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Celebrity ChariD20 – Next Sunday

I had the honor to interview my friend and fellow Multiverse writer, Satine Phoenix, about her upcoming event – Celebrity ChariD20 (CCD20). What is CCD20?: CelebrityChariD20.com celebrates Storytellers by Fundraising for the Childrens literacty charity: Reach out and Read!  How did all this start?: I started Celebrity ChariD20 back in 2010 at Meltdown Comics. I was running the Hollywood Table-top …

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Rules Light RPGs

There has been a recent proliferation of rules light RPG’s. Initially, the OSR was partly about getting back to the original role playing game and the less complex rules. Many clones focused on a more organized or easy to follow presentation of rules. Some RPG’s are more focused on role playing and strive for minimal and flexible rules that are basically …

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The Harbors of Ancient Athens

Ancient Athens had a large navy it used to beat the Persians at Salamis, and later to establish an empire and come to war with Sparta and its allies in the Peloponnesian Wars. Wooden ships were subject to drying and shrinking under the hot sun, water and rot and sea creatures eating the wood. The powerful triremes of Athens were …

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Axanar Fan Film – Paramount and CBS To Drop Lawsuit

Yesterday it was announced that J.J. Abrams, director of the last three Star Trek movies, had interceded and pressed the executives to drop the lawsuit as it was not a helpful way to treat fans. While the suit is technically still in force until the formalities of dropping the suit are completed, fans around the world are excited and relieved. Fan films …

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Running the Game Video Series by Matthew Colville

Matthew Colville is a writer for a video game company and a long time DM for D&D. He has been recording a YouTube series for the past several weeks on a basic how to of running the game. I find it interesting to see his take on how he does things. For someone considering running a game, this is very …

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How To Read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Dr. Michael D. C. Drout, a medievalist and philologist at Wheaton College, shows us the many layers within The Lord of the Rings that makes it different from most other books in the fantasy genre. In addition to creating his own world and languages, Tolkien used his knowledge of received texts to write Lord of the Rings like a received text. This …

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Planet Earth (1974)

Planet Earth is a TV movie pilot from Gene Roddenberry of a dystopian future a few hundred years after a nuclear World War III. This was the second effort to get a series going with the title character, Dylan Hunt, played by a new actor, John Saxon. The focus is an organization of scientists, called PAX, who are trying to …