortex Plus. Since then, I have reached out to Cam regarding the news and what the future might hold. Cam answered a major question for …

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Magic Vacuum Design Studio Acquires Cortex License

It was announced today that game designer Cam Banks has acquired the Cortex™ license from Margaret Weis Productions. Margaret Weis will be retiring from the development of tabletop games, to concentrate on her novels and the film adaptation of Star of the Guardians, which was announced as a movie in development some time ago. Cam Banks has always handled any …

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The All New Etsy Round-up

The thing about Etsy, other than it being a dangerous place, is that it changes constantly, like the inventory in a used bookstore. So, I’ve once again been browsing what’s there in the way of tabletop game themed products. I’ve picked five more new items that really caught my eye while browsing. It’s actually difficult to limit myself to just …

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Pocket Monster Manual–Watching Node’s D&D Pokemon Campaign

The advantage of discovering something after it’s been going on for awhile is that there’s no waiting for the next installment. That’s exactly what happened after I discovered there was a youtube series of gaming videos by Node Studios covering a campaign that combines Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons with Pokemon. Here, rather than using actual Pokemon in the game, …

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Behold(er)! An Art of Dungeons & Dragons Documentary is Nigh!

It’s been a little like Christmas lately with the increase in documentaries regarding tabletop role playing games. It was only a matter of time before one covering the long history of art in Dungeons & Dragons was made. That it has a wonderfully punny title is just a bonus. There’s a lot of rich material for XRay Films and Cavegirl …

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Ryan Devoto’s Devotion to World Building

This seems to be the year that miniatures come to the forefront of tabletop gaming. Stefan Porkorny of Dwarven Forge gets a documentary that’s made it to Netflix, 3d printing becomes more accessible with files available online and we get to see the epic expanse of Ryan Devoto‘s diorama. Much has already been said by other websites regarding the extent …