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Top 10 D&D Foes (You Probably Already Heard Of).

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You gather your party and head into the darkest depths of the dungeons. The sirens song of fame and riches pulls you ever deeper. In a particularly dark corner you and your companions turn the corner and are met by a massive unblinking eye, glowing yellow in the dark. As you reach for your weapon numerous smaller eyes illuminate and circle the center. Your friend, a mage, begins casting a spell, and though her motions are familiar the spell crackles fruitlessly  and in an instant she is turned to dust in a brilliant flash of green. The rogue bravely leaps forward and is caught by an invisible force and thrust against the nearby wall collapsing in a lump. You draw your sword a try to take a step forward but you feet are stuck firmly in place. You look down to see your body turning to stone and as you take your last breath before becoming a permanent fixture you see your final companion, a paladin, bow before the beast and offer up his sword to it. You see a ghastly and toothy grin open up into a maw as the beast devours your friend.

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  1. Beholder (Should be higher, but works better with the intro…). You’ve meet the same fate of countless foul hardy adventurers. The Beholder is a fearsome and respected being, and any adventurers worth their weight know to avoid them at all costs. They combine heightened intelligence with willful destruction. Their anti-magic cone emanating from their central eye makes short work of magic wielding foes. Their eye stalks are especially deadly with effects ranging from massive damage that makes it impossible to resurrect your friends to powerful charming effects. They are not to be trifled with.

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  1. Displacer Beast. On your travels, you may have heard tell of many legged cat like beasts that seem to exist between our world and the ethereal plane. The Displacer Beast is a monstrous predator that lashes out at its enemies with barbed tentacles protruding from its back. It’s also blessed with a permanent displacement effect causing players to have disadvantage to strike it with attacks.

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  1. Medusa. You’ve heard the legends of these ancient beings locked away in temples and long forgotten homes. They are surrounded by numerous humanoid statues, their only companions, created by their petrifying gaze. Though not particularly adept at hand to hand combat they are capable in their own rite.

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  1. Treant. The living forests have powerful protectors. The ancient Treants, the awakened watchers of the forest, are powerful entities  are capable of powerful attacks, especially against constructs and walls. They are also each capable of giving sentience to trees in the area giving them potent allies.

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  1. Elementals. Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. The classics. Anywhere there are unstable elemental energies a powerful and chaotic Elemental could exist. They fit a number of roles from powerful siege monsters to balls of swirling energy. They are capable of popping up in many instances and make a great addition to any dungeon.

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  1. Giants. These lumbering titans are powerful and numerous in scope. From the Nordic inspired Frost Giants to the dumb and dangerous Hill Giant, they fit numerous roles. The recent Storm King’s Thunder adventure and Volo’s Guide to Monsters adds a number of unique Giants to the DM’s arsenal.

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  1. Dragons. The come in good and evil kinds. The have breath weapons… Nuff said.

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  1. Zombies. BRRAAIINNSS … The horde of nastys shamble forward. Though they aren’t particularly interesting on their own they often to lead to magnificent mysteries and stories. The Shambling horde of Zombies is a great trope and their Undead Fortitude keeps them coming back from the dead to pester the players. Also, there’s a beholder version… Talk about scary.

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  1. Vampire. One word: Strahd. There is an entire adventure based around the manipulative power of the Vampire. These creatures of the night have a plethora of abilities, legendary actions, and an eternity to plan. Play them smart and ruthless and you have yourself an iconic and memorable story and villian. Their weaknesses are one of their greatest strengths from a story standpoint, giving the players hope to defeat these powerful foes.

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Finally the final entry, and although it may be unexpected they are by far the most dangerous enemies in the world surrounding the players… Player Races. Countless of my adventures center around the desires of seemingly normal folk. You can create powerful wizards, destructive barbarians, and devoted and evil clerics. They are the center points of cities and dangerous locales and their ambition knows no boundaries.

Top Ten Favorite Board Games

Board Games have always been a huge part of my life. Snowed in winters left little option for my family other than games to keep everyone entertained when I was growing up. Big family gatherings also always resulted in marathon gaming and even some rage quitting. Here, in no real order, are some of my favorite Board Games for all ages.

10. Clue

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Clue has always been a go to game for me. It all starts with a murder. Every player picks a character to play. Every character is a suspect. Cards are sorted by room, weapon and character. One of each is put in an envelope to indicate who done it, where and with what. Players roll the dice to move from room to room. Once in a room players may hazard a guess to be proven or disproven by the other players cards until someone has a final guess. They must then move toward the center, say their guess and check to see if they are correct. The game has gotten a bit of a revamp, including a new character and is still wonderfully fun. There is also a hysterical movie based on the game.  

