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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 …

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Manikins, A New Race For D&D 5th Edition Players

Manikins “Abel the Minstrel is generally considered to be the first artisan to have crafted a manikin. It is said that he was quite talented and had made a reputation for himself as a master puppeteer and an accomplished entertainer. His work was said to border on the simply fantastic. Unfortunately, such fame often attracts the attentions of people who …

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The Art of Being Klingon

Bill Hedrick seems like an ordinary, friendly, if very tall (6’3″), guy when you meet him.  Yet underneath that, is the heart of Klingon and the mind of an artist. Long before terms like cosplay or even the idea of people dressing up in amazing costumes at conventions, Bill was perfecting his art both as a costumer and a craftsman …

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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 …