Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Wargaming, Tablescapes, & Barnyards

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "Miniature Wargaming: The Movie" by Joseph Piddington here.

Also, have a look at "Tablescapes Dungeons - Modular RPG Dungeons by Secret Weapon" by Secret Weapon here.

Finally, checks out "Barnyard Roundup, Bluffing set collection card game! Ages 6+" by Druid City Games here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Friday Grab Bag - Talkin Tolkien

Lots of big Tolkien news this week for fans and gamers alike.  Over on, they ran a story this week titled "Middle-earth Comes to 5th Edition This Fall with Cubicle 7's Adventures In Middle-earth Player's Guide" here.

Also, on, you can get a bit more on the RPG from the horses mouth here.

Finally, on, they tell us "The Silmarillion: Warner Bros. Multi-Film & TV Deal for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Classic!"  Get the details on that here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Stranger Things

By now you will probably have heard that the Netflix series Stranger Things doesn't simply makes a passing reference to Dungeons & Dragons but rather makes the game integral to the plot of the eight episode arc.  I've added three videos to the end of this post, the first two being trailers but the third being the first eight minutes of episode one which gives some idea of the tone of the series as well as how important D&D is to the story.  As you'll be able to tell, the series is set in the 1980s (with some admitted anachronisms) and hits some notes akin to E.T., The Goonies, and X-Files.  It is well-cast, well- acted, and well-written all the way from start to finish.  This will be one for the video collections of any gamer, young or old.

Also, on, you can get a more in-depth understanding of the quality of this series from Scott Wampler by reading his article titled "Drop What You’re Doing And Watch STRANGER THINGS On Netflix Right Now" here.  He does a good job avoiding spoilers but steer clear of the comments section to be sure nothing is ruined if you have yet to watch the series.  After you have watched it, check out the article "The real star of Stranger Things is Dungeons & Dragons" here.  You'll already know this but it's a good read anyway.

Finally, jump over to for an interview with miniatures sculpture John Dennett.  He's the fella who sculpted the original Demogorgon from the Fantasy Lords line of Grenadier Miniatures in 1984.  The monster is referenced in the series beyond the early appearance of the miniature but the first showing of the figure makes a lasting impression.  The interview is here and John Dennett's own website, where he still shares his work today, is here.

And now, those videos I promised . . .

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Events & Play Wednesday - Gary Gygax Day!

Now that Gary Gygax Day is upon us, let's all do our best to remember why we game: the friendships we make, the fun we share, and joy it brings to our lives.  If you have the chance, share some of your fond memories of gaming here or on the GM's Day page where Gary Gygax Day is also being celebrated here.  And don't forget that CMG is having a One Dollar sale to mark the occasion here.

Also, on, Timothy Connolly penned a wonderful article with d30 ways to enjoy your Gary Gygax Day here.

Finally, great thanks to Tim and the gamer-from-down-under Heath for spreading the word about this wonderful holiday.  You can visit Heath's The Antipodean d20 page here.

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Once & Future Tech

Three from Science Alert this week with the first being "Elon Musk's new company is developing robots to do your housework" here.

Also, have a look at "Physicists just did the 'impossible' and created a quantum hologram" here.

Finally, check out "Computers will require more energy than the world generates by 2040" here.

News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

RPG Media Monday - Arthur, Kong, & Star Trek

We've got two films and a new series on the horizon that will probably be enjoyed by most RPGers and gamers of many stripes.  Over on the IGN YouTube channel, watch a trailer for the Guy Ritchie reimagining of Arthurian legend with the "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Trailer" that was shared at Comic Con 2016.  Enjoy!

Also, on the Kong: Skull Island YouTube channel, shared at Comic Con 2016, check out the "Kong: Skull Island" trailer.  Fierce!

Finally, on the Star Trek YouTube channel, they give us a "First Look [at the] Test Flight of Star Trek's U.S.S. Discovery" though we still know nothing about casting details.  Teasers!

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Funnies - Go, Find, & Face It

Over on, they suggest we "Give It a Go" here.

Also, on, they give us a lesson in finding treasure here.

Finally, on, they tell you to "Turn Your Human Face Into A Video Game Character" here.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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