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When looking for standalone stories or themed D&D one-shots, finding the best adventures to play with your Dungeons & Dragons group is not always easy. I’ve written before about searching for D&D one-shots, and how finding an adventure that only lasts one or two gaming sessions over a few hours can be a real challenge. It can be even harder to find suitable one-shots for new players or for those returning to the hobby that want to start at the lowest level.

So, following on from my previous articles looking into D&D one-shots, this post presents a small selection of…


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Card games are popular for families and get-togethers since they are often easy to learn and quick to play. In addition, they are convenient to stick in a pocket or backpack, making them great for taking them on the road or while camping. While there are a lot of popular and well-known card games, ElevatorUp is a new game in this genre and has the potential to become a favorite for casual and serious gamers alike.

What Is ElevatorUp?

ElevatorUp is a fast-paced card game for 2–5 players, ages 7 years and up, and takes about 10 minutes to play. It’s currently available…


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On July 30, 2020, an Atlas rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atop this rocket was the Perseverance rover. Almost 7 months later, the Perseverance will land on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021. However, the efforts for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission began eight years ago with a task to do something that had never been done before.

Built for Mars is a documentary that take viewers through the process of creating and building the Perseverance rover and getting it ready for this important mission. It takes you from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) at Cal…


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The Erret Archipelago is comprised of hundreds of islands connected together by huge bridges. These bridges once allowed trade between the islands and prosperity and wealth for everyone. However, times have changed and a cataclysmic imbalance afflicts the archipelago with islands sinking down into the sea on a daily basis. Lord-Sorcerers rule the remaining islands and fight to control the safest islands. As one of these Lord-Sorcerers, you must fight to cross the bridges and take control of the islands of others like yourself.

What Is Clash of Deck?

Clash of Deck is a game for 1–4 players, ages 10 and up, and takes about…


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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 30 years since Groundhog Day was released. And finally, while we continue to endure what often seems like our own version of Phil Connor stuck in a time loop, we can play Groundhog Day: The Game.

What Is Groundhog Day: The Game?

Groundhog Day: The Game is a cooperative game for 2–6 players, ages 10 and up, and takes about 15 minutes to play (each time). It’s currently available from Amazon and your local friendly game store. (Note that as an Amazon affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Groundhog Day: The Game was designed by Prospero Hall and…


DC Does Edutainment

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Flash Facts — Mayim Bialyk, PhD, Editor; Sholly Fisch, Varian and Darian Johnson, Amy Chu, Dustin Hansen, Amanda Deibert, Vita Ayala, Cecil Castellucci, Corinna Bechko, Michael Northrop, Kirk Scroggs, Writers; Isaac Goodhart. Vic Regis, Ile Gonzalez, Dustin Hansen, Erich Own, Andie Tong/Devyn Hansen, Gretel Lusky, Yesenia Moises, Yancey Labat/Monica Kubina, Kirk Scroggs, Artists

Ray — 9/10

Ray: One of the most inventive projects to come out of the DC all-ages OGN line yet, this book doubles as an original anthology and teaching tool. Curated by famous sitcom star, scientist, and STEM education advocate Mayim Bialik, it brings together ten creative teams from both within and outside of the DC talent pool to create original superhero stories that illustrate major scientific principles. But how does this edutainment experiment stack up to a reader?

Up first is “Flash Facts” by Sholly Fisch and Isaac Goodhart. This is an interactive story featuring Barry Allen as he introduces forensic science…


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As a frustrated musician wannabe-someone who loves music but has never been able to play an instrument-I’m always on the lookout for ways to sneak into musicianship. The biggest win for me was , but even then my lack of coordination kept me at medium difficulty on any instruments, at best. When Rock Band 3 included a pro level with a keyboard and an actual Squier Stratocaster six-string electric guitar, I had high hopes, but those were once again smashed. When I saw LUMI Keys from ROLI, my hopes were raised once again.

LUMI Keys is a mini keyboard with…


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Ever since I first heard about Amazon Prime’s upcoming TV series, I’ve been cautiously optimistic. There is so much potential for it to be great, but as anybody who has watched The Hobbit movies will know, it could also go horribly, horribly wrong. This week, the first synopsis of the TV series was released. I have a few general thoughts about the setting and timing of the series, but when I was considering what I might write, I started to wonder, “What does Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series mean for tabletop games?”

In case you haven’t seen it, you…


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When my daughter expressed an interest in learning the piano, we resisted the urge to buy her her own keyboard because, well, even older children lose interest in a new hobby sometimes. Instead, we passed on our 12-year-old electric piano keyboard from Yamaha that was gathering dust in my wife’s office. While my daughter did benefit from this, it did run into some issues with being out of tune, not being able to connect to devices, and generally being outdated tech. So, when the fine folks at Yamaha offered me a review unit, we decided to see if it was…


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For quite a while now, there have existed digital platforms that allow you to play board games and roleplaying games online. Often called “virtual tabletops,” they rely on programmers to recreate games in a wholly digital format, so that you can play with people over the internet. However, if there is a particular game that you want to play, you have to either hope that someone has already done the work of bringing that game onto a particular platform like Tabletopia or Tabletop Simulator, or you need to possess the time and coding skill to do the work yourself.

But…

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