Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 Genre Book Preview

Over on, they've put together a nice list of science fiction and fantasy books due out in 2013.  Read more here!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rebuilding EN World

As many of you know, EN World was hit by some hackers over the holidays and the site was devastated.  They saved the database but are scrambling to make the site whole again.  To that end, they have begun a campaign to Rebuild the website and even have a Kickstarter with just two weeks to go.  See more here and here!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Worst Sci-Fi Films of 2012

Another of those wrap up the year articles, this time from, regarding the worst science fiction movies from 2012.  See if you agree here!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Seth Abramson Reviews Hobbit Reviewers

Earlier this month, in the Huff Post Books section, there was a very good point made by poet Seth Abramson regarding the various reviews circulating about Peter Jackson's treatment of The Hobbit.  In it, he says,
All of this may seem like hapless nerd-kvetching, but consider: Would a film critic reviewing a Jane Austen adaptation be forgiven for exhibiting little knowledge of (and little willingness to embrace) the film's source material? How about Tolstoy? The reviews of The Hobbit don't just indulge, they indeed rely upon both the critics' and readers' ignorance of Tolkien's tale
Read the whole article here!

Photo from here.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

BBC America Airs Classic Doctor Who

Some classic Doctor Who episodes are slated to run monthly on BBC America starting tonight.  Read more on here!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gyagx Magazine Launch

Over on, there is an article heralding the launch of Gygax Magazine and detailing the table of contents for the first issue.  Today, you can attend the launch party online by following links on the home page.  Huzzah!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Spartacus: War of the Damned on STARZ

On STARZ, the new Spartacus: War of the Damned, first episode titled "Enemies of Rome" airs tonight.  Here's a clip from the show to enjoy!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Inigo Montoya Quote Considered Travel Threat

What a bizarre turn of events for traveler Waynard Mullins when his Princess Bride t-shirt caused a stir on a Qantas flight.  Read more here!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Some rather big news in the industry as WotC has decided to once again join the ranks of publishers making their products available as PDFs.  Read more here on or go to the D&D/WotC interface through here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Digital Sound Library

A recent article on the Cornell University Tumblr page heralded a fully digital natural sound archive housed online in the Macaulay Library.  Read more here and check out the collection here!

Monday, January 21, 2013

GM/DM Merit Badges

About a year and a half ago, over on the Strange Magic blog, the idea of GM/DM Merit Badges was explored and expanded.  Read more here!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

R. I. P. Lynn Willis

After a long bout with Parkinsons Disease, gaming industry professional Lynn Willis has passed.  Read more here.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hobbit End Credits Song Lyrics

Over on the SaffronKelvin2 YouTube channel is a video from December with the lyrics to the closing credits song from The Hobbit movie. Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

China's New Themepark

China has a new theme park with iconography suspiciously similar to World of Warcraft artwork.  Have a look on here!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Zork Creators Interview

Last month featured an interview with Dave Lebling, one of the creators of the text-based Zork video game, done in a very clever way on the heels of their Pioneer Award win.  See more here!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Larry Elmore Feature

Over on is a new feature article on Larry Elmore and his 40 years of making fantasy artwork.  Read more here!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Star Wars Alphabet Silhouettes

Over on it has been reported that artist Patrick Concepcion has added his rendition of a Star Wars alphabet to the others on the Internet but this one is in silhouette form.  See more here!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Christopher Tolkien's Stance

There is an interesting essay called Concerning Christopher that showed up on website last week that will be a fascinating read for most Tolkien fans.  Read more here!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Father Hires Assassins to Kill Son's PCs

Over on the My Tech Gumbo website is a recent story about some interesting parenting.  Apparently, a father hired some savvy online gamers to stalk the PCs of his son in his favorite computer games and kill them off so that he'd get out of the house and look for a job.  Read more here!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bestseller eBooks Price Drop

Over on is a recent story on the average price drop of Bestselling eBooks in 2012.  Read more here!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Central Banking in Middle Earth

Over on the Morton and Goerge blog is a tongue in cheek look at some of the economics of Middle Earth.  Read more here!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Big Bang TNG-Style

The Big Bang gang are on their way to a Star Trek convention tonight when things go awry.  Read more here (spoilers)!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Misty Mountains Cover

Over on juNCurryAhn's YouTube channel is a new video rendition of the Misty Mountains song from The Hobbit featuring Jun Sung Ahn on the violin and the amazing vocals work of Peter Hollens.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

d12 Calendar from Papercraft Dungeon

Over at Papercraft Dungeon, they've added a free offering in the form of a d12 Calendar for 2103.  See more here!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Dragonmeet British RPG Industry Panel

At Dragonmeet in the UK early in December, a video was made of a panel formed to discuss the state of the British RPG industry.  In attendance were James Wallis, Phil Masters, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Simon J Rogers, and Piers "The Magus" Connolly.  It's been uploaded to the GMSMagazine YouTube channel and it is about an hour long but very interesting, if at times a bit difficult to hear.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

CMG Triad Milestone

Just a brief announcement to herald a milestone for the CMG Triad of websites.  As of today, the three sites collectively have surpassed 1,500 posts and over 125,000 page views.  Huzzah!

The wiki image is a Roman Milestone from the Road of Patriarchs in Israel

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Geek Related Horror

If you are already familiar with the excellent blog, then it will be no surprise to know its history goes back further than the blog itself.  The form of its early website, found here, also contains a top notch essay on introducing horror to a roleplaying game,  Read more about that here!

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Genre Films

Every year at this time, I'm on the look out for lists of Science Fiction and Fantasy movies for the coming year and was kind enough to provide one.  See more here!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bag End Doll House

As we look back on the birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien, let's also look over on where we can see a cool pictorial article on the making of a Bag End Doll House.  See more here!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Orson Wells Meets HG Wells

Over on YouTube is a video of a Campell Playhouse interview of both H. G. Wells and Orson Wells.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Celtic Trims

Check out the items at the Celtic Trims website.  They've got some great towels. pillows, covers, tapestries and more.  See more here!