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Do you know what the hardest words in the dictionary really mean?

Take this quiz and test your knowledge now!<p>Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a boffin, a wordsmith with a stellar vocabulary? A dab hand at the …

Language

The Neuroscience of Spiritual Awakening

It was 1972 at Penn State University, and Gary Weber, a 29-year old materials science PhD student, had a problem with his brain. It kept generating …

5 Tips for Gamemastering an RPG System for the First Time

Inspired to try your hand at running a new roleplaying game for the New Year? Approaching an unfamiliar ruleset can be daunting, but with the right …

Board Games

5 Reasons Why I Left Photoshop for Sketch

I’ve been working in Adobe Photoshop for over 10 years as a designer. At Digital Surgeons, all we’ve ever used is Photoshop for web-based or app …

Tutorials

From Sci-Fi to Reality: The Future of Warfare

Science Fiction Futures<p>On October 21, 2015, people revisited “Back to the Future,” comparing the modern world with the world that Marty McFly saw …

Wizards of the Coast Opens Digital Studio

D&D and Magic: The Gathering will be explored in new genres.<p>Game publisher Wizards of the Coast has opened up a digital studio, with the aim of …

Board Games

How to Design a Large Scale Responsive Site

Responsive design has evolved considerably since it was first defined by Ethan Marcotte in 2010. The discussion now isn’t whether you should develop …

Web Design

Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction

A multilayered and thoughtful short novel<p>When a soldier is stationed at the furthest human outpost in the galaxy, he’s confronted with an incredible challenge: staying alive in a meaningless existence, hoping to one day be promoted to a better location.<p>Joe M. McDermott’s new short novel <i>The Fortress</i> …

Six Design Continuums in Roleplaying Games

When designing a roleplaying game, many elements are neither wholly good nor wholly bad. Instead, they exist on a long scale, or continuum. Going …

The 10 Best Conspiracy Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: January 17th</b><p>A good conspiracy theory gets the blood running hot. It should be equal measures absurd and just-believable-enough, meaning that you’re at the very least entertained, even if you don’t take it seriously. Then it’s just good fun. Below are some of the best conspiracy …

Entertainment

Here Is a Look at the Push and Pull Game that Goes Into Comic Creation

The artist-author pair behind ‘Limbo’ talk divvying up work, breaking up action, and incorporating VCRs.<p>The eject button is pushed, someone thumps the top of a static-filled TV screen, and then, from the tape-slot of a VCR, a pair of bandaged hands emerge. Thus begins one of the most visually …

Harvard is putting a 13 module photography course online for free

Four months ago, it was Stanford who made their photography course for free, and now comes Harvard’s turns. Harvard has an online learning platform – …

Turn Your Old Fruit Into Wine and Beer With This Nearly-Magical Device

If you buy a lot of fresh fruit, you probably see it go bad here and there. Now you can do better than lemonade out of lemons by making wine or cider …

New Graphic Biography of 'D&D' Creator Gary Gygax

NEWS<p>'Rise of the Dungeon Master'<p>Hachette’s Nation Books imprint will release a new graphic novel biography, <i>Rise of the Dungeon Master - Gary Gygax</i> …

Graphic Novels

6 in-demand skills you can learn online

However, the advent of sophisticated technology — which propelled the development of many apps, software and social media — has made skills and knowledge easily disseminated and accessible.<p><b>Related: 8 Free Training Tools That Will Help You Excel at Your Job</b><p>There are countless websites readily …

Choose Your Way to Better RPG Session Prep

The <i>Dragon Age</i>, <i>Mass Effect</i>, and <i>The Witcher</i> video game series have all made names for themselves by forcing players to make important choices …

Board Games

The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Did you know that only 51% of LinkedIn users have complete profiles, yet profile completeness is the first priority in how the LinkedIn search …

Facebook conducts massive psychology experiment

Yes, Facebook is a giant company, actually – and apparently they have a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. Apart from being a social network, it's also …

Numenéra: STRAND - Theatrical Cut (2016)

You Can Get Paid to Improve AI By Performing Simple Tasks

Artificial intelligence is capable of amazing things (conquering Jeopardy, fighting disease), but it’s also been known to make some stupid mistakes …

Artificial Intelligence

Characters + World = Story

Photo by David Henning: The Swanson-Henning family roleplaying.A few weeks ago, I wasprocrastinatingscrolling through the Writer Unboxed Facebook …

Writing

How to write a novel this year: 'I'm surprised at how much time I find'

It is liberating and terrifying to write whatever comes into my head. The following morning, I read over it: it’s full of cliches<p>• From being happier to quitting sugar – how to achieve your goal<p>Ambition, people say, is an itch, begging to be realised. I’ve been intending to write a book for a …

Time I

5 unusual ways to keep your house warm

From candles and compost to an underground data center, home heating can come from some unexpected sources.<p>It's cold outside. Really cold. So it's no …

Scientists Shocked As They Find Aboriginal Australians Carry DNA Of An Unknown “Human” Species

<b>A group of humans migrating out of Africa some 40,000 to 70,000 years ago mingled with an as-yet unknown branch of humanity, researchers say.</b><p>Modern …

Humanity

13+ Of The Most Evil-Looking Buildings That Could Easily Be Supervillain Headquarters

Are you an evil supervillain? Are you looking for a new lair? Then check out this list of diabolical-looking buildings for some seriously sinister …

DEA Moves to Ban Exotic New Drug

"Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects and is often marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances," according to …