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RPG Buyer’s Guide: Fantastic Roleplaying Games They’ll Love

<i>This year, the Geek & Sundry editorial contributors have come together and collaborated to put together several curated lists of games. Whether</i> …

The 9 Best Sci-Fi Book Series Available for Amazon Kindle

With its grand scope and hugely involved world building tropes, the sci-fi genre naturally lends itself to series works.<p>The best of these are …

Science Fiction

Take a gaming break to read these 10 great books about the hobby you love

Compared to other art forms, the video game industry is still in its infancy. The publishing industry is still catching up to the medium’s rapid …

John Carmack

This California university will pay half your college tuition just for playing video games

The University of California-Irvine is recruiting students on partial scholarships dedicated solely to video gaming. And with the upcoming grand opening of its eSports arena on campus, the school has become a "Mecca for gamers," according to Mark Deppe.<p>As the acting director of UCI eSports, Deppe …

College & University

Five Expansions that Make Great Games Even Better

There are some great games out there, but even the best games can sometimes be improved with the addition of an expansion. Here are five fabulous …

Board Game Table

Stitch together a Handsome Salmon armed with knives and burritos, or a Pomeranian of Light and...<p>A set of three : owl head + claws + wing Material: …

8 board games to try if you love video games

<i>Owen Duffy is a journalist, dad and board game expert from Glasgow. His blog,</i> <i>Cardboard Sandwich</i><i>, is devoted to board games, card games, roleplaying</i> …

Choose a side with 14 minutes of Fire Emblem Fates story gameplay

<b>Watch in 60fps on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p><i>Fire Emblem Fates</i> is a game built around making a pivotal decision. Towards the end of the game's fifth chapter, the protagonist must choose a path: either side with Nohr, the adoptive family you grew up with headed up by a corrupt king, or …

How the voices behind your favorite games and shows are re-inventing live D&D | Polygon

Cardboard Cinema: More Great Board Games For Movie Fans

The Game: <i>Hanabi</i><p>The Movie: <i>A Night at the Opera</i><p><i>Hanabi</i> is built around one of the most ingenious designs in modern board gaming. Players work together …

Cardboard Cinema: Board Games For Video Gamers

The <b>Cardboard Cinema</b> series was created to explore the overlapping worlds of movies and tabletop, to recommend board games to film fans looking to dip …

Board Games

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (for Nintendo Wii U)

1 / 5<p>Next<p>1 / 5<p>Next<p>1<p>HD Visuals<p>Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash on the Wii U is by far one of the prettiest Mario sports games.<p>By Jordan Minor …

Eight tabletop games to help you survive the holidays

Open box in case of emergency<p>We are standing on the brink of yet another holiday season, staring down the barrel of more family obligations than are perhaps medically advisable. Polygon is here for you, dear reader, with a list of potential tabletop games that could just save your life. Or at least …

'FTL: Faster Than Light' soundtrack on vinyl looks out of this world

One of the direct results of folks helping Subset Games, the developers of <i>FTL: Faster Than Light,</i> absolutely <i>demolish</i> their Kickstarter goal was hiring Ben Prunty to score the game. And now thanks to iam8bit you'll soon be able to listen to it on the best sounding format possible: vinyl. The two LP …

The esports craze will generate $1.8B a year by 2020

It’s no secret that esports, or competitive video gaming, has become big. The question is how big.<p>Colin Sebastian, analyst at R.W. Baird, estimates that esports will generate more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue by 2020, according to a research report dubbed “esports readying for prime time” …

eSports

Corsair’s new gaming hardware just blasted my face with colors and a 17-button mouse

In 1996, I took PC gaming very seriously. So much so that I scrounged a heavy-duty OmniKey 101 keyboard and a three-button mouse out of a dumpster. It wasn’t the sexiest stuff at the time, but it gave my Quake skills a hardware edge.<p>The mouse in particular didn’t use any sort of lens tech for …

Gear & Gadgets

Windows 10 tips for gamers: How to save your bandwidth, do a clean install, and more

Just because you have a new operating system doesn’t mean everything is working like it should.<p>Windows 10<p>New Windows 10 game<br>• How to get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition<p>Here’s a secret: If you installed Windows 10 today, you agreed to have your computer act as a peer-to-peer host for sharing Windows …

Peer-to-peer
Gaming

Turn Your Phone Into a Game Boy Color With This Upcoming Add-On

Video game accessory maker Hyperkin has announced plans to release a new device that will essentially turn your smartphone into a Game Boy Color.<p>It works quite simply: Plug your iPhone 6 Plus (and, in the future, other smartphones) into the Smart Boy and it'll allow you to play Game Boy and Game …

You Could Eat Fast Food After A Workout To Build Muscle

No need for fancy supplements<p>Whether you’re training for a marathon or pumping iron like Arnold, intense physical activity depletes your muscles’ primary source of energy, glycogen. There’s a whole industry of post-workout supplements designed to help your muscles bounce back as quickly as …

Build A Compact 1080p Gaming PC For $400 (Benchmarks Included)

<b>[UPDATE: This has proven to be a popular build, but what if you want to stretch your budget to $800? Check out this newer mini-ITX, 1440p gaming build!]</b><p>There’s a widespread misconception floating around that says building a decent gaming PC is an expensive endeavor. But what if you could assemble …

Computer Hardware

Illustrator is drawing a new Star Wars cartoon every day this year

We're all excited about the release of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> at the end of this year, but illustrator Gerard Folz is taking his passion one step further.<p>Folz says he plans to draw and release a cartoon-panel illustration based on the original Star Wars movie, every day this year. "In …

The 7 games you can play with the whole family this Thanksgiving

Maybe you're waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Maybe the meal's over and you're all together in the living room staring silently at a wall. Whatever the case, if you're looking to spend quality time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving <i>and</i> you want to beat them in a friendly …

This butterfly keyboard can replace your mouse, sort of

Have you ever thought about how you might improve the standard QWERTY keyboard? Jesse Vincent has. He's a keyboard enthusiast, a rare breed of geek inexplicably obsessed with text entry devices. We found him showing of Keyboardio at TechCrunch Disrupt -- a butterfly-shaped keyboard designed to put …

The 'true' story of a Pokémon game that turns you into a murderer

There are two versions of Pokémon Black: the one you know and the one that will make you a cold-blooded killer.<p>The former is the first game of the fifth generation of the series, first released alongside <i>Pokémon White</i> in Japan in 2010. The other you is quite different. Rumored to be found in a flea …

You haven't played these Pokémon games, but you should

Not only have you not caught them all — you haven't even <i>played</i> them all.<p>The Pokémon-playing community has proven to be one of the most industrious groups of fans this industry has ever seen. That tenacity is built into the franchise's very nature. To fully complete a PokeDex in <i>Pokémon X</i> and <i>Y</i>, you …

Pokémon

Velvet Sundown is like a goofy BioWare RPG, minus the combat

If you love stilted line readings, awkward character animation and the occasionally brilliant writing of a BioWare RPG, <i>Velvet Sundown</i> is your jam. Sort of.<p><i>Velvet Sundown</i> is a hilariously weird game. It’s an RPG of sorts — you take control of a character — one of several well-heeled partygoers on a …

Out There's away team: A Galactic Keep Dice Battles hands-on preview

It bleeds. You can kill it.<p>Something moves in the darkness at the end of this tunnel. It is too far away to see what, exactly. But you know that it …