After his near death experience a few months ago, agent Pendergast decides to take a smaller case–one that deals with a wine theft in the tiny town of Exmouth, Massachusetts. However, shortly after arriving, the murder of a visiting writer in a darkly occult manner forces Pendergast and his exceptional ward, Constance, to explore Exmouth’s dark history involving rumors of mass murder, shipwrecks, and witchcraft.
This holiday season we thought we’d list some of the things that’ve made it on the staff’s gift list and share some of the reasons we think they’re awesome enough to give to others (or to yourself). Some of these we’ve reviewed, some we haven’t, and some we’ll be reviewing soon, but didn’t want you to miss out on them beforehand!
Type: Podcasts – MtG Design Retrospective
Slogan: “As much as I love talking Magic, what I love even more, is making Magic!”
Description: During his daily commute, lead designer of Magic the Gathering, Mark Rosewater, tells stories of his nearly twenty years designing cards for the hugely successful Collectible Card Game that started it all!
How’d We Run Across Him: “I and a number of our writers started playing Magic after Spellslingers blew up and we were curious to know more about the guy behind the curtain. MaRo’s hilarious anecdotes about creation and design will give you a greater…”
Type: Stuff – Strategy/Card Games
Description: Taking various types of fighting styles, from Boxing to Mua Thai to Karate, this game allows you to use your wits to attack each other, using strategic blocks, checks, and reversals to turn the odds in your favor.
How’d We Run Across This: “I had a chance to play this at Gen Con before interviewing the creator, Alex Lim. As a black belt in karate myself, I was really impressed with how well the game used real fighting without ever getting bogged down. One of the most surprisingly impressive (and FUN) games I previewed at that Gen Con.” [J.T. H.]
Type: Podcasts – Gaming News & Reviews
Slogan: “Fighting the zombie apocalypse, one review at a time!”
Description: Reporting on, interviewing, and reviewing all things related to nerdy culture from RPGs to board games to books.
How’d We Meet Them: “Worked together with Matthew interviewing Jeremy Crawford (of D&D) at GenCon 2015. Really awesome folks over here!” [J.T. Hanke]
Type: Videos – CCG/Trading Card Gaming Series
Slogan: “May you go forth. May you fight the good fight and defeat all the Blues. And of course, may you draw well.”
Description: Designated as “Sean Plotts plays Magic the Gathering with his nerd friends,” Spellslingers is the most professionally done show surrounding Magic the Gathering currently in production. It easily introduces new players to the game, while more experienced players will find some of the advanced deck gameplay intriguing.