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D&D Adventurers League: Session 10 Report

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This week, I was fortunate to be sitting at a table when a brand new player, Ryan, walked in. He’d never played D&D before, and only understood basic concepts of levels and XP from the video games he’d played. It’s important to remember that the Encounters events are designed for new players; although almost everyone at my event has past experience with D&D, it’s still nice to see how a novice is welcomed and made to feel at home. We got him up to speed on the rules, provided him with a pre-generated character (a level 1 Halfing Rogue) and we had a good mix of combat and role-playing provided by DM Martin. When the night’s game was over, Ryan told us he’ll see us next week… a good sign that he enjoyed the night’s adventure. He tells us he’s going to create a custom character, too… can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Continue reading

Gravlander Episode 1, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

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I love cliffhangers. You know… those stories that end with chapters where the hero and heroine are up to their necks in danger. When I was little, one of my relatives let me listen to some tapes of old radio shows that used to use this format. They would end with “Will our hero escape the clutches of the villain? Stay tuned for the next episode of….” and I can imagine lots of young fans back in the 40s and 50s shaking their heads and wanting to know what comes next? Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: The Return of Spell Saga

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A year ago, I wrote about a fascinating single-player “tabletop novel” called Spell Saga. It’s a card game that tells a story as you play it, and I found it very intriguing, unlike any other game I’ve played. Unfortunately, though, the Kickstarter campaign failed to meet its funding—but designer Todd Michael Rogers continued plugging away at the game anyway, promising that somehow the game would exist eventually. Well, here’s your chance. Continue reading

Sleeping Beauty Battle Royale

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In just a few short days (11/04), the alternate version of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, will be released on home video. It has been a long time since a movie has been so polarizing with an audience as Maleficent is to Sleeping Beauty. If you have not seen this new telling, then I urge you to go ahead and get ready by picking up a copy of the original Disney classic first. Continue reading

13 Tabletop Games for Halloween

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Halloween approaches, and what better way to celebrate than by breaking out a few spooky board games? Last year we shared a list of 13 games for Halloween, and this year we’ve got 13 more. Continue reading

The Poisoned Pumpkin: Taste-testing Seasonal Pumpkin Products

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This year, the pumpkin spice is everywhere. During these weeks leading up to Halloween, store shelves are loaded down with seasonal pumpkin-flavored coffees — as well as breads, cakes, cookies, mints, trail mix, yogurts, sodas, health bars, teas, oatmeal… Ice cream? Jell-O? And so much more. Continue reading

Thank You, Macworld.

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True story — in 1984 my dad made what I believe to be one of the most important purchases in my 14-year-old life. He bought our family one of the very first Macintosh computers. Correction — while my younger brother and sister used it, I am under no illusions that this purchase was primarily for my dad and myself. I can’t remember my mom ever using it, and years later I would realize what a sacrifice my parents made to purchase that quite expensive computer (for the time) and give their oldest son access to what was most likely the hottest growing sector at the time. Continue reading