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Why I Love Vikings

I’m obsessed with vikings. Have been since I was kid. If you want to talk shieldwall tactics, how the viking men were obsessed with grooming their beards and hair and bathing (at least compared to their English rivals), or how the modern depiction of drab, fur- or leather-clad barbarians is ridiculous, I’m your bearded-down-to-my-belly-button guy. It’s probably not surprising that I’ve loved the show Vikings since it debuted. Who would’ve thought that underwear model Travis...
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Catacombs: A New Way to be A Hero (or a Failure)

When Catacombs was initially released back in 2010, I got pretty cranked at the idea. And then it ran out of print and became shockingly expensive to buy, so I let it slip past me. Then, in 2015, Elzra games released the Second Edition of Catacombs. I found out about this in 2016…after they had already sold out and gotten shockingly expensive. I then spent a good half hour beating my head into the table...
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How I Stumbled Into Kawaii Metal

A while back Esther wrote about her love of Asian television. I’ve not watched a single K- or J-drama to save my life but I enjoyed her article quite a bit. My impression of Asian media was mostly informed by weird Japanese game shows and this (admittedly pretty awesome) League of Legends music video. That’s about it. (Not to lump all Asian film, music, and gaming together. But, much like America and England have somewhat...
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Opening: The Art of Seducing the New Gamer

No, this isn’t about sex. But thanks for clicking on that baity title. Opening, a term coined by the great Shut Up and Sit Down board gaming site, is the process of taking someone who isn’t a gamer and making them into someone who is. See, here’s the theory: gaming is, objectively, awesome. Not subjectively. Objectively. Once people get over their initial snags about acting like nerds, they are going to enjoy gaming in some form....
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Let’s Talk Manticore

You see them at every convention. A group of what are obviously committed fans. They’re wearing what appear to be some form of naval uniform. Some of them are in fatigues, most of them are in something a little flashier. There’s berets—most of them black, but occasionally white, and all of them with this red-and-gold patch featuring a manticore. It looks like they’re cosplaying some television series, but you can’t quite place it. They’re not...
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G.R. Theron’s Guildmaster Guide Rule #5: Master the Interest-Time Exchange

One of the founding rules I had for making my World of Warcraft guild was understanding the Interest-Time Exchange. And much like Barbossa speaking to Mrs. Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, you best start believing in the Interest-Time Exchange because you’re in it. Yeah, I know. Sounds like I made it up. Sure did. But it’s important to understand because this exchange is the only reliable transaction when it comes to player retention. The...
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