Science & Technology

  • Nightmares on Parade This module clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons….ah, who am I kidding? After the absolutely super Pixies on Parade, I would have covered this as fast as possible even without that.   Speaking of which – I strongly suggest playing Pixies on Parade before this one. While it can stand alone easily, I do believe that it has an added sense of gravitas when […]

    Nightmares on Parade

    Nightmares on Parade This module clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons….ah, who am I kidding? After the absolutely super Pixies on Parade, I would have covered this as fast as possible even without that.   Speaking of which – I strongly suggest playing Pixies on Parade before this one. While it can stand alone easily, I do believe that it has an added sense of gravitas when […]

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  • The Diviner’s Handbook This installment of the expansion-series for Spheres of Power clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion of the Spheres of Power-rules, as has become the tradition herein, with a nice piece of introductory prose before tackling new archetypes, the first of which would be the psyforensic, who gains a magic talent whenever he would gain a caster level and the divination sphere at first level; at 3rd level, the archetype may spend an hour to conduct the autopsy ritual, an absolutely amazing new ritual that […]

    The Diviner’s Handbook

    The Diviner’s Handbook This installment of the expansion-series for Spheres of Power clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion of the Spheres of Power-rules, as has become the tradition herein, with a nice piece of introductory prose before tackling new archetypes, the first of which would be the psyforensic, who gains a magic talent whenever he would gain a caster level and the divination sphere at first level; at 3rd level, the archetype may spend an hour to conduct the autopsy ritual, an absolutely amazing new ritual that […]

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  • Earin True Wireless Earbuds Now Available in Black & Aluminum New M-1 True Wireless Earbuds Introduced at a Better Price Malmö, SWEDEN – September 22, 2016 – Earin’s revolutionary True Wireless Earbuds are now available with a new black charging capsule and better price ($199) just in time for the holiday shopping season. As handsets begin to move away from fully supporting corded headphones and earbuds, the Earin M1 True Wireless Earbuds combine high-end style with industry-leading audio quality to provide users with the best possible wireless listening experience. The brand new black charging capsule color is availableOctober 17, 2016 and joins the popular aluminum product that released following one of the world’s most successful Kickstarter campaigns. In addition to the […]

    Earin True Wireless Earbuds Now Available

    Earin True Wireless Earbuds Now Available in Black & Aluminum New M-1 True Wireless Earbuds Introduced at a Better Price Malmö, SWEDEN – September 22, 2016 – Earin’s revolutionary True Wireless Earbuds are now available with a new black charging capsule and better price ($199) just in time for the holiday shopping season. As handsets begin to move away from fully supporting corded headphones and earbuds, the Earin M1 True Wireless Earbuds combine high-end style with industry-leading audio quality to provide users with the best possible wireless listening experience. The brand new black charging capsule color is availableOctober 17, 2016 and joins the popular aluminum product that released following one of the world’s most successful Kickstarter campaigns. In addition to the […]

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  • HERO LAB DEBUTS D&D 5th EDITION SRD   The wait is over! The #1 character management tool for RPGs now supports D&D® 5th Edition. Whether you’re a DM or player, it’s time to take your game to the next level!   SAN JOSE, CA (January 29, 2016): Lone Wolf Development, creator of the ENnie award-winning, tabletop gaming accessories Hero Lab® and Realm Works®, announced the release of D&D 5th Edition SRD support for their character management software – Hero Lab.   “Hero Lab is already the go-to character management tool for many RPGs, and the D&D 5th Edition SRD will be no different,” said President Rob Bowes. “Gamers can quickly create characters and even add their own material. Even better, […]

    HERO LAB DEBUTS D&D 5th EDITION SRD

    HERO LAB DEBUTS D&D 5th EDITION SRD   The wait is over! The #1 character management tool for RPGs now supports D&D® 5th Edition. Whether you’re a DM or player, it’s time to take your game to the next level!   SAN JOSE, CA (January 29, 2016): Lone Wolf Development, creator of the ENnie award-winning, tabletop gaming accessories Hero Lab® and Realm Works®, announced the release of D&D 5th Edition SRD support for their character management software – Hero Lab.   “Hero Lab is already the go-to character management tool for many RPGs, and the D&D 5th Edition SRD will be no different,” said President Rob Bowes. “Gamers can quickly create characters and even add their own material. Even better, […]

