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3 Reasons why Dice Rolls are More Important than Mobile Apps

Dice rolls and bits are an important part of the gameplay experience for tabletop games. Certainly it is not a surprising finding for anyone reading this blog. What interests me are the factors a team of researchers have identified as the “materiality of boardgames.” The Four Aspects of Tabletop Board Games These researchers coded their responses from players into the …

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One Hour Tabletop Game Design

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop at CONvergence, a local sci-fi and fantasy convention. Cam Banks, Ennie award winning game designer, who is currently at Atlas Games, ran the workshop on game design creation. It was a very informal affair, with most supplies being school supply standards (construction paper, card stock, markers, pencils) while Cam …

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Q&A with Pat Brosseau

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing letterer Pat Brosseau chime in on all things indie comics, so let’s do this, with relish.   Q:  What makes for good comic book lettering? PB:  Good comic book lettering should be as unobtrusive as possible, legible, and blend well with the artwork, so everything looks great together as a …

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Are you prepared for Generation Zero?

Lettered Preview Debut: “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” Deploys GENERATION ZERO #1 with Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela – Coming in August! Ready… Set… Riot! This August, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” continues with a daring new ongoing series for Valiant’s volatile team of teenaged walking warheads!  Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of GENERATION ZERO #1  – the …

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Dying Fantasy Quotes Volume 1

Fantasy Edition: Dying Quotes Volume 1 Sometimes you just need to add something fun to that last moment before a fantasy character bites the dust. Presented here are 20 options, all randomized by that d20 that probably didn’t roll the right number to keep your character alive. Roll 1d20 if your character gets killed. These are their last words: 1: …

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Q&A with Tony Wolf

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing illustrator and writer Tony Wolf chime in on GREENPOINT OF VIEW and all things indie comics, so let’s do this, with relish. Q:  What can you tell our readers about GREENPOINT OF VIEW, without giving too much away? TW:  Ha, it’s not really a “spoilers!” kind of comic series.  ‘Greenpoint …

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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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Q&A with Bryan Hill

It’s not every day that writer Bryan Hill gets to chime in on ROMULUS, and all things indie comics, so let’s do this, with relish.   Q:  It’s been said that ROMULUS is a “violent philosophical story” involving “occult forces, secret societies, and assassins.”  What more can you tell us about the tale, without giving too much away? BH:  ROMULUS …