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Destination Fantastic Is a New Travel Show for Fantasy Lovers

This world we live in has countless places and objects capable of piquing anyone’s curiosity and wonder. People with active imaginations and minds for fantastical adventure are no different. Enter Destination Fantastic, a forthcoming independent documentary series hosted by popular Dungeons & Dragons players Stefan Pokorny (founder of Dwarven Forge) and Satine Phoenix (former D&D ambassador). Together, they will travel every corner of the globe, encountering castles, labyrinths, dungeons, sacred sites, and more! Destination Fantastic does not appear to...

Ghosts of Saltmarsh Brings a Thrilling, Flexible Setting to the Dungeons & Dragons Family

In my experience, Dungeons & Dragons campaign books generally come in one of two forms: either a fairly linear progression of adventures that move along an overarching plot or a broader collection of individual adventures loosely related to a central theme or location. Both types have their merits and their drawbacks. Linear campaign books provide a structure for new or time-lacking dungeon masters, but they also can present a challenge to both groups when players make decisions in-game that...

Game of Thrones and the Gamers Who Play It

As HBO’s Game of Thrones reaches its final episodes, with the series finale airing May 19, 2019, it’s a great time to appreciate how far the George R. R. Martin franchise has come from its humble beginnings. My first encounter with A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which the TV show is based, came about the same way as many of my favorite fandoms: through my love of gaming. In 2003, my friends had just...

Afropunk Tabletop Game Swordsfall Hits Crowdfunding Success

Sci fi and fantasy have a long history of trying to nudge humanity toward a better version of itself. Whether by cautioning us about possible futures or putting current issues on display through direct allegory, such media helps us explore our problems and our potential. In particular, tabletop role-playing games offer a chance to engage these narratives in a uniquely direct way, which can be a fantastic opportunity for players to expand their horizons and experience new ideas in...

The Midgard Worldbook Offers a Unique, Detailed World for Pathfinder and D&D Players

The best tabletop games come packaged with a great setting. Dungeons & Dragons’ original setting, Greyhawk, is a timeless world that any seasoned player would find familiar. The more modern Forgotten Realms is also comforting to anyone who has read fantasy books since the ’80s. Paizo’s Pathfinder borrowed familiar themes and ideas from both but created its own multiplanetary realm in the Pathfinder campaign setting that I still enjoy to this day. With all that being said, sometimes it’s...

Star Wars: Outer Rim Takes Players to a Less Civilized Region of Space

In 2011, Roseville-based Fantasy Flight Games announced that they had acquired the rights to create Star Wars tabletop gaming experiences. In the years since, we’ve seen tremendous offerings for just about any type of gamer, from the tactical skirmishes of the X-Wing Miniatures Game, to the story-building nature of FFG’s Narrative Dice System utilized in their line of Star Wars role-playing games. Now, with more successful Star Wars tabletop properties in their library than you can shake a gaffi...

Shadow of the Demon Lord Is Innovative, Twisted Tabletop Fun

I distinctly recall the moment that Shadow of the Demon Lord hooked me. My players had penetrated a thick magical mist, venturing out to the island lair of an evil hag. After defeating her minions, they reached her inner sanctum, intent on defeating her and taking a powerful artifact for themselves. They faced off with the evil faerie in a tense battle, and for the first few turns, things seemed to be going their way. But she had a...

Saturday Night Space Opera Expands Twin Cities Sci-Fi Gaming with a Mini Convention

When someone picks up a 12-sided die, the popular imagination generally links it with a Dungeon Master’s Guide and tales of swords and sorcery rather than spacesuits and starships, an image crystallized among the general public by Weezer, Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, and more. But science fiction has been a part of role-playing games since the 1970s with James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha, among other systems, and local group Saturday Night Space Opera has been providing a space...

The Planes of Magic: The Gathering Come to Life in VIZ Art Books

As I’ve described in an earlier article, Magic: The Gathering has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. The story of the game has moved front and center on the cards themselves, depicting key moments in the plot via the cards’ art, gameplay mechanics, and brief lines of story text in a concerted effort to deliver a cohesive narrative to all players. Lately I’ve put off reading the online fiction in order to see for myself how well this process is...

Anvil Industry Offers Tabletop Models for All

In 2011, Anvil Industry joined the crowded market of selling conversion bits for 28-millimeter scale models, aiming particularly at the Warhammer 40,000 range. They produce two main ranges—Exo-Lords and Regiments (power-armor-equipped soldiers and standard infantry, respectively)—selling both full models and individual sprues of bits for conversion work on other models. Anvil Industry also found success in its own tabletop game, Afterlife, which raised over $50,000 via Kickstarter in 2014. The company’s latest release, the Trench Fighters range, consists of...
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