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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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Free to play Star Wars The Old Republic – intergalactic jewel or pile of bantha dung?

It’s no secret that EA has decided to transition Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) from an entirely subscription based service to a free to play (F2P) model. But how much are they really making this transition? Today is the day that we find out. Those that read my posts

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I Am Not, In Fact, Going to Wreck It

  Last week I went to see Wreck-it Ralph.  It was a good movie, I liked it.  It hit all of the right cameos, had a simple and fun story, and some great voice actors in John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Alan Tudyk. The movie is basically

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Faster GM Prep for Fun and Sanity

As I had written before, I had set three personal goals for my new 4E Eberron campaign. The most important goal was to not stress over game prep. When running previous campaigns I would think myself in circles as I attempted to come up with “enough” content for the week’s

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Red Country

A few weeks ago, we discussed every book Joe Abercrombie has written. Every book, that is, but one. November 13th sees the US release of Red Country, our latest foray into Mr. Abercrombie’s bloody, grubby, hilarious-for-all-the-wrong-reasons world, and it’s a damned fun one. I’m not sure exactly where it ranks

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History Repeating, Mega-style

The Megas are one of those bands that you WANT to like. They’re a group of obviously enthusiastic, sincerely nice guys who just so happen to make some very fun Megaman-based rock and roll.

Review: Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles

I’m taking a stab at reviewing some books (sorry Reuben) because now that i’ve made it out of school, I have time to read again.  EVERYONE wants to tell you about what books you have GOT to read right now (sorry Reuben), and it sucks to tell someone either you

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Sick Youtube Weekend, Vidya Game Edition

Protip: adults can get kid-diseases. My last few days have been spent fighting the bacteria that turned my right eye into a goo factory. But I was pleased to discover that adults can enjoy the shit out of pink-eye as easily as kids can; I’ve successfully shirked all normal responsibilities

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The Expanse Series

My theory is that Daniel Abraham is the international man of mystery behind several of our most popular speculative fiction writers. He’s published so many novels & short stories, under so many different pseudonyms, that it is difficult to guess where the man ends and the myth begins. It’s likely

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Guild Wars 2 – The Early Levels

I have a terrible illness when it comes to video games. I act like I’m a Jack Russell with a caffeine high and a bad case of ADHD. I have the attention span of a kitten in an Ikea store. No matter how engaging the plot, no matter how linear

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Early impressions of RaiderZ

RaiderZ is a new kind of MMO experience for me; I never gave Terra a shot or any other action MMORPG for that matter. I’m not entirely sure how it fits into the genre since I have no actual baseline for it at this point. In fact, bottom line here

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