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Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular, influential, and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century: the Golden Age of the genre.
Abraham Grace Merritt (January 20, 1884 – August 21, 1943) – known by his byline, A. Merritt – was an American Sunday magazine editor and a writer of fantastic fiction.
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In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, an adventure or module is a pre-packaged book or box set that helps the Dungeon Master manage the plot or story of a game.
Against the Giants is an adventure module written by Gary Gygax and published by TSR in 1981 for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game.
In the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game, alignment is a categorization of the ethical (Law/Chaos axis) and moral (Good/Evil axis) perspective of people, creatures, and societies.
Arithmetic or arithmetics (from the Greek ἀριθμός arithmos, "number") is the oldest and most elementary branch of mathematics.
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A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding and leading up to that plot.
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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, a balorMentzer, Frank.
Balrogs are fictional characters who appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.
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Battlesystem is a tabletop miniature wargame designed as a supplement for use with the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
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Birthright is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting that was first released by TSR in 1995.
Blackmoor is a fantasy role-playing game campaign setting generally associated with the game Dungeons & Dragons.
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Blackmoor is a supplementary rulebook for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game written by Dave Arneson (with a forward by Gary Gygax).
The Book of Genesis (from the Latin Vulgate, in turn borrowed or transliterated from Greek γένεσις, meaning "origin"; בְּרֵאשִׁית, Bərēšīṯ, "In beginning") is the first book of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh) and the Christian Old Testament.
Call of Cthulhu is a horror fiction role-playing game based on H. P. Lovecraft's story of the same name and the associated Cthulhu Mythos.
In role-playing games, a campaign is a continuing storyline or set of adventures, typically involving the same characters.
A campaign setting is usually a fictional world which serves as a setting for a role-playing game or wargame campaign.
Castles & Crusades (abbreviated "C&C") is a fantasy role-playing game published in 2004 by Troll Lord Games based upon a stripped-down variant of the d20 System by Wizards of the Coast.
Chainmail is a medieval miniature wargame created by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren.
Champions is a role-playing game published by Hero Games designed to simulate and function in a four-color superhero comic book world.
Chaosium is one of the oldest publishers of role-playing games still in existence.
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A character class is a fundamental part of the identity and nature of characters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Character creation (also character generation or character design) is the process of defining a game character or other character.
A character sheet is a record of a player character in a role-playing game, including whatever details, notes, game statistics, and background information a player would need during a play session.
Chivalry & Sorcery is a fantasy role-playing game that was first published in 1977 by Fantasy Games Unlimited.
Christopher "Chris" W. Pritchard (born November 25, 1968) is an American man convicted for masterminding the attempted murder of his mother Bonnie Von Stein and the murder of his stepfather Lieth Von Stein in 1988 in Washington, North Carolina.
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Citadel Miniatures Limited is a company which produces metal, resin and plastic miniature figures for tabletop wargames such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000.
City State of the Invincible Overlord was the first published fantasy role-playing game city setting, designed for use with Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), and officially approved for use with D&D from 1976 through 1983.
Coeurl is a fictional alien race of predators created by science fiction novelist A. E. van Vogt (1912-2000) and featured in his first published short story "Black Destroyer" (1939), later incorporated in the novel The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950).
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Collectible miniatures games or CMGs are a form of miniature wargaming that is also similar to collectible card games (CCGs) — the primary difference being that while CCGs are card-based games, CMGs feature miniature figures.
Creative Campaigning is an accessory for the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, published in 1993.
The D&D Championship Series is a yearly Dungeons & Dragons championship run at Gen Con.
The d20 System is a role-playing game system published in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast originally developed for the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
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Dark Sun is an original Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting set in the fictional, post-apocalyptic desert world of Athas.
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David Lance "Dave" Arneson (October 1, 1947Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935–2002. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. – April 7, 2009) was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game (RPG), Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s.
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David "Zeb" Cook is an American game designer, best known for his work at TSR, Inc., where he was employed for over fifteen years.
David Noonan is an author of several products and articles for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast.
David Wesely (born March 15, 1945) is a wargamer, board game designer, and video game developer.
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David Samuel Cohen (born July 13, 1966), better-known by his professional name, "David X. Cohen", is an American television writer.
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, demons are the most widespread race of fiends.
