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  1. That's actually on-par with what you'd expect to...

    That's actually on-par with what you'd expect to pay for other to-scale models for tabletop gaming. There's only a handful on the market (not counting the massive $250 prepainted one from WizKids),...
  2. Ugh, this is what I get for writing the column at...

    Ugh, this is what I get for writing the column at 1 AM. I just didn't want to get Baldur's Gate III'd again this week.
  3. News Digest: E3 News for Cyberpunk, Paranoia, and Baldur's Gate, Stargate RPG Announced, Free RPG Day, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! E3 brings big news for several tabletop RPGs tuned video games, Stargate getting a new RPG, Free RPG Day this weekend, and more!

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  4. Podcast #52: The Lazy Dungeon Master, Mike "SlyFlourish" Shae

    This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Mike Shea from SlyFlourish.com and author of the Lazy Dungeon Master series to talk about his new Kickstarter, Fantastic Adventures: Ruins of Grendleroot. In...
  5. Yeah, I put that at the end as a footnote since...

    Yeah, I put that at the end as a footnote since there wasn't really anywhere else to put it.
  6. Stargate RPG Powered By 5E Announced from Wyvern Gaming

    MGM and Wyvern Gaming (best known for the board game Sojourn: A Journey Through Time) announced a new roleplaying game based on the Stargate television series franchise with a preview at Gen Con this...
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    A lot of people here seem to be making a lot of...

    A lot of people here seem to be making a lot of assumptions about what will and will not be in the game. The only thing we know for sure is up there in the article. There's "more information" on the...
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    That part's been confirmed, you'll be controlling...

    That part's been confirmed, you'll be controlling a party in single player. It's what the multiplayer means exactly that's the question - will each player get their own party, or will they split...
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    It depends on what you mean exactly. If you mean...

    It depends on what you mean exactly. If you mean the engine from a video game design standpoint, then no, D&D 5e isn't a video game engine the way Unity or Unreal are. However, the numerical rules...
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    Unless there's some exclusivity deal going on...

    Unless there's some exclusivity deal going on with Google that prevents other console releases, I'd expect those announcements at E3 next week. At the very least, I'd expect a port to the Switch...
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    Yeah, I love horror movies and even I was...

    Yeah, I love horror movies and even I was squicked out. Very much in the style of American Werewolf in London in that transformation. It looks absolutely amazing, though.
  12. I *censored string of near-incoherent profanity*...

    I *censored string of near-incoherent profanity* know. The announcement came between me posting the column and making myself a second cup of coffee. After banging my head on my desk at my horrible...
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    Baldur's Gate III Announced

    The developers of the Divinity: Original Sin series, Laria Studios, officially announced Baldur’s Gate III.
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    The new game will use the D&D 5th Edition rules as the backbone for their...
  14. News Digest: Magic: The Gathering TV Series Announced, Baldur's Gate Video Game Tease, UK Games Expo Controversy, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Magic: The Gathering coming to Netflix, a Baldur’s Gate teaser may have spoiled a big announcement, UK Games Expo attendance and controversy,...
  15. Podcast #51: UK Games Expo Post-Convention Report

    This week, Morrus and Peter talk about their experiences at UK Games Expo, the sights they saw, the games they played, the restaurants and bars with extraordinary wait times. In the news, Cyberpunk...
  16. News Digest: Snippets of Pathfinder 2nd Ed Teased at PaizoCon, Cyberpunk Red Starter Set Gets Release Date, Alien RPG Pre-Orders Open, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Pathfinder 2nd Ed previews, Cyberpunk Red release information, Alien RPG pre-orders open, and more!

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    A few details about...
  17. Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit Announced from R. Talsorian Games

    R. Talsorian Games announced details for the introductory boxed set for Cyberpunk Red, the new edition of the iconic cyberpunk roleplaying game.

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    This new edition of Cyberpunk (reportedly...
  18. Podcast #50: Special Celebration Episode with Shane Stacks and Darryl Mott!

