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Spotlight | Rise of the Dungeon Master

Join us for this month's SPOTLIGHT Saturday May 20th at 1pm - 5pm!

Rise of the Dungeon Master

Book Signing
Written by David Kushner and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER tells the story of Gary Gygax and the creation of Dungeons & Dragons in comic book form. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story. Based on David Kushner’s 2008 Wired profile of Gary Gygax and exclusive interviews with both Gygax and co-creator Dave Arneson before they died, RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER is the remarkable story of one of the most influential games ever created.

Dungeons & Dragons

Play an original Gary Gygax D&D Adventure - Tomb of Horrors.
Twenty Sided Store Dungeon Master Chris Wood has prepared a gauntlet style adventure that is beginner friendly and novice approved!

Meet The Creators!

David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author of many books, including three on gaming: Masters of Doom, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, and Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone and the 2016 Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, Kushner has written for GQ, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Rise of the Dungeon Master is based on his 2008 Wired profile of Gary Gygax and extensive interviews with both Gygax and Dave Arneson—Dungeons & Dragons’ co-creators—before they died.

Koren Shadmi is an American Israeli cartoonist and illustrator. His graphic novels have been published internationally, and include In the Flesh, The Abaddon, Mike’s Place, and Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Village Voice, Playboy, Washington Post, Wired, and elsewhere. Koren’s work has won several awards at the Society of Illustrators. He teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Find Dave & Koren on Twitter: @davidkushner @KorenShadmi

Check out the Rolling Stone, Interview and Feature, 5/11

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Book Signing, Drinks & Snacks, D&D!

Tune In Today | Run Silent, Run Deep

This week on Tune In Today, we've got a selection of big games funded by Kickstarter, as well as the return of some old favorites. So strap in, because we're starting right away with a doozy.

NEW GAMES

In the Name of Odin

By the Hammer of Thor! In the Name of Odin, the Jarl has passed with no heir, and as an ambitious Viking, you eye the throne for yourself. In order to earn the favor of Odin and become the new Jarl, you'll need to earn fame by going on raids and recruiting Viking heroes to your side. At its heart, this set-collecting game promises to be fast, full of strategy, and have you reaching for the nearest flagon when its all over.

Vast: The Crystal Caverns

Ever since Bilbo met Smaug, fantasy has had no shortage of slumbering dragons and immense treasure hordes to steal. But in Vast: the Crystal Caverns, you don't just play as the stalwart hero looking to slay the beast; you can also play as the dragon. Or the goblin hordes that live in the cave. Or the cave itself! There are many ways to play, and in the end, there can be only one winner.

Via Nebula

Okay, so imagine you're playing a game of Catan, but the board is covered in Fog of War, and in order to win, you have to clear a path through the mists and gather the resources needed to build buildings across the map. Sounds like fun! Via Nebula is a mash-up of resource management (like Catan), kingdom building (like Lords of Waterdeep), and board strategy (like Mage Knight) that can be played in an hour and is easy to get into.

BACK IN STOCK

Captain Sonar

I saw a demo of Captain Sonar during our last Board Game Social, and I was impressed by just the board! It takes the concept of Battleship and makes it into a team game. Players take on the different roles in two submarines as they stalk each other in a game where you're never quite sure if you're the cat, or the mouse.

The Networks

Returning to the airwaves is khttp://networksgame.tv/, a game about calculated risks and rewards in the cutthroat world of television programming. Made by local designer Gil Hova, it's a game that is definitely ready for prime-time.

The Resistance Expansions

I've played a few games of The Resistance, and come to one conclusion: that I'm a terrible liar. But if you've played more games than me and are looking to add something extra to your play, The Resistance offers three different expansions: Hidden Agenda, The Plot Thickens, and Hostile Intent. Each of these expansions comes with three modules offering different ways to betray your friends. Good luck!

