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Chris Tavares Dias is the literary equivalent of that crusty burnt cheese at the bottom of the fondue pot. Some people claim he looks like Mathew Perry. He would like that to be true. It's not. In 2010, Chris co-wrote and created Amethyst Foundations, a 4th Edition setting based on the previous version under 3.5. It has received critical acclaim for integrating science fiction into classical fantasy. In August of this year, Chris was last seen staring at a dead raven that had fallen beside his car. Two months later, his watch and notepad were found in the stomach of a basking shark that had washed ashore off the coast of Florida.

Amethyst Destiny (Fate Core Edition) Released

Which side will you choose? Which weapons will you wield? Earth is torn between the order of science and the chaos of fantasy. These two worlds cannot mix. Venture into lands once claimed by skyscrapers and factories, now overrun by elves, goblins, and dragons. Choose your path and commit to the quest. Monsters will hunt […]

Repeating D&D History

A multitude of recent announcements from Wizards of The Coast has altered the landscape for the immediate future. The first involved the release schedule of D&D Next (or is it 5E, I’ve honestly lost track) while the other heralded an eventual Open Gaming License. The staggered release of the upcoming core books was a surprising […]

Amethyst 4E Compendium released

The definitive edition of GSL-compatible Amethyst. Over 450 pages. Everything from Amethyst Foundations and Amethyst Evolution, updated, with new content and full color images! THIS IS NOT FANTASY WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD Which side will you choose? Which weapons will you wield? Earth is torn between the order of science and the chaos of […]

What Rules Do I Throw Out?

I admit, maybe it’s not entirely destructive, but when trying to weave a narrative, I often times come affront to the very rules I’m playing with. This is separate to something I’ve discussed before—how unbelievably annoyed I am at the near psychopathic nature of my player party. Being an adventurer is a line of work […]

STAR WARS: PREPARE FOR THE WORST

I’ve often said to friends, family members, and those I pass on the street that I’m happy J.J. Abrams left the Star Trek franchise in favor of Star Wars. He admitted not being a fan of Trek in contrast to his dedication to George Lucas’s answer to not securing the rights to Flash Gordon (just […]

HOW A GM IS LIKE A MAGICIAN

If a GM does his (or her, but let’s go with him) job well enough, he is able to weave a story in his game with a start, middle, and climax, predict where the characters will go and how to act, all the while offering the illusion the players had free will. The illusion…of free […]

AN OGL OF D&D NEXT?

AN OGL OF D&D NEXT?

I think the question is not whether or not the next iteration of D&D will be offered under the OGL; the question is why isn’t it obvious? Isn’t it? Maybe I just have a different perspective than other publishers given my somewhat unwavering support for 4th Edition D&D when most other publishers jumped ship. Regardless […]

Amethyst: Only 5 Days Left

The Amethyst Kickstarter started by Dias Ex Machina hit 90% this past weekend, leaving only 5 days left to make up $750. We are so close, I am really hoping we’ll make it. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1894400580/amethyst-fantasy-and-technology-collide In the past few months, the campaign has gone through several updates. 1: Revised rewards. Pledge $5 or more Contributor Level: […]

Freefall: Criticizing Gravity

I spent quite a few hours since watching Gravity reflecting on my impulsive twitter when I called it the best film I’d seen all year, saying a lot given the recent praise rained upon Rush. After digesting it some, I’ve come to the conclusion that my initial assessment was…pretty much solid, but one with an […]

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