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12 Strange Occurrences

12 Strange Occurrences<p><b>1.</b> As your delving into the dungeon you enter a room. The room is a newly decorated infants room.<p><b>2.</b> As your walking down the …

d4 More Ways to Find a D&D Group

It’s summertime! The latest <i>Game of Thrones</i> season has ended, there’s no <i>Doctor Who</i> until December, and you’re thinking now’s the time to find a</i> …

Geek

A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller

Even if they made no difference to the history of Y.A. fiction, or fantasy fiction—and they do—Catherynne Valente’s five Fairyland novels would matter in the history of publishing: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Craft of Her Own Making,” released in 2009, began as a crowdfunded …

This D120 is the Largest Mathematically Fair Die Possible

If you lose your mind with anger when you roll your D20 and are then told your “16” doesn’t do any damage, then you probably won’t be able to handle …

Tinker Crate will have your kids bolting to the mailbox for monthly tech projects

Let’s talk about DIY kits for kids! Ever since my nephew celebrated his fourth birthday, I’ve been buying him DIY kits. Robot kits. Science project …

Raspberry Pi

Bonkers 120-sided die puts the big roll in role-playing games

It was nice knowing you, d20. The Dice Lab debuts a monstrous 120-sided die that can handle the jobs of your entire regular dice collection.<p>Empty your dice bag, gamers. You've probably got the standard seven-dice Dungeons & Dragons collection of a d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 and that goofy 10-sided …

Board Games

5 Important Things to Know About Making Sauerkraut

A few years ago, homemade sauerkraut was just another DIY food trend, but happily now it looks like home kraut-making is here to stay. Why? Perhaps …

How to play D&D on PC: a primer on popular virtual tabletops

When people learn I didn't play a proper pen-and-paper game of Dungeons & Dragons until my mid-20s, they usually think my rural Texas upbringing had …

Open Invitation Extended to Trump from Founder of Muslim Peacemaker Teams

<i>Sami Rasouli and family in Najaf, Iraq. Photo by Sami Rasouli.</i><p><b>The following letter is an open invitation extended to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump from Iraqi-American Sami Rasouli, founder of the Muslim Peacemakers Team:</b><p>Dear Mr. Donald Trump,<p>Warm greetings from Iraq. Although I …

The Guy Who Caught the Internet's Favorite Giant Fish Is Bummed No One Gets It

That 'mutant fish' isn't radioactive, and the guy who caught it is bummed you don't get it.<p>Earlier this week, an odd-looking gargantuan fish from Japan became a minor celebrity on Twitter. But the tide soon turned as curious reactions gave way to harmful rumors that its strange appearance is the …

10 Tips On Building Self Esteem While Recovering From Depression

Dungeons & Dragons Comes to Virtual Tabletop

<b>Wizards of the Coast</b> and <b>SmiteWorks</b> today announced the launch of <b>Dungeons & Dragons</b> content in <b>Fantasy Grounds</b>, the online virtual tabletop. Fantasy …

Board Games

Robert Reich: America’s super-rich are the real loafers

The former secretary of labor addresses the pervasive myth that our country’s poor have only themselves to blame<p>Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has said, the poor have a notion that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to …

Find the Perfect Mini for Your RPG with Dr. Worldcrafter's Directory of 589 3D Printable Minis

Tabletop role playing games (RPGs) can be a hobby or, for some people, a lifestyle. For several years, my own home had an entire room devoted to …

9 Steps to Reach Your Emotionally Neglected Spouse

<i>My husband says he loves me, but I don’t feel love from him.</i><p><i>My wife gets confused, overwhelmed or frustrated every time I try to talk to her about a</i> …

How serious are you about virtual reality?

<i>The absolute best/worst virtual reality stock photo we could find</i><p>Are you prepared to dedicate a room in your house to virtual reality? Perhaps you're a little less crazy than me, but you're okay with a wire running across your living room to a headset? Or maybe both of those sound crazy to you, but …

The World's Most Dangerous Sword

Two men demonstrate the combat skills (and balls) required to wield the Urumi, a deadly Indian weapon which combines properties of a sword and a …

Self Defense

An Ingenious Baby Stroller Fashioned as the ‘Doctor Who’ Character Dalek Caan at the Gallifrey One Convention

<i>photo by Robert Chan</i><p>During Gallifrey One, the annual science fiction convention devoted to all things <i>Doctor Who</i>, writer Robert Chan caught a photo of …

5 Reasons I Wish We Would Stop Talking About 'Recovery' for Serious Mental Illness And the Word I Wish We Would Use Instead

My heart hurts today. My friend Laura Pogliano has lost her 22-year-old son Zac, who had paranoid schizophrenia. Both Laura and Zac were tireless and passionate advocates for ending the stigma of mental illness. Their story was featured in <i>USA Today</i>'s "Cost of Not Caring" series, where Laura …

Michael Moore on Eastwood threat, “Sniper”: “American Sniper is a mess of a film”

In a new Facebook post tonight, Moore confirms Eastwood’s “I’ll shoot you” threat, calls extremists “American ISIS”<p>On his Facebook page tonight, Michael Moore addresses a Salon story about an uncomfortable confrontation with Clint Eastwood at a 2005 film awards ceremony.<p>In his post, the director of …

XCOM: The Board Game Works – You, Your Friends and a Table vs the UFOs

In real life Toby's a database guy for Goldman Sachs. Tonight, he's XCOM's Chief Scientist and he's spending worryingly large amounts of our money.<p>As …

The Encryption Tools the NSA Still Can't Crack Revealed in New Leaks

Most of us—at least the cynical ones—assume that the NSA has probably beaten most of the encryption technologies out there. But a new report from <i>Der</i> …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

Ben Carson stands by claim that gay marriage leads to pedophilia and bestiality

Potential GOP presidential candidate refuses to back down from inflammatory remarks<p>Ben Carson, the incendiary conservative commentator and potential 2016 presidential candidate, isn't backing down from his claim that allowing same-sex couples to wed will lead to acceptance of pedophilia and …

Why Can't Healthcare Wearables Get You Out Of Work?

Earlier this year, Nintendo unveiled the first few details of its new line of “Quality of Life” that will be released in fiscal 2015. Speaking to shareholders, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata described a bedside sleep sensor that will gather data on its users overnight, upload them to Nintendo’s …

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

“So you lost your dick?”: Inside an Ivy league transphobia nightmare

Meredith Talusan thought her fancy liberal college would be a safe space for a trans student. Here’s the ugly truth<p>In some ways, Meredith Talusan is what intolerant fools call the “good" type of minority. A first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Talusan is a doctoral student in …

The Game Every Intel Professional Should Play Is Now For Sale!

CVTV, a new version of the ancient game of HnefataflHnefatafl is one of my favorite games. Quick to play, easy to learn, created by Vikings - what's …

A Gaming Site For Role-Playing Games Aims To Upgrade IRL Dragon Slaying Too

By Steven Melendez5 minute Read<p>Even in the age of blockbuster digital hits like <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Civilization: Beyond Earth</i>, there are still …

Board Games

Review - 1 year on, Numenera & the Cypher System

I've been meaning to write something like this for a while. It may seem odd to review a game that came out over a year ago, but I believe that it's …