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How to Make a Fantasy Map in GIMP

How to Make a Fantasy Map in GIMP

With NaNoWriMo fast approaching, you may be planning on writing a fantasy or sci-fi story.  Congrats!  This is one of my favorite genres...

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Aurochs, De-Extinction, and the Racism of Orcs in D&D

Aurochs, De-Extinction, and the Racism of Orcs in D&D

We have to talk about the aurochs. It's maybe the biggest, hairiest cattle anyone has ever seen. In short, it's a bunch of bull. Aurochs were the first beast added to Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition after the core rulebooks. As far as monsters go it seems pretty...

The Frog of Holding, ft. Nature Check

The Frog of Holding, ft. Nature Check

Lucas: "I need you to gather a specimen for me. It is a very important piece of my research and, it is very important that it be taken alive. Have you perhaps heard of the frog of holding?" Sheryl: Has she perhaps heard of the frog of holding? Lucas: I mean, Hey,...

The War Spider from MCDM’s Monster Manual

The War Spider from MCDM’s Monster Manual

It's terrifying when the goblins ride a giant spider into battle, but more terrifying when they treat it better than you would. Follow wherever you get your podcasts: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Amazon Music | Breaker | Castbox | Castro.fm...

Solarpunk in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel

Solarpunk in Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel

Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel's creator was inspired by the solarpunk and hopepunk movements, but what even are those? Follow wherever you get your podcasts: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Amazon Music | Breaker | Castbox | Castro.fm...

Extinction: The Florida Fairy Shrimp

Extinction: The Florida Fairy Shrimp

Fairy shrimp can withstand drying, freezing heat, solidity, outer space. They're just like waiting for conditions to be right to spring, back to life. Follow wherever you get your podcasts: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Amazon Music | Breaker |...

The False Hydra and Larry the Kung Fu Kraken

The False Hydra and Larry the Kung Fu Kraken

D&D players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game. Some of these exploits became "cryptids" in their own right. This week: the most terrifying homebrew monster ever made, and the Kung Fu Kraken, an ancient titan of the deep somehow less effective than a...

The Arrow of Destruction and the Wireless Troll

The Arrow of Destruction and the Wireless Troll

D&D players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game. Some of these exploits became "cryptids" in their own right. This week: the arrowhead of total destruction, nuclear warhead powered by extradimensional spaces; and the wireless troll, communication via...

The Peasant Rail Gun and the Quantum Ogre

The Peasant Rail Gun and the Quantum Ogre

Dungeons & Dragons players have spent almost 50 years breaking the game. Some of these exploits became D&D "cryptids" in their own right. This week: the peasant rail gun, an army of hirelings with a light-speed projectile; and the quantum ogre, the monster who...

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