Juan Hidalgo at Vallejo may have sabotaged the release of Army Painter Speedpaint by “inventing” a reactivation issue. Content he made about alternatives to Games Workshop’s Contrast Paints inaccurately demonstrates SpeedPaint and another alternative from Green Stuff World. This just happened to coincide with his work on Vallleojo’s own version of the single coat paint. If true, this is a dirty trick and should be called out. It needs to be very clear when content creators are using their audience and reach to promote a product for profit while falsely denigrating the competition.

Along with the first wave of official D&D action figures from the upcoming movie “Thieves Among Us”, Hasbro has just announced Dicelings. These are oversized D20s with unique rune, feather, or scale theming. They change into one of four iconic monsters; a Beholder, an Owlbear, a Black Dragon, or a classic Red Dragon. Dicelings will retail for $13.99 and due to arrive March 1, 2023. The 50th anniversary thing is shaping up to be quite a thing.

The Mantic Companion App Launches for Kings of War, Deadzone and Firefight. It will include an Army List Builder, Mathhammer (a damage output vs. points cost calculator), Living Rulesets, a Tournament Companion, Game Hub, Club Finder and Worldwide Rankings. Kyle from Master Crafted even mentioned the S-word, STLs. This is available to everyone for FREE until January 31st 2023. Using a special code you will have access to the full features of the Companion app for three months.

This past weekend, Sportscenter on ESPN ran a four-minute-long segment on Dungeons & Dragons in the Cleveland Browns. The gaming group is called the Heathens consisting of Johnny Stanton IV,  former fullback on the Browns, as DM, and Myles Garrett and Wyatt Teller, current Browns players. They struck up a conversation about D&D when one of the players wore a Stranger Things t-shirt in the locker room. All this tabletop distraction may help to explain why Cleveland continues to struggle in the AFC North. 

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The Stranger Things and the upcoming Rick and Morty Dungeons and Dragons 5E branded starter sets. Are they a good entry point to 5E? The first ever session of a roleplaying game and players’ preconceptions going into it. Free League release downloads for the Alien RPG including printer-friendly versions of the character sheets and maps. Errata for Forbidden Lands and the upcoming Kickstarter for the Bitterlands setting. Never Knows Best RPG Ashcan by Fraser Simons, a FLCL(Fooly Cooly)-inspired setting and system. Positive stories from the game table. #alienrpg #freeleague #bitterlands #dnd5e

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Here we are
Hanging onto strains of new wave cues
Ape the tropes that we break down
It’s not real if you didn’t live it
Unearned expectations
Hit shows you used to hear ’bout
They’ve finally made a show for you.

Eighties enough for you
Eighties enough for me
Fauxtalgia for me
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
-“Millennials ‘r’ Good Enough”

We review the new(ish) tabletop RPG Tales from the Loop that has many people excited. Tales from the Loop seems to have hit a sweet spot with its combination of ’80s nostalgia, interesting game mechanics, and a setting both fantastic and familiar (well, if you’re from Sweden or Neveda). Do we think it should find its way to your gaming table? Does our love affair with Modiphius continue? Find out as we discuss “roleplaying in the ’80s that never was” and .

Also, as we prepare for the second season of Stranger Things, we look back on the first season. Will the show prove it is about more than nostalgia and homage? Find out in our review.

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