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On the one hand, John Moe's book is filled with so many pop culture references that it's surprising it hasn't been written already. On the other hand, it's already been written, just not in book form -- it's called the Internet. Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth would be much better as an Instagram feed.
On the one hand, John Moe's book is filled with so many pop culture references that it's surprising it hasn't been written already. On the other hand, it's already been written, just not in book form -- it's called the Internet. Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth would be much better as an instagram feed. This book is filled with hilarious anecdotes that are hit or miss depending on your familiarity with the subject. Some of the essays are riff...
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My kids are still playing though Hoard of the Dragon Queen and have just reached Castle Naerytar, so we needed a sculpt for Dralmorrer Borngray and Ardynn fit the bill nicely. Borngray is a caster and warrior (he gets a free action to use a cantrip in combat), which is why this sculpt works so well.
My kids are still playing though Hoard of the Dragon Queen and have just reached Castle Naerytar, so we needed a sculpt for Dralmorrer Borngray and Ardynn fit the bill nicely. Borngray is a caster and warrior (he gets a free action to use a cantrip in combat), which is why this sculpt works so well. This is a Werner Klocke creation, which means Ardynn is full of buckles, hidden weapons, and other accessories. Ardynn wants you to really know he ...
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This episode completes the character arc of "Stakes," a history of Marceline the Vampire Queen. What started out as a joke character has become a world-weary narrative that calls back to several other episodes -- and has turned Marceline into a creature as equally tragic as the Ice King.
This episode completes the character arc of "Stakes," a history of Marceline the Vampire Queen. What started out as a joke character has become a world-weary narrative that calls back to several other episodes -- and has turned Marceline into a creature as equally tragic as the Ice King.The conclusion of this episode completes a cycle that started seven episodes earlier: Marceline doesn't want to be a vampire anymore. When Princess Bubblegum drai...
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Small flying critters are difficult to model in miniature form. You only need to look at the various attempts to portray a bat (which is all too often a wizard/sorcerer's lifesaving familiar) to see why. Eventually sculptors just gave up and made the bat larger than it should be so that it could be suitable for tabletop play. Sculptor Julie Guthrie knew what she was getting into with this hawk miniature, but crams in a surprising amount of detail anyway.
Small flying critters are difficult to model in miniature form. You only need to look at the various attempts to portray a bat (which is all too often a wizard/sorcerer's lifesaving familiar) to see why. Eventually sculptors just gave up and made the bat larger than it should be so that it could be suitable for tabletop play. Sculptor Julie Guthrie knew what she was getting into with this hawk miniature, but crams in a surprising amount of det...
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Continuing my fey-touched critters for my sidhe scholar killoren druid, wolverine/badger miniatures are rare. Julie Guthrie does a great job working with a small sculpt that's the appropriate size for a miniature in D&D. I loosely based the color scheme of this critter off of the badgermoles from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Continuing my fey-touched critters for my sidhe scholar killoren druid, wolverine/badger miniatures are rare. Julie Guthrie does a great job working with a small sculpt that's the appropriate size for a miniature in D&D. I loosely based the color scheme of this critter off of the badgermoles from Avatar: The Last Airbender. A decent sculpt overall. You can purchase this miniature at Amazon.This article was made possible by my amazing patrons. Wa...
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Of all the bugbear sculpts, this one gets the basics right: your bog-standard (bug standard?) bugbear probably wields a club and uses a shield. The bugbear has one scale mail shoulder pad and studded leather armor over one leg. It still suffers from the same "is it armor or hair?" issue on the other leg, which is actually a cloth covering over the knee only (seriously, does every bugbear where a scarf tied around one knee? is this a gang thing?).
Of all the bugbear sculpts, this one gets the basics right: your bog-standard (bug standard?) bugbear probably wields a club and uses a shield. The bugbear has one scale mail shoulder pad and studded leather armor over one leg. It still suffers from the same "is it armor or hair?" issue on the other leg, which is actually a cloth covering over the knee only (seriously, does every bugbear where a scarf tied around one knee? is this a gang thing?)...
