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Loot Crate is a monthly service in which you receive geek-friendly merchandise at a discount, grouped around a particular theme. This month's theme was Covert, which is why there are Mad Libs in the Crate.
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Loot Crate is a monthly service in which you receive geek-friendly merchandise at a discount, grouped around a particular theme. This month's theme was Covert, which is a bit off the beaten track for Loot Crate. This watch is the centerpiece of the crate.
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We knew this was coming, right? After Gen Con sent a letter to Governor Pence warning him not to sign Senate Bill 101 and he signed it anyway, CEO Adrian Swartout elaborated that Gen Con was reconsidering the future location of the con for 2021. And thus begins a courtship dance as other popular geek-friendly cities try to get Gen Con to move to their hometown. First out of the gate? Washington Senator Steve Hobbs, who wrote a letter on Thursday inviting the con to relocate to his state.
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The main Gencon mass has been a Midwestern con for quite some time. It would not surprise me to see them attempting to stay in the region, as much as I'd like it to move up to Washington(much closer to me).
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In a move that has surprised gamers everywhere, Gen Con came out strongly yesterday against Senate Bill 101 with a letter addressed to Indiana Governor Mike Pence. In the letter, Gen Con concluded that the bill will influence Gen Con's "decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years." But will Gen Con really leave Indianapolis in the near future?
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On behalf of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, let me extend an invitation for GenCon to relocate to Motor City. Furries could frolic on the grounds of Greenfield Village! Cobo center can handle the Auto Show so it can do Gencon! Detroit would LOVE Gencon!
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This adventure by DMZ2112 was part of ENWorld's contest for D&D Next before the rules were finalized. It features a town on the brink of war with a horde of thousands of dog-riding halflings. Given the history of the two characters in my campaign (my seven-year-old boy's gnome rogue, Elec -- recently restored from his kobold form -- and my four-year-old daughter's halfling ranger, Lektra) I decided to give them a family tie to the proceedings. They had more fun with the random encounters than the adventure itself.
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This is the continuing series of reviews of the miniatures from the Kickstarter-launched Cthulhu Wars. For more info about Cthulhu Wars see the Kickstarter page. This review is of the four deep ones of Cthulhu's green faction.
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You might have heard that Adrian Swartout, the CEO of Gen Con, expressed her dismay at the passage of Senate Bill 101 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) endorsement by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Gen Con signed a commitment to stay in Indianapolis through 2020 so it was unclear as to what actions Gen Con would take when Pence signed the bill. It turns out there are ways Gen Con can throw around its economic might, and those options were made clear today in a letter addressed to the general public.
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I note one thing about the New Mexico case, government was involved because of the law. Whenever a law is enacted it in fact involves government.
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Loot Crate is a monthly service in which you receive geek-friendly merchandise at a discount, grouped around a particular theme. This month's theme was Covert, which is a bit off the beaten track for Loot Crate. Really off the beaten track? A sad-face spy shirt.
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Gen Con, which continues to struggle with Indianapolis' infrastructure to support its massive growth, threatened to pull out of the city altogether if Governor Pence signed Senate Bill 101, which they felt threatened the diversity of their attendees. Yesterday, Pence did just that and Gen Con responded. The answer, as predicted, is that Gen Con isn't going anywhere for the next five years.
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As stated previously this was because the government told a business owner (a baker) that they couldn't discriminate against a customer (gay couple). After the customer went to court to get the government to uphold anti-discrimantory laws.

What this does is limiting the government's ability to make businesses play nice with people, because ... religion.
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Last night's remaining six contestants get together at Brookside Park in Pasadena. This is another "team up with the kids" challenge. The kids come up with imaginary characters that the artists need to create.
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This is the continuing series of reviews of the miniatures from the Kickstarter-launched Cthulhu Wars. For more info about Cthulhu Wars see the Kickstarter page. This review is of Nyarlathotep of the blue faction.
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Michael "Talien" Tresca is a game designer, author, communicator, and artist. He is the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner and recently published three books, the non-fiction history of gaming, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games from McFarland Publishing, his fantasy fiction debut, The Well of Stars, from Three Ravens Books, and the young adult fantasy Awfully Familiar from Dark Quest Books. Michael has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of Open Game License and D20-compatible games, including AEG, MonkeyGod Enterprises, Goodman Games, Otherworld Creations, Privateer Press, RPGObjects and Ronin Arts. A top reviewer for Amazon, his articles and reviews have appeared in Allgame.com, D20 Filtered, Dragon Magazine, Gamers.com, Pyramid, RPG.net, and Sharktopus. He has participated in panels about electronic and tabletop role-playing games at ConnectiCon, Dragon*Con, and I-Con.

When he's not writing, Michael can be found as his alter ego, Talien, on RetroMUD as an administrator. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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