    This week, Morrus is joined by Shane Stacks (Shane Plays) and Darryl Mott for an epic length celebratory episode for Episode Number 50! Over the extra-long episode, we talk about how to break into...
  19. News Digest: Summary of the D&D Announcements of the Week, One Ring 2nd Edition Announced, New Elder Scrolls Game from Modiphius, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! A summary of the big D&D announcements and aftermath, One Ring Second Edition, an Elder Scrolls narrative wargame announced, Spiel des Jahres...
  20. Podcast #49: The Descent into D&D's 2019 Announcements

    This week, Morrus and Peter delve into The Descent for all the big Dungeons & Dragons product announcements for the second half of 2019! In the news, an update on the Bethesda plagiarism story, a new...
  21. Not even getting into the grammatical and...

    Not even getting into the grammatical and typographical errors of someone starting off with "reading comprehension 0%", but let's back up a bit and say this:

    Mike Mearls, on behalf of Wizards of...
  22. And that's the problem with WotC not releasing...

    And that's the problem with WotC not releasing any info. They spent all weekend talking up the PODs from DM's Guild and used the Wayfarer's Guide as an example, but then they say there's going to be...
  23. Yes, the initial game got patched as needed, as...

    Yes, the initial game got patched as needed, as with any game a AAA video game company sales. The only thing they said for sure that would be added was the One Extra Character Skin and new associated...
  24. Oh yes, I totally forget that false and deceptive...

    Oh yes, I totally forget that false and deceptive advertising were the same as a corporate employee who hasn't been seen or heard from in almost four months threatening me at gunpoint. That's a...
  25. The downside of voting with your wallet in this...

    The downside of voting with your wallet in this sort of limited market is giving the wrong impression. In this case, that setting books are not wanted as opposed to setting books that have not...
  26. Or fraud. Or deceptive advertising. For example,...

    Or fraud. Or deceptive advertising. For example, spending $20 on a PDF you were told would continue to be updated only to later be told you'd have to spend $50-60 for a hardcover book...
  27. Yeah, I'm curious too. Seems that Mearls is...

    Yeah, I'm curious too. Seems that Mearls is saying that people who bought Wayfarer's Guide would get full updates until they're out of "playtest" (which only affects you if you're playing...
  28. Good for you. This is a comments section. ...

    Good for you.

    This is a comments section.

    It is a place for people to express their opinions within the bounds of the rules of the site.

    Regardless of my personal issues, I hope this book is...
  29. How can you say what the crossover between the...

    How can you say what the crossover between the two books is when the above article is literally all the information we have? Like, do you think I'd post an article that's just one sentence of "We're...
  30. I don't know if I'd call it a snub per se...but...

    I don't know if I'd call it a snub per se...but it is definitely in the "Not Cool" books for me personally when they charged $20 for a PDF and, a year later, ask for full hardcover price of $50-60...
  31. I think a big part of it is that Eberron was...

    I think a big part of it is that Eberron was released as a PDF last year for $20 and that the The Descent event spent a lot of time talking up the print-on-demand DM's Guild offerings including the...
  32. You're welcome! I watched the entire concert and...

    You're welcome! I watched the entire concert and missed the Game of Thrones finale live to cover the announcement of an Eberron hardcover.

    ...they did a karaoke cover song of ACDC's "TNT" but...
  33. Yup, Eberron Hardcover...

    Yup, Eberron Hardcover...
  34. EBERRON HARDCOVER CONFIRMED!!

    The final announcement at the end of The Descent stream is a hardcover book for the Eberron setting!

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    No details have been announced, but Nathan Stewart closed out the live stream event...
  35. Actually, you said it. Critical Role. And Relics...

    Actually, you said it. Critical Role. And Relics and Rarities and all the other big streamers and celebrity D&D players. The people on those shows talk about the old settings in interviews and on...
  36. Ugh, I knew I should've gotten that second cup of...

    Ugh, I knew I should've gotten that second cup of coffee, converted the time the wrong way. Concert's not until 7PM Central (so four hours from now) and it's the only thing on the main channel...
  37. True, but by the same logic, we didn't need a...

    True, but by the same logic, we didn't need a book on Waterdeep. Or Chult or Barovia or Eberron or... People still want setting books because they want to see how they're updated to the new edition...
  38. It's more based on how you define "setting book"....