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  • AAW Games has just announced compatibility of their website Adventureaweek.com with 5th Edition. Jonathan G. Nelson, owner and publisher at AAW Games spoke with us about the move to 5th Edition.   Q: What is Adventureaweek.com? A: Adventureaweek.com provides monthly subscribers with a steady stream of 5th Edition and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventures in WEB and PDF formats. A $10 monthly subscription grants access to our entire back catalog which numbers well over 120 Pathfinder RPG adventures (with new 5th Edition modules being added weekly) in both WEB (html) and PDF formats.   Q: What made you switch to 5th Edition? A: We aren’t switching to 5th Edition so much as changing gears a bit. Our website originally offered all adventures in both […]

    5th Edition adventures come to Adventureaweek.com

    AAW Games has just announced compatibility of their website Adventureaweek.com with 5th Edition. Jonathan G. Nelson, owner and publisher at AAW Games spoke with us about the move to 5th Edition.   Q: What is Adventureaweek.com? A: Adventureaweek.com provides monthly subscribers with a steady stream of 5th Edition and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventures in WEB and PDF formats. A $10 monthly subscription grants access to our entire back catalog which numbers well over 120 Pathfinder RPG adventures (with new 5th Edition modules being added weekly) in both WEB (html) and PDF formats.   Q: What made you switch to 5th Edition? A: We aren’t switching to 5th Edition so much as changing gears a bit. Our website originally offered all adventures in both […]

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  • Dragon+, Issue #2 Issue #2 highlights the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons in the world of video games, including new details from n-Space on the world and heroes in the upcoming RPG Sword Coast Legends and pre-generated character sheets based on the companions players will recruit in the single player campaign. Readers can also get a preview of Spellstorm, a new novel from Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as updates on the D&D Adventurers League, a short story set in Icewind Dale and Heroes of Hesiod, a tabletop adventure for kids.   About the Cover & Artist For the cover of the second issue of Dragon+, Wizards of the Coast is thrilled to present […]

    Dragon+ Issue #2 released!

    Dragon+, Issue #2 Issue #2 highlights the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons in the world of video games, including new details from n-Space on the world and heroes in the upcoming RPG Sword Coast Legends and pre-generated character sheets based on the companions players will recruit in the single player campaign. Readers can also get a preview of Spellstorm, a new novel from Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as updates on the D&D Adventurers League, a short story set in Icewind Dale and Heroes of Hesiod, a tabletop adventure for kids.   About the Cover & Artist For the cover of the second issue of Dragon+, Wizards of the Coast is thrilled to present […]

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  •     Going wireless couldn’t be easier with the new Jabra MoveTM Wireless headphones. Lightweight, simple to use, and affordable, the Jabra Move headphones allow users to experience the true depth and clarity of digital music in-style without any cords getting in the way. Jabra Move Wireless headphones bring audio expertise to music lovers, combining premium sound with Scandinavian design. Built with high quality stainless steel, they are tough enough to handle heavy use, and the ultra-light headband and cushioned, angled ear cups ensure ultimate comfort for the full eight hours of battery life. Choose from three distinct, stylish colors – cobalt, cayenne and coal. Voice Guidance and automatic pairing with mobile devices provide a hassle-free way to listen to music wirelessly. […]

    Jabra announces new Wireless Headphones

        Going wireless couldn’t be easier with the new Jabra MoveTM Wireless headphones. Lightweight, simple to use, and affordable, the Jabra Move headphones allow users to experience the true depth and clarity of digital music in-style without any cords getting in the way. Jabra Move Wireless headphones bring audio expertise to music lovers, combining premium sound with Scandinavian design. Built with high quality stainless steel, they are tough enough to handle heavy use, and the ultra-light headband and cushioned, angled ear cups ensure ultimate comfort for the full eight hours of battery life. Choose from three distinct, stylish colors – cobalt, cayenne and coal. Voice Guidance and automatic pairing with mobile devices provide a hassle-free way to listen to music wirelessly. […]

