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Fantasy Sports: dungeon crawl ends in epic, eldritch basketball game

In Fantasy Sports No. 1, a berzerker adventurer and his spellslinging, underappreciated apprentice go on a dungeon crawl that takes them into an eldritch game of basketball -- for the highest stakes imaginable.Read the rest

Binge-watching Titansgrave: Wil Wheaton's new live RPG show

I've just watched all three new episodes of Wil's new show, which features performers and writers playing an exhilarating RPG campaign with Wil as DM, set in a lavishly illustrated techno-primitive society.

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Kate Milford's Greenglass House: lyrical, tense YA mystery

Kate Milford made a name as a young adult writer able to tap into a rich Bradburian vein of lyricism with the Boneshaker -- now she shows us that she's an expect mystery writer as well, in Greenglass House, an illustrated middle-grades novel that will keep you guessing.Read the rest

A dungeon game within an experimental documentary book

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Here's a fun idea: A digital book about the development of a game that's also a platform for that game's release. Game...book... ception? Nathan Meunier, author of This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book] describes his new project as "a multi-format creative experiment that merges the worlds of game design, interactive fiction, indie authorship, and self-publishing together in one crazy project."

Meunier took just over a month to teach himself Twine, and made a dungeon-crawling game he says mixes the interactive fiction elements of Twine with pixel art and the features of a traditional RPG game (try a free demo of the game). Along the way, he documented the process in a book he plans to release on Kindle with the game itself inside.

Among other game dev topics, the book also intends to explore the role Twine can play for self-publishing authors these days, an issue that I think is of broad interest (I self-publish some of my own experimental writing on Gumroad and itch.io from time to time).

For more info about Nathan Meunier's This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book], go here, where you'll also find a link to pre-order the project for a 30% savings.

Existential risks: RPGs versus real life


In 2012, Jim Henley got tongue cancer, but it was the good kind -- his odds are like making a save-against-death throw on a D8 and needing to beat a one.

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A roleplaying game about ghosts, in just 150 words

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I never loved pen and paper games like Dungeons & Dragons as a kid. That kind of play felt like it took everything I liked about fantasy and pretend—being a character, drama and romance, surprises!—and turned it into a spreadsheet that chased friends away. But there are all kinds of ways to roleplay today, and some might surprise you.

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Giant D20 soaps


These 100g D20 peppermint soaps are $10.52 each -- there's a real D20 in the center of each one. (via Geeky Merch)

Fantasy worlds that break history's back

Anything can happen in the world of pretend. Microscope is a pen-and-paper game of "fractal history" that forces us to reexamine the rules of the real Read the rest

Flashing LED-equipped dice that light up on critical hits


Thinkgeek's $25 critical hit dice are a set of D10, D12, and D20 that light up when you roll their maximum values (they're all correctly weighted for fair throws).

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D20 and 20,000 Leagues ties


These gorgeous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and D20 ties are $24 from San Francisco's Binary Winter

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Dollar Store Dungeons!


Rachel sends us "a series of posts about all the cool ways to use dollar store finds in tabletop RPGs. There is an amazing variety of useful things there, from things that could easily work as miniatures, to white boards for sketching maps or tracking initiative, to the cheapest source I've yet found for glass beads."

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Great polyhedral dice jewelry


Polish jeweler Mage Studio offers a wide variety of extraordinary accessories made from polyhedral dice, a gamer's accessory that has become very ornamental in nature, perfectly complementing pieces like: the dragon/D20 necklace, the D12 cufflinks, and this pendant D20 necklace.

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D20-in-clear-bubble necklaces


The D20 pendant is $20, with your choice of chains -- also comes in clear, jade, red, orange, blue, black, and grey from Blue Star Creations. (via Geeky Merch)

D20 rug


The Critical Hit D20 rug is 43"x38", with a non-skid backing, and ensures that your living spaces always make their saving throws.

Dogs playing D&D


Johannes writes, "Poker? Meh! Billards? Bah! Tabletop RPG? YESSS! It's about time the notorious gaming dogs got something relevant to play. Watch closely as they roll dice, check stats, and of course, eat snacks!"

Did we mention they love Vallejo?

Hi-resolution reproduction of original oil painting. Perfect for the game room or office! Just in time for the holidays! Great gift your favorite geek!

Created by Johannes Grenzfurthner with Heather Kelley

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1980 D&D ad asserts that RPGs are woman-friendly


By modern standards, the inclusion of two women in this Dungeons and Dragons ad was a surprisingly bold move -- a kind of sad snapshot of our lost, pre-Reagan/Thatcher/Pinochet/Mulroney-era past.

(via Seanan McGuire)

Tabletop Superheroes: remixable RPG


The Parkes Library in NSW, Australia mashed up my Dungeons and Dragons variant for toddlers with School for Supervillains, creating a superhero game for kids of all ages for its Fun Palace week,

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