    It's more based on how you define "setting book". WotC hasn't been doing actual setting books. They've all been backdoor setting books, like Curse of Strahd for Ravenloft, hiding the setting within...
  39. Full Stats for Infernal War Machine from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

    We've now got the full stats for the Infernal War Machine thanks to Twitter user @JohnCarney.

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    These massive Mad Max inspired war machines feature in the new adventure, Baldur's Gate:...
  40. Here's the stats for the Infernal War Machine....

    Here's the stats for the Infernal War Machine.
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  41. Nope, I did BG : DTA earlier this thread...I just...

    Nope, I did BG : DTA earlier this thread...I just got caught by the auto-emote feature of the site that turns the colon-D into :D so it looks like BG:DTA.
  42. Mearls wasn't listed on the main schedule on the...

    Mearls wasn't listed on the main schedule on the WotC page. If he was listed appearing anywhere else, I haven't seen it. As far as controversy, he's been pretty radio silent since his initial...
  43. And I am officially done with covering this until...

    And I am officially done with covering this until Sunday. Keep your eyes peeled on this thread and on EN World as other bits develop over the weekend, and don't forget we've got the "big" "secret"...
  44. I really wish they'd hire NewbieDM as director...

    I really wish they'd hire NewbieDM as director frankly. He has the knowledge and experience to do this right and the passion for the subject matter. The camera angles and changes are really, really...
  45. I think the complaints are from people outside...

    I think the complaints are from people outside the United States...
  46. I'm not 100% sure that's Zariel on the cover. It...

    I'm not 100% sure that's Zariel on the cover. It may be the unnamed fallen angel mentioned in the description from D&D Beyond. Or if it is Zariel, it's possible there's different forms.
  47. Okay, time for the big announcement on the...

    Okay, time for the big announcement on the stream...let's see what they have. Make sure to check the main column for updates.
  48. It's not. I think it's only on the map because...

    It's not. I think it's only on the map because it's a map of that section of the Sword Coast, same with Baldur's Gate and Waterdeep, neither of which feature in the adventure outside of I think the...
  49. Okay, more photos and screenshots...if anyone...

    Okay, more photos and screenshots...if anyone hasn't checked the main article in a while, it's changed a LOOOOOT since it was posted. Lots of photos of the new products, cover images from WotC, a...
  50. I've got a Target less than a mile from me....

    I've got a Target less than a mile from me. Though shipping might be more expensive from me than eBay...
  51. Okay, think that's all the info we have so far...

    Okay, think that's all the info we have so far updated in the column now, including the information on the Essentials Kit and the Rick and Morty starter set.
  52. Oh trust me. I remember that vividly...

    Oh trust me. I remember that vividly...
  53. I don't know...there's been a broken embargo on...

    I don't know...there's been a broken embargo on every single one of these big announcement streams with sites posting information before they're supposed to.
  54. The question is if the Rick and Morty set is part...

    The question is if the Rick and Morty set is part of the announcement (or if that's Hasbro Gaming's thing) and, if so, is it separate from the Essentials Kit. Also, there's definitely a...
  55. It's possible, but there's no other listings that...

    It's possible, but there's no other listings that I've been able to dig up. I can't remember if there were any other placeholder listings with the Waterdeep books or if that just got posted later. I...
  56. These are targeted more at mainstream audiences...

    These are targeted more at mainstream audiences than existing fans. The sort of people who saw D&D on Stranger Things or Rick and Morty or whatever other shows they may license with (I would've...
  57. Looks like the Comicbook.com article has been...

    Looks like the Comicbook.com article has been edited. The info about Descent into Avernus and the Rick and Morty starter set is all gone. Now it's just about the chibi monster figures and Ghosts of...
  58. The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream

    Canadian bookstore chain Renaud-Bray posts listing for new Dungeons & Dragons adventure due this September several hours ahead of the planned live stream release. The title of the new adventure is......
  59. News Digest: Warhammer RPG Updates, New Tariffs Worrying Game Companies, New Star Wars RPG Books Announced, BattleTech but It's Potatoes, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. The vanishing Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory mystery has been solved and it’s tied to Age of Sigmar news, new tariffs have game companies...
  60. Podcast #48 Exploring Saltmarsh Finale: The Styes

    This week, Morrus and Peter take a look at the final adventure from Ghosts of Saltmarsh, The Styes originally published in Dungeon Magazine #121. In the news, we’ve got a peek at Ghosts of Saltmarsh...
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    I mean, it is a game mechanic. But it's a single...

