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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 …

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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 …