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Is Your D&D Character Rare?

Before a “Dungeons & Dragons” player joins a game, before she finds her first sword or slays her first gnoll, she must create a character who has a race and a class. Will she skulk in the shadows as a gnome rogue? Sally forth with her human paladin? Reave up and down the Sword Coast […]

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Conan rips on Kumail Nanjiani’s unconvincing orc voice in Xbox game

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What’s better than another episode of Conan O’Brien’s “Clueless Gamer” segment? Having a hilarious guest who also happens to be in the game, as well.

This time, he had The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani as co-pilot while they explored the upcoming Xbox game Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

It’s all good fun ripping on the characters until Nanjiani reveals, cringing, that he voiced “Dugz the Agonizer,” one of the enemy orcs that they were about to face.

Nanjiani was right to cringe. Because once Dugz shows up on screen and speaks, it sounds exactly like Nanjiani himself — not at all like an orc.

“You didn’t change your voice at all! Did you do that over the phone? What the hell was that!” yells O’Brien, before delivering the final stinger: “He should be called Kumail the Nanjiani.” Read more…

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How ‘Qi’ And ‘Za’ Changed Scrabble

I had a grand plan, dear reader. I planned to shed quantitative light on the problem of income inequality. And I planned to do it with a million games of web-scraped Scrabble tournament data. But, like in Scrabble, where the best-laid plans sometimes leave you holding a rack full of vowels and nowhere to play […]

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Super Mario Run hits Android, rolls out version two on iOS

 Super Mario Run hit Android a day early. Originally expected today, March 23, per Nintendo’s earlier announcement, the game arrived on the Google Play Store yesterday instead, along with an update on iOS. The iOS exclusive ran for three months, and brought the app over 78 million downloads, the gaming company said during its earnings in January. Of those players, more than five… Read More

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7 things ‘Pokémon Go’ badly needs in 2017

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LONDON — I feel like I should make one thing clear up front: I love Pokémon Go.

Since I first downloaded the game last July, I don’t think a day’s gone by without me opening up the app. That might sound sad to some people — probably the same people who gleefully comment “dead” every single time Niantic tweet — but that doesn’t really bother me.

I still enjoy playing the game, and anyone who’s been on thriving Reddit communities like The Silph Road (or read how much money Niantic apparently made in 2016) will know that it’s a long way from dead.  Read more…

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The Machines Are Coming For Poker

PITTSBURGH — The sound of shuffling stacks and splashing piles of colorful chips filled the cavernous poker room of the Rivers Casino. It was noon on a Wednesday, and on one side of the hall, dozens of men at a handful of tables were peering at their cards, placing bets and taking one another’s money. […]

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‘Snipperclips’ is low-key and one of the most exciting Switch games

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Great news, Nintendo Switch fans. We’ve found the console’s first sleeper hit: Snipperclips.

The two-player version of this cooperative puzzle game — there’s a four-player mode as well — follows Snip (the red one) and Clip (the yellow one). They look like blobs of color cut out of construction paper, with cheery faces drawn onto each one.

Your goal in a given level varies. In one, you might need to position each character in such a way that their combined, overlapping forms fill in a heart-shaped outline. In another, you might need to put a basketball through a hoop or carry a larger-than-life pencil to an oversized sharpener. Read more…

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Family game night seems designed to make grandpa lose his teeth

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Sometimes, from unfortunate situations come the best viral videos.

Amy Metcalf Taylor shared an amazing home video of her 88-year-old grandfather Don Briggs playing the game “Speak Out.” 

The game works like this: the player puts a mouthpiece in that prevents them from closing their mouths, and is then required to say a phrase drawn from a deck of cards.

Unfortunately for this grandfather, who apparently put the mouthpiece in backwards, this caused his dentures to easily slip out of his mouth, and spectacularly terrify his great-granddaughter. Read more…

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The World Chess Championship Comes To New York City

One chess grandmaster represents the most democratic country in the world. The other supports, and is supported by, Vladimir Putin. Last night, inside the Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan — that urban palace and President-elect Donald Trump’s captured rook — the two prepared to do battle. The World Chess Championship has come to New York […]