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  1. Gaming

    The Next Angry Bird Game Will Be an RPG, We Have Mixed Feelings

    I'll admit that I'm not the hugest fan of Angry Birds: I just don't see the appeal, particularly with regard to the tie-in products for consumers (seriously, imagine if Flappy Bird was producing kids' lunch boxes -- it'd be ridiculous). But the new Angry Birds Epic might be enough to change my mind.

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  2. Gaming

    How Dungeons and Dragons Changed the World for Geeks and Gaming [Video]

    Whether or not you've ever rolled a character sheet or not -- that's what you do in D&D, right? Up 'till now I've been in the "not" category, but I'm playing my first game on Monday so I need to bone up -- you can't deny that the classic tabletop RPG Dungeons and Dragons has had a profound influence on geek and gamer culture. At least, PBS Off Book certainly thinks so, and their latest video is all about the community surrounding this much beloved game. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have 48 hours to learn what a "grapple check" is.

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  3. Gaming

    7 Role-Playing Games You Should Play on International TableTop Day

    Even non-gamers have typically played at least one card or board game at some point in their life, but not everyone's necessarily tried a role-playing game. And if you haven't played any RPGs, well, why the heck not? International TableTop Day, which is tomorrow, is a good opportunity to get started. Go pick up an RPG sourcebook at your local game store or just download a PDF online. There's tons of free RPGs out there. But here are 7 role-playing games you should really consider.

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  4. Gaming

    Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter Launches, Gets Funded Immediately

    Rumors of some new incarnation of Planescape: Torment begat rumors of a sequel, then of some new incarnation once again. While the locked-up intellectual property -- that is, the Planescape setting owned by Wizards of the Coast -- used in the 1999 Black Isle Studios game of Torment prevented a true sequel, we've now got the next best thing, or maybe something better. The chatter and hype have finally given way to actuality: The Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numenera launched today and was fully funded in six hours. Developer inXile Entertainment is at the helm, and they've got a promising team waiting at the starting line.

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  5. Gaming

    Think You Can Write About RPGs For Gygax Magazine? Here’s How To Prove It

    How many hit points does an ettin have? About 65 (in 3rd Edition) or 222 (in 4th), but the one on the cover of the first issue of Gygax magazine doesn't much care. If you're a gamer or fan of RPGs, you may have heard of this new magazine meant for gamers of all stripes -- and the spiritual successor to Kobold Quarterly. The first issue Gygax launched last month, went digital just over a week ago, but now the Gygax magazine website has relaunched with new info and submission guidelines. That's right, if you'd like to write for this old-yet-new-school gaming magazine, now you can.

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  6. Gaming

    Obsidian, Folks Behind Fallout, Launch Kickstarter for Brand New Franchise

    Obsidian Entertainment, the company composed of industry veterans behind games like Fallout and Planescape: Torment, has been teasing that something's coming down the pipe for a few days now. Finally, we know: They're bringing the band back together making a brand new isometric fantasy role-playing game for PC called Project Eternity. They need the help of their fans, however, as they're ditching the publisher model and hitting up Kickstarter.

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  7. Gaming

    The +5 Food of Eating RPG Cookbook Will Make Your Adventures Delicious

    Let's face it, we don't exactly eat the healthiest food while playing tabletop RPGs. Most of what we munch on in between dice rolls consists of things that came in a bag, a can, or a cardboard box. Well, +5 Food of Eating is here to help! This RPG cookbook by Tiffany Simmons aims to fill your belly up with all manner of gamer-friendly goodies. Here's the best part: You can help fund it through KickStarter! Click through to learn more about this tasty project.

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  8. Gaming

    10 Awesome Tabletop RPGs You’ve Never Heard Of

    Anyone who has seen me peaking over a GM screen can tell you: I really like obscure RPGs. There's just something satisfying about pretentiously asking someone, "Oh, really? You haven't heard of _______? How could you have never heard of _______?" Whether you've been looking for something new to play or you just want to lose friends, this list will help you out! Although you won't be able to find some of these games anymore, you will still look like a god among geeks when you drop the name of one of these games.

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  9. Gaming

    Random Encounter NYCC: Luke Crane, Inventor of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard RPGs

    Though New York Comic Con has come and gone, we here at Geekosystem were lucky enough to meet up with some amazing people at the massive celebration of all things geeky. Here's an account of some of the mysterious creatures that leapt out and attacked us along our epic quest. The only thing between Luke Crane and myself is a box set of his latest roleplaying game creation. He didn't know I was coming, and I didn't know I was going to see him, but it quickly becomes obvious that it didn't matter all that much to him. Crane, who is the creator of the Burning Wheel roleplaying system, is a fast thinker and a fast talker. There's nothing wasted about this man -- he's slim, with close cropped hair and a sharp mind. Which only makes sense, since Crane has spawned games that have cut to the very heart of roleplaying, and reworked it from the inside out in his games. For the uninitiated, Burning Wheel is a pencil and paper role playing game in the vein of Dungeons and Dragons. There are dice, there are sheets of paper, and the players say their intentions instead of moving pieces around a board. But Burning Wheel, while drawing from the traditions established by D&D, is very much its own game. To take a superficial difference, the iconic 20-sided dice of D&D will find no home on a Burning Wheel table. The game shirks such exotic things, and uses simple, ubiquitous six-sided dice instead. But as a game, there are deeper, subtler differences.

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  10. Gaming

    The Linear RPG

    This game by Sophie Houden popped up in a Reddit thread on a satirical map comparing FPS design in 1993 versus today which has been making its way around the Internets of late. The Linear RPG consists of a linear path connected by nodes; to beat the game (which doesn't take too long), all you do is continue to walk along the line, although you may have to go backwards to grind against weaker enemies. As such, the game parodies linear role-playing games (*cough* Final Fantasy XIII) which consist of strung-together cutscenes, with a little stat grinding thrown into liven things up. The mystery of The Linear RPG is that in spite of its deliberate monotony, it's somehow fun. There's gotta be a profound journal article on human psychology in there somewhere; surely Square-Enix and other game makers would be interested. See also: Progress Quest >>>Play it here. (Sophie Houden via Reddit)

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  11. Gaming

    A Remake We’d Actually Like: Fallout Developers Would Like to Do Chrono Trigger

    Besides having a name like a powerful dwarven warrior, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment Feargus Urquhart possesses the kind of legendary geek cred we peasants can only aspire to: Not only did he establish famed game company Black Isle Studios, which developed such revered games as Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate II, Fallout 2, and Planescape: Torment, but since then he has also been responsible for Knights of the Old Republic II and the upcoming Fallout: New Vegas. So when a master gamesmith says he likes a game, you know it's worth something. In an interview with Siliconera, Urquhart and lead designer Nathan Chapman spoke about how Square Enix tasked Obsidian with Dungeon Siege 3 after purchasing the property from Gas Powered Games. But the more important tidbit at hand: When asked which other franchise from Square Enix they'd be interested in working on, they named the watershed JRPG Chrono Trigger. Please let this happen.

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  12. Gaming

    Dungeons & Dragons Finally Gives Up On Steampunk, Doubles Down on High Fantasy


    Wizards of the Coast has announced the setting of its newest Dungeons & Dragons living campaign series, which, for those of you don't know, allows thousands of gamers to participate in related tabletop events at gaming stores across the country. Is it set in Greyhawk, the original D&D setting from 1980? Or Eberron, the quasi-steampunk setting of questionable necessity?

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