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31 Days of Nightmares — Elvira’s Haunted Hills & Memorial Valley Massacre

Another two-fer tonight, with a movie that isn’t scary, but is awesome, and one that’s nowhere close to either. Elvira’s Haunted Hills This movie is a real hoot. Definitely rent this if you see it on the rack at your...

Bilateral Discord

A symmetrical and extremely clever puzzle by Jeremy Newton.

Variety: A Cold-Blooded Acrostic

This week's acrostic by Cox and Rathvon is full of colorful, internal drama.


Plays: 5Px1. The Game Infiltration is designed by Donald X Vaccarino of Dominion fame. Players are hackers who have successfully hacked into the computer system of a mega corp. They compete to steal as much information as possible. Their entry into the system does not immediately trigger an alarm. Show More Summary

31 Days of Nightmares — It Follows & The Purge: Anarchy

It’s a 2-for-1 special tonight with a rewatch of my favorite horror movie of the last five years and a sequel with surprising strength. It Follows I went to see It Follows at the theater — I have a habit...

Honey Bunch

Barry C. Silk shows us that you don't need up-to-the-minute language in a crossword to make it fun. Also, we introduce the surprisingly dangerous Caitlin Lovinger.

Building a Playable Star Wars Holochess Set

A fan of the iconic Star Wars holochess game builds his own table and sculpts his own monstrous playing pieces. Read more on MAKE The post Building a Playable Star Wars Holochess Set appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

31 Days of Nightmares — Exeter

Teens party and screw around in an abandoned insane asylum. I don’t think I can come up with a less creative setup for a horror movie. That’s fine, though. A movie doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel to be awesome....

31 Days of Nightmares — 2015 Edition

For the last few years I’ve been watching one horror movie every night for the entire month of October, and last year I started reviewing each of them. Now that I’ve got the site up and running again, what better...

A World Where There Are Octobers

Fall is here, and we have puzzles for Times Insider subscribers.

Mundane Magics

Ever since my long-ago teenage years, when I wasn’t allowed to play D&D – just look at the books, I’ve played a kind of mental game with the spell lists from the various editions of D&D – What spells would I want to be able to cast if...Show More Summary

IARR: One Format for Session Prep

Organization is one key trait for effective gamemastering. Every GM needs some kind of system to keep important information accessible during play. During session prep, a good format reminds us to vary our encounters. It may even help spark our creativity. Show More Summary

Command and Control

John Guzzetta says it's time to put on our sweaters.

Decks for Magic Card Tricks That You Can Make Yourself

Learn how to make six classic trick decks and the magic you can make with with each in this new ebook. Read more on MAKE The post Decks for Magic Card Tricks That You Can Make Yourself appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

September 2015 new and noteworthy

September wasn’t a bad month. I played quite a few games, and updated my Top 100 list. Race to the North Pole is a Finnish game that debuts in Essen this year. It’s a nice little race game, where you have to get to the North Pole before the other players. The trick here is that … Continue reading September 2015 new and noteworthy

Planning Well

On a recent episode of the Misdirected Mark podcast, Chris and I talked about why planning never really works in RPGs, and why mechanics to emulate planning fare better at the table. If you are interested in that discussion go and check out the show. Show More Summary

The Touching Puzzle

Arrange the digits 0-9 to get the greatest possible score.

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