Dice

What do Wayne Brady, Tim Duncan, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert, Stephen King, Vin Diesel, and Wil Wheaton all have in common?  They all play the grand daddy of all tabletop Role-Playing Games (RPGs), the venerable Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

After 44 years, the game is still going strong and in 2014 released its most recent iteration, The Fifth Edition.  This has brought many new players into the fold as people create online methods to run and play the game without having to actually be in the same room.  But the best way to enjoy the game is still in-person around a table with old (and new) friends.  However, getting started seems only slightly easier than reading War and Peace by Tolstoy.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Here are some helpful tips for those interested in dipping their foot in the D&D pool as a player for the first time.

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(Yes, this is from that superlatively nerdy Verizon commercial with the whole family in Star Wars costumes.)

As nerds of a “certain age” (I’m making the assumption that at least the majority of our readers are “legally” adults), it is our responsibility to ensure that the hallowed traditions of our subculture are passed down to the next generation. Younglings must be schooled in the ways of comics, sci-fi/fantasy, gaming (video and otherwise), pop culture, film and television, so that the Way of the Nerd will live on long after everyone reading this has become one with the Force…

And one of the best ways to achieve this is to utilize that nerdiest of all holidays: Halloween. (more…)

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The last time we heard anything about the Star Wars gaming franchise it was an uncertain future for several triple-A titles, many of which were in the middle of completion. After LucasArts’ acquisition by the Galactic Empire – I’m sorry, I mean Disney – the company would no longer be making their properties in-house, opening up the market for big name gaming companies to buy up a multi-year license to sell the Star Wars name.

Now, with the first day of the annual E3 convention underway Electronic Arts, who acquired the multi-year license, unveiled what many of us have been waiting for since 2009, Star Wars: Battlefront. Not much is known about the game, but EA was kind enough to tease the fan base with a short trailer. Check it out below.

It looks great and even knowing it’s all a rendered cut scene doesn’t hurt it. It’s a Star Wars game people actually want. Although what will the game include? Seeing as the teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront only gives us so much, but wanting so much more, we did some digging and came up with a possibility.

For starters the title was built using EA’s exclusive Frostbite 3 gaming engine, the same engine used by the company DICE and the very same one that will debut with the release of the upcoming Battlefield 4. If you’ve been paying attention to E3 and the history of the Battlefield franchise, that means highly destructive environments, beautiful graphics and lighting, as well as dynamic gameplay. And if EA is smart they’ll have included the use of lightsabers and force powers because you know somebody is going to play a game as a Jedi or Sith, it’s a given.

A release date and rating is unknown at this time and any other information on Battlefront comes up drier then a moisture farm, but well be sure to keep you updated on more information as it becomes available.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Carved Stone and Semi-Precious D&D Dice

 

Are you a gamer? An RPG’er? Do you love all things D’nD (Except ANYTHING 3rd edition and up) and have an extensive collection of plastic multicolored dice that you only use the same set of? Than this will blow your mind. Dicepool.com has a vast array of an old fashioned RPG good ol’ boy’s wet dreams awaiting you. REAL GEM AND STONE DICE!!! Amethyst,Azurite, Bloodstone, Blue Jasper, Quartz, Hematite, OBSIDIAN…SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN!!! They even have Bone Dice…I don’t know from what creature or person, but THAT is cool. A geek’s cool. And there are  many many more. Problem is, this site has the variety but they are constantly selling out and out of stock. EBAY has them as well, and may be a safer bet using Paypal, but for pics and pricing ideas (Some are steep) this site is cool as hell.

May not wanna roll them, but for a NerdBastard artpiece, a nice addition to miniatures and replicas.

(Pictured above are carved Bloodstone dice)

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