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So You Want to Read Comedic Fantasy: Here’s Where to Start

The Tales of Pell<p><i>Iron Druid Chronicles</i> author Kevin Hearne and <i>Star Wars: Phasma</i> author Delilah S. Dawson’s <i>Kill the Farm Boy</i> is a take-no-prisoners …

Books

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2018 – So Far

Time for another mid-year ”The Best…” list.<p>As usual, In order to make it on this list, games had to:<p>* be accessible to English Language Learners.<p>* …

Report: Amazon May Pay $1 Billion to Adapt the Hugo-Winning Chinese Novel The Three-Body Problem

The Hugo-winning Chinese novel <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> could become Amazon’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>. A new report from <i>Financial Times</i> suggests Amazon is …

Science Fiction

The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.<p>But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed …

Nutrition

How to cook the perfect vindaloo | Felicity Cloake

Vindaloo is a tangy Goan dish with sweet spices, not the familiar British chilli-eating contest. If you want the real version, here’s how to make it<p>The peculiar place of vindaloo, a fierily fragrant speciality of Goa in popular culture can be summed up by the 1998 World Cup football anthem of the …

Xenophobia

Eight Anime Films Worth Watching That Aren’t By Studio Ghibli

What are your favorite anime movies? <i>Spirited Away</i>? <i>Princess Mononoke</i>? <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i>? Eh, I could see that coming. These Studio Ghibli movies are …

Anime

The 10 Best (and Five Worst) Movies of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, io9 starts to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was <i>excellent</i>. So excellent, in fact, that figuring …

Blade Runner 2049

Stay Ahead of the Curve: Read These 10 Books Before They Become Movies in 2018

As of late, there have been some pretty impressive movie adaptations taking over the big (and small) screen. Need we remind you that your favorite …

Beautiful Sci-Fi Short ORBIT EVER AFTER Seeks Love Among the Stars

Being free of the terrestrial restraints of Earth and getting to live among the stars sounds like a dream, but there’s no freedom in the cosmos when …

Hear Rob Zombie Narrate Chilling New Charles Manson Doc ‘The Final Words’

Rob Zombie narrates a gripping trailer for a new documentary about Charles Manson, which includes audio interviews with the cult leader who …

Charles Manson

This Retro Horror Movie Has the Sexiest Costumes You’ll See All Year

See the Costumes<p>There are movies you can watch at home without losing much when it comes to the cinematic experience, and then there are movies that …

Teach Your Kids To Roleplay With These $3-ish Games

Any seasoned roleplayer knows that getting kids into roleplaying games is such a great way to help their development. It encourages children to work …

Board Games

We spoke to the professor who sparked a criminal investigation into the alleged 'lies' of Brexit's Leave campaign

The complaint accuses the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns of exerting "undue influence" on the referendum by knowingly making inaccurate claims about the EU, in contravention of electoral law.<p>It was made by an independent group led by Professor Bob Watt, an expert in electoral law at the …

3 More Spooky Scenarios to Petrify Your Players

Fear is the most difficult of emotions to evoke in a role-playing game session. But these three scenarios do all they can to give your characters …

2-Minute Tabletop Makes Cute Cartoony Maps and Set Pieces

Ever just need a nice little map to run your combat on? Something to inspire you and your players to really roleplay through the scene? Maybe you …

Geek

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of June 2016

<i>For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on the B&N Sci-Fi &</i> …

Books

What is LitRPG and why does it exist?

When MMOs become fantasy novels, stats and all<p>I like good fiction. I promise I’m literate. But I spend most of my book time listening to "okay" sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels on Audible. I pepper in classics and non-fiction, but nothing spends my Audible credits better than pulp about magic …

Stop Writing Adventures and Use These

Artist and adventure designer Michael Prescott is creating beautiful, detailed, system-neutral adventures that fit on a single sheet of paper. Funded …

Every Single Pinky and the Brain Plan to Take Over the World, Ranked

Are you pondering what I’m pondering? No, it has nothing to do with monkeys and dental floss. We’re ranking every single one of Brain’s schemes—both …

5 Tips For Creating RPG Villains With Bite

If you’re big into tabletop RPGs, then you’ve hopefully read my guides to building characters with personality. If not, you should get on that. This …

A Corrupt United States Government Tries to Re-Write History in William Gibson’s First Comic-Book Project

Somewhere, in another version of the year 2016, America will have an awful president. His son the vice-president (terrible, right?) will go back in …

The most awesomely bizarre items of Dungeons & Dragons

If you’re leafing through the Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide (5ed, natch), most of the magic items you’ll stumble across are pretty much …

Board Games

Confuse and Amuse Your Adventuring Party with Out of Context D&D Quotes

Role-playing games are all about creativity, compromise, and carefully avoiding becoming a murder hobo. When we sit down to our tables, dice out, …

games

9 of the Best Worst STAR WARS Ripoffs Ever Made

May the Fourth be with you, <i>Star Wars</i> fans! Wait, what? That was <i>last</i> week? Oh sweet mother of Rey, that’s not good. Actually, you know what? It’s …

Star Wars

The 'Star Wars' holographic chess game is nearly a reality

"Let's be real: Any article you read about Magic Leap or any AR platform, the first thing they talk about is Holochess."<p>That's Mike Levine, the former senior effects specialist at LucasArts and the current CEO of mobile game developer Happy Giant. Levine is working on a new project with Corey …

Star Wars

‘Check It’ Is A Must-See Documentary About America’s Only Queer Gang

A conversation with the directors<p>In 2009, a group of LGBTQ youth formed The Check It, Washington, D.C.’s first well-known gay gang. What started out as a small group of young people tired of being bullied for their sexual orientation and gender identity grew into what is now a crew of more than 200 …

Film Festivals

The shocking tale of the penny dreadful

For a tiny price, penny dreadfuls offered Victorian readers escape into a world of ghoulish murder and gruesome violence. How scandalous were they really? Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>In a television schedule pulsating with supernatural mystery and melodrama, Penny Dreadful, the transatlantic …

The startup that turned learning languages into a game is trying to disrupt a $5 billion industry

At some point, most nonnative speakers who want to cash in on their English—to go to university abroad or land a job with a multinational corporation—will have to take a test, probably one with a long acronym: the TOEFL, the IELTS, the TOEIC. These grueling exams can cost $200 or more, a small …

Obama bows out as comedian-in-chief at annual correspondents' dinner

President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time - wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.<p>Obama's performance Saturday night proved he hasn't lost a step.<p>"If this material works well, …

Sci-fi’s Tea Party trolls go to war: Battle over prestigious Hugo Awards heats up

Obsessed with “SJWs” and their own toxic politics, self-righteous voters want to bully their way to victory<p>The biggest award in science fiction and fantasy has been taken over by two groups that could destroy a tradition they claim to be trying to save. The Hugo Awards, which in theory is a …