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27 Struggles You'll Only Understand If You Were Born Before 1995

It truly was that hard knock life.

7 Sinister True Ghost Stories To Read In The Dark

Turn off the lights and prepare to be scared by these 7 terrifying and unsettling true ghost stories. From a little girl in a yellow dress that only …

12 Home Projects Designers Say Pay For Themselves Over Time

You don't have to spend big bucks to make a big impact on your space.<p>It's normal to get the itch to update your home, <i>especially</i> when new trends are cropping up every day. But, sadly, even DIY renovations aren't free. So we asked some of our go-to designers which projects are worth the investment.

Just Like Wendy's® Chili Recipe

"After trying several clone recipes and adjusting them to my tastes, I've concocted what I think is the best clone. Serve topped with finely diced …

This Cabbage and Sausage Soup Is Perfect for Chilly Nights

Soup is a warm and comforting hug during the winter months, but making a soup that is truly satisfying is something of a fickle beast. If you're like …

3 Shackling GM Tips That Will Sharpen Your Story

<i>GM Tips, hosted by the talented veteran Game Master Satine Phoenix, is our show to help Dungeon Masters and Game Masters improve their craft and</i> …

Whimsical mechanical creatures spring to life, tell stories

In the right hands, bits of reclaimed wood, scrap metal and old tins, plus some cranks, gears, levers and cams, can turn into exotic birds, mystical dragons and whimsical old men.<p>For "Curious Contraptions," a new exhibit at San Francisco's Exploratorium, artists from around the world meld fairy …

Art

Make This Honey-Garlic Skillet Chicken ASAP

Your search for an irresistible chicken dish is over. These chicken thighs have perfectly crispy skin, thanks to the hot cast iron skillet, and are …

Top Six Cthulhu Mythos Adaptations! - Bloody Disgusting

H.P. Lovecraft was without a doubt one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His creation of the Cthulhu Mythos, a shared universe of …

Horror

The 4 Best Improv Rules To Improve Your D&D Game

<i>Join Dave & Molly and a panel of creatives as they work along with audience chat to write and finalize a short sketch during the show’s two-hour run</i> …

NPR unleashes the most eye roll-inducing dad jokes for Father’s Day

Suffering through dad jokes are a rite of passage, one that many children find painful, awkward, and completely overrated.<p>But on Father’s Day, all …

Free and Cheap Events to Take Your Kids To

Free and Nearly-Free Kids' Events<p>Updated January 06, 2017<p>Looking for ways to entertain your kids on the cheap? Here's a round up of free and …

The next time you’re playing board/tabletop games, or even just working or playing a grindy kind of

The next time you’re playing board/tabletop games, or even just working or playing a grindy kind of video game, consider firing up Tabletop Audio, a …

Chicken & Asparagus with Melted Gruyere Recipe

By: EatingWell User<p>Bland!<p>By: EatingWell User<p>Nice meal I've made this recipe twice now. Each time I've replaced the gruyere with swiss, as I haven't …

Saganaki: Pan-Seared Greek Cheese Recipe

Considering how delicious it is<i>, saganaki</i> is a surprisingly simple Greek recipe, at least in its basic form. There are many variations out there, but …

Cooking

More Mechanics To Steal To Make Your D&D Game Better

Running a game of <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is like cooking for a few friends on a regular basis. Recipes for a dish often start out the same. Everyone adds …

1980s Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon With Narration Making It Seem Like an Actual Gaming Session

In 2011, the Box of Danger comedy group provided hilarious narration for an episode of the 1980s <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> cartoon series making it seem like …

Dungeons and Dragons

Eggs in Purgatory with Sausage

Play as a ladybug or a traffic cone in 'Everything'

Think of anything that exists. For example, a bear, an atom, a galaxy, a three-leaf clover, and so on. That's what you can control in the game <i>Everything</i>, which was just released for the Playstation 4 today.<p>The game has goals and tasks for the player to complete like any other, but the main appeal …

Check Out These D&D’s New Arcane Traditions for Wizards

I have a confession to make when it comes to making characters for my <i>D&D</i> campaigns: I always pick magic users. Every time. In fact, our current …

These Cartographers Are Making Awesome Fantasy RPG Maps For Your Campaigns

Finding other encounter and campaign maps for your RPG is as easy as a Google search, <i>they say</i>. However, rummaging through a few million maps and …

Wizards of the Coast Pulls Out All the Stops With the New Mystic Class for D&D 5e

This week’s Unearthed Arcana finally brings full rules for the Mystic in your games of <i>D&D</i>.<p>Mystics have unlocked the full potential of their minds to …

Board Games

Check Out These D&D Playtest Rules For Massive Battles

Armies are in motion. Soon, the hoards of evil will clash with the armies of the free people. Thousands will battle across a huge field to determine …

Try This 4-Ingredient Barbecue Chicken Hack With Your Slow Cooker!

While recipes found on the internet usually end up in Pinterest purgatory, it's the ones recited verbally to you by friends and loved ones that may propel you to actually cook the recipe in your own kitchen. Such is the case with this slow cooker recipe from our trending editor Brinton Parker. One …

Cooking

Forget Netflix and Chill, Binge Critical Role this Weekend

Episode 88 was definitely one for the books; topping off at over 5 hours long, it seems like a marathon to watch the whole episode unless you’re …

15 smart home essentials under $100 we absolutely love

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Smart-home technology can make …

Smart Homes

Things DMs Need To Know To Craft Fantastic Campaigns

A great DM will make a campaign more than just some notes on paper, turning it into an exhilarating experience that players will fondly remember. …

Board Games

Apply Pixar’s Storytelling Lessons For Your Next RPG Session

Pixar has created several free online courses for Khan Academy; their newest addition is a course on “The Art of Storytelling.” It gives a glimpse …

How to Creatively Roleplay Dumb, Charmless, And Naive Characters

Let’s be honest: when rolling up a character for an RPG, certain unfortunate rolls end up leaving some stats lower than ideal. Certain stats are …

Painting veterans George W. Bush's way to give back: 'I was just so honored to be their commander-in-chief'

UNIVERSITY PARK — A few years after former President George W. Bush took up painting, he began working with Fort Worth-based art teacher Sedrick …