Metamorphosis Alpha RPG — Collector’s Edition For Fans

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I’m doing my best to figure out what year it, was but it had to be 1978 or 1979. It was a Friday or Saturday night, and I had been offered a chance to ride with a friend to attend a “gaming club” that met weekly in a back room on the second floor of the Pensacola Sears store. I had absolutely NO IDEA what to expect, and I honestly figured it would be a bunch or board games set up. We arrived, walked in, and my world changed in less than an hour. Continue reading

Word Nerd: Flushing Out

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Today’s Word Nerd is one of those cases where two very similar phrases exist, and because of being misheard, the wrong one gets used. Yes, it’s a mondegreen. Like “for all intensive purposes” or “all the sudden” (and please don’t ever say either of those), “flush out” crops up where it makes no sense, due to people having misheard “flesh out.” Continue reading

Consequences of Over-Parenting

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This month’s cover story in The Atlantic is “The Overprotected Kid,” and Hanna Rosin writes about the shift from the time the Baby Boomers were kids until now: kids are rarely out of sight of their parents, nobody is allowed to talk to strangers, playgrounds have become safe but sterile. But what are the consequences of overparenting? Continue reading

Kickstarter: The Dreamland Chronicles Digital Trading Card Game

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What the Dreamland Chronicles trading card game intends to do is provide a fun, and safe environment for kids to play online with the Dreamland characters. Game rules are simplified and while there is combat, the battles are sanitized with no actual gore. The game rules are geared for 6 to 12 year old kids, but seem like they could keep an adult interested if you want to play a round or two with your kids. Continue reading

Trying Out Made Eyewear at Home

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If you’re in the market for some chunky plastic glasses (whether you’re just going for the geek chic look or you actually need them to see), Made Eyewear is a new site that lets you get customized glasses. Like Warby Parker, Made specializes in plastic frames and offers both virtual and at-home try-on options. However, with Made you get to select frame color, change out the temples, and even get custom engraving. Continue reading

Coffee and Games at Uptown Espresso

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Among the many Kickstarter projects that I’ll be writing about this month, here’s one that stands out because it’s not your standard tabletop game campaign. The fundraising campaign for Uptown Espresso & Gameporium is for a game and a coffee-shop-game-store. Break From Reality Games is teaming up with Uptown Espresso, an established chain of coffee shops in Seattle, to expand their West Seattle location into a gaming hub: a coffee shop, game store, and community gaming space all rolled into one. And they’ve created a fast-paced card game about serving coffee to kick it off. Continue reading

Word Nerd Index

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This week marks the one year anniversary of the Word Nerd feature, and it finally occurred to me (after a few people emailed suggesting words I’d already done) that there really ought to be an index, so that those who are interested can find previous installments. So here it is. New installments will be added to the list as they are posted. Continue reading