Plate armor hoodie


Thinkgeek's $80 Medieval Knight Hoodie lets you stay warm and stylish by simulating a suit of plate armor. The spaulders and visor snap on and off, and the sleeves are pulled into shape by thumb cuffs.

Kickstarting a port of Glorantha to the D20 system


Rob writes, One reason that Glorantha, a legendary RPG world that has influenced designers like Sandy Petersen and White Wolf founder Mark Rein-Hagen, has been out of the mainstream is that its gaming systems (RuneQuest and HeroQuest) are not as familiar as D&D's D20-based system."

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Surprise marriage proposal via Magic: The Gathering


Lindsey Loree proposed to her boyfriend by challenging him to a game of Magic: The Gathering into which she inserted a homemade "Proposal" card (she had to sneak a card into her lap to make it work); once he said yes, she gave him a ringpop to seal the deal!

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Bundle of DRM-free RPGs created by women game-devs


The latest Bundle of Holding features 3 games for $8 or 7 games for $19; all created by woman devs, all delivered as DRM-free PDFs, with 10% of proceeds to Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders (you can also buy a gift-code for a friend).

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Monster Manual: bestiaries from 16th Century/1977/2014

Robert sez, "Dungeons & Dragons, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is about to release its new Monster Manual -- the original Monster Manual was a watershed moment in human history, part of a history that includes a 16th century bestiary, the Augsburg Book of Miracles; bestiaries reveal our profoundly human desire for an enchanted, magical world."

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D20 silicone baking molds


They're oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer-safe, and make 4 3" cakes (or whatever) per batch; $13 each.

D20 serving-bowl set


The two halves of the bowl snap together to make a giant D20 (saving throw up, of course), and then snap apart to form a pair of dishwasher/ microwave-safe serving bowls -- $13 from Thinkgeek.

T-shirt for your next D&D game


Shirt-on-demand (tank, tee or sweat) from Lookhuman.

Ain't No Party Like A D&D Party (via Wonderland)

Viewmaster reels for the old D&D cartoon show

Matt writes, "I found these old Dungeons & Dragons TV-show View-Master reels on Internet Archive and made a slide show, complete with the 'ka-chunk' noise the old View-Master toy made."

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Dark Dungeons: Seduced by the exotic and sinister world of role playing games

Dark Dungeons is a crowd-funded movie based on a Jack Chick religious tract of the same name. Cory posted about the Kickstarter earlier, and now it's finished. Here's the first 8-minutes. You can buy the full movie for $5. (Thanks, CN!)

DEA's D&D-themed patches


They may be corrupt, authoritarian, racist and sleazy, but their FPRG-inspired mission patches are cool -- but of course, square-ass pinks who take jobs as DEA spooks are so lame that they flog them on Ebay, for your ironic fashion pleasure.

Dungeons and Dragons-themed DEA Patches

How Gary Gygax lost control over D&D and TSR


Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World, tells the gripping tale of how Gary Gygax lost control over TSR and Dungeons and Dragons, ousted by his business partners after a series of miscalculations and mistakes.

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Dice shaming for disloyal D20s


Dice-shaming: for when your stubborn, disloyal polyhedra refuse to behave (see also). Dang, I hope this becomes a thing! (via Seanan)

Cubicles and Careers: an RPG for monsters who dream of office-jobs

Cubicles and Careers is a new webseries from Fantasycon's Murray Triplett and Greg Johnson that brings us to the gaming table where fantastic monsters gather to role-play at working in mundane offices, making saving throws against being noticed by their bosses when they sneak in to work late. Looks like fun!

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How much game can you fit in 32x32 pixels?

LowRezJam challenged game developers to create games in tiny playfields of 32x32 pixels or less. As the creator of 9x9 pixel RPG TinyHack, this is a microgenre dear to my heart. I played through a bunch of the entries, and here are my favorites.

3ddungeon2

Lands of Lorez is a grid-based action RPG in the style made famous by Dungeon Master. Ingeniously simplified controls, including a zero-confusion combat system and map. With stunning art that really takes advantage of the low-resolution limitations, it among all the titles felt the most complete. I'll be hitting this one over and over again.

sneslike

Pocket Venture does likewise with the Japanese-style computer RPG genre. It also has great graphics and music, too--it's amazing how much detail is packed in--and look and feels like classic Final Fantasy fare. There's already a dungeon and a town to explore, with more to come. The random battles are quite a grind.

thewish

The Wish is a simple exploration RPG, but creates a strong sense of place and mystery with excellent pixel art and moody audio. Movement speed is slow, though, and tedious combat brings it to a halt. But the atmosphere makes it unmissable.

dungeoncrawlyone

Low-Rez-Dungeon is quite similar to my game, but is far better: a more complete minimalist action-roguelike experience. The creator plans to add random dungeon generation, too.

monsterlandy

Origin is a Monster Land-ish platformer with colorful graphics and nice simple mechanics, but needs its world filled with ... something.

cmdandconquer

Cmd & Kill is perhaps the most spectacular technical achievement to emerge from the jam. An implementation of a Command and Conquer-style 90s RTS in 32x32 pixels. It's just about playable, too, with simple, effective controls and recognizable units. Good sound design helps cue player awareness and imbue it with genuine Westwood feel. 32p Tycoon is a similar demake for the Railway Tycoon genre, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out.

samurai

Samurai Assassin is a fast-paced action slice-em-up that's fun to play and stylish. It would probably be better if it had a larger playing field, though.

pyramid

I couldn't figure out The Pyramid Gate, but it was trippy and creepy, so I approve. Likewise, 1024 Dread is a dark, raycasted 3D horror game that puts the player in a dark maze being pursued by a shadowy figure. It was far too scary for me.

Others that kept me engaged included Lowrez Drop, an addictive Tetris-like puzzle game, Guns, Beats and Dragons, a SmashTV-style shoot em up, and LowRez Runner, like Canabalt but slower and more forgiving.