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Six Cursed Thrones

Got cursed thrones for your fantasy medieval tabletop role-playing games? Here’s six of ’em. After all, who do your macho smack-talker PCs think they are anyway? Make sure they somehow find themselves in a mysterious throne room soon, and that’s when you’ll know that you’ve got ’em right where you’ll want ’em. After all, what self-respecting PC would pass up …

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Run A Campaign At The FLGS

You can spearhead a successful tabletop RPG campaign at your FLGS, and here’s how. Smaxx Rockatanski, the fighter:  “Those naughty giants are no match for us, Goose. We shall smite them all.” Goose Bronze, the ranger:  “With my archery skills, we shall be triumphant this day.” Smaxx:  “Both my shield bearer and my standard bearer will bask in the warm …

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Underground.

Driders, duergar, and drow, oh my! Svirfneblin too! Who can forget the deep gnomes? Have your PCs explored the Svirfneblin maze city? Have they chanced upon the Outpost of the Illithids? Have they harvested any gold flakes from Lower Lake of Deepearth? Have they sojourned in Fungus Forest? Have they surprised the large hydra in Cathedral Caverns? Have they attempted …

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Hand-Forged Dice By A Blacksmith

If you’ve been wondering when a blacksmith was going to hand-forge cool dice for your tabletop gaming sessions, rejoice! Gil Ramirez (a.k.a. Gil the Vlogsmith) is doing a fabulous job of it, and you can see the results of Gil’s efforts by clicking HERE.

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The Elephant Game

Did you know that Earth’s most widely-played boardgame (Xiangqi) is also one of Earth’s oldest boardgames? Xiangqi (pronounced “Shang Chi”) is also known as Chinese Chess (or “The Elephant Game,” as it translates to in English.)  Chess scholars can trace the roots of Xiangqi all the way back to the 2nd century B.C.E..  In addition to being a “must play” …

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Asmodeus in your adventures – three devilish hooks for any fantasy RPG

Once upon a time, there was only Dungeons & Dragons. There were no editions, save for the printing editions of the original woodgrain and white boxes. And then, one day in 1977, a book called the Monster Manual arrived, heralding the beginning of a new, “Advanced” D&D. And in that tome, there was an arch-devil named Asmodeus. The mere mention of his name …

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More Magicians

Like a well-oiled machine, THE MAGICIANS on SyFy continues to raise the stakes, as its protagonists inch ever closer to a showdown with the Beast, if only they can somehow navigate their way towards Fillory, via the vexing Neitherlands.  Meanwhile, that cheering sound you recently heard was the show’s ecstatic legions of fanatical viewers leaping for joy, upon learning that …

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Fourth Stone From The Sun

In popular culture, much has been made of Mars lately, from last year’s 65th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s MARTIAN CHRONICLES, to the increasing popularity of James S. A. Corey’s EXPANSE space opera, culminating in Matt Damon’s winning of a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of astronaut Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN. As thrilling as the science-fiction is, the science-fact …

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JAXA Hitomi satellite disaster

The world watched with excitement as Japan successfully launched its Hitomi satellite in February. Priced at more than a quarter of a billion dollars, the Hitomi satellite was designed to eavesdrop on black holes, exploding stars, and massive galaxies. What would eventually happen would go on to cast a long shadow over Japan’s space program. Formed in 2003, JAXA was poised …