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Close to Home … An Autobiographical Review of Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

Close to Home … An Autobiographical Review of Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons There is no such thing as an unbiased review, but in this instance my prejudices go beyond the norm. I love Michael Witwer’s biography of the late Gary Gygax, but I’m also connected to the material […]

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We’re All Weird: Felicia Day Memoir Review

It looked like she was patting our booth reassuringly, or perhaps performing an understated interpretive dance. As I returned from the Starbucks located a convenient dozen yards from our booth, I realized the tiny redhead had reverse-wrapped packing tape around her hand. I set our coffee order down. “Um, what the hell are you doing?” […]

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3 Reasons I Love Metamorphosis Alpha

Quick Metamorphosis Alpha RPG Purchase Links: Pre-Order Physical Book + PDF Download eBook/PDF Only from Signal Fire Studios eBook/PDF Only from DriveThruRPG (This post was originally published in 2013, but in celebration of the eBook launch of the new Metamorphosis Alpha eBook and upcoming “dead tree” version, I’m bringing this back for everyone to know […]

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Darkness, Horror, & Maturity in 80s Cartoons

Kid-focused entertainment in the 1980s is best known for being cheaply-produced half-hour advertisements for toys and breakfast cereal. I am proud (or alternately, ashamed) to admit that I was the kid who would rush from the bus stop to pour myself a bowl of crunchy sugar soaked in milk-fat and sit eye-blisteringly close to the family […]

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A Rape of Ice & Fire

*** SPOILERS ARE COMING *** The article below is chock-filled with spoilers for Season 4, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. You have been warned. *** The Internet exploded in sound and fury on Sunday night, the howls of outrage the likely suspect in my recent insomnia. It seems like the entire world is screaming […]

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Learn History and Beat Up Dead Presidents

Jamie’s Review of How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien It’s always frustrating to me when people declare that “history is boring.” It’s like they have zero idea about the human drama, betrayals, sex, and violence that shames Game of Thrones—AND IT TOTALLY HAPPENED FOR REAL. […]

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Spreading the T-Shirt Love

Anyone who knows me is aware for my love of the humble t-shirt. I settled on the “jeans & t-shirt” fashion style in 8th grade and it has shown I’m a giant nerd served me well ever since . And while sometimes a simple splash of color over my torso works just fine, my favorites […]

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The Airships of Mars

The screen faded to dark as the music swelled, and the letters J, C, M appeared in a stylized logo design. John Carter began its roll of credits, a fun and uncomplicated action-adventure movie complete with a happy ending and room for a sequel. I sat there for several long minutes with other movie patrons […]

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