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Mutant World Zero Marries XCOM With Talking Animals 

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is pretty long name for a game with a straightforward pitch: what if XCOM but with animorphs? While it’s based off of a pen and paper role-playing game popular in Sweden during the 80s, developer The Bearded Ladies have made it their own by injecting the inspiration’s DNA into […]

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Ravnica Got Me Into Magic, And Now We’re Going Back

Magic: The Gathering is a card game, but the storytelling and worldbuilding that goes into informing those cards is basically unmatched across the world of games. They announced this week that the game is going back to the world of Ravnica, and it took me down a nostalgia hole.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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A Tabletop RPG For Storytellers Who Want To Be Infamous Criminals

If the industrial, supernatural world of Blades in the Dark was the backdrop for anything other than a tabletop role-playing game, I’d have written daily letters to its creator begging them to make it into one. Blades in the Dark’s world is so full of noir curiosities that it begs players to insert themselves in, […]

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Tabletop role-playing game Pathfinder recently announced its second edition ten years after Paizo pu

Tabletop role-playing game Pathfinder recently announced its second edition ten years after Paizo published its first. “We can do a much better job now than we did 10 years ago,” Paizo said. Paizo hopes to make the Core Rulebook more approachable, streamline combat and include more art. Playtesting begins August 2nd. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Magic: The Gathering Is Getting Some Big Changes

As Magic: The Gathering approaches its 25th anniversary, head designer Mark Rosewater is perched at a crucial point between past and future. The game’s next set of cards will reprise Magic’s classic Dominaria setting, with the game’s original creator Richard Garfield tag-teaming design with Rosewater. But while it…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Apparently People Really Want Fruit Ninja Tabletop Games

One wouldn’t imagine the frantic slicing action of Halfbrick Studios’ breakout mobile hit Fruit Ninja would translate well in the tabletop gaming space. Well surprise: In just under four hours, Lucky Duck Games has successfully raised $10,500 to create not one but three different physical Fruit Ninja games. Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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The Most Popular D&D Races And Classes

Decades of D&D fans repeating the old adage “Friends don’t let friends play half-orcs” may have had some tangible effects. Yesterday, FiveThirtyEight published data on the most D&D popular classes and races and, well, half-orcs only make up about five percent of all D&D characters played between August 15 and…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Fantasy Version Of Betrayal At House On The Hill Is Still Fun Without The Haunted Mansion

Last week, Wizards of the Coast reimagined their classic horror game Betrayal at House on the Hill in a Dungeons & Dragons high fantasy setting. Back in 2004, Betrayal captured the curiosity and fear that comes with crawling through a haunted mansion with mechanics that brilliantly mirrored its horror theme. Slowly…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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I Tried Remaking My D&D Adventure In Divinity: Original Sin 2, And It (Mostly) Worked

Divinity: Original Sin 2 has a mode that lets players design their own Dungeons & Dragons-esque adventure inside the role-playing game, and in case you were wondering what kind of dweeb would port their homebrew D&D game into DoS: 2, the answer is me. My experiment was instructive and, I think, says a lot about […]

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Stay With Me Here: Dungeons & Dragons, Except You Cook What You Kill

So, uh, I’ve been pretty fixated on the idea of a dungeon-crawl-slash-cooking show, a Dungeons & Dragons game where you kill what you eat. A few questionably-spent days of vacation after spawning this ludicrous idea, I found a way to mod Dungeons & Dragons to accommodate my cooking fantasies. And, surprisingly, it…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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