9. Eldritch Horror

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Evil is stirring. The Ancient Ones are rising. Only you and your cohorts can close the gates to stop them. Careful though, failure can lead to madness or worse. Eldritch Horror is a great cooperative game to play with friends or family.

8. Cranium

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Cranium was a favorite of my friends and I in college. It has something for everyone with different categories in which to shine. Complete the task before the time runs out and you will have game night glory. Fail, and well, everyone looks like a fool when they play so just have fun.

7. Sorry

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I played a lot of SORRY! growing up. It is a fantastic game that is fairly simple to play. Everyone picks a color for their tokens. Players then use the plastic dome to pop dice. You move that number of squares. Depending on what you land on determine if further action will be taken. Be careful though as other players can bump you back to start while gleefully exclaiming; “SORRY!” This game may end up on lists of games that certain friends cannot play together.

6. Life

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I wish that real life was as easy to navigate as this game. LIFE  is a game meant to represent, well, life. Players get to choose whether to start with a career or go to college and then move their cars throughout the board from there.

5. Operation

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The buzzing sound from Operation still sends me into a rage to this day. In this game you are the doctor. You must remove the things that are ailing Cavity Sam with tiny tweezers. One wrong move and you get the buzzer and it will be someone else’s turn. The player who has removed the most ailments wins.

4. Tokaido

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Who doesn’t love to go on a road trip? In Tokaido you are playing to see just who travels best. Who gets the most points for food, sightseeing, shopping and charity. Each playable character has different perks to help you have the best vacation ever! The art on this game is also beautiful as an added bonus.

3. Pictopia

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I just bought this as a gift for my Goddaughter and the whole family loved playing it. Everyone chooses a color and then rolls dice to progress throughout the board. Squares let the rest of the players know what kind of question they will have. Some are cooperative. Some are solo. The questions have a mixture of classic and newer Disney characters. The Disney version of Pictopia s bound to be a crowd pleaser.

2. Candyland

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I don’t care how old you are, Candyland is awesome. It is a simple game based more on colors and picking cards for player advancement. It is bright and fun. Oh and yes, you can fall on squares that send you back on the board so don’t let the happy looking landscape fool you.

1. 13 Dead End Drive

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13 Dead End Drive is full of traps. Plays have to bluff their way out of the mansion in time to win. The board is a 3D house that the plays can use to their advantage. It is a great game with a new sequel game 1313 Dead End Drive!  

I hope you have found some fun new games to play, or remembered a favorite from your childhood. Either way go play a board game and always keep sparkling!

 

Top 10 Video Games I’ve Actually Beaten

10. Dragon Age Franchise

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I almost didn’t add Dragon Age because, even if I have beaten every game, I didn’t want to add another RPG to the list. However, not only is RPG one of my favorite types of games, Dragon Age is an amazing series. Even the second one – oh yeah, I said it – which was rushed did well with that they had (YOU CAN’T RUSH ART!). I can’t wait for the 4th one!

9. Civilization Revolution

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So Civ Revolution is one of those games that doesn’t really have an ending, you just win rounds. Well, I’ve won it a ton and it’s probably my favorite of the series. It is different than most of the Civ franchise games and still a wonderful game to play and one I’ve put many, many, many, many hours into.
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8. Borderlands  1 & 2

I LOVE Borderlands! Both games were exceptional for totally different reasons. I had a lot of trouble getting into Pre-Sequel, which I know is a great game but it wasn’t capturing my attention at the time. Not only was it great to play, I miss a lot of the characters and hope they do so much more in the future. If you like FPS RPGs then you HAVE to play this series. Full of badass women and men, tons of inappropriateness and more guns than you can literally shake a stick at!

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Thia the Bard’s Top 10 Horror Games

Thia the Bard’s Top 10 Horror Games

Here it is friends. October! My favorite month. It is filled with thrills and chills. Speaking of thrills it only seemed to proper to make this month’s Top 10 horror themed. Yes, it’s time to get spooky.

Here are some games to help you get into the Halloween spirit.

1. Five Nights at Freddy’s

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I don’t think I could compile a list like this without including this game. Five Night’s at Freddy’s is a horror game that, while it has limited gameplay, has been a fan favorite. Many of our favorite gamers to watch have been playing the games as they try to survive the night as an employee of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While there isn’t a lot to the gameplay, the setting, music and overall theme does bring the scares.