    I mean, it is a game mechanic. But it's a single mechanic that replaces a bunch of other mechanics. Edge is an expression of one side having an advantage - you know, an "edge" - on the other side. So...
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    The only character with a specialization is the...

    The only character with a specialization is the troll street sam Rude, and his specialization just seems to add extra dice to the dice pool like previous editions.
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    I think if we see any others added, it'll be more...

    I think if we see any others added, it'll be more narrow-focused to a specific build type. Like you can only use this Edge Boost when decking or when astral projecting or whatever. Or it might be the...
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    I'm going to review it just for my YouTube...

    I'm going to review it just for my YouTube channel, but one of the first 6e sourcebook is the media sourcebook No Future, and Karl Kombatmage gets a nice feature in it.




    Ehhh...not really,...
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    I don't think I made this clear, but that pretty...

    I don't think I made this clear, but that pretty much IS the Edge list. It's one page with descriptions of each option and I only left a couple off (mostly ones that tied to other mechanics and I...
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    1e/2e/3e was when I was really, really into...

    1e/2e/3e was when I was really, really into Shadowrun and 3rd Ed is still my favorite edition of the game out of 1st through 5th...but it was way more complicated then.


    This is the 3rd Edition...
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    I edited a SR 4e podcast, I know exactly how much...

    I edited a SR 4e podcast, I know exactly how much mathematical mess I had to cut out of every episode to keep the action flowing. A 30-40 minute combat encounter would get edited down to 10-15...
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    You played a very different version of 4e than I...

    You played a very different version of 4e than I did, and I've played both the original and the 20th Anniversary edition. It was more like:

    "Okay, so you get +2 for the cyberlink and +1 for low...
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    In combat, the first step of every attack is...

    In combat, the first step of every attack is determining who gets edge. That goes in three steps.

    1) Compare Attack Value versus Defense Value. If the AV is 4 or more higher, the attacker gets 1...
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    Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review

    The Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box due for release at Origins this June will be our first look at the new edition of the now 30-year-old Shadowrun game system. This new edition promises to be a...
  71. R. Talsorian is marketing the brand, not the...

    R. Talsorian is marketing the brand, not the game. At least at the moment. Odds are they'll do more gameplay reveal stuff at Origins in the build-up to a Gen Con release.
  72. They've apparently been working on it for several...

    They've apparently been working on it for several years, but very few details have come out since it was officially announced. Even with the new social media push on the R. Talsorian accounts,...
  73. The only update we got on Cyberpunk Red was the...

    The only update we got on Cyberpunk Red was the release date. No information about any other releases, no pricing, no idea of the new system or the content...just the release date.
  74. I had to transcribe the segments I posted from...

    I had to transcribe the segments I posted from the ESO book because the PDF wouldn't allow copy/paste and I didn't want to just use screenshots since that's harder to compare. I kept having to stop...
  75. The writers of the module have said as much. If...

    The writers of the module have said as much. If they'd been approached, they would've loved to write an original adventure for them. Though they may not be able to do an adaptation of the DDAL module...
  76. The Gentlemen. I'm not sure if they actually...

    The Gentlemen. I'm not sure if they actually pulled that because it wasn't OGL compliant or just because actual D&D players pointed out it didn't actually work (the original class was a mish-mash of...
  77. Unless it's from someone who actually works at...

    Unless it's from someone who actually works at Bethesda, it's pure speculation. Bethesda (via its official Elder Scrolls Online social media accounts) posted the links to the adventure and pre-gen...
  78. It looks like someone ran it through Google...