Six Years of Twenty Sided Store

It seems like just yesterday and a lifetime of memories since we opened our doors. We've had celebrities, independent game designers, dedicated game masters, loyal staff, and a relentless community make Twenty Sided Store what it is today. We are proud to have successfully built a haven that feels like home to so many people and continues to bring humanity together. Thanks for the past six years! - Lauren & Luis

TUNE IN TODAY

New Games

MTG Duel Deck: Mind vs. Might

The new Magic the Gathering Duel Deck attempts to answer an age-old question: which is better? Wits and Cunning or Brute Strength? Choose your side and dominate the battlefield with barbarian hordes or clever instants and sorceries. Also, Storm is back!!!

Munchkin X-Men

Welcome to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters! Players work their way to the top of the class by allying with famous mutants like Storm, Cyclops, and Wolverine, joining powerful X-Affiliations, and taking on foes like Sabertooth, Mystique, and Magneto. Climb from Level 1 to Level 10 (it is still Munchkin, after all) and become the next savior of mutantkind!

Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?

For the tenth expansion of Smash Up, AEG decided to get... weird. Four new factions come in the box: Teddybears, Grandmas, Rockstars, and Explorers, oh my!

D&D: Tales from the Yawning Portal

Step up to the bar and hear a story of far-away lands and deadly perils. Tales from the Yawning Portal features adaptations of seven classic D&D dungeons updated to 5th Edition. Whether your an old-school gamer looking to re-live past glory or visiting for the first time, there's always a seat for you at the Yawning Portal. (And yes, it has Tomb of Horrors, and that makes me very happy.)

Designers and Dragons: The '70s

Speaking of classic D&D, this awesome book by Shannon Appelcine chronicles the history of the game companies and designers credited with creating the role-playing game as we know it today. Learn the backstory behind TSR, Chaosium, GDW and many more, and see how the RPG grew from a wargaming off-shoot to the most prominent game genres in the industry. A must-have for any game historian or gamer interested in the old-school.

Netrunner Data Pack: Station One

The second in the Red Sand cycle continues the story of Corps vs. Runners on the red planet, Mars. With resources dwindling, both Runners and Corporations will have to do more with less, and contend with with powerful Clans, whose loyalty can be very fickle at times.

King of Tokyo/New York Monster Pack: Cthulhu

You knew this was coming, but iELLO couldn't release it until the stars were right. The first in a series of Monster Pack expansions to the King of... line brings the Old One of Note into your game, complete with evolutions (if you have the Power Up expansion), cultists, and ways to drive the other monsters insane.

Back in Stock

The Bloody Inn

Welcome back to the Bloody Inn, where times are tough and you'll get rich over your guests' dead bodies. Careful planning and ruthless ambition are what you'll need to stay wealthy and avoid prison.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth

This game has been out of print for a while, but it's finally back. I'm still really impressed by the quality of the minis and the design of the labyrinth itself. Perfect if you're a fan of the movie, or want to live out those Bowie fantasies.

Unpainted D&D Minis

With the new D&D book out, there's no better time to get some minis for the start of a new campaign! We just got a huge restock of Reaper Bones and the excellent new line of unpainted minis from WizKids. Both are pre-primed, ready for custom painting, and perfect for your next tabletop encounter.

Dungeon Master's Day Off

Give your Dungeon Master a break!

As Dungeon Master Appreciation Month 2017 comes to a close, we turn our attention to roleplaying games that do not require a Dungeon Master (DM) to play.

Dungeon Masters spend so much time prepping our games to spin stories and introduce us to memorable places and characters each week that we forget that they are players at the table too.

DMs love to create so much that they take on a lot of work and often forget to take a break. Every now and again, even the DM deserves the relatively carefree life of a player! Give your DM an opportunity to refresh their creative juices by returning some of those enjoyable offerings at the table.

Don't worry! I am not asking you to take on Dungeon Master responsibilities in order to give this gift to your DM. There are so many great RPGs out there that don't require a DM. Such games benefit from collaboration and improvisation from each player equally because they don't require an all knowing Dungeon Master to lead the game.

