Back in the day, we kept all our varied dice for playing D&D tossed inside one of those purple Crown Royal whiskey bags. We thought we were so cool, but that bag was as close as we got to adult beverages for many years.
You can find lots of custom made gaming tables online. This one made by BoardGameGeek forum member Bum Kim is special not so much for what it is than for how it was made. Bum went to great lengths to document his project and is sharing his build log online.
John Baichtal of MAKE Magazine shared a hidden gem in Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons website. It turns out writer and illustrator Jason Thompson has been making comic strips of epic proportions for the D&D website.
It doesn’t seem like dungeon masters are going to get their hands on the Surfacescape anytime soon, but Brendon Duncan may have an affordable alternative. His 3D Virtual Tabletop app gives you access to digital maps and creature tokens on your mobile device or desktop computer through a browser.
Last year we featured SparkFun’s guide for making an electronic dice gauntlet. The instructions are still available online, but if you have more money than electronics know-how, check out this very similar product from ThinkGeek, which was probably inspired by SparkFun’s DIY project.
Gamers collect all kinds of dice and usually hang on to their old dice forever, but I’m pretty sure none of you geeks have a D20 this old. This carved serpentine die was recently acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Take this with you to the beach and you’ll certainly be the center of attention, mostly because a lot of people won’t know what the heck this huge polygon with numbers is.
No one’s stopping you from actually using it to play D&D, just make sure your friends are okay with it.
Nintendo’s wildly popular Smash Bros. franchise is a dimension-shattering, world-colliding crossover in itself, but deviantART member Nakabeast added another delicious layer of nerdity by assigning Dungeons & Dragons alignments to some of the series’ most popular characters, like series newcomer Solid Snake:
If you think about it, Solid Snake can’t really be anything but Chaotic Good.
Anything that starts out of a suggestion from Penny-Arcade’s Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins – aka Gabe & Tycho – is bound to be geeky, and this one is no exception. The duo visited the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and ended up chatting with a bunch of students that were using a Surface, Microsoft’s multitouch wonder computer.
In a marmalade forest (forest), between the make-believe trees, in a cottage cheese – cottage, lives not Albi but this head – esploding Cake Dragon. I meant Dragon Cake.
WHAT’S UP. WHAT IS UP. Some guy named John got this as his birthday cake.
This geek lifecycle flow chart recently appeared in The New York Times, and I’m more than a little frightened by how much of it rings true.
Especially the part about blogging about diagrams like this one.