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Cubavera Men's Traditional Textured Performance Polo Shirt, Faience, Large
Cubavera Men's Traditional Textured Performance Polo Shirt, Faience, Large

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable with a good fit, June 16, 2014
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Bought two of these shirts for a trip to the east coast at the end of the month. Both are made of a lightweight material and construction that is very comfortable and fits great.


Robocop (2014) [HD]
Robocop (2014) [HD]
DVD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not as good as the original, June 13, 2014
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The original movie was meant more as a satire than a serious film and though there were a few places this film honored the original with throwaway lines, it just wasn't as good. It wasn't as awful as I expected, but definitely not worth watching again.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [HD]
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [HD]
DVD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Resolved not to like this film, I couldn't help but change my mind..., June 13, 2014
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Though this movie got a bit muddled at the end, I was engaged from the very beginning. It was intriguing seeing how Tom Clancy's character was brought into the present through the lens of 9/11 and Afghanistan in a global market. I think Pine did a fine job in the role and liked the interplay between Pine and Knightley's characters as their relationship deepened.

Better than expected!


Odd Thomas [HD]
Odd Thomas [HD]
DVD
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick with a lot of heart!, April 26, 2014
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This is the kind of movie I can instantly get behind. A unique character. A great setting. And supporting characters I can support. Hopefully we'll see more of Odd Thomas' adventures because this can't be the end!


No Hero
No Hero
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun urban fantasy with heart, April 13, 2014
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This review is from: No Hero (Kindle Edition)
Great book. Entertaining and likeable characters. Fun world to explore. Looking forward to more adventures with Arthur! Can't wait for the next one!


Journey to the West [HD]
Journey to the West [HD]
DVD
Price: $3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting flick, March 17, 2014
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A fan of such movies as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, I was looking for a bit more funny and less deep thought with this movie, but it was fun in places.


The Gazetteer Writer's Manual: Creating Travel Guides to Fictional Worlds (World Building Series)
The Gazetteer Writer's Manual: Creating Travel Guides to Fictional Worlds (World Building Series)
Price: $9.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of great food for thought and a few solid examples, November 25, 2013
There are two aspects to RPGs… rules and settings. I have never been great at rules, but have always loved setting design. Building worlds, from creation myths and racial histories to area and dungeon maps and everything in-between, makes me a very happy writer when I get to dive in. But presenting those ideas to the world… that’s not always been an easy transition.

So let’s talk about the Gazetteer Writer’s Manual from Deborah Teramis Christian and Bruce A. Heard from the World Building Academy. This 100+ page PDF offers information on a wide variety of subjects from finding a hook to answering questions about history, magic, technology, geography, economy, laws, developing organizations, and more. Whether you are focused on fiction or role-playing materials, it comes across as a bit more of a textbook than a guide to creating gazetteers in places. But there is a ton of great food for thought as well as links for additional research.

Lately I’ve been working on the One Spot series of supplements for Moebius Adventures. The newest product revolves around a fantasy town sheriff, so I was excited to see the sections of the GWM focusing on law enforcement, rights, and corruption in fantasy societies. Based on what I read, it seems the whole concept of the “sheriff” is a bit cliche it seems and pretty far from what actually happened in medieval life sso I may need to revisit this idea a bit.

Another section I found very useful was on designing organizations. Though it seems odd not to have a thieves’ guild in a fantasy world, it appears that like the concept of organized law enforcement more interested in enforcing “law” vs government policy, perhaps thievery wouldn’t have been as organized as it seems in many fantasy worlds. Defining more realistic secret societies and business-minded organizations interested in furthering their aims behind the scenes appears to be the way to go…

The book ends with a walkthrough useful for creating a more focused gazetteer called a “quickstart” — a guide specfically designed for a high-level introduction to what a person might know who grew up in that world. This serves as a good application of much of the information collected as a result of going through the rest of the book, but with a specific purpose in mind.

That’s what I really found useful in the GWM. Tons of historically-based ideas within the context of world building. And there is a logical flow or framework in which the information is presented. I just wish it was a bit more consumable. Though the ideas are well-written, I gave up reading textbooks years ago (except occasionally for work) and was really hoping for more in the way of examples, quotes, or even just a prettier format. It was a bit rough diving into the walls of text presented by this tome. I guess the Kobold Guides have spoiled me more than a little over the last couple of years.

It would have been nice to see more examples of how the questions asked could be arranged. If the book truly is for helping a writer design a gazetteer as a product, having different recipes towards that goal would have been very helpful. As it is, the “quickstart” is a great start. And you can grab a separate PDF that offers a taste of how the authors would use the approach in an actual document. More such examples or even partial examples would have helped.

If you’re looking for a solid framework to explore when doing world design for the purpose of creating a reference guide for yourself or others, the Gazetteer Writer’s Manual offers a ton of great information to get you going. It complements other world building books to help you package your world to make it more consumable for others and would be a great addition to your GM bookshelf!

This review originally appeared at Game Knight Reviews - [...]


Grid: Dotted: 8.5"x11" Sketchbook
Grid: Dotted: 8.5"x11" Sketchbook
by Joe Dolan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.00
7 used & new from $8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Great grids!, January 13, 2013
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Bought two of these sketchbooks to do some dungeon map doodling. They work great! Just enough of a pattern behind the scenes to easily help me draw a straight line.


NeoSkin Kindle Fire HDX Zip Sleeve, Skulls and Crossbones (fits Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire, and Kindle Keyboard)
NeoSkin Kindle Fire HDX Zip Sleeve, Skulls and Crossbones (fits Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire, and Kindle Keyboard)
by Peter Pauper Press
Edition: Accessory
Price: $15.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skull and crossbones protection for your Kindle Fire, January 13, 2013
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Bought this case for my youngest daughter and thought it would be a little bit more beefy than it turned out, but it still works fine and she loves it. So far we've had no damage to the Kindle, so it must be doing an ok job. :)

My one complaint is that you can't plug it in to charge the Kindle while the case is zipped up. We might look for a folio-style case at some point in the future.


Acase ACS-01PCSLSGS3BL-AS Superleggera PRO Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S III - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Blue
Acase ACS-01PCSLSGS3BL-AS Superleggera PRO Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S III - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Blue
Offered by Digital Media Source
Price: $9.95
5 used & new from $9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, functions well, January 11, 2013
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For as little as it cost, the blue case I purchased works great! Needed to protect my new phone without a bulky case and this does the trick nicely.


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