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Avram Grumer
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Boss Monster. Build a dungeon, slay heroes. I would probably have won this if I'd remembered to use my spells. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131835/boss-monster-dungeon-building-card-game
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fun, light little game. Pretty decent on the tablet, too.
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Roll for the Galaxy. I’d played Race for the Galaxy a bunch of times, but this was my first time with _Roll. Fun, even though I messed up my first turn and never quite got any traction. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/132531/roll-galaxy
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They are both excellent in their own ways. You can own and play both no problem. One does not 'replace' the other.
I like Race for its depth and transportability. I Love Roll for its chunky cardboard tiles, pastel dice and subtle nuanced gameplay.

Both are awesome!
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Space Cadets: Dice Duel, a tense real-time space combat game. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/142079/space-cadets-dice-duel
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just got this yesterday... love Escape... can't wait for this one to arrive!
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…More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Smasher! now, Crusher! now Fearsome and Frightening!
On, Terror! on, Torture! on, Thunder and Lightning!
By the fire of the sun! By the cold of the tomb!
The world will soon reckon the triumph of Doom!” 
 
Points go to the cosplayer who found the weirdest but most Christmas relevant character to dress up as.
The second crazy and pat on the back goes to CaptCash who took this Santa Doctor Doom costume and cosplayed it.
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Runequest players and other Glorantha gamers might appreciate this variation on the classic jack o’bear. 

#runequest   #glorantha  
Max Ellis is a British photographer who has shot a range of subjects from sports to architecture to wildlife. Some of his wildlife subjects include wild squirrels who show up in his backyard. He leaves treats out for the bushy-tailed critters near a series of props, snapping pictures of what they do next. 
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It looks to me like Fighters don’t get better attack rolls than other classes in D&D 5e. They do get proficiency with all weapons, and some of the options grant specific attack bonuses, but in the D&D I grew up with (white box, Basic, and 1st ed AD&D), Fighters had just plain better attack rolls across the board, even before taking any special modifiers or proficiencies into account. Am I missing something? Is this something I’d have no trouble with if I hadn’t skipped 2nd–4th editions? 

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I'll take another look at that. I don't recall it increasing that much. I've never played white box past 5th level though.

My point stands for first level. When the game starts it's the other stuff that defines the character class.
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Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative superhero game. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102652/sentinels-multiverse
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Mysterium, a cooperative game, sort of a combination of Clue and Dixithttp://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113997/mysterium
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I’m not sure what edition this was. I didn’t get a close look at the rules, and the person who owned the game had stuffed the pieces into another game’s box to make it easier to cart the two games around. But I think I saw some weird lettering on the rulebook, so maybe that was Russian. 
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Best thing I’ve seen all week. 
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Great editing. 
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I was just reading through The Secret of Cats last night — seriously, I just meant to take a look and wound up reading the whole thing, took me till like 4 AM — and I have a couple of question. I’m pinging +Richard Bellingham to get his attention here. 

1: The Burglary skill: What does this cover for cats? It looks like, in a setting where lock-picking doesn’t come up, most of Burglary is covered by Stealth and Athletics. I guess Burglary could be used for squeezing into tight places and opening closed doors (I have seen a cat work a doorknob), but one of the stunts in the book implies it’s used for running around on rooftops, which I’d be inclined to use Athletics for. 

2: Territorial conflicts: “Defeating an animal with Territory in a conflict lets you steal some of his turf.” Does this mean Defeating an animal in a conflict using the Territory skill, or Defeating a Territory-having animal in any kind of conflict? Also, if my cat defeats another animal, and the other guy’s already at his maximum number of negative Territory aspects, do I still get my positive one? 
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I wanted to add on regard to Burglary: skills are sort of a theme around your objective. Burglary has the theme of gaining access to things that are off limits to you. So it is good for doing that or preventing others from doing that. Picking locks is how someone might use the skill but it's not the only way.
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Be pretty funny if that new Keanu Reeves movie had a scene where he lists a bunch of weapons and talks about the practical considerations of choosing among them, wouldn’t it? 
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Maybe some gun porn...
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Any Backswords & Bucklers GMs who want to run an old-fashioned hex-crawl, here’s your inspiration: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/magnificentmaps/2014/02/historic-maps-in-the-public-domain-.html
Maps contained within the pages of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century books are still being unearthed. Of the one million images that the Library extracted from scanned volumes and explosed on Flickr Commons, over 2,100 have already been tagged as maps by the public! As these map images are in the...
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  • Kinneret Day School
    1972 - 1980
  • Bronx High School of Science
    1980 - 1984
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    1984 - 1987
  • School of Visual Arts
    1987 - 1992
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