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Web Comic: Red Calaveras

Artist Erik Lervold and co-creator Kevin Kosmo gives us the weird, intensely colored world of a bad punk rock band encountering aliens, vampires and evil plots. Due to swearing and some situations, I’d say it was a comic for mature readers, except that some good old-fashioned immaturity is required to fully appreciate it. The art style is particularly interesting in …

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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 …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture : Make Your Own Handmade Discworld

This Amigurumi Discworld was crafted with love by June Gilbank. She sent the image of a completed project to Sir Terry Pratchett who replied: “Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!” You’ll find June’s patterns for sale on her website Planet June. Here are some instructions for creating the Discworld. ← GaymerX is …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture: GaymerX is a Fun Weekend Escape

GyamerX is a convention which celebrates queer gaming with a focus on diversity. Previous sponsors include Intel, Harmonix, Blizzard, and Trion Games. The convention is heavily weighted towards video games. There were several rooms allocated to tabletop RPGs and a robust lending library of board games. One highlight was the panel which focused on queer issues in analog games. Queer …

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Steal fearlessly.

Chris Rowlands at One Thousand XP asks, “what if?” As in, “What if I stripped away everything else that was here and made a game solely based on this dice placement mechanic?”’ In his post, he looks at what it means to take inspiration from other games’ mechanics, and why you should never fear what your game may or may not become …