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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It's About Time: Melting Face Toht Candle Finally Exists

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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First off: Yes, yes, yes. The most obvious (yet arguably tasteless) Raiders of the Lost Ark tie-in idea since the Indiana Jones hat is actually available for sale a mere 34 years late.

However: the execution could be better, no? Wouldn't a core of red wax inside make the melting gloriously messier? And doesn't Toht look a bit like he's laughing rather than screaming? Maybe a metal skull underneath all of that?

I've collected enough Jakks WWE figures to know that collectors will take anything...but own enough of the subsequent Mattels to know that maybe we deserve better. Good first step, though.

via Bloody Disgusting.

For $150, Walk Your Dog on an Alien Facehugger Leash

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Methinks this facehugger got confused. Maybe it saw The Tingler and figured it was supposed to grab the back of an animal?

Also, that isn't a real dog. And it's not included in the hefty price tag.


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"Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon" Is the Fragrance Oil for You

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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Bear in mind that I'm assuming you're awesome. If you aren't, there's always Mitch McConnell bourbon summit merchandise to look forward to. And while I was hoping it would smell like honey combined with the taste of burning stingers shoved down your throat, this sounds more appealing:

Leaves. Crisp fall air. Deciduous woods. A black leather jacket, well-loved. Maybe the one he wore in Ghost Rider, because there's also some Egyptian Amber in there reminiscent of some of his more, erm, peculiar character acting habits. A light musk, and just a hint of patchouli and men's aftershave. I might have added a smudge of vanilla bean, but you'd never know it >_> Definitely unisex-leaning-masculine
Here's what I think I love most about the scent, though: its name. Because it implies that Cage is badass enough to use a rake, and not one of those noisy, obnoxious, gas-guzzling leaf-blowers that every jackass in L.A. either owns or hires someone to bring.

h/t Amy Nicholson

Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

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.

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These Doctor Who Retro-Style Movie Posters May Be the Best Thing About Season 8

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Remember that one season with Matt Smith where they made movie posters for each new episode? That was a good trend, and these are even better. Like, that "Kill the Moon " poster almost convinces me to watch the episode again, even though I don't want to.

These will be available separately and in a set from Big Chief Studios, though a release date is not yet set. Stay tuned.

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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Geek Apparel of the Week: Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero Holiday Faux-Sweater

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Oh, the Kombat outside is Mortal,
And Babalities making us chortle,
But before all the lights get dim...
Finish Him! Finish Him! Finish Him!

It's gonna be a godforsaken 90 degrees this weekend in Los Angeles, in November. But if you happen to live somewhere colder, this garment offers the best of both worlds - it makes fun of Christmas sweaters without actually being all itchy like one (since it's just a cleverly disguised sweatshirt).

Stay toasty, my friends.


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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