My TOP 5 List!

In reverse order, the top five DM-less RPGs recommended to give your favorite Dungeon Master a day off!

5 - Misspent Youth

Set in a dystopian future, in Misspent Youth you play as teenagers who rebel against the Authority. There are so many ways a group can go with this setup! Generate the dystopian future you would most like to play in by collaborating with your fellow players on who the Authority consists of, how they oppress society, and what their goals are. Create kick-ass heroes who struggle against the Authority and then play out scenes as the rebellious youngsters try to take down the system. A very cathartic proposition!

4 - Atomic Robo

Based on the popular, quirky, and hilarious graphic novels, Atomic Robo is all about ACTION SCIENCE! Play as an immortal robot or an action scientist from any era or dimension you can think. Engage in pulp action adventure as you battle aliens, cyborgs, intelligent noble gasses, travel through time, ride dinosaurs, and any other wild idea your group can think up. Create your heroes, decide who the antagonists are and in which era, then play out gonzo scenes of science fiction fantasy!

3 - Monsterhearts

Think Monster High. Yup, you in Monsterhearts play as a teenage monster confronted with their burgeoning sexuality, desire for their peers, and the (in)compatibilities of monstrous anatomies. Players put their characters' hearts & souls through the ringer as they explore what it truly means to be monstrous. Yes, this game would be best for more mature audiences who want to explore the whirlwind of feelings, discovery, and heartbreak that adolescents experience in high school. But with fangs.

2 - Kingdom

The Kingdom can be anywhere, any time, and made up of any society you can imagine. Want to play as a group of settlers in the mythic American West? How about astroid miners in a far off solar system? Undead creatures who've haunted a theme park? Kingdom concerns itself with the challenges a society faces as it exists, how those challenges are overcome, and what repercussions those decisions have on the kingdom itself. Players take on different abstract societal roles such as Perspective & Power that are expressed through their character's actions and reactions. A night of gaming could span centuries in a kingdom as time goes by or just one day as the kingdom falls into ruin or anarchy.

1 - Fiasco

If you haven't heard of Fiasco, think of a Cohen Brothers film: odd characters in quirky settings, farcical, mysteries and betrayals, as well as a good dose of murder and mayhem. In terms of flexibility, simplicity, and approachability you really can't find a better DM-less game out there.

Whereas the rest of the list asks players to come up with their own playgrounds, Fiasco provides Playsets in whatever genre you're interested in. Whereas the rest of the list often leaves the onus for scene resolution on the narrative timing of the players, Fiasco forces resolutions through it's rules so the players don't have to do all "narrative heavy lifting". Fiasco even has an elegant conclusion mechanic where every player rolls on a chart to figure out how the story ends for their character.

Until Next Year!

As DM Appreciation Month comes to a close, make sure to thank your DM for all they do to make your games great. They would no doubt love a bit of thoughtfulness in return. Thank you, Dungeon Masters!

Also Check out my podcast, Bored Ghost, where we play DM-less games like Fiasco!

Tune In Today | The Game's Afoot!

This Tune in Today will take you from the foggy streets of Victorian London, to the libraries of Miskatonic University, to Sunnyvale and even back to the arcade. Grab your deerstalker hats and your magnifying glasses, because this week at Twenty Sided Store, we have a ton of games to satisfy the sleuth in you.

