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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Random Access Gaming, Vol. 1

by Ken Newquist / December 22, 2014

I owe most of my esoteric knowledge of mythology, religion, art, and culture to role-playing game. Much of it was learned at the literary knee of Gary Gygax in the form of the Dungeon Master's Guide and Monster Manual, both of which were packed with strange monster names, advanced vocabulary, and random loot tables.

Star Wars: Scavenger’s Guide to Droids

by Ken Newquist / December 21, 2014

Scavenger’s Guide to Droids is the definitive droid source book for Star Wars: Saga Edition, introducing a new chassis-based system for creating droids, a new streamlined “protocol” format that lets players run droids as equipment rather than NPCs, new droid manufacturing traits and personality quirks and a 96 page codex containing dozens of droids.

Consider Phlebas

by Ken Newquist / December 19, 2014

Consider Phlebas is a sometimes thrilling, often meandering, always morally gray novel about people caught up in a galactic war. It's antihero is Horza, a human shape changer working for the Iridans, an alien civilization of religious zealots hell bent on breaking the galactic strength of The Culture, humanity's own star-faring civilization.

Searching for Appendix N Inspiration

by Ken Newquist / December 18, 2014

One of the great things about Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is the re-emergence of recommending reading lists. The new lists (Appendix E in the Player's Handbook, Appendix D in the Dungeon Master's Guide) are patterned after Gary Gygax's legendary Appendix N from the original 1st edition AD&D DMG.

Two Hundred Eighteen

by Ken Newquist / December 16, 2014

I went into the fall with the informal goal of losing some weight. Over the last two years or so my weight's been bouncing around 223 lbs. I've had a few stop-and-start exercise regimes but this summer I got into a solid routine of walking/running with my dog Indiana in the mornings, and I got my weight down to 218. That's a consistent 218, which felt like a step back from the brink of 223.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide

by Ken Newquist / December 15, 2014

Basing a source book on a video game can be a risky business, particularly when that game is an uneven, occasionally gimmicky shooter like The Force Unleashed video game. You run the risk of alienating diehard Star Wars fans who scoff at the idea of Vader having a hidden student, while at the same time running out of content because of the game’s lack of depth. Fortunately The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide avoids all of this.

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