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2016 Origins Awards Nominees

Each year, at the ORIGINS convention in June, the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design presents the prestigious Origins Awards to new tabletop games that shine brightest. Here’s a look at this year’s nominees: Board Games Champions of Midgard By Grey Fox Games Designed by Ole Steiness La Granja By Stronghold Games Designed by Michael Keller (II) and Andreas …

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Heavy Metal 280

Heavy Metal 280 arrives on newsstands this month, marking the publication’s maiden voyage with Grant Morrison at the helm as their new editor-in-chief. Morrison took the graphic literature world by storm in the 1990s and 2000s, penning notable titles such as The Authority, The Invisibles, and Seaguy. A longtime periodical source of inspiration for tabletop rpg referees everywhere, Heavy Metal magazine …

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Game Night at the Book Shop

You can enjoy an evening of tabletop gaming at Barnes & Noble locations on Saturday April 30th.  It’s their new initiative to help bring kindred spirits together in the name of fun.  This could be the start of something really big, and here’s a peek at their press release:   Barnes & Noble Hosts Tabletop Gaming Meet Up at Stores Nationwide …

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New Dice For Axis And Allies

World War II ended more than seventy years ago.  And yet, the AXIS & ALLIES board game has remained a hit with gamers around the globe for more than thirty years. Give your next AXIS & ALLIES session a boost with these dice from Field Marshal Games.  

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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 …