2. Betrayal at House on the Hill

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Betrayal at House on the Hill is a favorite here at Real Women of Gaming. Wizards of the Coast developed this tabletop game that is a great one for any Halloween party. Players choose a character and start to explore the house by choosing different cards. The house builds as you play. Meanwhile, players are trying to acquire helpful items without flipping the tile that will set off an event that will lead to sudden yet inevitable betrayal of someone in your party. Then it is a game of survival against whatever horror has been unleashed.

3. Slender: The Arrival

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This one may be a little controversial to some people due to recent events. Slender: The Arrival is a survival game. Armed only with a flashlight, the player explores abandoned areas. Slenderman, based on the Creepy Pasta, flashes in and out of the player’s line of sight. His frequency and aggression depending on the level.

4. Dead of Winter

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Dead of Winter brings in an antagonist we can’t seem to get enough of, zombies. Wait…are the zombies really the biggest threat to the players? Every player chooses a character to play. Every character has a hidden agenda. A player could be hoarding gasoline because their card says to or they could be hoarding it because they are secretly working against everyone else. How do you know who to trust? With the undead at your door and shady people at your back, this game is a great horror tabletop.

5. Silent Hill

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Silent Hill is a horror game that has spawned multiple sequels and two movies. The games are set in a fictional town inspired by the real life burning Centralia in Pennsylvania. The town has multiple dimensions, one regular and the others are monster infested. The protagonist must complete different tasks and try to survive the monsters and baddies of the town. The games and the first movie are very popular. The games have been featured on many playthroughs and the characters have been used by many cosplayers.

6. Ouija

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There is a long history of people using “talking boards” to communicate with the dead. They gained popularity in America during the Spiritualist movement which began in the mid 1800s. The Ouija board has letters, numbers, “yes”, “no” and “goodbye” written on the board. The players use the planchette as a tool to communicate with the spirits following the rules of the game. There has been controversy that has come from many religious groups about a game being marketed for children that could open a door to demons or evil spirits.  Does it really, though?

7. The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo

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Recently, I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers and they started to play The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo. It is a text-based horror game. The player clicks on different options that then change the direction of the game. The game is fun. It also isn’t that long, even if the player goes for all the different endings.

8. Rippers

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Rippers is perfect for gamers who love both RPGs and the idea of being monster hunters. This game is set in a Victorian world with monsters on the loose. The players create characters who hunt the monsters down in a Van Helsing fashion. It sounds like a blast for a Halloween themed campaign.

9. Fran Bow

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Fran Bow is a game that our own Vanri the Rogue has been playing. After the murder of her parents, Fran is sent to a mental asylum for children. Her beloved cat, Mr. Midnight, cannot be found. After having a dream about him, she decides to run away to find him and her only living relative. The player solves puzzles and finds objects to help Fran on her quest.

10. Elder Sign

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Elder Sign is a personal favorite. I know it is found on a lot of these lists, but that’s because it’s a great game. The main goal of the game is to choose a character to help keep the Old Ancient Ones, like our lord and savior Cthulhu, from leaking into the Earth. Characters have special abilities to try to help them get artifacts and keep their sanity. The only problem is that you are reliant on the dice which, honestly, are always trying to kill us. It is a kind of complicated game, but so much fun. What more could you ask for this Halloween?

There you have it, my fiendish friends. I hope you bring out some of this frightful fun for Halloween this year!

Always keep sparkling!

Chritter’s Top 10 Celebrity Appearances in Games

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Chritter’s Top 10 Celebrity Appearances in Games

Go outside and pick up a rock.  Heft it in your hands a few times to make sure that it has a good weight.  Then, as hard as you can, chunk that rock at your nearest powered on internet-enabled electronic device.  Chances are pretty high that you just smacked a picture of, an article about, or news of a celebrity of some sort.

Go ahead… I’ll wait.

….

I really hope you didn’t do that.

Anyway.  *ahem*

Celebrities are everywhere.  Some have even infiltrated our video games.  WHICH WE LOVE.

I have listed here 10 examples of celebrities showing up in our games.  You will note that none are listed because they showed up in their own games.  That’s cheating.  No.  Bad dog.

These celebrities have graced us in games that have nothing to do with their own egos.  Or, maybe everything to do with their egos.  Who am I to say?

1. Kevin Spacey – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Look at any list that involves celebrities in games and you will see Kevin Spacey listed.  Because it’s Kevin-fucking-Spacey.  The man who ruled House of Cards on Netflix.  And that guy who is constantly trying to get us to invest our money.

