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17
Oct

The World of THRESHOLD - Telling Time

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Overview: 

Most of the Aeron continent tells time by the Elven Emperica Calendarium, a hold over from the Elven Empericam that streched across the world.

 The Year is marked by the solar eclipse, with a lunar eclipse at the Mid year. Each year is divided into 12 month, dictated by the new and full moon. Each month has 30 days.

 Years are counted from the first death from age of elvenkind, “Anno Lapsum” or The Fall.

 The current year is estimated at 10,014 AL. Time before the Fall is denoted as “Quitas Aetas,” or The Time of Life, counted backwards. It should be noted that seasons and months are not linked, creating a slipping calendar. This was not a proplem for the empire, given the Emperium’s tropical climate, but great care of seasonal prediction would have to be taken for planting and harvesting for colonies in more temperate zones.

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17
Oct

The World of THRESHOLD - Marinton to Easterton

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I've had some people asking about the world of THRESHOLD. I'm going to start a series of entries that give a little bigger picture of what's going on: details about the world that would take up too much time to really discuss in the show. First off: a map of the Aero Woods region of the Aeron continent. This shows a good idea of where the party has been thus far, and where they're going. I haven't filled in all the details yet, but that's how I like it. Enjoy!

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17
Oct

What’s to Be Done About Player Agency in Pen & Paper RPGs?

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This article began as a player conflict at a Fate table. We were just practicing, learning the rules and teaching a new player for an upcoming RPG show we’re trying to develop, when something interesting happened. The Fate system is built upon the idea of applying descriptive “aspects” to things using your skills: an aspect being something that is true about the game. We were having a pretend fight between our characters and it was two vs. myself, which was fine, but there was still one player that hadn’t taken sides. One of my combatants, a fast-talking TV show host decided to use his Fast-talk skill to try and create the aspect of “believes Stephen’s gone crazy” on the hacker who hadn’t decided which side to take. Of course he succeeded because his character is built to be a fast-talker and created the aspect.  This irked Kevin, the affected character’s player, however because this was the second time in recent games that his character had been manipulated into believing something that he did not necessarily want to.  This turned into a rules discussion, (and we determined that we were playing the game very very wrong,) but it nonetheless left us with an interesting thought: how do we both preserve verisimilitude and player agency in RPG Storytelling? 

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28
Aug

Fantasy Flight Games gen con 2014 mega interview

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Behold! Our mega interview with Anton Torres from Fantasy Flight Games. We talk all their new announcements from Gen Con 2014 and believe me there are a lot. 

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27
Aug

Dead of Winter interview Gen Con 2014

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Our interview with Plaid Hat Games about their super popular zombie survival game Dead of Winter.

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27
Aug

Golem Arcana gen con interview

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We talk to Hare Brained Schemes about their new high tech wargame Golem Arcana. 

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26
Aug

D&D Attack Wing at Gen Con 2014

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We interview Wiz Kids Games and talk about aerial dragon miniatures game Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing.

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21
Aug

Tour of Castle Molds booth at GenCon 2014

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We took a tour of the Hirst Arts Castle Molds booth at GenCon this year. They make some of the most beautiful and detailed gaming terrain I've ever seen. You buy their silicon molds and you can make whatever you want. 

You can check out their products at Castlemolds.com and Hirstarts.com

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19
Aug

X-COM board game video playthrough

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COMMANDER: We hung out with Fantasy Flight Games at Gen Con and shot the full demo of their upcoming X-COM board game.

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19
Aug

Star Wars Imperial Assault Full Video Demo

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We stopped by Fantasy Flight Games at Gen Con 2014 and shot a full video demo of their upcoming game Star Wars Imperial Assault.

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17
Aug

Prepare for Gen Con coverage

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We're at Gen Con Indy playing every game ever. Prepare yourself for nonstop video coverage of what we played and saw over this next week.

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24
Jul

S.D.C.C.C.D.C.

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Join the San Diego Comic-Con Center for Disease Control in fighting the nerd flu at Comic-Con in our newest sketch.

 

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12
Jul

Kittens in a Blender d6m Review

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What happens when we vanish for weeks at a time?  Apparently we come back with puppets and a review of a sweet new party game.

Stay tuned for more content as we gear up for comiccon (and totally don't vanish again, we promise!)

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01
Jul

You All Walk Into the Tavern...

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An open letter on bringing your RPG parties together
by Stephen James Wardle 

There’s that ancient trope that all great adventures begin in a tavern. It’s so clichéd that you can start a campaign in a tavern, all tongue-in-cheek and get a few good laughs to break the ice at the start of a new session or with a new group and hardly catch any flack, even from seasoned players.

 It’s not hard to see why the trope is popular. Liquor has been around FOREVER, so it can easily fit into any setting, and the use of such is pervasive within fantasy worlds. Imagine a dwarf without drops of ale in his beard. You can’t, can you? Ale and mead are staples of the genre itself. The tavern is such an easy place to assemble the party because almost everyone has a reason to be there. While the wizard won’t need a blacksmith, and the Fighter won’t even know where the Mage’s college is, both heroes can easily say their characters are wetting their whistles without straying to far from their character’s concept. But that’s sort of the problem with campaigns as a whole, isn’t it? How do you assemble your heroes into a cohesive party, especially when they have no earthly reason to do so?

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30
May

Betrayal at House on the Hill d6m review

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Bannis reviews Betrayal at House on the Hill from Wizards of the Coast. Is this a haunted house worth running through?

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23
May

Ghost Stories d6m review

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We review Ghost Stories by Antoine Bauza!

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06
May

DBZ RPG

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What happens if you make a Dragon Ball Z roleplaying game? Turns out its not so great. 

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14
Apr

Some DnD Classic Catchup

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Greetings faithful followers!  For those of you who noticed, there's been no classic Dungeons and Dragons updates from d6m or any posts from me whatsoever!  Well, it's because I took a couple of weeks off to run play in Europe.  However, I'm back and those of you who have been missing me for mad days now can relax.  Lets hit it.

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11
Apr

Get ready for the Acquisitions Incorporated Live D&D game at PAX East

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This is the D! True Waterdeep Story of what has happened so far to the fated band of adventures known as Acquisitions Incorporated, the hilarious D&D party consisting of Penny Arcade web-comic creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins.

 

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11
Apr

Smash Up announces The Big Geeky Box

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Tired of trying to squeeze all of your Smash Up decks into the original game box? (We seriously are) AEG has heard your communal cries and will be releasing The Big Geeky Box designed to hold every expansion plus more that are released. Its got dividers and foam inserts to fill up the empty space that will be waiting for future decks.

Also this box will come with an exclusive extra faction: The Geeks. This is a Geek & Sundry cross promotion deck that contains cards of Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day as well as a base card of the Tabletop Table. 

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