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  1. Magic: The Gathering Smiles at Trans Representation with Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

    Wizards of the Coast has revealed one of the characters in the new Magic: the Gathering - Fate Reforged set is a trans woman. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is the very first trans woman in the game’s lore. In a story titled, “The Truth of Names,” Alesha leads her warriors into battle. Weaved into the tale between gory descriptions of death and combat is a subtle story about identity and finding who you are.

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  2. What’s in a Name? The Wizard/Sorcerer Split In Dungeons & Dragons

    Is the sorcerer an endangered species?

    The latest playtest for the upcoming fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, known as D&D Next, made a minor but significant change to the Wizard class: its name. It's now the Mage. Aside from the fact that it's gender-neutral and not alphabetically last, what does this say about the future of the D&D wizard and its marginalized sibling, the sorcerer?

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  3. Get Your Orc On in the Next Dungeon Command Game

    "Let's hunt some orc"? No, no -- be an orc! Tomorrow is the release of the next installment of the Dungeon Command board game. Blood of Gruumsh gives you command of a war band of marauding orcs, allowing you to at long last call in the ogre and crack some human, goblin, or drow heads. Find out what's so good about this game, and why it's still Dungeons & Dragons but not really.

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  4. Stop Trolling eBay For D&D Nostalgia! Wizards Resurrects Out-of-Print Books

    They're either too expensive or too ratty if you find them on your own -- those old adventures and rulebooks that fired your imagination as a kid, but your mom sold off at a garage sale when you weren't looking. If you missed it already, you should know it now: Wizards of the Coast is releasing (and selling) all the old out-of-print Dungeons & Dragons products from the early days to the latter days, some in digital form, some as refurbished hard copy.

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  5. 18 Disturbing Magic: The Gathering Cards to Haunt Your Dreams

    The folks over at Wizards of the Coast sure do know how to make a disturbing card for Magic: The Gathering. Here at Geekosystem, we hiked up our pants, suppressed our gag reflexes, and compiled a list of truly horrifying examples of card art. These 18 cards are sure to give you nightmares!

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  6. Magic: The Gathering Tournament Participants Not Immune To Sexism

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    Jackie Lee recently competed in Wizards of the Coast sponsored, Magic: The Gathering Baltimore Grand Prix. She faired well in her matches, making it to the semifinal round, but ran into a huge problem once she got there. The livestreamed semifinals led to anonymous insults being thrown at her, simply for being a woman. Not that it would make a difference but no, these weren't comments from her opponents, just random viewers of the match. 

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  7. Roll For Wisdom – Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Needs Your Help

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    Calling all rogues, wizards, paladins, druids and those who despised the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the Coast require your d20 for open playtests to make their 5th edition the best yet. In laymen's terms, they're looking for user input to make the game better. Hooray!

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  8. Former Wizards of the Coast Employee Charged with Stealing Over $45,000 in Rare Magic Cards

    A former Wizards of the Coast employee, Donald J. Henry, is facing felony charges for stealing rare Magic: The Gathering cards from Wizards of the Coast. The theft was brought to WotC's attention after an employee noticed a vendor selling various rare cards at a Magic tournament in Portland, Oregon, and performed some undisclosed fancy detective work and linked the vendor to Henry. WotC launched an investigation and found that Henry took over seventy trips to the storage unit where the Magic cards were kept, which is apparently many more trips than his job would've required him to take.

    WotC met with the vendor and were able to recover 1,753 cards worth a bit under $45,000.

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  9. Describe Why You Like Magic: The Gathering for a Chance to Win Scars of Mirrodin Cards

    Every now and then, here at Geekosystem, we get some stuff.  Today, instead of just letting it collect dust, we're going to send it off to some lucky reader. Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we've come into the possession of a fine tin box that contains two intro packs (one Metalcraft and one Deadspread) and twelve boosters for Magic: The Gathering's Scars of Mirrodin expansion, and these cards (and the very stylish box) could be yours if you can sum up your experience with Magic: The Gathering in ten and only ten words. You don't have to be a Magic superfan; just send us some words about the game and what it means to you, whether it's high-level strategy or geeky middle school experiences.

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  10. 10 Geeky Activities That Will Keep You Inside This Summer

    In another day it will be Memorial Day weekend, a holiday hailed in America, at least, as the official beginning of Summer.  Yeah, suck it, astronomy, the pool is open! Well, we're geeks here, and we know that  summer is really for having a lot more time for our hobbies, which usually don't involve going outside. This week's Power Grid is all about what this summer has in store for the geek, and nothing on the list will result in getting a tan.  It's dominated by the twin claimers of gamers, Blizzard and Wizards; but summer movies, events, and television make notable appearances.  If you'd like us to be more specific, then just check out the list here. Hit the jump for an explanation of our metrics.

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  11. 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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