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Dungeons & Workouts Mixes Fitness Science with a Fun D&D Twist

There are many similarities between D&D and fitness I never considered until recently. When I exercise, I am “leveling up” my body, whether it’s through strength training, aerobics, or holding a yoga pose for an extended period of time. D&D allows me to level up my character and survive the upcoming campaign. I already wrote about the Minnesota-based D&D playbook D20 Athletics, but there’s another option, too: the 250-page Dungeons & Workouts: From Weak and Meek to Buff and Tough, a jam-packed...

Minnesota RollerGirls Kick Off the Season with Planet of the Skates

We are in October, which means it was time to return to the hallowed and legendary halls of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium for the Minnesota RollerGirls season-opening mini tournament on October 13, 2018! For this bout, Sugar BEATdown’s husband, Swedish Meatbrawl, takes over as track maintenance engineer Wet Spot 3.0, as 2.0 takes a welcome vacation. Welcome to the track, Wet Spot 3.0! Where there might be an ambiguity, “bout” refers to the event as a whole, “game” to...

3 Organizations Sending Kids to Space Camp

Many of us have at one point stared up at the night sky, viewing billions of stars and wondering what could possibly be out there. Children in particular have a vast imagination that allows them to consider and want to explore those possibilities and to dream of a day when they might touch the stars. So many of us wanted to be astronauts when we grew up, and now that most of us have grown up and moved into...

Cat Crimes Is a Great Combination of Cats and Logic

Personally, I think logic is a fairly vital skill for kids to learn. Even going beyond the obvious uses of logic in programming and other computer-related disciplines, a strong sense of logic helps in figuring out day-to-day problems. The trouble is that sometimes logic exercises can be presented in fairly dry or unrelatable situations. Pencil-and-paper exercises are fun for travel, but they can be daunting for anyone still learning how to order their thoughts. This is where Cat Crimes,...

8 Great Hiking Locations to Hit Up in the Twin Cities and Beyond

Fall is officially upon us, Minnesota! And while a lot of us can get lost in the back-to-school grind or our excitement for Halloween, we’ve got to remember to enjoy these last days of warmer weather. Soon enough, the state we know and love will become an icy tundra where even the cutest infinity scarf can’t protect you from frostbite on your cheeks. Don’t have a cabin to escape to on the weekends? No worries—our fair Twin Cities metro...

Level Up Your Health with Minnesota’s D20 Athletics

One challenge with any exercise routine is not becoming bored. Boredom is one way to quickly sink motivation for exercising weekly, and I recently learned about one locally created option for fighting it. Minnesota personal trainer Rob Finlayson has created the D&D-inspired D20 Athletics, an online personal training system (with options for in-person sessions) that’s affordable, flexible, and geeky. Combining D&D with exercise is such a great idea, and I was automatically interested in trying it out. Finlayson is a self-proclaimed...

Questing for Experience in the MMORPG of Life

We started the summer with a simple plan—give our daughter the chance to try new things, while still giving me the chance to keep my various balls up in the air. In theory, it seemed simple. With the exception of a couple weeks, the kiddo would be occupied in various day camps, giving me the vast majority of the day to focus on various freelance opportunities. In reality, though, that theory could be best summed up with maniacal laughter...

How Can Writers of Color Reconcile H. P. Lovecraft’s Influence with His Racist Legacy?

August 20, 2018, marks the 128th birthday of the polarizing American writer H. P. Lovecraft. A resident of Providence, Rhode Island, he is best known in fandom for his interconnected stories collectively referred to as the Cthulhu mythos—or Yog-Sothothery, as he is said to have preferred. A consistent joke is that the list of things he wasn’t afraid of was shorter than the list of things he was, and that is clearly reflected in his writing. He’s one of...

Badass Braids Brings Bunches of Pop-Culture Hair Inspiration

Usually, the spark that makes a television series or movie compelling and memorable is great plotting or vivid characterization. Sometimes, though, the popularity of a work is helped by what the characters are wearing or, more specifically, how they are wearing their hair. Star Wars is great, but think about how many people over the years have attempted to wind their hair around their head in attempts to recreate some of the most iconic sci-fi styles of all time....

Minnesota Fan Fusion (Formerly Minnesota Fan Fest) Is Back For 2018

Last year, I wrote an in-depth article about Minnesota Fan Fest’s somewhat strict cosplay policy. This year, Minnesota Fan Fest has now become Minnesota Fan Fusion, and it’s back with modifications to celebrity guests, a bigger convention space, and a revised cosplay policy. Honestly, I’m disappointed in not being able to attend this year because of all of the announcements I had been seeing on social media for this con. Browsing Minnesota Fan Fusion’s site, there is a dropdown...
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