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Review: The Nazi Occult by Kenneth Hite

Review: The Nazi Occult by Kenneth Hite

Osprey Books has a long and distinguished history as a publisher of historical reference books. I am a huge fan of their product lines and many an adventure sprang from their non-fiction titles. Happily, Osprey is branching out into the gaming arena explicitly with their “Osprey Adventure” line of books.  It is a new line […]

APEX — Superhero rules for D&D

APEX — Superhero rules for D&D

DEM, publishers of Amethyst and Ultramodern4 will be releasing a supplement for its popular Ultramodern4 4th Edition ruleset. Apex introduces mechanics for superheroes and paranormal abilities in urban and science fiction settings. Apex is inspired by modern superhero tales—where enhanced humans hide from forces wishing their eradication. Readers will find similar philosophical similarities between Apex […]

Kindle Alert: Free Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories

Ok, I admit it. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan.  I read all the stories as a child and they still have pride of place in my personal library. Since I have moved on to a Kindle as my primary reading device, I was heartened to see a clean, free, Kindle-friendly edition appear today. Many […]

Review: A Memory of Light, Final Book of the Wheel of Time (Spoiler Free…Mostly)

Please indulge me for a moment before this review begins….Woohoo! I did it! I finished “The Wheel of Time” series! I slogged through 14 books, endless sub-plots, 500 page books that advanced the plot by four days, Nynaeve’s hair pulling, Egwene’s whining and a growing belief that Robert Jordan got paid by the word. It […]

Are The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien Aging Poorly and Destined for Mandatory Reading Lists in High School English Classes?

Are The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien Aging Poorly and Destined for Mandatory Reading Lists in High School English Classes?

Wait! Before the slings and arrows of the Tolkien faithful strike with full force, please hear me out. I acknowledge that Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy literature. That his works inspired at least two generations of later writers and his impact on the genre will echo through the ages. I am in no […]

It is Almost Over! "A Memory of Light" Comes Out Next Week, Ending the Wheel of Time

It is Almost Over! “A Memory of Light” Comes Out Next Week, Ending the Wheel of Time

After so many, many years Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series ends next week with “A Memory of Light.”  Though Jordan passed away, Brandon Sanderson has done an excellent (and a few would argue, superior job) finishing the series. I started reading this series before I finished college, got married or bought a home and […]

Book Report: The Fortifications of Ancient Egypt 3000-1780 BC from Osprey Publishing

Book Report: The Fortifications of Ancient Egypt 3000-1780 BC from Osprey Publishing

As regular readers know, I am a huge fan of using history as a foundation for game campaigns. Nothing beats a little reality to spice up your next RPG campaign. To further my goal of injecting history into game campaigns, I occasionally do a “book report” on a history book that I find interesting and […]

Book Report: Life in a Medieval Castle  by Joseph and Francis Gies

Book Report: Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Francis Gies

Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Francis Gies is a must-have book for any medieval fantasy game. Period. I do not use terms like “must have” very often because it implies that the lack of this book somehow makes you a lesser game master than those that do own it. In this case, […]

Paperback Swap–Fantasy and RPG Books on the Cheap

Hello fellow LivingDice readers, It is Haaldaar, your friendly Holy Knight of Haruspices!  I thought I would take some of the load off of Trask for the night and tell you about Paperbackswap. Now, this website isn’t solely focused on gaming, but there are a lot of fantasy and gaming books available in this book […]

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