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  • IRON ATLAS: A Digital Forge for Your Roleplaying Games Lifeform Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter for new a mobile app called IRON ATLAS. It’s a “Digital Miniatures System” designed for the iPad to serve as an alternative to physical maps and miniatures for roleplaying games. IRON ATLAS takes many of the elements seen in traditional, PC-based Virtual Tabletop systems (VTTs) and optimizes them for use on mobile devices. The app’s streamlined UI keeps it simple, elegant, and focused on the basics for combat, plus providing tons of content for you to pick and choose for YOUR game. Publishers You Love IRON ATLAS lets you browse and download the maps and fantastic character and monster art, from the publishers you love, to […]

    IRON ATLAS: A Digital Forge for Your Roleplaying Games

    IRON ATLAS: A Digital Forge for Your Roleplaying Games Lifeform Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter for new a mobile app called IRON ATLAS. It’s a “Digital Miniatures System” designed for the iPad to serve as an alternative to physical maps and miniatures for roleplaying games. IRON ATLAS takes many of the elements seen in traditional, PC-based Virtual Tabletop systems (VTTs) and optimizes them for use on mobile devices. The app’s streamlined UI keeps it simple, elegant, and focused on the basics for combat, plus providing tons of content for you to pick and choose for YOUR game. Publishers You Love IRON ATLAS lets you browse and download the maps and fantastic character and monster art, from the publishers you love, to […]

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  • Popular Dungeons & Dragons Lore and Intense Strategic Gameplay Available Now on iPhone or iPad Playdek, a leading mobile video games publisher, and Wizards of the Coast , a subsidiary of Hasbro, and leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated  Lords of Waterdeep on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on the App Store, Lords of Waterdeep is a stunning digital adaptation of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons strategic board game. In Lords of Waterdeep, two to five players assume the role of masked Lords controlling the intriguing city of Waterdeep, one of the most beautiful yet dangerous port cities in the Forgotten Realms. The Lords’ identity remains secret during gameplay so strengths won’t be visible to opponents. The […]

    LORDS OF WATERDEEP COMES TO iOS!

    Popular Dungeons & Dragons Lore and Intense Strategic Gameplay Available Now on iPhone or iPad Playdek, a leading mobile video games publisher, and Wizards of the Coast , a subsidiary of Hasbro, and leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated  Lords of Waterdeep on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on the App Store, Lords of Waterdeep is a stunning digital adaptation of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons strategic board game. In Lords of Waterdeep, two to five players assume the role of masked Lords controlling the intriguing city of Waterdeep, one of the most beautiful yet dangerous port cities in the Forgotten Realms. The Lords’ identity remains secret during gameplay so strengths won’t be visible to opponents. The […]

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  • Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® brand home canning products, today announced the first-of-its-kind appliance revolutionizing the fresh preserving process, the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System. This unique counter-top appliance takes the guesswork out of the home canning process and enables consumers to auto-preserve freshly made foods with the push of a button, using up to 30% less time, 60% less energy (enough to power more than 100 average American homes in a year) and 85% less water (enough for 14 average American homes in a year) when compared to traditional water bath canning methods. The innovative appliance simplifies the home canning process of preserving your favorite fresh produce into jams, jellies, pickles, fruits, salsas, tomatoes, sauces and more. With […]

    New Technology Makes Canning Super Easy!

    Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® brand home canning products, today announced the first-of-its-kind appliance revolutionizing the fresh preserving process, the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System. This unique counter-top appliance takes the guesswork out of the home canning process and enables consumers to auto-preserve freshly made foods with the push of a button, using up to 30% less time, 60% less energy (enough to power more than 100 average American homes in a year) and 85% less water (enough for 14 average American homes in a year) when compared to traditional water bath canning methods. The innovative appliance simplifies the home canning process of preserving your favorite fresh produce into jams, jellies, pickles, fruits, salsas, tomatoes, sauces and more. With […]

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  • The clock is ticking down along with your chance to get in on an incredibly useful VTT program.  The 3D Virtual Tabletop by Brendon Duncan was developed with tablet and smart phone users in mind and allows you to play your favorite tabletop board or role-playing games right on your mobile device.  Of course you can also play in person using the software as a useful and clean way to organize, display, and utilize your collection of virtual maps and miniatures.  Players can join in directly from their device, moving their miniatures or icons around in a 3D virtual environment. After hitting every stretch goal thus far, the add-ons planned for the software are considerable.  This is your last chance […]

