Dungeons & Dreamers — A Book Review

I’m very nostalgic when it comes to my inner-geek. At least once a year I read Neuromancer. I enjoy playing the original Infocom games on my iPad. I still get a wide grin on my face when I pull my copy of Tomb of Horrors (S1) off the shelf to occasionally read it through and remember the first time I ran this most hated module as a DM. I never tire of trying to get my almost-7-year-old to sit down and play a few of the Atari 2600 games with me (and he does actually enjoy both Adventure and Yars Revenge — he flipped out when I showed him the Easter Egg in Adventure, something I discovered all on my own before there were ever walkthroughs or bulletin boards to share the info.) Continue reading

Five Amazing TV Moments from D&D History

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In honor of the 40th anninversary of Dungeons & Dragons, we present Five Amazing TV Moments from D&D History. In these clips — from 60 Minutes to Freaks and Geeks — we see the how the famous game has been portrayed, from being ridiculed and used as a scapegoat to being celebrated. Continue reading

Where One Particular RPG Boldly Went…

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I will always be a D&D fan. If all the various RPGs I’ve played in my life were listed in order of time spent playing, D&D (and AD&D) would hold the top spot. But a close second would be a game from another very popular gaming company called FASA (rhymes with NASA). FASA will be remembered (fondly) by many of us for Shadowrun and BattleTech — and BattleTech would definitely fall in the Top 10 on my list. But for me, FASA will always and forever be linked to Star Trek: The Role Playing Game. Continue reading

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

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Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Continue reading

Second Issue of Gygax Magazine Hits Shelves This Week

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Gygax Magazine, a tribute to the gaming magazines of yore (think Dragon and White Dwarf, circa 1985), releases its second issue this week with a stunning cover by fantasy artist extraordinaire Jeff Easley. Continue reading

Of Dice and Men — The Story of Dungeons & Dragons: A Review

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David M. Ewalt has a great D&D story to tell. More than one, actually. But it’s not just personal stories that he’s written about in his upcoming book, Of Dice and Men — he’s telling the story of D&D, the people who made it, and the people who play it. And just for grins, he’s also chosen to tackle one of the most difficult tasks around when it comes to D&D… explaining it to those who are completely unfamiliar with the mother of all fantasy role playing games. Continue reading

New Ancient Greek Action Novel Sons of Zeus

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Noble Smith is a cool guy. He’s an award-winning playwright, video-game writer, documentary-film executive producer, and the former media director of an international human rights foundation. AND he’s also the author the brand new action/adventure novel Sons of Zeus. Continue reading