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D&D Adventurers League: Sessions 8 & 9 Report

Adventurers League

My apologies to those of you following along with my session reports for the D&D Encounters event. Last week got a bit crazy with some work-related items and I was unable to get the Session 8 report submitted. So… this week I’ll be catching you up on the events for Sessions 8 and 9 — these two gaming nights added to Session 7 make up Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Continue reading

Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy

I enjoy reading and I’m especially fond of a long read. At the risk of sounding shallow, in the olden time bookstore days, I used to browse the Sci-Fi section in search of wide spines, followed by a quick glance inside covers to verify a potential target book’s font hadn’t been boosted in size to make it look more impressive. Of course being a good book is even more important; if it’s a series, even better. Classics like Dune, Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are examples of series that satisfy all three of my preferred criteria and are on my regular rotation for re-reading every few years. I’ve just made a new addition to that collection, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

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It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now on Kickstarter. Continue reading

Table for Two: Eminent Domain: Microcosm

Eminent Domain Microcosm

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Eminent Domain: Microcosm, which boils down the essence of the deck-building game Eminent Domain into a 2-player game that plays in 10 minutes. Note: Tasty Minstrel Games decided to use one of their short Kickstarter campaigns for this one, so it’s down to the last couple days to back the project if you’re interested. Continue reading

“The Book of Life” Is a Story for the Living

The Book of Life movie poster

The Book of Life by Director Jorge Gutierrez and Producer Guillermo del Toro spins a tale of love, fantasy, empathy, and culture. It is a story about living. Continue reading

Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game Announced

Magic The Gathering Strategy Board Game2 - UNDER EMBARGO

Come Fall 2015, Wizards of the Coast and is working with the same rock star Hasbro team that developed the much-loved classic, HeroScape and Risk Legacy to bring Magic: The Gathering to your table as a tactical miniatures board game. Continue reading

Makerspaces Are On My Mind

Maker Space 2

Fresh from a great experience at the Atlanta Maker Faire a few weekends ago and a recent meeting with a few representatives from my small town’s government and public library, I’m feeling very optimistic about the opportunities the Maker Movement is generating for Atlanta-area kids. It seems that a critical mass is being reached in Atlanta with a number of new makerspaces popping up in the last few years… one very new one just a ten minute drive from my home (but in another suburb/town surrounding Atlanta). This idea of people coming together to share tools and knowledge, demonstrate techniques and skills, and create an environment that welcomes others to join the fun… that’s a place I want to be. Continue reading