In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, devils are a powerful group of monsters used as a high-level challenge for players of the game.
Dice (singular die or dice; from Old French dé; from Latin datum "something which is given or played"; plural dice or occasionally dices) are small throwable objects with multiple resting positions, used for generating random numbers.
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Different Worlds was an American role-playing games magazine published from 1979 to 1987.
A displacer beast is a fictional creature from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Don't Give Up the Ship is a set of rules for conducting Napoleonic era naval wargames.
Dragon is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products; Dungeon is the other.
Dragonlance is a shared universe created by Laura and Tracy Hickman, and expanded by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis under the direction of TSR, Inc. into a series of popular fantasy novels.
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Dungeon Adventures, or simply Dungeon, was a magazine targeting consumers of role-playing games, particularly Dungeons & Dragons.
In the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game, the Dungeon Master (often abbreviated as DM) is the game organizer and participant in charge of creating the details and challenges of a given adventure, while maintaining a realistic continuity of events.
The Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG or DM's Guide; in earlier editions, the Dungeon Masters Guide or Dungeon Master Guide) is a book of rules for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
The original Dungeons & Dragons (commonly abbreviated D&D) boxed set by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson was published by TSR, Inc. in 1974.
Dungeons & Dragons is a studio album by Midnight Syndicate, released August 12, 2003 by Entity Productions.
Dungeons & Dragons is a 2000 fantasy film directed by Courtney Solomon and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Dungeons & Dragons novels are works of fantasy fiction that are based upon campaign settings released for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Dungeons & Dragons is an American animated television series based on TSR's Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game is an introductory version of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game packaged in the form of a board game.
The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set is a set of rulebooks for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
The flexibility of the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game rules means that Dungeon Masters (DM) are free to create their own fantasy campaign settings.
The Dungeons & Dragons Companion Set is an expansion boxed set for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
Dungeons & Dragons controversies concern the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), which has received significant attention in the media and in popular culture.
The Expert Set is an expansion boxed set for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
The New Easy-to-Master Dungeons & Dragons Game is an introductory set for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, published by TSR, Inc. in 1991.
Dungeons & Dragons Immortals Rules is a boxed set for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game that was first published in 1986 as an expansion to the Basic Set.
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game first published in 1974.
Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules is an expansion boxed set for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
The Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Game is a collectible miniatures game played with pre-painted, plastic miniature figures based on characters and monsters from the Dungeons & Dragons game.
Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game was originally marketed as Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, then renamed Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited upon switching to a hybrid free to play model, and was finally rebranded Dungeons & Dragons Online, with the introduction of Forgotten Realms-related content.
Three books are required for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
The Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia is a 1991 book published by TSR, Inc., as a continuation of the basic edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, which ran concurrently with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
The Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game has spawned many related products, including magazines, films and video games.
A dwarf, in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy roleplaying game, is a humanoid race, one of the primary races available for player characters.
Dying Earth is a fantasy series by the American author Jack Vance, comprising four books originally published from 1950 to 1984.
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Eberron is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role-playing game, set in a period after a vast destructive war on the continent of Khorvaire.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
Several different editions of the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game have been produced since 1974.
An elf, in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, is a humanoid race, one of the primary races available for player character.
Empire of the Petal Throne is a fantasy role-playing game designed by M. A. R. Barker, based on his Tékumel fictional universe, and first published in 1975 by TSR, Inc.
Ents are a race of beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth who closely resemble trees.
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An experience point (often abbreviated to Exp or XP) is a unit of measurement used in many role-playing games (RPGs) and role-playing video games to quantify a player character's progression through the game.
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting.
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A fanzine (blend of fan and magazine or -zine) is a nonprofessional and nonofficial publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest.
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Fear of Girls is a series of short mockumentaries created by Dangerously Adorable Productions and written and directed by Ryan Wood.
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A fictional universe is a self-consistent fictional setting with elements that differ from the real world.
Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy and history.
For Dummies is an extensive series of instructional/reference books which are intended to present non-intimidating guides for readers new to the various topics covered.
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Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc.
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The Forgotten Realms is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
Jacob Franklin "Frank" Mentzer III (born in 1950), is an American fantasy author and game designer best known for his work on early materials for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
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French (le français or la langue française) is a Romance language, belonging to the Indo-European family.
