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Double Review, All the Way – Dragonchow Dice Bag and Q-Workshop Steampunk Dice

A couple of a weeks ago, while hanging out on Twitter , I saw a tweet from one @GeekyLyndsay , the owner and operator of Dragon Chow . She wanted to know if any bloggers out there wanted to review her new Tall Pencil Strap Dice Bag . I thought back to the raft of stuff that I brought back from GenCon and realized that one…

That Old, Unfamiliar Feeling

Image by: mnpix I normally post on Thursdays, and shall do so this week, but I had something happening to me last night that I’ve got to get off of my chest. If you’ve been reading here for a while, then you’ve likely seen me say that I am going into the education field. In fact, I’m…

Rejection Therapy, the Game

Rejection Therapy by Jason Comely is a game with one rule: you must get rejected, in real life, at least once a day, every day. The point: you will find yourself rejected less frequently than you believed, you will be fulfilling your potential (for asking for things, at least), and you will be less fearful of rejection. The cards (it’s actually more…

Review: Monster Vault (Plus 2 Bonus Mini-Reviews!)

Monster Vault is the latest offering in the D&D 4th Edition Essentials line of products.  As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s a collection of many of the most famous monsters from D&D, including ones from previous Monster Manuals, collected into the Essentials 6

November Conventions and Happenings

A few events in November. I’d do this more often if I had a few more editors (hint, hint). Oct 31 – Nov 1 Lucca Comics and Games Lucca, Italy, 4 – 7 KC Game Fair , Kansas City, MO 4 – 7 ShaunCon , Kansas City, MO 4 – 7 NeonCon , Las Vegas, NV 4 – 7 IndieCon , Dorset, UK 5 – 7 PentaCon , Fort Wayne, IN 5 – 7 Anime Nebraska , Omaha, NE 5 – 7 Carnage , Fairlee, VT 5 – 7 Mechanicon , West…

Game Bandit—Difficult to Pronounce Edition

Zobmondo is giving away an iPad and copies of their game, Would You Rather…? . Follow on Facebook or tweet on Twitter, but only posting a video on YouTube will get you a chance at the iPad. For advice on the company’s fantasy steampunk setting, Loaerth & Feywyrd, Nevermet Press is giving away a $30 Amazon gift card and PDFs …

Freeport: Winds of Change – Prelude

If you follow me on Twitter , then you’ve likely see my updates on the campaign that I started this past Friday. After reading Ben’s post on the Pathfinder Freeport Companion , I got really intrigued. I contacted some folks at Green Ronin and got hold of a copy of The Pirate’s Guide to Freeport , which I am using to run my game. I’ll be giving you…

Say Goodbye to Heroscape

Hasbro’ Wizards of the Coast division has pulled the plug on Heroscape . They will instead “focus our business efforts on our core brands” aka Magic and D&D. The last expansion for Heroscape, Moltenclaw’s Invasion , is scheduled for release later this month. ( source , via )

Cthulhu Dice Bag

The great old one isn’t satisfied with your sanity. He also wants your dice! A Cthulhu-shaped dice bag from Steve Jackson Games. The purple one is exclusive to Warehouse 23 .

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways Games Reward the Brain

Tom learns from MMOGs, but his fantastic talk is really about games, in general.

The Dungeon Master

The Dungeon Master is short fiction by author Sam Lipsyte, published recently in The New Yorker. Marco is a paladin. He fights for the glory of Christ. Marco has been many paladins since winter break. They are all named Valentine, and the Dungeon Master makes certain they die with the least possible amount of dignity. Read it.

Game Bandit—Colossus Edition

Compass Games is giving 40% off Price of Freedom, Yalu, Spanish Eagles, Bataan or Red Storm with preorders of the company’s upcoming releases: Steel Wolves, Storming the Reich, or Imperial Japanese Navy . To celebrate the newest Catan game, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails , Mayfair Games and Catan, Inc. are running a photo contest. Photos must be submitted through Facebook. The 50 most popular will earn…

Con on the Cob – Retrospective

One might think that with the little time I spent at Con on the Cob (especially in comparison to the multi-day affairs that were my other convention experiences this year) that I wouldn’t have anything to offer in terms of a look back at my experience. The truth is, I learned as much from my time at CotC as I did at any …

WizKids Relaunches Mage Knights

The Mage Knight property, the original Clix game with pre-painted minis, is being relaunched by the new WizKids (aka NECA). First up is a planned board game, designed by Vlaada Chvátil, designer of Dungeon Lords , Through the Ages , and Galaxy Trucker . Additional items in the works are a deck-building card game and an RPG. ( source )

Project Sanctuary, Magical Energy Through Games

Project Sanctuary is a process whereby we take the natural powers of human imagination to create worlds or habitats. We then step inside those worlds and have adventures and experiences there which teach us many things. While we have these adventures which we call games, we learn by immersion about how to communicate with our energy mind. We learn the language of metaphor, we become smarter, and we evolve. Role…

The Rule of Three

Making an interesting, evocative  scene that invokes the senses of your players is the holy grail of GMing, and it can be made a bit more achievable by following what I call the “Rule of Three.” Simply put, the Rule of Three involves picking at least three things to describe to give a bit more realism to a…

Game Bandit—Kudos to GMT Edition

The sales… Amazon is offering a free Sorry Revenge game with the purchase of $25 in select Hasbro games , or a $10 discount with the purchase of $25 in Mattel preschool games . Use the promo code “EXCLUSIVE20″ to get 20% off at Hasbro’s online toy shop . Thought Hammer’s Spooky Specials for Halloween include sale prices on horror…

Purple Parlay—Which Edition of D&D?

Dungeons and Dragons was first released in 1974. Since then we’ve seen 5 separate editions of the game. Which of those is your favorite? Personally, I started with, and still love, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition. I was really excited for 3rd Edition, but that excitement was killed after reading the core rules. I haven’t played 4th Edition yet, but it sounds like it moved farther…

RPGs for Pakistan Flood Relief

OneBookshelf and participating publishers are again raising money for Doctors Without Borders , this time for Pakistan flood relief. Those donating just $25 will receive an incentive package including 70 RPG products with a total retail value of over $700 . A few highlights of the products include: Accent Your Character (dialect training) Don’t Rest Your Head Dragon Warriors Exalted Fear Itself HarnMaster ICONS Spycraft Starblazer Adventures The…

Extreme Makeover: Gnome Games Edition

Gnome Games took advantage of an opportunity to take part in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (see their credits under furniture & accessories), and also got their friends at Mayfair Games, Sandstorm Games, Out of the Box Publishing, Alliance/Days of Wonder, Winning Moves Games, Fantasy Flight Games, ACD, and Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast on board. Together, they tucked 180 games…