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Who doesn't need a pillar of good? There's lots of pillars of evil, but not enough angelic-looking pillars. This sculpt by Sandra Garity could easily double for a caryatid column (it's double-sided).
Who doesn't need a pillar of good? There's lots of pillars of evil, but not enough angelic-looking pillars. This sculpt by Sandra Garity could easily double for a caryatid column (it's double-sided). Instead of adding a lot of color to this sculpt I used my Dwarven Forge paints to give it a similar color scheme of worn stone. I think it came out okay.You can purchase this miniature at Amazon.This article was made possible by my amazing patrons...
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Overall, this is a wildly uneven collection that leans heavily on video game tropes that end up being repeated. There's too many stories about too wide a topic, but there are some gems here worth reading. The odds that anyone today has played all the types of video games in this collection are slim, because video games are as varied as movies are -- the medium is no longer relevant. The best stories remind you that video games reflect our lives; the worst remind you that even book publishers will prey on our nostalgia for a quick buck.
I got Press Start to Play as an unsolicited review copy, presumably because I've read and reviewed Ready Player One, and reviewers who actually review anything they receive in the mail are rare these days. Ready Player One felt like crib notes to people who have actually played the games portrayed in the book (the D&D stuff Ernest Cline got wrong really rubbed me the wrong way), so I viewed this collection -- hyped as a spiritual successor to Re...
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My kids are still playing through Hoard of the Dragon Queen which features a half-black dragon arch villain named Rezmir. Half-black dragon miniatures aren't very common, so this was an opportunity to paint my own to match.
My kids are still playing through Hoard of the Dragon Queen which features a half-black dragon arch villain named Rezmir. Half-black dragon miniatures aren't very common, so this was an opportunity to paint my own to match. Of course, there are quite a few differences -- Rezmir doesn't wield a shield and she's female -- but the artwork gave me a color scheme to work with. My version of Rezmir is suitably imposing thanks to sculptor Bobby Jackso...
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Bear miniatures became relatively common back when they were introduced as a summonable critter in 3.5 Edition Dungeons & Dragons (specifically, a celestial bear, whatever that is). As a result, we got the D&D celestial bear miniature, which was medium sized. The celestial-ness was identified by a golden color pattern on the bear. I wanted to do something different for my fey-touched, so I decided to model him after the Ursaring Pokemon...
Bear miniatures became relatively common back when they were introduced as a summonable critter in 3.5 Edition Dungeons & Dragons (specifically, a celestial bear, whatever that is). As a result, we got the D&D celestial bear miniature, which was medium sized. The celestial-ness was identified by a golden color pattern on the bear. I wanted to do something different for my fey-touched, so I decided to model him after the Ursaring Pokemon...Which...
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I'm planning a new D&D 3.5 character, a sidhe scholar killoren druid who specializes in summoning fey-touched animals. Rather than repaint all the miniatures I already have, I decided the Reaper Bones II Kickstarter would make an excellent opportunity to experiment with their color schemes. Specifically, I modeled the animals after Pokemon, and this cat is one of my first tests as Liepard, a purple and yellow Pokemon.
I'm planning a new D&D 3.5 character, a sidhe scholar killoren druid who specializes in summoning fey-touched animals. Rather than repaint all the miniatures I already have, I decided the Reaper Bones II Kickstarter would make an excellent opportunity to experiment with their color schemes. Specifically, I modeled the animals after Pokemon, and this cat is one of my first tests as Liepard, a purple and yellow Pokemon. The texture is okay -- the...
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Kegg has the same equipment as the other bugbears in Tre Manor's line, with a few exceptions. His forearm has a studded leather vambrace and he wields a simple battleaxe. In his other hand is a round wooden shield.
Kegg has the same equipment as the other bugbears in Tre Manor's line, with a few exceptions. His forearm has a studded leather vambrace and he wields a simple battleaxe. In his other hand is a round wooden shield.Unlike the other bugbears, Kegg has scale mail covering his full torso. Maybe it's just the huge weight belts the bugbears wear, but I can't help but think of bugbears as wrestlers who like to flex every chance they get, so it's surpris...
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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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