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (December 24, 1910 – September 5, 1992) was an American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
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Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
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Future plc is a media company.
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Game mechanics are constructs of rules or methods designed for interaction with the game state, thus providing gameplay.
The 4th edition Game System License was released to the public on June 17, 2008.
Games magazine (ISSN 0199-9788) is a United States magazine devoted to games and puzzles, and is published by Games Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group.
Games Workshop Group PLC (often abbreviated as GW) is a British miniature wargaming manufacturing company.
GameSpy was a provider of online multiplayer and matchmaking middleware for video games.
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The Garden of Eden (Hebrew גַּן עֵדֶן, Gan ʿEḏen) is the biblical "garden of God", described most notably in the Book of Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and also in the Book of Ezekiel.
Ernest Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating with Dave Arneson the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
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The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a "peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp one who is perceived to be overly intellectual".
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Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America by both attendance and number of events.
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Glorantha is a fantasy world created by Greg Stafford.
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Goodman Games is an American game publisher, best known for the Dungeon Crawl Classics series of adventure modules, the Dragonmech and the award-winning Etherscope role-playing games.
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Green Ronin Publishing is an American company based in Seattle, Washington.
Grenadier Models Inc. of Springfield, Pennsylvania produced lead miniature figures for wargames and role-playing games with fantasy, science fiction and heroic themes between 1975 and 1996.
Greyhawk, also known as the World of Greyhawk, is a fictional world designed as a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game.
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Greyhawk is a supplementary rulebook written by Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
The Generic Universal RolePlaying System, or GURPS, is a tabletop role-playing game system designed to allow for play in any game setting.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction.
HackMaster is a fantasy role-playing game produced by Kenzer & Company.
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The half-elf is a player character race featured in Dungeons & Dragons and related material.
The halfling is a fictional race (with many subraces) found in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the harpy is a monstrous humanoid creature with the lower body, legs, and wings of a bird.
Hasbro, Inc. (formerly Hassenfeld Brothers) is an American multinational toy and board game company.
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Health is an attribute assigned to entities within a role-playing or video game that indicates its state in combat.
HighBeam Research is a paid search engine and full text online archive owned by Cengage Learning (through its Gale subsidiary) for thousands of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, newswires, trade magazines, and encyclopedias in English.
Hobbits are a fictional, diminutive, humanoid race who inhabit the lands of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction.
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Improvisation is the process of devising a solution to a requirement by making-do, despite absence of resources that might be expected to produce a solution.
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Improvisational theatre, often called improv or impro, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed.
An indie role-playing game is a role-playing game published outside of traditional, "mainstream" means.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Tolkien pronounced his surname, see his phonetic transcription published on the illustration in The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. (The History of Middle-earth; 6) ISBN 0-04-440162-0. In General American the surname is also pronounced. This pronunciation no doubt arose by analogy with such words as toll and polka, or because General American speakers realise as, while often hearing British as; thus or General American become the closest possible approximation to the Received Pronunciation for many American speakers. Wells, John. 1990. Longman pronunciation dictionary. Harlow: Longman, ISBN 0-582-05383-8 3 January 18922 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
"Jabberwocky" is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll and included in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writer.
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James Dallas Egbert III (October 29, 1962 – August 16, 1980) was a student at Michigan State University who disappeared from his dormitory room on August 15, 1979.
Jeff Perren is a game designer, a hobby shop owner, and an early associate of Gary Gygax.
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John Eric Holmes M.D. (February 16, 1930 – March 20, 2010) was an associate professor of neurology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, an author and promoter of fantasy role-playing games, a noted fan and enthusiast of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and an American writer of non-fiction, fantasy and science fiction.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., also referred to as Wiley, is a global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing and markets its products to professionals and consumers, students and instructors in higher education, and researchers and practitioners in scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly fields.
Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau (born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian.
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The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a triannual online peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 2002 and is published by University of Toronto Press.
Judges Guild is a game publisher active since 1976.
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Kenneth "Ken" Keeler (born 1961) is an American television producer and writer.
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Kenzer & Company (KenzerCo) is a Waukegan, Illinois based publisher of comic books, role-playing games, board games, card games, and miniature games.
