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The Netflix Halloween Doorbell Tends to Trick Or Treaters So You Can Relax

Keep watching your movies in peace while Netflix's project handles the candy for you. Read more on MAKE The post The Netflix Halloween Doorbell Tends to Trick Or Treaters So You Can Relax appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

The Blue Wedding: Interview With Whitney “Strix” Beltrán About Bluebeard’s Bride

“You put the key in the lock… You turn the key. You open the door… You go inside. The door closes behind you.” I’ve been haunted by the mere prospect of a game for 7 months. Lurking in my podcatcher are three episodes that I could neither delete nor endure: an Actual Play of the tabletop roleplaying game Bluebeard’s Bride, […]

boardgaming in photos: Aquaretto, Android: Netrunner

18 Sep 2016. Aquaretto. It's been a while. It occurred to me to bring this out to play with the family because not long ago I introduced Coloretto to my colleagues, and they enjoyed it immensely. Coloretto is an old game. When its core idea was later implemented as a boardgame ( Zooloretto ), it won the prestigious Spiel des Jahres. Show More Summary

To Be a Better GM, Characters Come First

In my previous posts, I’d been exploring the Agenda and Principles for Apocalypse World. This was partially because I think they’re really sweet, and partially because I was running a campaign of the game. Sadly, that game seems to be done, as we had two key players move out of state. In the meantime, with […]

A Goal I Might Hit

This year has been a weird one. My new job has required a lot more travel than I originally expected and as I result I've had a lot less time to spend with my family and on my hobbies of board game design and Windows Phone app programming. Show More Summary

Over the Top Home Decorations for Halloween

Some of the most elaborate, jaw-dropping, and just plain out of control decorations we've featured on Make:. Read more on MAKE The post Over the Top Home Decorations for Halloween appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Pandemic: On The Brink - Bio-Terrorist Challenge

Pandemic: On The Brink is an expansion set released in 2009. It comes with many modules and components, but the main elements are three new ways to play Pandemic - the Virulent Strain Challenge, the Mutation Challenge, and the Bio-Terrorist Challenge. Show More Summary

Fun Times In The Adventure Zone

Art is by Justin Gray at I have new favorite thing, you guys.  By that magic known as “checking out the things liked by people I like”, I stumbled across the fantastic and hilarious podcast, The Adventure Zone. And oh my word, I have fallen in love. Here’s the quick rundown: podcast veterans the McElroy […]

Animate Your Jack-O’-Lantern with an App

This easy pumpkin hack takes your jack-o-lantern and turns it into an animated cyclops using a free app and a cling-wrapped cell phone. Read more on MAKE The post Animate Your Jack-O’-Lantern with an App appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Five Odd Vampires For Your Game

Halloween is around the corner. It’s time to put some creepy vampires into your game. Here are a handful of vampires I’ve made as characters or NPCs over the years. Hope they prove fun for you and your players… if not for their characters. If you’re had a vampire you particularly like in one of […]

In The Early Hours

I spent last week in the US again (second time in three weeks!), this time visiting towns north, west and south-west of Boston. As before I was pretty jetlagged, waking up very early in the morning (between 3 and 4:40am). But ratherShow More Summary


I’m a planner. It drives me crazy when I don’t know what is happening next (or for the next few months, for that matter). As a gamemaster (GM), you’ll have to decide how far ahead to plan your sessions. Roleplaying games (RPG’s) present a special challenge to your planning: players and the dice have an […]

Movie review: Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence)

I could not miss the limited American showing of Shin Godzilla. I realized this is the first time I’ve seen a proper Toho Godzilla movie in a theater since Godzilla 1985! It was an excellent, albeit very strange kaiju movie....

Review: The Kobold Guide to Plots and Campaigns and The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

  Today’s review of Kobold Press Gudies comes from Sarah Jasmine Stork, who graciously agreed to play mediator in the great Gnome/Kobold war and review the products on our behalf. Kobold Press sent her review copies. Thanks! I have been casually playing D&D for nearly 15 years and, to be honest, I’ve never gotten good […]

7 Wonders: Duel

Plays: 2Px2. 7 Wonders: Duel was my birthday present this year. When it was first released, the reviews were generally positive. I had a rough idea how the game worked, but did not proactively seek it out to play. I would happily give it a try if I the opportunity arose. Show More Summary

Dungeonology Review and Giveaway

We recently got a review copy of the Dungeonology book by Candlewick Press and Matt Forbeck. It’s a D&D companion book aimed at a setting specific overview of the Forgotten realms and general D&D concepts. Written by Matt Forbeck with an introduction by Ed Greenwood, the book is a pretty interesting and interactive look at […]

Incinerate Spiders with This Over-the-Top Flame Thrower

No spiders were harmed in the filming of this video. Read more on MAKE The post Incinerate Spiders with This Over-the-Top Flame Thrower appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

5-Minute Glowing Ghost Eyes

A ghost with glowing eyes hovers in the window. Watching. Always watching. Read more on MAKE The post 5-Minute Glowing Ghost Eyes appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Design Flow: Not The Game I Intended To Make

Hydro Hacker Operatives is not the game I intended to make. I had originally set out to make a Fate-based Cyberpunk game and wound up with a Powered by the Apocalypse Hydropunk game. But game design is weird like that, sometimes you set out with a specific idea in mind and bring it to light, but in […]

Troy’s Crock Pot: Tinkering With the D&D Ranger

Regardless of the edition of Dungeons and Dragons, it seems that no class invites revision faster than the ranger. It’s seen variously as under-powered or overpowered; too much of this, too little of that; or in flavor and concept, failing to match up with someone’s idea of what the prototypical ranger is. Should the ranger […]

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