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Category Archives: role-playing games
I’ve been enjoying a bit of reminiscing about my childhood lately, hunting down old copies of role-playing games I enjoyed in my youth as well as exploring newer games that have come out since then. One thing that has changed dramatically since … Continue reading →
Time for a little break from physics and fiction! Though I haven’t been very active recently, for many years I was a hardcore gamer, playing both role-playing game and board games. In fact, I credit much of my early aptitude … Continue reading →
(I’m still working hard on my book! I’ll throw a few posts out here and there as I find the time.) As a follow-up to my post on “videogames as art“, I decided to buy “The Official Book of Ultima“, … Continue reading →
The other night, I stayed up way past my bedtime playing the finale of the video game DragonAge: Origins, the recently released fantasy role-playing game (RPG) by BioWare. Though the game had a lot of technical limitations that drove me … Continue reading →
A few months ago, I got a nice email from the folks at Vice Magazine/VBS.tv pointing me to a video interview they did with Richard Garriot (aka “Lord British”), the fabulously wealthy fantasy computer-gaming guru responsible for the Ultima series … Continue reading →
And now, we can officially say that it is the end of an era: Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has died, a little over a year after Gary Gygax passed away. Though Gygax’s name was much more synonymous … Continue reading →
I’m still in the midst of a massive move into a new house, but everything has at least been moved from point A to point B; now the unpacking, organizing and fixing of things begins. I’ll hopefully get back to … Continue reading →