Lyon Sprague de Camp (November 27, 1907 – November 6, 2000) — known as L. Sprague de Camp — was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction and biography.
A lawsuit (or suit in law) is "a vernacular term for a suit, action, or cause instituted or depending between two private persons in the courts of law." The term refers to any proceeding by a party or parties against another in a court of law.
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer.
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A character race is a fundamental part of the identity and nature of characters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
This is a list of Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game, sorted by the edition of the game that they appeared in.
This is a list of video games based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tabletop role-playing game, including computer games, console games, arcade games, and mobile games.
Writing genres (commonly known, more narrowly, as literary genres) are determined by narrative technique, tone, content and by critics' definitions of the genres.
The Los Angeles Times, commonly referred to as the Times, is a paid daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881.
Magic of Dungeons & Dragons consists of spells used in the settings of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) blend the genres of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games, potentially in the form of web browser-based games, in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a world.
Mazes and Monsters is a 1982 made-for-TV movie directed by Steven Hilliard Stern about a group of college students and their interest in a fictitious role-playing game (RPG) of the same name.
Mazes and Monsters is a 1981 novel by Rona Jaffe.
Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels.
Middle-earth Enterprises, formerly known as Tolkien Enterprises, is a trading name for a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, located in Berkeley, California.
Military organization or military organisation is the structuring of the armed forces of a state so as to offer military capability required by the national defense policy.
Military tactics are the science and art of organizing a military force, and the techniques for combining and using weapons and military units to engage and defeat an enemy in battle.
Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming which incorporates miniature figures, miniature armor and modeled terrain as the main components of play and which was first invented at the beginning of the 19th century in Prussia.
The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States).
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A monster is any creature, usually found in legends or horror fiction, that is often hideous and may produce fear or physical harm by its appearance and/or its actions.
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The Monster Manual (MM) is the primary bestiary sourcebook for monsters in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game.
The Monstrous Compendium is a series of accessories for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
The Monstrous Manual is an accessory for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
A moral panic is an intense feeling expressed in a population about an issue that appears to threaten the social order.
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Mystara is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game.
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Necromancer Games was an American publisher of role-playing games.
A non-player character (NPC), sometimes known as a non-person character or non-playable character, in a game is any character that is not controlled by a player.
Off Book is a web show on digital culture and art created for PBS by Kornhaber Brown, a Webby award-winning production studio that creates web series, videos, and motion graphics.
The Open Game License (OGL) is a public copyright license that may be used by tabletop role-playing game developers to grant permission to modify, copy, and redistribute some of the content designed for their games, notably game mechanics.
In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, orcs are a primitive race of savage, bestial, barbaric humanoid.
The Origins Awards are American awards for outstanding work in the game industry.
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Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second-oldest, after Cambridge University Press.
Paizo Publishing is an American publishing company in Redmond, Washington that specializes in game aids and adventures for "the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying game" (Dungeons & Dragons) and its flagship spin-off game and setting, Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) that was first published in 2009 by Paizo Publishing.
PC Gamer is a magazine founded in Britain in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc.
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Peter D. Adkison is the founder and first CEO of Wizards of the Coast (1993 to 2001), as well as a hobby game professional.
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Planescape is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, originally designed by Zeb Cook.
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A player character or playable character (PC) is a character in a role-playing or video game whose actions are directly controlled by a player of the game and is typically a protagonist of the game's story.
The Player's Handbook (Players Handbook in 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D)) is a book of rules for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
Playthings is an American trade magazine focusing on the toy and game industry.
Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century.
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Prometheus Books is a publishing company founded in August 1969 by the philosopher Paul Kurtz, also the founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Psychosis refers to an abnormal condition of the mind described as involving a "loss of contact with reality".
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Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") are inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 through the 1950s.
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Ral Partha Enterprises, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio produces miniature figures in 25 mm, 30 mm, 15 mm, and 54 mm scale.
The ranger is one of the standard playable character class in most editions of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
Ravenloft is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
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Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres.
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)Sources conflict.
Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber.
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Role-playing refers to the changing of one's behaviour to assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or consciously to act out an adopted role.
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A royalty is a payment made by one party (the "licensee") to another that owns a particular asset (the "licensor") for the right to ongoing use of that asset.
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RPGnet is a role-playing game website.
