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Strange Truths – Radioactive Wild Boars of Japan

Wild radioactive boars are rampaging around northern Japan near Fukushima. This story falls solidly under the category of “if you can’t make something gameable out of this you aren’t even trying”. The beasts are savaging farms, breeding uncontrollably, eating radiation tainted crops, and hunters are piling the carcasses up faster than they can be safely disposed of. While reading it I …

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Analog gaming is winning with the smartphone generation

One of the reasons cited for the downturn in RPGs and board games was the popularity of video games. Home consoles and advances in personal computers created a market where no one had to leave the house to visit an arcade, making video games a surprising recession resistant market despite the high price tag. With the invention of tablets and …

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Level up : 7 DIY Projects for Crafty GMs

One thing which I find delightful is the overlap between the RPG and Make communities. I enjoy geeky crafts and discovered the items on this list while searching for unique things. This list only covers a small sample of DIY projects for those who like making their own gaming accessories. 1. Magnetic Dungeon This magnetic dungeon by Mike Schmidt is …

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Write Gallifreyan Like a Time Lord

Those complex circles that look like a map of time aren’t just pretty decor. Gallifreyan, is the written language of Time Lords and now thanks to Loren Sherman of Sherman’s Planet, we all can write like we have two hearts. An effort that began with Who fans was tweaked and modified by Loren in order to make it into a …

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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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Planet Earth (1974)

Planet Earth is a TV movie pilot from Gene Roddenberry of a dystopian future a few hundred years after a nuclear World War III. This was the second effort to get a series going with the title character, Dylan Hunt, played by a new actor, John Saxon. The focus is an organization of scientists, called PAX, who are trying to …

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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 …