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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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The Joy of Drawing With Larry Elmore

It is titled as a simple drawing demonstration for Eastern Kentucky University with Hugo-nominated and legendary RPG artist Larry Elmore. Yet Larry turns it into a full master class seminar as he draws, by touching on a large range of subjects. Dropping tidbits here and there not only on the process of art, but art supplies and his own experience. …

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Poultrycanon’s Tiny Panic Room: A Safe Place to Hide

A word about Poultrycanon: The wizard that historians now know as Poultrycanon was born Hoban Temothey in the little town of Mudhugh-on-the-River (a mere twenty nautical miles from scenic Waterdeep) and spent his formative years first as a cheesmaker’s apprentice, then a glass blower’s apprentice and finally a potter’s apprentice. He enjoyed this idyllic if uninspiring life until the day …

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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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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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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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Human Combat Chess

It’s like the old video game, Battle Chess, except it’s live and the piece that is being captured can fight back and win. Human Combat Chess has its origins in Renaissance Festivals, but the Six Elements theater company of the Twin Cities, have taken it to a new level. The small theater company has turned it into a theater-in-the-round production …

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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 …