His appearance was as Jonathan Irons, the game’s antagonist.  Most celebrities play themselves, even if it isn’t in their own game.  Spacey played a character.  You know… like an actor would.

2. Bruce Lee – EA Sports UFC

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Giving respect to Bruce Lee, you couldn’t just play the game as Bruce Lee.  You had to earn Bruce Lee.  You had to play and BEAT the game on Pro difficulty or higher.  You had to earn him by winning.  Or, as tends to happen in games of late, you could earn him by buying the access to him.  Because why not?

3.  Drew Carey – The Sims:  House Party

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It’s an old game.  But he was popular back when.  Remember the Drew Carey Show?  Ok… maybe not.  What about Whose Line Is It Anyway?   I hope so, because that show was THE BEST.  Anyway.  Back in the day he was popular.  So was this game.  All you had to do was have a house party for more than 135 minutes and make a score of 55 or higher, and BAM!  There he was.  In all his NPC glory.

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4.  Ricky Gervais – Grand Theft Auto IV

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He isn’t an active character in the game.  By he is still in there.  Ricky Gervais can be seen performing a stand-up act when you have your character sit down and take a break from stealing and killing for a little while.

Wanna see?  You can view it here.  You’re welcome.

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Chritter’s Top 10 Browser Games

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Chritter’s Top 10 Browser Games

Games, like people, come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, origins, and places.  You have console games, PC games, mobile games, handheld games, tabletop games, browser games and even LARPs.  So anyone that wants to play a game can find one that fits them. And everyone has their own preference.  

Today’s top 10 list only touches on the vast array of games that are available in your favorite browser.  There are many gamers who don’t consider browser games to be worth the consideration.  But you simply have to give it a chance and you can find one that will suck hours of your life away as you play.  Sure, they might be simpler than other games.  But that doesn’t make some of them any less involved and engaging.  Or any less a game.

So here is this month’s Top 10 List, discussing 10 browser games that you might like to play.  Let us know what you think of the list.  Or if you have any you would like to add to the list, let us know that too!

Note:  Some of these games are also available in other formats, like mobile.  But this list isn’t about that.  So if you wanna know more, go visit their site and find out!

1. Slither.io

 

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Take the premise of Agar.io.  And smash it together with the classic game Snake.  There you have Slither.io in a nutshell. And man, is this game fun!  You are a snake and it is your job to go around and swallow bits of colored light orbs so you can grow bigger.  All while avoiding ramming your head into another worm which will kill you and make your body into little bits of colored light orbs for other snakes to eat so they can grow bigger!  It’s a jungle out there, man.

 

2. A Dark Room

 

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This game has taken more than it’s fair share of my idle time, I swear! A Dark Room is a seemingly simple text-based game that starts with a single decision to light a fire.  From there you build a village and explore the area till you find a better place to be.  This is a game that continues to advance even when you aren’t paying attention to it.  You can restart it, or even save your game data so you can move it to another computer and not have to start all over!  Try it out.  But only if you have a need for a time suck.  Seriously.

 

3. Pretend You’re Xyzzy

 

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Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity?  There is a made up 90% chance that you have.  But if you haven’t… did you like it under your rock?  This game is hilarious and is made much more hilarious when playing with drunk people or with people who have never had their minds twisted… I mean, played it before.

Pretend You’re Xyzzy is the unofficial online version of Cards Against Humanity.  The layout is rather cramped and rudimentary and the chat could use some enhancements.  But when it comes to the act of playing Cards Against Humanity against people online anytime you want, this game is great!

I am not responsible for any corruption that you may or may not suffer from trying this game.  Fair warning.

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Crymson’s Top 10 Mobile Games

Sitting in your dentist’s office? Completely board during that important meeting? Want to avoid talking during family dinners? We have you covered! Here is the list of my top 10 mobile games. Now, these are obviously games that I have played; I can’t add on games I know nothing about. If there is a game you want me to try and review let me know!

10.Fallout Shelter
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Fallout Shelter, for your daily dose of Fallout 4, when you can’t play or can’t afford it. This game is free, but after time will run out of things to entertain you despite Bethesda’s new content.

9. Ascension
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Ascension is based off the board game Ascension. The game is free but there are add-ons that you can purchase, giving you access to the game’s expansions. If you love the board game, you will love the mobile app and vice versa. Make your friends download it and you can play with them, random strangers or the AI.

8. How To Train Your Dragon: Rise of Berk
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Probably the cheesiest game on my list is HTTYD: Rise of Berk. I LOVE HTTYD. I started playing this on Facebook before downloading it to my phone. If you love Dragons or HTTYD, you will find this adorable.

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