    The World’s First 3D Virtual Tabletop for iOS and Android

    The clock is ticking down along with your chance to get in on an incredibly useful VTT program.  The 3D Virtual Tabletop by Brendon Duncan was developed with tablet and smart phone users in mind and allows you to play your favorite tabletop board or role-playing games right on your mobile device.  Of course you can also play in person using the software as a useful and clean way to organize, display, and utilize your collection of virtual maps and miniatures.  Players can join in directly from their device, moving their miniatures or icons around in a 3D virtual environment. After hitting every stretch goal thus far, the add-ons planned for the software are considerable.  This is your last chance […]

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  • Hello Brendon, thanks for sitting down with us to talk about your groundbreaking 3D Virtual Tabletop.  Can you tell us a little about your product?   3D Virtual Tabletop is a gorgeous virtual tabletop that looks like the real thing – stand-up minis on a battlemat.  People have been using it for both RPGs and board games.  Being available on iPad, iPhone and Android means that it has a really easy to use touch interface to slide the map and miniatures around with your finger. A version for web browsers on Windows and Mac is also in the works.  Although full 3D terrain and miniatures are coming in the future, right now you can use 2D assets presented in a […]

    Interview with Brendon Duncan of 3D Virtual Tabletop

    Hello Brendon, thanks for sitting down with us to talk about your groundbreaking 3D Virtual Tabletop.  Can you tell us a little about your product?   3D Virtual Tabletop is a gorgeous virtual tabletop that looks like the real thing – stand-up minis on a battlemat.  People have been using it for both RPGs and board games.  Being available on iPad, iPhone and Android means that it has a really easy to use touch interface to slide the map and miniatures around with your finger. A version for web browsers on Windows and Mac is also in the works.  Although full 3D terrain and miniatures are coming in the future, right now you can use 2D assets presented in a […]

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  • Final Preparations Gen Con starts tomorrow/today and many attendees are finalizing their plans for the big show. Here are some tips from the Gen Con crew to help you prepare for the show! Last Minute Tips for Attending Gen Con 1) Bring your government-issued PHOTO identification. To take advantage of Will Call pick-up, you must have proof of your identity. Don’t forget it! 2) Stay hydrated, sleep, wear sunscreen, and eat regularly. It’s tempting to want to game for eight hours straight with no breaks, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Also, Indiana can be hot and humid in August, so if you’re enjoying outdoor entertainment remember to protect your skin and drink lots of water. A good night’s rest also will make sure that your […]

    Gen Con starts tomorrow! Are you ready?

    Final Preparations Gen Con starts tomorrow/today and many attendees are finalizing their plans for the big show. Here are some tips from the Gen Con crew to help you prepare for the show! Last Minute Tips for Attending Gen Con 1) Bring your government-issued PHOTO identification. To take advantage of Will Call pick-up, you must have proof of your identity. Don’t forget it! 2) Stay hydrated, sleep, wear sunscreen, and eat regularly. It’s tempting to want to game for eight hours straight with no breaks, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Also, Indiana can be hot and humid in August, so if you’re enjoying outdoor entertainment remember to protect your skin and drink lots of water. A good night’s rest also will make sure that your […]

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  • Yes folks, it’s finally here or at least it will be if the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter makes its goal!  Move over Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, and d20Pro, a new contender for the best interactive online tabletop program has just stepped up to the plate and the product’s meager sample offerings are far to scrumptious to pass up.  The first thing many folks will say is that this isn’t true 3D VTT because there aren’t any 3D miniatures.  Well my friends, I’m happy to announce that developer Brendon Duncan has just announced 3D minis as one of the first stretch goals for this project. This VTT program actually already exists as an app for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Mac, all of […]

    Finally, a Real 3D Virtual Tabletop!

