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Bloody Good Fun

Fairy and Goblin Try to Make Rent in Action Packed Story War Animation

Story War is a pretty good game, and this Cartoon Hangover animation is similarly awesome.

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INCONCEIVABLE! There’s Going To Be A Princess Bride Board Game

This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, “In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story.  This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”

They also say they have the rights to create other types of games which could tie into the board game and are accepting ideas for scenes you’d like to have playable. The battle of wits has begun!

(via Nerd Approved)

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What Will Geeks Make Of The New Roleplaying Game Comedy, Zero Charisma? [VIDEO]

Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions.

(via /Film)

Essay

What Makes A Game? And Does It Really Matter?

A few weeks ago, I finally got around to playing Dear Esther, an experimental first-person curiosity released earlier this year. I found myself on an eerie island in the Hebrides, accompanied only by occasional chunks of narration triggered in no particular order as I explored. The scenery was stunning, the atmosphere exquisitely crafted, the story haunting and strange — but that’s all there was to it. In Dear Esther, there are no puzzles to solve, no monsters to fight, no choices to make other than which direction to walk in. I couldn’t pick things up. I couldn’t open doors. I couldn’t even jump. All I could do is walk around the island, look at things, and try to understand the story.

So. Is it a game?

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Today in Awesome

A Settlers of Catan Wedding Cake, Complete With Dapper Sheep

This cake, everyone. This cake. Note the use of the road and settlement pieces, the inclusion of both hexes and resource cards, the two dice, and, yes, the crafty robber hiding out where it hopes no one will evict it from the wedding.

Previously in Cake

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

Game Designer Jane McGonigal Explains How Gaming Can Help Your Mental Health

The idea that playing video games is a waste of time is a pervasive one. It’s also one that game designer Jane McGonigal is working hard to fight against. She came up for the idea for the healing game SuperBetter while bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion. Now, she’s bringing her love of games to the world as a tool to start talking about resilience. For instance, did you know that there have been clinical studies that showed that online games can outperform pharmaceuticals for treating clinical anxiety and depression? She also promises to add seven minutes to your life. Her entire talk is pretty darn interesting. Give it a watch.

(via Real Girls Gaming)

Fangasm

Polish Naruto Fan Becomes Winning First in “Japanese Chess” Competition

Okay, so when we say “Japanese chess,” we mean shogi, but “Japanese chess” is the most succinct way to explain the two thousand year old strategy game based on a gridded board filled with pieces representing kings, generals, chariots, and soldiers. Naruto, the series of manga, anime, and movies, features characters playing shogi not-infrequently, being set in a fantasy version of Japan. It’s no wonder that someone might become interested in the game after watching the series. After all, it’s a real game with real rules, not like some we could name.

In fact, 20-year-old Karolina Styczynska‘s road to shogi championship began with Naruto, and this weekend she achieved something of a global milestone.

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Essay

Roll A Strength Check: Why Tabletop Games Are Awesome For Women (and Everybody Else)

To people outside of the geek community, there is one phrase that conjures up a stereotype like no other: Dungeons & Dragons. I think folks see it as the crystal meth of geekery. You start innocently, just experimenting with a bit of Star Trek, then get sucked into comic book conventions in search of a more powerful kick, and before you know it, you’re rolling polyhedral dice in a dank basement, all hope of sex and hygiene lost forever.

And as we all know, it’s a hobby that girls want no part of.

Tabletop gaming doesn’t have the most glamorous reputation. But I am here today — a battle-grid-drawing, regularly-showering lady — to roll a natural 20 against those who might cringe or laugh at the mention of folks gathering around a table with sacks of dice and miniature monsters. Old-school gaming is indeed crazy good fun, but more importantly, it’s the perfect opportunity for women — nay, everybody — to stretch their imaginations and become the heroes (or villains) they’ve always wanted to be.

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Words With Friends Ends Friendship, Starts Marriage

The Scrabble-like device game Words With Friends has likely ended a few friendships before but none quite like this. Megan Lawless and Jasper Jasperse were strangers before they met through the game on their phones and eventually became friends. Now? They’re married! (and probably still friends too) 

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

Warning: NerdTrivia Is Hazardous To Productivity But Really, Really Neat

If there’s one thing nerds love, it’s proving they know more than other nerds. In that way, Laura Massey is a genius because she came up with the idea for NerdTrivia on Twitter. 

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