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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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Buried Treasure Tuesday: How I Learned to Watch Movies

As a long time fan of all things film and tv, it was quite the revelation a year ago when I stumbled across the first of several Youtube channels that changed the way I regularly consume and enjoy visual media in a lasting and meaningful way.  It is always an amazing and sometimes scary feeling when you encounter something that opens …

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Podcast: TANIS

“Seeking Tanis. Runner available.” With these words you are led down a mysterious path chock full of: hidden cities, altered states of consciousness, shadowy corporations, supernatural phenomenon, cults, conspiracies, secret history, Baba Yaga, Jack Parsons, numbers stations, Dungeons & Dragons references, deep web spelunking, and serial killers. The TANIS podcast by Pacific Northwest Stories‘ own Nic Silver has a little …

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Very Tiny Amusements: Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator

For the inaugural edition of “Very Tiny Amusements” I will introduce incredibly small pieces of art-like analog gaming product. In today’s I present to you the Game of Thrones Character Arc Generator by John Atkinson of the Wrong Hands web comic. It is a fun little micro mini-game poking good natured fun at that hungry attention devouring beast we all love; …

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How To Read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Dr. Michael D. C. Drout, a medievalist and philologist at Wheaton College, shows us the many layers within The Lord of the Rings that makes it different from most other books in the fantasy genre. In addition to creating his own world and languages, Tolkien used his knowledge of received texts to write Lord of the Rings like a received text. This …

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Strange Truths – Inuit Cartography

Maps have always been a passion of mine. They fascinate me and I love to make, adore and study them. The weirder the map though, the better. The Inuit people of Greenland have made some pretty weird maps. Carved of driftwood and made to fit inside a mitten, they are tactile maps which allow a traveler to navigate by running …

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Turn A Gundam: Mecha meets Steam

Turn A Gundam: Mecha meets Steam Not many people think ‘Steampunk’ when they think Gundam. The two genres don’t even seem to go together. This didn’t stop the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, from giving fans a new twist on Gundam in his 1999’s series ‘Turn A Gundam’. This steampunk meets giant mobile suit series delivers something cool for fans …

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Web Comic: Third Shift Society

Meredith Moriarty gives us a comic that’s so well drawn that you have to wonder why it hasn’t been picked up by one of the bigger companies for publication! The premise is that of two supernatural investigators, Ellie and Ichabod. Ichabod has a pumpkin head. It should be more ludicrous than it sounds, and yet Meredith’s drawing of the character …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture : Exploring the Symmetry of the D6, D60, and D120

You might have heard the news of the D120. Co-creator Henry Segerman talks to Numberphile about the mathematical properties which make it a fair die. What matters is the symmetry. What I liked most about this video is the insight into dice design. ← Discworld Roleplaying Game Delayed Analog Games in Pop Culture Mourn Your Character’s Demise in the Death …

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The Convention of the Future: How Technology is Transforming Emerald City Comicon

Daniel Rasmus talks with ReedPop the company responsible for Emerald City Comicon in a rare behind the scenes glimpse. The article focuses on the technology employed by the company to keep lines moving, transactions swift, and gives convention goers an extraordinary experience. Almost science fiction: How Emerald City Comicon uses technology to create an epic show A few of the …