    Yes folks, it’s finally here or at least it will be if the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter makes its goal!  Move over Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, and d20Pro, a new contender for the best interactive online tabletop program has just stepped up to the plate and the product’s meager sample offerings are far to scrumptious to pass up.  The first thing many folks will say is that this isn’t true 3D VTT because there aren’t any 3D miniatures.  Well my friends, I’m happy to announce that developer Brendon Duncan has just announced 3D minis as one of the first stretch goals for this project. This VTT program actually already exists as an app for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Mac, all of […]

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  • How many times have you struggled to keep your tabletop RPG campaigns organized? Have you ever lost track of what your players have and haven’t learned? Is “real-life” limiting the time you have to prepare for games? Do you waste precious time during games searching for details from previous sessions, some of which occurred months or even years ago? If so, you need Realm Works! Brought to you by the creators of Hero Lab®, Realm Works™ is the Game Master’s answer to managing your campaign and your time, allowing you to focus on telling the story to your players. Built by GMs and players, this game-system neutral tool allows GMs to create and master their world like never before.   […]

    Realm Works: Create Your World. Tell Your Story. Master Your Game

    How many times have you struggled to keep your tabletop RPG campaigns organized? Have you ever lost track of what your players have and haven’t learned? Is “real-life” limiting the time you have to prepare for games? Do you waste precious time during games searching for details from previous sessions, some of which occurred months or even years ago? If so, you need Realm Works! Brought to you by the creators of Hero Lab®, Realm Works™ is the Game Master’s answer to managing your campaign and your time, allowing you to focus on telling the story to your players. Built by GMs and players, this game-system neutral tool allows GMs to create and master their world like never before.   […]

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  •   Super computers can take over the world. It sounds like a line from a science fiction movie, but it just might be possible for these computers on steroids to usurp the human race. Discover at least four computers that should have you shaking in your boots. Skynet Super Computer In true Google fashion, they bought the Skynet quantum computer from D-Wave. As a second generation super computer, the abilities of this computer would literally blow your human mind. The entire premise of Skynet is it is a computer that can think for itself. With its own superpower, the computer’s job is to then set out to teach other computers how to learn and think for themselves. The learning process […]

    Is Skynet Already Online? 4 Computers that Could Usurp the Human Race

      Super computers can take over the world. It sounds like a line from a science fiction movie, but it just might be possible for these computers on steroids to usurp the human race. Discover at least four computers that should have you shaking in your boots. Skynet Super Computer In true Google fashion, they bought the Skynet quantum computer from D-Wave. As a second generation super computer, the abilities of this computer would literally blow your human mind. The entire premise of Skynet is it is a computer that can think for itself. With its own superpower, the computer’s job is to then set out to teach other computers how to learn and think for themselves. The learning process […]

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  • Apple’s Airplay function for Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV was a great step forward for those of us who want to stream our music to and from various locations in our home.  It was actually the deciding factor behind my family purchasing Airport (the Apple brand wireless internet router).  Unfortunately, after unboxing the Airport and getting things up and running I quickly found the functionality was not quite what I expected.  I was unable to stream audio from Pandora and other programs to the speakers attached to my Airport.  Only music from iTunes, or internet videos would play over Airplay.  This seemed strange to me as streaming audio from a video or audio source should be as simple as […]

    AirFoil: How to use Airplay from any device or program

    Apple’s Airplay function for Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV was a great step forward for those of us who want to stream our music to and from various locations in our home.  It was actually the deciding factor behind my family purchasing Airport (the Apple brand wireless internet router).  Unfortunately, after unboxing the Airport and getting things up and running I quickly found the functionality was not quite what I expected.  I was unable to stream audio from Pandora and other programs to the speakers attached to my Airport.  Only music from iTunes, or internet videos would play over Airplay.  This seemed strange to me as streaming audio from a video or audio source should be as simple as […]

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  • When an unassuming cardboard box arrived at NERD TREK, LLC I figured it was just another company or publisher expecting a raving review of their sub-par product.  I know, a glass half-empty kind of mentality, but after you spend hours reviewing products you find that the majority of stuff is just OK. I was about to have my mind blown.  After unboxing the Jabra Revo corded stereo headphones I immediately realized that these weren’t your run of the mill phones.  The unit felt solid, yet flexible.  The headband was extremely comfortable, and when I placed the headphones over my ears it nearly silenced the outside world, yet I felt no tightness or irritating constraint as is the norm in most […]

