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Tony Hsieh
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the 'present.'" -- Master Oogway
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the 'present.'" -- Master Oogway

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Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons
Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons by Jeffro Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed the subject matter and the insights on books inspiring the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. It made me realize there was more influences than Tolkien...

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SCUMM-like replica of Maniac Mansion on PICO-8
Ahh, brings back memories for me! Check out a replica of SCUMM (the game engine that powered games like Maniac Mansion, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Monkey Island, Loom, et al) programming in PICO-8.  ( link ) If you are too lazy to click, here a...

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Who cares about another picture of a hobby store display?
Take a look at this hobby shop. The store is pretty cool as it has older D&D products (i.e. Dark Sun, the old Erol Otus cover of 1st edition D&D, etc) as well as the most recent 5th edition on display for sale. Or is it? How did they get that realistic gian...

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Generate graph paper? YES you can!
As a kid, I would have drooling at the prospect of graph paper on demand. Why? For making D&D maps, of course! So, in the future (i.e. 2017), your wish is your command. This can generate customized PDFs: Hex paper -

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Moon Patrol + ASCII = ASCII Patrol
Again, I did not realize that I had an itch that I needed to scratch. I remember many a college day playing at the rinky-dink videogame place in Isla Vista. Of course, there was the champion, Gauntlet, and the surprisingly titled, Gauntlet 2.  But Moon Patr...

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Free-as-in-beer Gene Wolfe's "Shadow & Claw" in eBook from Tor (limited time)
Free from March 7th to 13th, 2017 only (limited time!)  ( link ) Get the first two books of Gene Wolfe’s classic series “The Book of the New Sun,” described by Neil Gaiman as “ The best science fiction novel of the last century ”! Come on, if you can't trus...

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A scary yet insightful read on how to generate "fake news"
Got a shoestring marketing budget?  Have a person/new media celebrity who doesn't might living as the target of simultaneously-massive hate and adoration?  Do you have a phone and an internet connection? Oh, yeah.  And do you have a tremendous capacity to r...

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Godzilla and King Ghidorah in "Kong: Skull Island"???
From SciFiJapan ( link ) Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra are listed as properties of Toho on the "Kong: Skull Island" trailer.  “Characters of ‘Godzilla,’ ‘King Ghidorah,’ ‘Mothra’ and ‘Rodan’ created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd.” So they hopefully...

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Or just read some bawdy Conan the Barbarian!
Forget the classics!  Sword and sorcery and some uncomfortable 1930's era stereotypes. Just dive into classic Robert E. Howard's Conan ( link ) - free Kindle!

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Two free Kindle books with the 100 books (classic) you MUST read
Removing one more excuse about reading these (public domain) classics because they are now sitting in your pocket! Volume 1 ( link ) Volume 2 ( link ) Volume 1 Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane: Emma Balzac, Hon...
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