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RuneQuest is a fantasy role-playing game first published in 1978 by Chaosium, created by Steve Perrin and set in Greg Stafford's mythical world of Glorantha.
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Salon is a liberal, progressive news website created by David Talbot in 1995 and part of Salon Media Group.
San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State and SFSU) is a public comprehensive university located in San Francisco, California, United States.
Satanism is a broad term referring to a group of ideological and philosophical beleif.
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In role-playing games (RPGs) and war games, a saving throw is a roll of dice used to determine whether magic, poison, or various other types of attacks are effective against a character or monster.
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In works of narrative (especially fictional), the literary element setting includes the historical moment in time and geographic location in which a story takes place, and helps initiate the main backdrop and mood for a story.
Spelljammer is a campaign setting for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition) role-playing game, which features a fantastic (as opposed to scientific) outer space environment.
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The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a d20 System roleplaying game set in the Star Wars universe.
A statistic (or stat) in role-playing games is a piece of data that represents a particular aspect of a fictional character.
Stephen Tyrone Colbert (né:; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host.
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, a succubus is a female demon, or, under 4th edition rules, a devil.
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death.
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A tabletop role-playing game, pen-and-paper role-playing game, or table-talk role-playing game is a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech.
Temple of the Frog (ISBN 0-88038-317-8) is a 48-page 1986 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a feature length film produced by Dead Gentlemen Productions, and focuses on a group of table-top gamers as their game-master attempts to shepherd them through a campaign that they've played through three times and have yet to actually finish.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien.
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The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien.
The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.
The Onion is an American digital media company and news satire organization.
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Three Hearts and Three Lions is a 1961 fantasy novel by Poul Anderson, expanded from a 1953 novella by Anderson which appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Tom Moldvay (Thomas Steven Moldvay, Nov. 5, 1948 – March 9, 2007) was a game designer and author most notable for his work on early materials for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
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Traveller is a series of related science fiction role-playing games, the first published in 1977 by Game Designers' Workshop.
A treant is a fictional creature found in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
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Troll Lord Games is an American publisher of role-playing games (based on fantasy and swords & sorcery themes), The Crusader magazine and other board/dice/card games.
TSR, Inc. was an American game publishing company and the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
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Tunnels & Trolls (abbreviated T&T) is a fantasy role-playing game designed by Ken St. Andre and first published in 1975 by Flying Buffalo.
Unearthed Arcana (abbreviated UA) is the title shared by two hardback books published for different editions of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.
The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions.
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The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, US dollar or American dollar) is the official currency of the United States and its overseas territories.
The University of Idaho (officially abbreviated UI, locally referred to as "the U of I") is the U.S. state of Idaho's oldest public university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state.
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a Canadian public research university, founded in 1907, and located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Vampire: The Masquerade is a role-playing game (RPG) created by Mark Rein-Hagen and released in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing as the first of several Storyteller System games for its World of Darkness setting line.
A video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.
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Mark Sinclair birth record, California Birth Index.
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"Vorpal sword" and "vorpal blade" are phrases used by Lewis Carroll in his nonsense poem "Jabberwocky", which have been taken up in several other media.
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A wargame (also war game) is a strategy game that deals with military operations of various types, real or fictional.
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Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles (formerly Warhammer Fantasy Battle and often abbreviated to Warhammer, WFB or WHFB) is an out-of-production tabletop wargame created by Games Workshop.
White Dwarf is a magazine published by British games manufacturer Games Workshop serving as a promotions and advertising platform for Games Workshop and Citadel products.
Wired is a full-color monthly American magazine, published in both print and online editions, that reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.
Witchcraft (also called witchery or spellcraft) broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually, by designated social groups, or by persons with the necessary esoteric secret knowledge.
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Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, and formerly an operator of retail stores for games.
Wizards Presents: Races and Classes is an accessory released as a preview for the 4th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, published in 2007.
Twentieth Century Fox Television (stylized as 20th Century Fox Television, also known as Fox Original Productions, Inc.) is the television production division of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, and a production arm of the Fox Television Group (both are subsidiaries of the Fox Entertainment Group, in turn part of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox).
30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons is a 2004 publisher's retrospective written by Harold Johnson, Steve Winter, Peter Adkison, Ed Stark, and Peter Archer.