Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Micro Turbines, Quantum Teleportation, & TIE Interceptor Drone

Over on goodshomedesign.com, they tell us how an "Artificial Wind Tree Uses Micro Turbine Leaves To Generate Electricity" here.

Also, on physicsworld.com, they share how "Two quantum properties teleported together for first time" here.

Finally, on cnet.com, they tell us that the "TIE Interceptor drone is the meanest starfighter in the galaxy" here.

News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

RPG Blog Carnival: Best GM Ever

This month's Blog Carnival is being shepherded here on this blog and the topic is "Best GM Ever."  Folks can keep track this month by following this post and each new month and visit the archives for the Blog Carnival on roleplayingtips.com here.

This month on the RPG Blog Carnival, there will be a lot of discussion about the "Best GM Ever."  Some folks will contend it is one particular person they met, either recently or back in their distant memory, who ran a game so enthralling the players speak of it every chance they get.  They will tell the tale of one particular adventure where the group nearly lost one or more of the party to certain death.  The players will recount how they were ever on their toes and had to dig around for just the right information to find an object quite precious and rescue someone from peril.  They faced many dangers along the way though none compared to the fight in the grand finale that no one thought could be accomplished or the big reveal when the mystery was solved.  They will all be right.

However, other folks will post that it is someone else, someone who has a particular set of skills, skills that they have seen in part here and there spread out among many GMs.  They will point out that their one friend, So-and-so, might be a contender for the title, since he has a game world he has developed for years that has served their group through many tribulations and system changes.  There will be What's-her-name who has an uncanny ability for improvisation and always seems one or two steps ahead of the players, ready with a description of anywhere they go and anyone they meet, and there is always adventure in the offing.  Then there is What's-his-name who can do the most amazing voices and mannerisms, sometimes celebrity impressions, which helps to ground the campaign in the familiar with all of the roleplaying interactions.  Or maybe that one GM who runs combats so seamlessly that the players don't feel like fighting is a separate or dominant part of the game but rather just another aspect which crops up from time to time but doesn't steal focus from the ongoing story that unfolds.  Or the GM who researches history quite deeply and lends a depth to the game that never bottoms out.  All of these people are also right in naming those folks as the best GM ever.

In truth, the best GM ever is any and all of the above.  The best GM ever is the stalwart player who steps up to ensure that a game will be run, just to fill in for a week or month after month with an ongoing campaign, year in and year out.  It is the GM who puts together a scenario for the random gameday or helps out at conventions to make sure everyone is in for a great time.  It is the grizzled veteran and the newcomer who is reading their first game book and putting together a group.

The Best GM Ever is you!

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Media News Monday - Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)

As all things must pass, so too beloved celebrities like Leonard Nimoy.  I've collected a few of the items below that surfaced over the weekend while folks mourned his passing.  After reading "How Leonard Nimoy Was Convinced to Join the First 'Star Trek' Movie" on the Hollywood Reporter here, read about the "An Incredibly Touching Leonard Nimoy Tribute From The ISS" here.

Also, on io9.com, check out how "Canada's 'Spocking Fives' Phenomenon Surges In Tribute To Leonard Nimoy" here.

Finally, while it might seem illogical, he once joined the Bangles "Going Down To Liverpool" to do nothing.  Enjoy.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Funnies - PVP's Spocking, Superheroes, & The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Over on pvponline.com, they have a strip in remembrance of Leonard Nimoy here.

Also, from moviepilot.com, a "Photographer Creates Darkly Funny View into the Private Lives of Superheroes" here.

Finally, a Kcikstarter from yesteryear "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in 'Grass Roots'" project by bolex brothers can be found here.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Tenkar's Tavern, Pyramid of the Lost King, & Empires: Age of Discovery

There are relatively few gaming bloggers as dedicated to their work as Erik Tenkar, the proprietor of the blog Tenkar's Tavern.  He's got a Patreon page set up to help him offset the costs of his phenomenal efforts here.  Join him!

Also, a couple of Kickstarters of note include, first, "Pyramid of the Lost King: Adventures in Basq" by Johua De Santo.  It's a modest adventure for Sword & Wizardry so jump on board here.

Finally, there is still time to get in on the juggernaut that is "Empires: Age of Discovery (Age of Empires III reborn)" by Eagle Games here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Pac-Man Restaurant, Godzilla Hotel, & Castle for Sale

Over on the dailyherald.com, they let us know that a "Pac-Man-themed restaurant opens at Woodfield" here.

Also, on comicbook.com, they may have topped that news by telling us a "Godzilla Hotel To Open In Japan" here.

Finally, pardon me if the headline was a bit misleading since what the Medievalists.net website mentioned last year was that a "Medieval Castle and Hamlet for Sale in Italy: Castello Izzalini" here.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday - D&D's CRPG Influence, Herron's Conantics, & a Raging DM

It was just last November when moviepilot.com took a look at "Dungeons & Dragons: How it Changed Video Games Forever!"  Read more here.

Also, on Don Herron's website, Up and Down These Mean Streets, he has republished an article from 1976 titled "Conan vs. Conantics" here.

Finally, on the Sword & Shield blog last October, C.R. Brandon put two and two together to uncover the D&D roots of Rage Against the Machine co-founder Tom Morello in an article titled "Rage Against the DM" here.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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