A tale of two servers

If you follow the Icosahedrophilia podcast, you may have had trouble accessing some of the episodes within the last three weeks or so. I apologize for that, and wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes look at the reasons for the trouble … and ask for your help. Several months ago, I moved to a …

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It’s my party, and …

My 45th birthday rolled around this past Thursday. Many thanks to all of you who offered birthday well-wishes, mostly via Facebook. While I was showering after sleeping in, my family set up some birthday decorations in the kitchen. They gave me Lord of the Rings Risk: Trilogy Edition, but since they had to get it …

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Oops!

I’m very sorry, folks, but it turns out that private individuals cannot legally sell raffle tickets (or exchange them for donations) in California. If you already entered, I’ll contact you individually. I’ll try to figure out another, proper, non-arbitrary way of getting these tokens out to someone who can use them.

I’m a subscriber

D&D Insider became a subscription service today (Tuesday, October 14, 2008). For now, the subscription price is a mere $4.95 per month if you pay for one year all at one time. This includes all the content in the new online versions of Dungeon and Dragon magazine. As someone who used to pay $8 apiece …

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“Real” D&D

What constitues “real D&D”? Let’s ask E. Gary Gygax: For example purposes (and despite already having made the point that the spirit of a game cannot be defined in so many words), I shall attempt to characterize the spirit of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. This is a fantasy RPG predicated on the assumption …

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Running up against the giants

I just finished my own little personal pack-popping party for Against the Giants, and I thought I would share a few impressions. This is going to be very scattershot, but I hope it entertains you nevertheless. By the way, I basically only play the D&D Minis game casually, and mainly collect the minis for role-playing. …

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Away from the giants

Yesterday and today, July 5–6, witnessed a number of Against the Giants prerelease tournaments. In case you don’t know, Against the Giants is the latest—well, still technically forthcoming—set for the Dungeons & Dragons miniatures game. Sadly, I was thousands of miles from my friendly local game store, A Hidden Fortress (1960-9 Sequoia in Simi Valley, …

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Origins, Day 1

So you couldn’t make it to Origins, and you want to know what you’re missing? Or maybe you are here at Origins, and you’d like to know what’s going on elsewhere than you? Look no further, gentle readers! Unfortunately, the Columbus Convention Center doesn’t seem to have a public wi-fi network (even pay-as-you-go), so I …

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Gary Gygax’s favorite Bible verse

Troll Lord Games has a tribute to Gary Gygax on its web page right now. I’m sure that eventually they’ll cycle on different news (it is the front page, after all), so I’ve taken a screen shot to preserve it. I share it here especially because of the last line, Gary’s favorite Bible verse.