Alex Hamaric

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Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition gives freedom back to the Dungeon Master

When the fourth edition of Dungeons and Dragons came out in 2008 I pounced on it. I hadn't played D&D since middle school and the new system had a lot of good buzz. I coaxed and cajoled a core group of five players together and for the next four years met monthly to lead a small group of characters …

Why Names Are So Easy to Forget

Nice to see you again, Suuu...Sandra? Samantha? Jennifer. Sorry.<p>Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for.<p>"Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really …

Science: It's better to cook a frozen steak than a thawed steak

This goes against what most people believe about cooking but America's Test Kitchen is saying that it's better to cook a steak that's frozen than to …

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

3 Apps That Prove Mobile Games Can Tell Great Stories

Mobile games are typically thought of as casual affairs—pick-up-and-play time-killers that can fill the time before a bus arrives or your number is called at the DMV. Angry Birds isn’t exactly known for its plot.<p>But a few iPhone and iPad games have shown us something else entirely—phone and tables …

How Heavy Are the Biggest Waves in the Ocean?

If you're an adrenaline junkie, or just like to watch people do INSANE things on YouTube, you've probably heard of Garrett McNamara and his world-record setting ride of a 100ft wave. That's about the size of a ten story building. The wave, however, might weigh even more.<p>McNamara makes it look easy. …

How Lifelike Video Game Graphics Lead To Life-Saving Cancer Cures (And Beyond)

Believe it or not, this is not a still from a movie. The image below—released earlier this year at the 2014 Game Developers Conference—showcases the lifelike graphics of today’s video-game chips.<p>So lifelike, in fact, they’re catching the attention of those <i>outside</i> the gaming industry…<p>Professor Steve …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Baltimore

The best free online games on PC

Welcome to our round up of the best free online games. You can easily play these in your browser without waiting for them to download and install, as …

Nether review – gorgeous but unforgiving survival shooter

(PC, Nether Productions, cert: 16, out now)<p>Joining the ranks of post-apocalyptic survival games such as <i>DayZ</i>, <i>Nether</i> pits humanity against genetic monsters. But the biggest threat will be other players – as an early access game (playable while developers build it) there's little incentive to do …

If you make noise in Sony's H1Z1, the zombies will come running after you (interview)

H1Z1 starts out simple. You have your fists. You’re in a world full of zombies. You have to find other survivors and stay alive.<p>There’s no automatic weapon hanging from a nearby tree. But you could find an ax, chop the tree down, and craft some crude arrows from it. But watch out: The zombies will …

Five Changes Nintendo Needs to Make to Pokemon

1 of 5<p><i>[Make It So takes a look at our favorite games and suggests additions, subtractions, and areas to improve upon for the sequel or next entry in</i> …

Google Glass is up for sale, again

The shopping page for Google Glass has gone live once again, so head over if you want to purchase the $1,500 wearable and net a free pair of frames.<p>Just one week after its one-day Glass sale, Google has opened up the shopping page for its head-worn wearable once more, it seems.<p>No announcement …

Google Glass

Politicians don't understand the economics of video games, tax expert says

Simply stated, many legislators on Capitol Hill do not understand the economics of video games and how important the gaming industry can be to the economy. That's the opinion of Dean Zerbe, former adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, who spoke with GameSpot about the controversial tax reform …

Victorian Era

GTA Online's Success May Shift Rockstar's Focus

It’s been quite a while since we’ve talked about GTA Online, or Grand Theft Auto V for that matter, but it seems Rockstar’s big experiment into persistent, mini-MMO-ish multiplayer is paying off. While perhaps the online portion of the game isn’t on fire in terms of staggering player count or buzz, …

The Goat Simulation Video Game You Never Knew You Wanted Is Coming Your Way Super Soon

Remember that goat simulation video that went viral last week?<p>Well, it's going to be a real game come spring. Yes, really.<p>The video that made the rounds on news and gaming websites was actually just developer Coffee Stain Studios "playing around with a bit of programming stuff," according to the …

Ancient native boy's genome reignites debate over first Americans | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For more than 20 years anthropologists have debated whether the first Americans arrived in the New World by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait, as millions of schoolchildren have been taught, or by sea from southwest Europe, perhaps in animal-skin kayaks.<p>A new …

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

4 reasons employers should hire travelers

FINDING WORK when you’re traveling can be difficult, as employers don’t like the idea of bringing in somebody they know isn’t sticking around. But …

Employment

What Games Are: Local Stream Gaming

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. He has recently moved into managing developer relations at OUYA. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Along with all of the furore over wearables and their lack of oomph at CES, there were …

How to politely rob someone in DayZ

You don't always have to be a giant dick towards other players in <i>DayZ</i>. I mean it's still pretty dickish to rob someone, but at least it was a nice …

Policing

Rust: The Terrifying Minecraft + DayZ Open World Survival Sim

A harrowing hostage situation is just scratching the surface.<p>“Is that you running around outside?”<p>It wasn’t. We both knew I’d made a mistake. In …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

7 Quick Tips for Better Business Writing | Inc.com

I took many writing classes in college but perhaps the most useful was one focused on business writing. My classmates and I spent a semester editing example after example of rambling or confusing letters, memos, and other professional materials. Here are seven bits of simple advice for clear and …

Creative Writing

New contraceptive pill for men

A new pill for men could work as a temporary vasectomy and allow men to share the task of family planning without affecting their fertility, research suggests<p>A new contraceptive pill for men that won’t affect libido or virility could be developed.<p>The pill works by stopping sperm being released, …

'Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

<b>Archaeologists digging at Buddha's birthplace have uncovered remains of the "earliest ever Buddhist shrine".</b><p>They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.<p>The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his …

Archaeology

Want To Be More Productive? Buy Some Desk Plants

Seriously, like yesterday. Office vegetation offers “micro-restoration”–the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.<p>Few things rouse our appreciation for nature as much as spending every day in an office. Employees with windows that overlook vegetation report themselves much more …

Doctor Who: 50 things you didn't know

1. The Doctor lives longer in France<p>French audiences watching Doctor Who dubbed into their native tongue obviously can’t be expected to know the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s Lancashire vowels and David Tennant’s adopted southern accent – but isn’t there some metaphysical conundrum …

TV Series

The NBA bans and then un-bans Derrick Rose from wearing ‘protective’ neck tape of dubious medical origin

For the last two games Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has worn Kinesio Tape strips on the back of his neck, ostensibly to help ward off the …