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This interview is part of a series of articles highlighting the hardworking staff and awesome players of RetroMUD. Meet Fredrik Nilsson, who plays Cullyn at http://www.retromud.org.
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I've been torturing my children by making them watch Batman: The Animated Series with me, with the intent to watch every DC Animated Universe (DACU) show that's available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. We've made it through two seasons so far after one year in, and it's clear that any scene with the Joker is a real kid pleaser. My eight-year-old boy and my five-year-old girl are already familiar with Fluxx, so it was an easy leap for them to play Batman Fluxx. And all things considered, it's a pretty iconic representation of the animated series in its final incarnation.
I've been torturing my children by making them watch Batman: The Animated Series with me, with the intent to watch every DC Animated Universe (DACU) show that's available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. We've made it through two seasons so far after one year in, and it's clear that any scene with the Joker is a real kid pleaser. My eight-year-old boy and my five-year-old girl are already familiar with Fluxx, so it was an easy leap for them to play...
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Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Expeditious Retreat Press continues the OSR with "The Red Mausoleum," an adventure for 6 to 8 adventurers for levels 12 to 15.
Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Expeditious Retreat Press continues the OSR with "The Red Mausoleum," an adventure for 6 to 8 adventurers for levels 12 to 15. For those unfamiliar with the Old School Reference an...
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This article was made possible by my amazing patrons. Want more? Join us on Patreon for just $1/month; follow me on Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter, and the web; buy my books: The Evolution  of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, The Well of Stars, and Awfully Familiar. Thanks for reading!
Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Advanced Deployment introduces the campfire mini.A lot of work goes into creating campfire miniatures, specifically to make the fire look like flames by using transparent plastic. T...
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I'm excited to announce I'm cohosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 29th at 7PM with +Marisa Lauren Troy of Journaling IBD. The topic is "Finding the Right Doctor." We will also have Dr Lindsey Albenberg from the University of Pennsylvania participating. Save the date! You can follow us at @AboutIBD, @JournalingIBD, and @LinnyAlb to get ready! 
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I was running "The Battle of Emridy Meadows" for my kids' Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign and needed a miniature for the lead villain: Kel the Eldest, a lich who was the target of an ambush. In a refreshing twist on the typical adventuring formula, our heroes set up an ambush for the bad guy instead of the other way around. I needed a figure to represent Kel, and Tar-Baphon fit the bill.
I was running "The Battle of Emridy Meadows" for my kids' Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign and needed a miniature for the lead villain: Kel the Eldest, a lich who was the target of an ambush. In a refreshing twist on the typical adventuring formula, our heroes set up an ambush for the bad guy instead of the other way around. I needed a figure to represent Kel, and Tar-Baphon fit the bill.Tar-Baphon is actually a character from Pathfinder...
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Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Bad Mike is back with Rat on a Stick for Tunnels & Trolls.
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Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Squarehex combines two of my favorite things with these coasters: beer and maps.
Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. July's Mythoard included products from Silver Crescent Publishing, Melsonian Arts Council, Precis Intermedia, Advanced Deployment, Squarehex, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Bad Mike's Books and Games. Squarehex combines two of my favorite things with these coasters: beer and maps.There's not much more to it. They're proper title is "geomorphic beermats." On one side is three-by-...
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This episode's foundation challenge is the classic Rorschach inkblot. The guest judge is Eryn Krueger Mekash. Her advice: creativity and originality (wow, thanks for the advice!). As this is a foundation challenge, the winner gains immunity.
This episode's foundation challenge is the classic Rorschach inkblot. The guest judge is Eryn Krueger Mekash. Her advice: creativity and originality (wow, thanks for the advice!). As this is a foundation challenge, the winner gains immunity. The nature of the contest is that the makeups defy categorization. It is worth noting that most of the artists decided to interpret the inkblot as a facial feature, but that comes with the territory. Meg wi...
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Michael "Talien" Tresca is a game designer, author, communicator, and artist. He was the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner for six years and 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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Enterprise Gamification Forum
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'The Divide': Bad guys and worse guys
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2013 ENnies interview #25: Throwigames
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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I recently spoke with Thom Wilson of Throwigames. Throwigames Simple

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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I recently spoke with Steven James Black, Assistant Director at Dram

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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I spoke with Mario Barbati of 0one games about his Best Cartography

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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I spoke with Simon Berman, Community Coordinator & Staff Writer, abo

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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I spoke with Chris Birch of Modiphius. Modiphius' Achtung! Cthulhu -

2013 ENnies interview #18: PCGen
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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I recently chatted with Paul Grosse, PR Silverback of the PCGen Proj

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The 2013 ENnies nominations have been announced and voting is now open. I caught up with Kennon C. Bauman, creative director at TheIlluminer