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The Joy of Drawing With Larry Elmore

It is titled as a simple drawing demonstration for Eastern Kentucky University with Hugo-nominated and legendary RPG artist Larry Elmore. Yet Larry turns it into a full master class seminar as he draws, by touching on a large range of subjects. Dropping tidbits here and there not only on the process of art, but art supplies and his own experience. …

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Human Combat Chess

It’s like the old video game, Battle Chess, except it’s live and the piece that is being captured can fight back and win. Human Combat Chess has its origins in Renaissance Festivals, but the Six Elements theater company of the Twin Cities, have taken it to a new level. The small theater company has turned it into a theater-in-the-round production …

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The Art of Being Klingon

Bill Hedrick seems like an ordinary, friendly, if very tall (6’3″), guy when you meet him.  Yet underneath that, is the heart of Klingon and the mind of an artist. Long before terms like cosplay or even the idea of people dressing up in amazing costumes at conventions, Bill was perfecting his art both as a costumer and a craftsman …

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Web Comic: Third Shift Society

Meredith Moriarty gives us a comic that’s so well drawn that you have to wonder why it hasn’t been picked up by one of the bigger companies for publication! The premise is that of two supernatural investigators, Ellie and Ichabod. Ichabod has a pumpkin head. It should be more ludicrous than it sounds, and yet Meredith’s drawing of the character …

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River Horse wants to steal your baby brother

A small board and war game company, River Horse, started by Alessio Cavatore is starting to snag some interesting licensed properties. One that is greatly anticipated for release this summer is the family friendly Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game. Much like the movie, players have to rescue their baby brothers from The Goblin King. The board and the tokens …

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April and the Extraordinary World

Of course, the English debut of the French animated movie April and the Extraordinary World would be this month. Brought to life by the same creators responsible for Persepolis and graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, comes a steampunk story set in the 1930s centered around the titular character of April along with her talking cat Darwin. The English dub version features …

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Analog gaming is winning with the smartphone generation

One of the reasons cited for the downturn in RPGs and board games was the popularity of video games. Home consoles and advances in personal computers created a market where no one had to leave the house to visit an arcade, making video games a surprising recession resistant market despite the high price tag. With the invention of tablets and …

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Write Gallifreyan Like a Time Lord

Those complex circles that look like a map of time aren’t just pretty decor. Gallifreyan, is the written language of Time Lords and now thanks to Loren Sherman of Sherman’s Planet, we all can write like we have two hearts. An effort that began with Who fans was tweaked and modified by Loren in order to make it into a …

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Web Comic: Red Calaveras

Artist Erik Lervold and co-creator Kevin Kosmo gives us the weird, intensely colored world of a bad punk rock band encountering aliens, vampires and evil plots. Due to swearing and some situations, I’d say it was a comic for mature readers, except that some good old-fashioned immaturity is required to fully appreciate it. The art style is particularly interesting in …