Monthly Archives: December 2017

The outcast reindeer of the North Pole

Though we may never know exactly how many reindeer Santa keeps, there are no fewer than 12 whose names we know. The heavy lifters in Santa lore are familiar to all of us, having been named in Clement St. Moore’s … Continue reading

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The right comic can make everyone happy

The pressures of Christmas shopping can be enough to ruin the holiday for anyone, but sometimes it’s an easy thing to spread a little joy around. It just takes a little engagement. Earlier today my daughter and I visited one … Continue reading

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On Atlas and the inestimable burden he bore

I read once that for siding with Cronus and the other Titans against the gods, Zeus sentenced Atlas to shoulder the weight of the sky forever. Think about that for a moment, not in our cute modernist sense where we … Continue reading

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The importance of selecting a good name for your character

I’ve always felt that naming my character in D&D is as almost as serious a matter as naming a child. It’s true, you will not have to listen to your player character come home from school in tears after his … Continue reading

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The campaign where no one trusted anyone

If you’ve ever played Dungeons and Dragons, you surely appreciate the value of a well-developed campaign. To players, a good campaign is an exercise in problem-solving, teamwork and old-fashioned roleplaying. Be a bard who sows chaos, a paladin who rushes … Continue reading

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Still life: tree

It’s a thing in Haiti to plant a tree for each child born. It’s a big deal; from what I am told, families have been known to sell their houses and the land they sit on, but retain rights to … Continue reading

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