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Review: Night’s Black Agents: The Dracula Dossier

“Listen to them, The Children of the Night, what music they make…” -Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Redacted) The Hunt for Dracula is on. Agents spanning the decades search for the elusive fiend at the behest of one agency or another, all in an attempt to either destroy his evil once and for all or to turn it to their own use, cultivating the Prince of Darkness into a master operative for their own nefarious purposes. Pelgrane Press’ Dracula Dossier is a brilliantly constructed set of books…

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Pandemic: Legacy

Alex, Jason, Molly and I have all decided to test our friendship.  We have, as a group, purchased a copy of Pandemic: Legacy.  I’ll chart our progress here as we go. The number of games that can be played range from 12 to 24.  If we successfully complete our objectives every month, we will save the world in twelve months time.  If we don’t, well, that number of plays becomes much higher. Follow us here as we test our mettle and the bonds of friendship…

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The Amazing Sinbad (Glue)!

“Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and witness the one glue for bonding everything to everything else! Canvas! Cork! Glass! Leather! Metal! Rubber! Stone! Vinyl! Wood! You name it and this product will stick to it! And it will do it in 30 seconds flat! How strong is the bond you ask? Not only will it hold aloft a construction worker glued to a girder by his helmet, but he can be riding a motorcycle at the same time! That’s right! It will hold up…

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Alex’s Gateway

How to Introduce a Role-Playing Game: Starting a new group of people in an RPG can be a daunting task. I personally initiated a select group of my friends into D&D 5th Edition. Our group has been dabbling in 2E & 13 Age, but I am much more familiar with that system. Some of my advice will be 5e specific and may have to be altered for different RPGs. 1) appear to know the rules. The perception of knowledge is far more important than actually…

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Cat Tower from IDW now on Kickstarter!

CAT TOWER IS AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER!  BACK THE NEW STACKING GAME THAT REQUIRES FELINE-LIKE DEXTERITY San Diego, CA (August 18, 2015) –Today marks the launch of IDW Games and Pandasaurus’ official Kickstarter for Cat Tower. Cat Tower is a lethally cute, dexterity-based, paper-craft cat stacking game by Taiwanese designer, Aza Chen. The uproarious player interaction and unique, unwieldy cat components make Cat Tower an instant obsession for anyone who plays it. “Upon first look, we fell madly, deeply in love with Cat Tower,” said Molly Wardlaw of Pandasaurus Games. “We knew everyone that got ahold of it would feel the same. It was…

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Jon’s Gen Con 2015 Recap

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Gen Con 2015 Recap This year’s Gen Con was fantastic (and crowded) as usual! However, it’s been over a week since Gen Con ended, so forgive me if the details have faded a bit. You won’t get all the games played and meals eaten as much as in my Gen Con 2014 Recap. You know you’re at Gen Con when you got your badge! Wednesday: Eight of us arrived in Indy early afternoon. After sorting out rooms (the hotel pre-registration in January was a nightmare, BTW),…

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Atomic Highway – RPG Review

Riding the Atomic Highway In honor of the impending new Mad Max movie, our regular gaming group played Colin Chapman’s Atomic Highway this evening AND HAD A GREAT TIME! Atomic Highway uses Radioactive Ape Design’s V6 Engine system. The V6 Engine utilizes sets of 7 attributes and 20 skills. When a die roll is called for (and they make a point of saying, ‘only when necessary’), you choose the appropriate attribute and skill that apply. You roll a number of six-sided dice equal to your attribute, with the…

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Atomic Robo – RPG Review

Atomic Robo: Katsumi Reborn About a month ago, we finally got the chance to give Atomic Robo – The Roleplaying Game a whirl. Character Generation To help with character generation, I put together a set of worksheets with examples. You can check them out here: ARRPGchargenWorksheet What we ended up with was: Bongo (Experiment P37) – Sapient Circus Bear (Weird Character Creation method – Beast mode. Okay, brief backstory here: Bongo was a circus bear that had enough of riding bicycles and lashed out at the crowd, killing a…

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Alex Generous

Alex Generous is a student at Mayo Graduate School, part of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is working on his PhD thesis with a focus on measles virus. He started gaming with Settlers of Catan & Risk, and has been hooked ever since. His foray into RPGs is relatively new but he is currently in Fifth Edition D&D and 13th Age campaigns. His collection is a large array of gateway games as he is constantly evangelizing his social groups to the hobby.  Age:…

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Jason Duncan

Jason is an Elementary School Teacher most weekdays and has always had an interest in Fantasy and Science Fiction. While he was growing up, the best game in the world was Monopoly, a game that still holds a special place in his heart. Like most people nowadays, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride were his introduction to Euro-games and the larger world of Hobby Gaming.  He hooked up with his current motley bunch last year and has struggled ever since, enjoying most minutes of…

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