    Jabra Revo Corded Stereo headphones

    When an unassuming cardboard box arrived at NERD TREK, LLC I figured it was just another company or publisher expecting a raving review of their sub-par product.  I know, a glass half-empty kind of mentality, but after you spend hours reviewing products you find that the majority of stuff is just OK. I was about to have my mind blown.  After unboxing the Jabra Revo corded stereo headphones I immediately realized that these weren’t your run of the mill phones.  The unit felt solid, yet flexible.  The headband was extremely comfortable, and when I placed the headphones over my ears it nearly silenced the outside world, yet I felt no tightness or irritating constraint as is the norm in most […]

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  • Lone Wolf Development stands out as a leader in providing software for tabletop games.  Their key products, Army Builder and Hero Lab, are award winning products that set the standard to which others aspire.  Their newest product, Realm Works, is poised to follow in those footsteps.  They are currently running a Kickstarter to pack more features into the initial release scheduled for July, and we wanted to share the project with you. Realm Works is a robust, powerful campaign management system.  It allows GMs to manage their campaigns in ways never before possible.  Realm Works is “game system neutral”, and can be used no matter what types of games you play.  Its flexible nature offers benefits to a wide array […]

    Realm Works Kickstarter by Lone Wolf Development

    Lone Wolf Development stands out as a leader in providing software for tabletop games.  Their key products, Army Builder and Hero Lab, are award winning products that set the standard to which others aspire.  Their newest product, Realm Works, is poised to follow in those footsteps.  They are currently running a Kickstarter to pack more features into the initial release scheduled for July, and we wanted to share the project with you. Realm Works is a robust, powerful campaign management system.  It allows GMs to manage their campaigns in ways never before possible.  Realm Works is “game system neutral”, and can be used no matter what types of games you play.  Its flexible nature offers benefits to a wide array […]

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  •   One of the titles I’m really looking forward to this year is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, if only from a nostalgic point of view. Without giving away my age, I can only say that I was very young when I met the adventurous Lara Croft and she soon became my heroine. She was the first memorable female gaming character and for someone not even in her teens, the concept was mind blowing. Lara Croft had shown me that the girls can do it too and I spend many, many hours staring at her back, blowing away bad guys and making a reasonable dent in the animal populations of Peru and China. In all that time, I […]

    The Future of Gaming: Me and my Tomb Raider…s?!

      One of the titles I’m really looking forward to this year is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, if only from a nostalgic point of view. Without giving away my age, I can only say that I was very young when I met the adventurous Lara Croft and she soon became my heroine. She was the first memorable female gaming character and for someone not even in her teens, the concept was mind blowing. Lara Croft had shown me that the girls can do it too and I spend many, many hours staring at her back, blowing away bad guys and making a reasonable dent in the animal populations of Peru and China. In all that time, I […]

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  • Jonathan: Today we’re talking with Joe Wetzel, the owner of Inkwell Ideas.  Inkwell Ideas is a RPG company which has produced Hexographer and Dungeonographer (two leading game map software programs), DungeonMorph Dice, the Coat of Arms Design Studio and other useful articles and tools for games. Joe, can you tell us about your company and your recent ENnie nomination? Joe: I think the ENnies is something where it really is great just to be nominated, especially for a small niche-within-a-niche company like us.  Few people probably buy/play more than 2 game products in each category so really the judges are best suited to screen everything.  (They get a copy of each product entered.)   Jonathan: What originally got you into […]

    Interview with Joe Wetzel of Inkwell Ideas

    Jonathan: Today we’re talking with Joe Wetzel, the owner of Inkwell Ideas.  Inkwell Ideas is a RPG company which has produced Hexographer and Dungeonographer (two leading game map software programs), DungeonMorph Dice, the Coat of Arms Design Studio and other useful articles and tools for games. Joe, can you tell us about your company and your recent ENnie nomination? Joe: I think the ENnies is something where it really is great just to be nominated, especially for a small niche-within-a-niche company like us.  Few people probably buy/play more than 2 game products in each category so really the judges are best suited to screen everything.  (They get a copy of each product entered.)   Jonathan: What originally got you into […]

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  • Each year we’ve provided a slew of the absolute best deals for nerds on the net.  This year, we’re going to concentrate our phasers into a refined beam and blast away the other offers on the gaming table, leaving only the cream of the crop.  Sure, we may miss some stuff, but we’ll get the stuff that really matters.  Whether you’re a nerd shopping for yourself, or holiday shopping and looking for gifts for a nerd, you’ll find the top 10 nerd picks right here at NERDTREK.com.   STAR TREK: The Next Generation – Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray (DVD) We begin our Top 10 Gifts for Nerds with my absolute favorite show of all time and inspiration for […]

