TR Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome RPG-Related Gifts

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Happy Nerdy Holidays

It's hard to ask for RPG gifts for Christmas. The social stigma is fading year by year, so I no longer fear my parents calling an exorcist over my wish list, but there's still a maze of editions, similar-sounding games and supplements to ask people to dig through. This is in addition to the fact that RPGs still tend to be a little bit hard to find; arguably harder to find now than they were fifteen or so years ago before Barnes & Noble and Borders replaced so many independent booksellers...before closing most of their own locations..

People only have so much spare time, and playing more than one or two systems at once is pretty difficult; even if someone played two different games every week they would be playing at most 8-10 different games in a month, which is only a tiny portion of the massive amount of games available these days. Especially with Kickstarter helping to launch more RPGs than ever and many companies releasing their back catalogs through DrivethruRPG. The point being that it can be harder to find the right RPG for someone than finding a good costume in the New 52.

With all of that said, the list that follows tries to work around these challenges by providing ten system-neutral gifts for the RPG fan in your life. Even if that person is you. I don't judge. Even if I did judge, I probably wouldn't judge this time since I've already bought a lot of these things. They're pretty awesome.


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9 Beloved Classic Arcade Games Revisited (and How We Can Learn From Them)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Man, remember arcades? The noise of cabinets trying to outdo one another with their crappy blown-out speakers, the flashing lights, the Liquid Paper curse-words on the machines, the drug deals... arcades were the bomb.

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Poster of Dogs Playing D&D Raises Many Questions

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

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It's cute seeing pets do people things, though frankly I never imagined dogs had the attention span for tabletop RPGs. What I find fun, though, is imagining the different angles other sites might take with this image.

"Cute dog picture ruined by unnecessarily sexist background painting" - Jezebel.

"Mountain Dew and Cheetos? We need to talk about ethics in dog-painting" - 4chan.

"Damn, that unicorn painting's ass is irresistible" - Deviantart.

"Forcing your dogs to play Dungeons and Dragons, even fictionally, is torture, no different from waterboarding." - Peta.com

"When I was a boy, I used to imagine how cool it would be if dogs could play D&D, ya know?...[17 paragraphs later]...Here's a poster of dogs playing D&D!!!!!!!!" -Ain't It Cool News

"Something something something doggy style" -Topless Robot.

Naw, it's a cool print. You can buy it on various different objects at Redbubble.

via BoingBoing

20 Questions with Wizards of the Coast's D&D Development Team

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game. It also marks the release of the fifth and newest edition of the game. Well...fifth edition if you think "3rd Edition" was actually the "third edition."

After asking the keepers of secrets that are Wizards of the Coast's PR department, I was recently able to send in 20 questions to be answered by the D&D Research & Development team regarding the new edition. The questions cover a lot of territory, some old and some new. Given the indirect means of communication, I am uncertain whether the answers are direct from Mike Mearls or if they are team answers that have been redacted for security reasons. Whatever the case may be, many Bothans died to deliver these answers to you.

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7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...


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Robotic Gaming Monthly - Harmonix, Hatred, and an ex-BioShock Bonanza

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

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...Yeah, couldn't think of anything good starting with H for the last part.

Anyhow, welcome, my friend, to yet another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, TR's monthly look at whatever's happening in the world of computer and video games! This month, we look at monochrome assholes, colorful punks, and '80s UK gaming, among other fun things. Also, a chance to win stuff!! Yes, we get to have our first ever contest in here this month, so come and check things out!

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10 Reasons I'm Glad I Attended Comikaze

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Comikaze Expo is the "other" Southern California geek convention, coming in after Wondercon and San Diego Comic-con. Stan Lee's name is attached to it, though he's not exactly remiss about attaching his name to things, so I'm not sure how much the endorsement is worth. Basically, my feelings were a little mixed at the start. I wasn't sure if I would go or not, and annoyed all involved with indecision about whether or not I was willing to take the drive up to Los Angeles. The balance was tipped by hearing John Barrowman was going to be there. He's been great on Arrow, not to mention his more geek-famous role as the much-beloved Jack Harkness, so I decided to head over to the L.A. Convention Center. All in all, I had a good time and will be going back in a future year. Here are 10 reasons I'm glad I attended.

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15 Tabletop Games - That Aren't Call of Cthulhu - for a Horrifyingly Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Call me crazy, but I'm one of those geeks who loves to play games related to approaching holidays. I've been known to break out a copy of 1776 or Tarleton's Quarter around Independence Day. I've even written a couple of Christmas themed Savage Worlds adventures for my home game, but no holiday is more suited to gaming with friends than Halloween. The Halloween season is the perfect time to get together with friends for an evening filled with horror themed gaming.

When it comes to horror-themed tabletop gaming, Call of Cthulhu is the king of the mountain. It is the oldest and most well known horror-themed role-playing game, and it's one of the best role-playing games ever designed. That doesn't, however, mean it is the only horror game worth playing, or that it is the best game to use as a way to recruit new players into hobby gaming. I looked around my sizable game collection to see if I could scare up some frightening alternatives and came up with a list 15 that I offer for your Halloween gaming pleasure. Some are silly and some are grim, but not a single one is entitled Call of Cthulhu.

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The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.


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ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - Destiny, Danganronpa, and Death at The Hands of Freddy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Welcome another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's monthly column devoted to whatever in the wide words of video games has washed up recently!

This time around, it's pretty much a full-on review special as we tackle ten different games for your enjoyment! We won't say what they are, but will indeed say that they are some super titles that will absolutely smash the competition and provide massive enjoyment for brothers and sisters of all ages! So let's get on with the show!

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