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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 …

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Review of The Dwarvenaut

I’m not really a miniatures person, but it isn’t everyday that Netflix suggests an RPG related documentary for me to check out. The Dwarvenaut is a biographical documentary about Stefan Porkorny, artist and founder of Dwarven Forge and follows on the third Kickstarter campaign launched by the company. The documentary assumes you already know about Dungeons and Dragons for the …

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Analog Games in a Digital World–Part 1: The Good Drow

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles by Chandra Reyer and Timothy Connolly examining the relevance of analog games in a digital world. While much has been written about how alike tabletop games and video games are, not much has been written on how they are different. It’s in this difference that tabletop games still thrive …

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LCARS UI is Highly Logical Captain

I’ve heard and read about how much Jules Verne predicted future science with his novels. Reading them after the fact, gives that impression. The truth though, is that he inspired the march of science. It isn’t so much that he predicted a space launch from Florida as it is that the many scientists he inspired with his work launched from …

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Dance, Magic Pants: Atlanta’s Labyrinth Exhibit

Opening today, timed to coincide with DragonCon and the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth, Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts has put together a special exhibit of items from the Jim Henson movie. Running from September 2, 2016 until September 3, 2017, visitors can see many of the puppets, props, art and even one of David Bowie’s infamous Goblin King costumes on …

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Looking at the Beautiful Hacklopedia of Beasts

I fully admit that this article is several years late. I don’t actually play Hackmaster, so I had no reason to get any of the books. Yet, when the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons’ Monster Manual was set to come out, forums and blog posts were filled with people asking it to be like the Hacklopedia of Beasts. I …

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Rolling With Stranger Things

Okay, I’m a bit behind. I don’t have Netflix, a situation I changed for a month when I saw Frank Mentzer offered to run the Stranger Things cast through a D&D game with his edition of the books, which appeared in the series. Just to recap, Stranger Things is a Netflix series of eight episodes set in 1983 with a …

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You Like RPGs, So What Now?

I admit it, there are always more games than I can play. The imaginations of game designers far exceeds the amount of time and money I have to spend on games. This became even more apparent when I started introducing the next generation to RPGs. It’s inevitable that once you hook someone on the concept, they immediately want to see …

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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 …