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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Tabletop Roleplaying Definitions

We’ve been discussing gaming a lot the last few weeks. But we haven’t really discussed the various different ideas and definitions. This post will explain these different terms. As this blog series continues, I will add new definitions to this post to help keep explanations up to date.

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

Nerdy Tavern (Andrew Smith)

How to Run your first game

Every great story must start somewhere. For role playing, most great stories begin in the humble tavern. The characters down a round, but then what? This post will give you some tips on how to get the ball rolling.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

Shadowrun 4th Edition cover (Andrew Smith)

Running the Shadows

This week, Shadowrun. Seattle 2070, technological advancement has brought about full articulated artificial limbs, self driving cars and a soy-based diet for everyone. Adding to this utopia is a rush of magic, spirits and dragons turning everything on its head. Leaving the characters stuck in the middle.

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set (Andrew Smith)

Start your R&R with some D&D

One of the most important questions for any gaming group is, “What game shall we play?” Ultimately the answer to that question is, “do what you are interested in.” Here's a primer on where to begin:

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

The Spokesman-Review guide to being a Dungeon Master

Everything is one in the DM; they are the past, the future, the present and the power. These masters of improvisation are driven by a desire to have a good time and in some, a tinge of megalomania. Bringing forth a world of possibilities for others, they are the story teller and the players are the active participants. Have fun.

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MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014


Dynamic Game of Zombies with Fred

How about Zombies?

The world falls dark as the power plant is overrun. You hear a helicopter in the distance. Get to it first and get out of here! The only thing stopping you is a horde of zombies and your crazed, probably bitten friends. Can you survive?

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

My shelf of games (Andrew Smith)

What to play tonight?

Board games and tabletop games are fun boiled down to their basic components. In this blog we are here to figure out which games are packed full of good solid fun. Hope you enjoy my reviews and I look forward to hearing your responses.

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

'FEZ' takes players on perspective-altering journey

Title: FEZ Genre: Puzzle/platformer Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Polytron Corporation Publisher: Polytron Corporation/Trapdoor Release date (original): April 13, 2012 ​A little taste of the superb level design in 'FEZ.' The resurgence of the platform genre can be attributed to the rise of the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Every NES start screen. All of them.

I saw this on Wired and had to share it here. YouTube user NicksplosionFX compiled a video made up of every NES/Famicom start screen ever made. No big deal, right? It's 2 hours, 50 minutes and 12 seconds long. THAT's *kinda* a big deal. Can't...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

FTL: Advanced Edition

With all of the talk about the new PS4 and the Xbox One and all the next-gen games, there's really one one game I'm excited about. It's the new Advanced Edition of FTL: Faster Than Light. At just $10, you'll get more replay value out...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

World of Warcrack

In yesterday's paper, there was a story about a woman in Coeur d’Alene who lost her children because she was playing World of Warcraft for "six to eight hours a day." In the comments, reader catchaserguns mentioned, "Thats why I call it World of Warcrack."...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

SteamOS: Worth the hype? 

If you haven't heard by now, there's a new gaming system called SteamOS that is trying to bring the world of PC gaming into the console-dominated living room. A custom Linux operating system that has been optimized specifically for video games, SteamOS is causing all...

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