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Upwind Project from Biohazard Games

Imagine Bakshi’s classic animated film Wizards has a head-on collision with Disney’s Treasure Planet and the resulting fire is put out with a whole lot of Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky. That, in an unexpected, animated mash-up, is Upwind. ...
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10 of My Favorite Things from June!

Another month has gone by and another stack of amazing things have floated down my social media stream. This month includes podcasts, artists, novels, RPG supplements, and two cool new Kickstarters! PLEASE NOTE: These are not presented in any particular ...
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8 of My Favorite Things from May!

It’s been a pretty incredible month of geek. Here are a few things that are getting me talking.   Champions of Aetaltis Most of what I have to say about this Kickstarter is covered in the video. What I can add is the ...
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Weekend Shout Out: The Adventure a Week Blog

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the 3-time ENnie nominated, 2014 Silver ENnie-winning, AaWBlog, now’s the time! The focus of AdventureAWeek.com is primarily on publishing adventures compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game such as Rise of the Drow and Snow White, but has recently ...
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Games Change Lives: Hero Kids RPG for Ages 4-10

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of gaming with kids as early as humanly possible; I do own a website called www.gameschangelives.com after all. When my wife and I decided to have kids, I spent quite a bit ...
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RPG Bookmarks: Beautiful and Elegant

J.M. Perkins posted about this Kickstarter a few weeks ago, but I love this concept and needed to remind people that they have only 5 days to go. There isn’t much to say about this that J.M. and the Undead ...
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“Clear!” Shocking Medicine in Games, Literature, Film, and TV

Aside from being a writer and game designer, my secret identity is as a critical care nurse. I’ve been wanting to write this post for the past couple of years, but a couple of TV shows this week caused me to pulled the ...
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Interview with Aquatic Gaming Guru, Emily Kubisz

If you follow my column From the Depths, or have listened to the Under the Sea episode of the Dungeon Master’s Block, then you’ve heard me talk about Alluria Publishing’s incredible Cerulean Seas line. Cerulean Seas is the definitive work on running aquatic ...
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Paizo’s “The Emerald Spire” for 5th Edition, Part 4

Late last year, Paizo Kickstarted a superdungeon called “The Emerald Spire“. Along with the characteristicly beautiful production value and stunning art, each of the 16 levels of this detailed module has its own fold-out map in the style of Paizo’s other ...
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Reining in Dexterity: Initiative House Rule Option #3

Michael Long has posted two articles on interesting ways to make Initiative faster and more fluid in 5e. Those articles, plus an ongoing conversation with J.M. Perkins about Strength vs Dexterity in D&D (and roleplaying games in general), inspired the ...