Holiday Gift Guide #8: Stocking Stuffer and Last Minute

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With only a few sleeps left before presents start magically appearing under our Christmas trees, the time is short to finish the gift buying. Fortunately I’ve finished all my shopping with only one final present in transit at this time. Most of the items below are available for quick shipping and should make it to your door by sometime Wednesday if you order early enough.
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Roll an Adventure Using the 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide — Part III

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Over the last few weeks I’ve had a chance to sit down with the new 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG), the latest book release for the new 5e Dungeons & Dragons and, in my opinion, a grand-slam for Wizards of the Coast. Along with the 5e Player’s Handbook (PH) and the 5e Monster Manual (MM), players (that includes Dungeon Masters, or DMs) now have access to everything they need to host and play some legendary adventures of their own. Continue reading

Word Nerd: Up a Creak

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Today’s Word Nerd is not a terribly common one, though it pops up from time to time. Maybe it’s due to autocorrect, or maybe it’s apathy, but it’s one I’ve seen a few times online, usually in the form of people talking about “hearing the door creek” or “fishing in the creak.” Continue reading

New Book on Super Mario Bros. 2, the “Black Sheep” of the Mario Bros. Franchise

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If you’ve read the 33 1/3 book series about record albums, but you love video games, then Boss Fight Books just might be for you. The sixth title in their series is about the “black sheep” of the Mario Bros. franchise, ntitled Super Mario Bros. 2. An excerpt from the book follows this Q&A. Continue reading

Get Your Phorce Freedom Bag by Christmas

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This little bag promises to be lightweight and transformable (from backpack to messenger bag to briefcase), and it sports a hidden 15,000 mAh power bank that claims to keep two smart devices going for one week on a single charge. Continue reading

How Great Can This Day Be: Lori Henriques Makes Music for All Ages

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When it comes to music, young children like simple rhythms, funny rhymes and repetition. A lot of repetition. They can listen to the same thing over and over forever. And they will. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself listening to insipid drivel that will make you want to stab your eardrums with a pencil, unless you proactively seek out the good stuff. Lori Henriques writes the good stuff. Continue reading

The Original Metamorphosis Alpha Is Back and Ready for Play!

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Over thirty years ago, I was dropped off at the Sears in Pensacola along with a friend — we’d been invited by some older kids we knew who were playing some unique games we’d not seen before. Tucked into a back room on the second floor of the department store, there were (if memory serves) maybe 20-30 people divided up over three or four tables. We were spotted, invited to a few open chairs, and handed some paper. One of the people at that table told us we’d had good timing and proceeded to help us create what he called a character. I rolled some dice (all six-sided) and came up with a name, but had no real idea what was going on. The referee provided my character with some mutant abilities and some defects. The game was Metamorphosis Alpha. Continue reading

Game Review: Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing

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Having played a brief demo of WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing at this summer’s GenCon, I was really looking forward to the fall release of the Starter Set. I’ve finally had the chance to play a few sessions, and am itching for more. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #8: The Well-Dressed Geek

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Well dressed, well groomed, and well organized are things that are rarely associated with geeks. I admit I’m more often wearing an old (usually free) t-shirt and shorts. Whether I’m writing code, or writing articles, my comfort is my top priority, but there are times when we need to make an impression and that AOL shirt from the last COMDEX (circa 2003) won’t do. Below we bring together a few of the things we’ve reviewed over the year that help with that first impression.
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Book Review: Chicks Dig Gaming

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I’m a huge fan of the sharing of memories with fellow enthusiasts of geeky stuff. If you’ve got recollections of getting lost in a maze of twisty passages, all alike, I dig that. Or if you never got all the sand out of Kenner Luke’s hollow arm after recreating his Tatooine adventures; or if you can vividly remember the real-world setting in which you finally reached the words, “Well, I’m back,” he said. for the first time, then you’ve got a story I want to hear. Continue reading

Word Nerd: I’m a Looser.

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We’re back! And with three different illustrations this week. Here’s another one of those words that a lot of people get wrong simply because spellcheck doesn’t catch it, and it’s another of those in which the mistake typically only goes one way. People often write loose when they mean lose, but I’ve never seen anyone write lose when they meant loose. Continue reading