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August Gaming Convention Calendar 2022

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  Here are the gaming conventions going on in August! Alabama n/a Alaska  n/a Arizona Game On Expo: Phoenix, Aug 5-7 MaricopaCon: Phoenix, Aug 19-...
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Iconic Sci-Fi Franchises with Tabletop Tie-Ins

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Most people who get into tabletop gaming start with a broader application of the creative genres. Fantasy novels, supernatural tv shows, historical...
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July Gaming Convention Calender 2022

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
  Here are the gaming conventions going on in July! Alabama Play On Con: Birmingham, July 7-10 Alaska  n/a Arizona  n/a Arkansas  n/a California...
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5 Fate/Fudge System TTRPGs to Try Out for a Rules-Light Tabletop Campaign

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
I love Dungeons and Dragons. But I also know that it isn’t the ‘forever TTRPG’ for everyone – some people are just looking for something different....
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The Dark Crystal Adventure Game: Discussion and Review

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
There have been a lot of franchise tie-in tabletop games coming out recently. Labyrinth, Marvel, The Princess Bride. It’s easy to understand why, o...
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Smart is the New Sexy – Making Intelligence a More Valuable Stat for Better Games

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For many Dungeons and Dragons players, Intelligence is an immediate dump stat. For a while, Wizards were just about the only class that really reli...
A photo of the Title from Labyrinth the Board Game, as read on the box. The words Jim Henson's Labyrinth The Board Game are superimposed in stylized font in front of what appears to be a large maze.

You Remind Me of a Game: A Review of Labyrinth the Board Game, a Fantasy Adventure for Families

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You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power, of course. Fans of Jim Henson, David Bowie, 80's movies, and adventure stories gathe...
An image of a deck box for Overkill: Halloween Slasher. The box has an image of pumpkinhead on the front, and appears to have Vampira on the side. Next to the image is the words" Overkill: A Review:.

Laughing at the Midnight Hour: A Review of Overkill: Halloween Slasher, a party horror card game

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
As a company, Ultra PRO is far better known for its card sleeves and deck boxes (a staple to be found among Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and othe...
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Alternative Options for Tabletop Miniatures (for when you can't find the ones you need)

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
One of my favorite parts of tabletop gaming is combat. I know that it’s a less and less popular opinion nowadays when game after game is coming out...
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5 (More) Valentine’s Day Oneshot Ideas for Dungeons and Dragons

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Last year, D20Collective published a list of ideas for Valentine’s Day oneshots, suitable for use with DnD, or any other fantasy tabletop game. The...
The cover image for The Night Cage. It features a hand holding a dripping candle, giving off yellow light against the dark. Next to the hand are the words "The Night Cage: how long will your light last?" and the logo for Smirk and Dagger games

Let's Hope We're Alone In the Dark: A Review of The Night Cage, a Horror Strategy Board Game

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
Do you ever find yourself wishing that your weekly game night was a little less fun-and-laughter, and a little more dread-and-horror? If so, you ma...
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A Brief Guide to Dice Notation and Names

Blog PostMorgan Carpenter
The uniting factor for most tabletop games is the use of dice. They act as the arbiter of success and failure, and are used in almost every TTRPG o...

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