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Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor

ThinkFun’s Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor is an escape-the-room game that can be played in your own home. You don’t need to bolt your doors and windows, and you don’t need to hide precious information in secret places. All you need are an ability to solve puzzles and some reasonably sober friends. [Puzzler Paul […]

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6 Gifts on Amazon Prime Day to Give to Your Enemies

Today is Amazon Prime Day, Amazon’s day of lowered rates and deep discounts. If you absolutely, positively need something awesome shipped to your doorstep, here is your window of opportunity. Open wide. But not everything Amazon has on offer is worth buying. We found several ridiculous items, none of which we would purchase for ourselves, not […]

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Batman Has Murder on His Mind in the First Clip of THE KILLING JOKE

DC has been putting out animated features of its more famous comics since 2007, and most of them have been PG-13-rated fare. But their next animated film will be The Killing Joke, Alan Moore’s disturbing origin story of the Joker. As anybody who has ever read the graphic novel knows, it’s appropriate that that the film […]

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A Fashion Designer Hilariously Critiques 5 MMO Outfits

A few years ago, I joined Guild Wars 2, and it rapidly became one of my go-to games. It had action, it had adventure, it had… one serious flaw. When I started up a human female Elementalist, I was given an outfit that I consider inappropriate. That is, I’m a married woman, and I want my armor […]

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The Girl with All the Gifts Trailer is a Child’s-Eye View of the Zombie Apocalypse

There are two reasons people like zombie movies: 1) They’re an excellent metaphor for the inevitable decay of civilization, and 2) Viewers get to see someone chomped to death. Fans will likely get plenty of both in the upcoming movie The Girl With All the Gifts. We have the trailer for you, above. The Girl […]

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16 Most Awesome Moments in Game of Thrones Season 6

Season 6 of Game of Thrones brought more awesome to television than most shows do in their entire run. I’m not just saying that as a fan of the series: I’m saying this as a reader of George R.R. Martin’s novels, the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The TV show caught up to […]

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9 Unbelievable Moments in Game of Thrones Finale, ‘The Winds of Winter’

You know the expression, “Go out with a bang, not a whimper?” Game of Thrones has ended season 6 with a bang, several of them. And the only whimpering here are the sounds of our self-pity. After all, we have to wait ten more months until season 7. That’s a lot of whimpering. Here’s how season 6 of Game of […]

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Ultrasabers Lightsabers are the Most Fun You Can Have Without Using the Force

You would think that lightsabers are merely an elegant weapon of a more civilized age, but they’re also a great tool for exercise, and lightsaber combat groups have sprung up over the world, giving padawans a chance to flaunt their fandom and get fit at the same time.  They’re also used as a cool prop for […]

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A Military Officer Reveals the History Behind Game of Thrones Battle Tactics

Game of Thrones has taken from legal history (Tyrion’s trial by combat) and medical history (Ser Robert Strong is the reanimated corpse of Ser Gregor Clegane). In episode “Battle of the Bastards”—the fight between the armies of the Starks and the Boltons—we got to see writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff showing off their military […]

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Board games have raised $265 million on Kickstarter, putting the fun in fundraiser

Kickstarter has been raising money for entrepreneurs and wannabes since 2009, funding such fascinating projects as an ostrich pillow and, um, potato salad. All told, Kickstarter has put the fun in fundraiser by raising $2.4 billion since its inception. And it turns out a large wedge of that cheddar comes from boardgames. According to News-Republic, crowds […]

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