    What should I buy a nerd? Ten Great Gifts for Nerds

    Each year we’ve provided a slew of the absolute best deals for nerds on the net.  This year, we’re going to concentrate our phasers into a refined beam and blast away the other offers on the gaming table, leaving only the cream of the crop.  Sure, we may miss some stuff, but we’ll get the stuff that really matters.  Whether you’re a nerd shopping for yourself, or holiday shopping and looking for gifts for a nerd, you’ll find the top 10 nerd picks right here at NERDTREK.com.   STAR TREK: The Next Generation – Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray (DVD) We begin our Top 10 Gifts for Nerds with my absolute favorite show of all time and inspiration for […]

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  • The gentleman I spoke with on the phone called this the “techiest” fan that Honeywell makes, and he was right, well kind of. When this arrived on my porch I immediately wondered how much assembly would be required.  I’m not a big fan of “buy this, then you get to build it!”  I would rather if I pay full price for something that it come pre-assembled, but obviously for shipping reasons this wouldn’t be very prudent as things get broken in transit.  We pulled all the bits out and began to assemble the fan without reading the instructions, because what man reads instructions?  It took a little longer to assemble than I would have liked, but after a couple attempted […]

    Honeywell’s “techiest” Fan

    The gentleman I spoke with on the phone called this the “techiest” fan that Honeywell makes, and he was right, well kind of. When this arrived on my porch I immediately wondered how much assembly would be required.  I’m not a big fan of “buy this, then you get to build it!”  I would rather if I pay full price for something that it come pre-assembled, but obviously for shipping reasons this wouldn’t be very prudent as things get broken in transit.  We pulled all the bits out and began to assemble the fan without reading the instructions, because what man reads instructions?  It took a little longer to assemble than I would have liked, but after a couple attempted […]

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  • I never thought I needed a bluetooth headset until I got this little guy.  Man, what a cool little toy. I can listen to my tunes in the car through my stereo, on my phone, or via a pair of ear buds.   If I need to skip a track I can press a single button or hold it down to jump albums.  I can answer calls and speak directly through the tiny clip.  I honestly never thought I would want or use such a device until I tried this one. If you’re “anti-bluetooth headset” try this little guy out and it will completely change your outlook.   The Jabra CLIPPER Bluetooth stereo headset is now available in four new bright and trendy […]

    Jabra CLIPPER

    I never thought I needed a bluetooth headset until I got this little guy.  Man, what a cool little toy. I can listen to my tunes in the car through my stereo, on my phone, or via a pair of ear buds.   If I need to skip a track I can press a single button or hold it down to jump albums.  I can answer calls and speak directly through the tiny clip.  I honestly never thought I would want or use such a device until I tried this one. If you’re “anti-bluetooth headset” try this little guy out and it will completely change your outlook.   The Jabra CLIPPER Bluetooth stereo headset is now available in four new bright and trendy […]

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  • I’ve been following the progression and reviews of Diablo 3 with interest, reading about the frustration of the first day launch issues and the mixed responses to the actual gameplay. Following not experiencing I have to say because I will never be able to play a game like Diablo 3. You see, D3 requires a constant internet connection which takes you to the servers where this game is hosted, forcing you to be online even when you are playing a single-player campaign. Although I would’ve loved to play D3, a game 12 years in the making, my internet is simply too slow and getting a faster connection would be more expensive than one game is worth. This game has begun to […]

    The Future of Gaming and why I can’t be a part of it.

    I’ve been following the progression and reviews of Diablo 3 with interest, reading about the frustration of the first day launch issues and the mixed responses to the actual gameplay. Following not experiencing I have to say because I will never be able to play a game like Diablo 3. You see, D3 requires a constant internet connection which takes you to the servers where this game is hosted, forcing you to be online even when you are playing a single-player campaign. Although I would’ve loved to play D3, a game 12 years in the making, my internet is simply too slow and getting a faster connection would be more expensive than one game is worth. This game has begun to […]

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  • The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

    Republique by Camouflaj + Logan – The little (big) project that can.

    The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

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  • In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

    Hero Lab, best GM tool on the market

    In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

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