NEW GAMES

Holmes: Sherlock and Mycroft This two-player game pits the Holmes brothers against each other as they work a case from different angles. Sherlock and Mycroft spend their turns conducting interviews and using the clues gained to gather evidence. Despite the mystery theme, this is a strategy game at heart. Make the right move and take the right cards and you’ll prove yourself the cleverest Holmes in London.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, and the Sherlock Holmes frontrunner for the 2017 Longest Title award, puts 1-2+ players in London and Whitechapel to solve ten new cases. Six of these cases, the West End Adventures are stand-alone and can be played in any order. The other four form a campaign where players chase down and try to stop the Jack the Ripper murders. Complete with new maps, newspapers, and case books, Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures is a stand-alone game perfect for veteran Consulting Detective players and newcomers to the series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a co-op game where players assume the roles of the Buffy protagonists, moving around the town of Sunnyvale and killing monsters. Each game features three Monster of the Week enemies that the players must defeat before facing off against a Big Bad (final boss). While I’m not a huge fan of the TV show, I do love me a good co-op game, and I can definitely see the influences of some great games here, namely Arkham Horror and Pandemic.

Call of Cthulhu: Keeper Cards The mysteries of the cosmos need be a mystery no longer. Chaosium has unearthed the forbidden knowledge of R’lyeh and presents it to daring Call of Cthulhu Keepers (game masters) in the form of four decks: Curious Characters (NPCs), Phobias, Unfortunate Events, and Weapons and Artifacts. Now you no longer have to know the effects of xanthophobia or how many rounds a .303 Lee Enfield rifle holds. Use these to provide important information to your players, or inspire your next game.

NecronomiCards Keeping the Cthulhu train going is NecronomiCards, a new game from Kickstarter that we just got in store. NecronomiCards is a fast-paced, set-matching game where players must play three sets of eldritch symbols to summon horrible creatures from Lovecraftian and religious lore. Each of the summoned creatures hinders your opponents in some way, making it harder for them to summon their creatures. The first player to summon seven creatures wins the game.

Small World Expansion: River World River World is an expansion for Small World that sets the game on a coastal map. Each turn, in addition to dealing with the other players, you’ll have to contend with the random events that take place in River World, such as bad weather, a harsh winter, or worse, pirates.

New York Slice This is a first for me - a game that looks good enough to eat! New York Slice, an I-Split-You-Choose game with set collection elements, chefs divide up a pie and let players chose which slices they want to take. If you have the most of one type of slice, you score its points at the end of the game. But if your slice has pepperoni on it, you can also choose to eat it now and score points immediately. Just, do yourself a favor and play it after you have dinner.

Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants Assault of the Giants is the newest D&D Board Game. It follows the story of Storm King’s Thunder. The Ordning is no more, and each of the giant races of the world seek to find themselves atop the giants’ hierarchy. The players take the role of the giant races of Faerun and march across the land, gathering resources, attacking villages (and each other), and pursuing their unique story events to earn Orning Points and win the game. And if you’ve played or read Storm King’s Thunder, you’ll get a kick out of how well the game incorporates the events of the story into play.

Above and Below Above and Below is a game about settlement-building both above and below ground. Above ground, you spend gold to improve your village and attract new villagers. Below ground, you send villagers to explore the caverns and deal with random encounters in a choose-your-adventure book. Whoever manages their village (and the risk) the best wins.

Talisman Expansion: Harbinger In The Harbinger Expansion for Talisman (4th Edition), players have to contend with the coming Apocalypse. “Harbinger” adds four Omen decks into play, as well as the prophetical Harbinger. As the game progresses, encountering the Harbinger may yield good results for the player, or force the player to draw Omen cards, hastening the end of the world (and the game).

The D-Holder There’s no roleplaying game that isn’t improved by a Beholder, and I’m including games like Ryuutama in that. So, Bronx artist and Dungeons & Dragons fan Daniel Burgos created the D-Holder, an homage to everyone’s favorite tyrannical aberration. Each D-Holder is sculpted and cast by hand, and comes unpainted for your own artistic expression.

8-Bit Dice: Space Invaders Give your d6s some added geek cred by replacing the pips with Space Invaders. Oh, the memories….

Back in Stock

Pit Deluxe Pit Deluxe, the classic game of commodities trading is back in stock. Turn your home into the floor of the NYSE as you shout your trades and try to corner the market on your commodities and ring the bell. Added bonus: losing this game won’t tank your 401k.