November 2012

Guild Wars – The Mid to Not-So-Mid Levels

          Guild Wars          The last time I wrote about Guild Wars 2, I focused on my first impressions of the game from levels 1 to 10. As of this writing, my plant-elf is level 63 and climbing. I’ve played the game through

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The failings of the SWTOR free to play conversion

  On November 15, 2012 there was a great disturbance in the Force. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out “are you serious” because they had tried to play the new free to play version of Star Wars The Old Republic. The conversion of SWTOR from a

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007 falls flat with Skyfall

I’m not sure if I like James Bond anymore.  In fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever liked him after the age of 12.  Of the last several movies, the only two I’ve found to be worthwhile were Casino Royale and Goldeneye.  I’m pretty sure my love for Goldeneye was

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The Christmas RPG Gift Guide

RPG enthusiasts are a hard group to buy for. Our games are intimate things that exist more in the bonds between each other than in the merchandise. To the uninitiated, RPG products can be an impenetrable quagmire of polyhedrons and overpriced books. Somehow, we divine that one book with a

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Don’t (Do) Read This Book

The genesis of Don’t Read This Book is in Don’t Rest Your Head, a tabletop game from Evil Hat Productions. The premise: a surreal metropolis called the Mad City, straddling the boundaries between waking life and the sleeping world, operating off dream logic and sucking in the victims of nightmares,

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The Guide to Nerd Gift Giving

Today marks a hallowed and kind of horrible tradition – Black Friday. This day brings with it a minor form of PTSD for me thanks to too many years working retail. If you live in an area with a Fred Meyers grocery/department store, you’re probably familiar with “Freddie’s Famous Sock

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Arrow: The Bruce Wayne we never liked

I stumbled across the tv show Arrow on Hulu this past weekend – and of course quickly watched every episode I could get access to. I will admit, most of my experience was with the Green Arrow is the super left hero of the Justice League comics, I never really read much

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Rekindling the Geoscape: XCOM Enemy Unknown Review

You’d be hard pressed to find a motivator in nerd cultures stronger than nostalgia. When Firaxis announced XCOM: Enemy Unknown as a spiritual successor to the X-COM series of the ’90s you could hear strategy gamers’ collective frothing. Does XCOM honor its predecessor? Does it file down the teeth that the

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Roleplaying, the Secret Sauce: Part 1

Probably one of the most awkward experiences I’ve had with all my clothes on is trying to explain the idea of “roleplaying” to someone who doesn’t really roll enough dice or click enough buttons to grok the concept. “So…you pretend to be a character?” I hate answering “Yes” to that

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Finding FNM

If you are a Magic player, you’ve probably heard of “Friday Night Magic,” a tournament night set up at a local comic or gaming shop. The idea of going to FNM may even have occurred to you. However, if you are like me (occasionally so overwhelmed by the thought of contact of

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