    It looks like someone ran it through Google Translate a couple of times based on the really weird grammar mistakes the new version added in. Which, considering it was Bethesda Netherlands, I wouldn't...
  79. News Digest: More Shadowrun 6e News, Sneak Peek at Ghosts of Saltmarsh, Bethesda Accused of Plagiarizing Adventure League, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! More Shadowrun 6th Ed news, a sneak peek at Ghosts of Saltmarsh, Bethesda allegedly plagiarizes Adventure League module, Paizo crowdfunding a...
  80. Yeah, the OGL is more limited than a lot of...

    Yeah, the OGL is more limited than a lot of people think (especially major companies outside tabletop gaming try it, remember what happened with the Old Spice advertisement?) and, while DM's Guild...
  81. Bethesda Pulls Promotional Elder Scrolls D&D Module Following Plagiarism Accusations

    Bethesda released a free D&D adventure set in Tamriel in order to promote the new expansion to their Elder Scrolls Online MMO. Shortly after posting, multiple similarities were discovered between the...
  82. Podcast #47 Expedition to Saltmarsh – Tammeraut’s Fate

    This week, Morrus and Peter take a look at “Tammeraut’s Fate” from Dungeon #106, the next-to-last adventure to be remade for D&D’s Ghosts of Saltmarsh. In the news, a new edition of Shadowrun is...
  83. If that's how you interpret me saying "Please...

    If that's how you interpret me saying "Please don't spam the comments of my column with random crowdfunding campaigns", more power to you.
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    I'm going to work on getting time with Jason...

    I'm going to work on getting time with Jason Hardy to sort out some things, but the fact that their design philosophy was 300 pages for the core rules and there's still a 50 page gear chapter means...
  85. To address the concerns: This isn't something...

    To address the concerns: This isn't something specifically directed at this one person, but a long build of people who comment on my columns over the years with "You forgoet about--"

    No, I didn't...
  86. I tend to catch things in their last week or so...

    I tend to catch things in their last week or so as a sort of safety net for projects that have funded or look like they're close to funding so people don't forget. It's a News Digest column after all...
  87. News Digest: Shadowrun Sixth Edition, Origins Award Nominees, BESM New Edition Amid Controversy, Alien RPG, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Shadowrun Sixth Edition. I will do my best to also talk about other things, such as the new Big Eyes Small Mouth, an official Alien RPG, the...
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    Depends on the printer. It's not a problem...

    Depends on the printer. It's not a problem limited to CGL as even WotC has had problems with binding over the past few years.
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    Nope, Anarchy is still going to be developed...

    Nope, Anarchy is still going to be developed parallel to SR6. It's based on a separate rules system called the Cue System that CGL also uses for its Valiant Universe RPG (based on the comics) and...
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    I always find it weird that people immediately...

    I always find it weird that people immediately think "Shadowrun" when they think cyberpunk RPG when it's always been a blend of cyberpunk and urban fantasy (even before "urban fantasy" was popular as...
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    It looks like they're moving more toward tactical...

    It looks like they're moving more toward tactical and narrative gameplay but not abandoning crunch entirely. The core rulebook's down to about 300 pages reportedly (which puts it more in line with...
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    CGL's got nothing on Games Workshop. They...

    CGL's got nothing on Games Workshop. They announced Warhammer 40K 8th Edition on the day it was available for sale​.
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    I haven't seen the full system yet (I've got a...

    I haven't seen the full system yet (I've got a review copy coming my way soon where I'll do a full breakdown), but the way it sounds is they're switching to a fixed initiative system like D&D's where...
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    Because it's come up a couple of times, Shadowrun...

    Because it's come up a couple of times, Shadowrun Anarchy will still be supported and freelancers are still pitching new books for that line. It's not going anywhere and will stick around in parallel...
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    Shadowrun Sixth Edition Announced!

    The Sixth World is getting a Sixth Edition this year! As part of the 30th anniversary of the Shadowrun game system, Catalyst Game Labs announced that the new sixth edition will be released this...
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    Origins Awards Nominees Announced

    The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this years Origins Awards.

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  97. Podcast #46 Salvage Operation to the Isle of the Abby

    This week, Morrus and Peter continue their review of the Ghosts of Saltmarsh original adventures by looking at two Dungeon Magazine adventures, Salvage Operation (#123) and Isle of the Abbey (#34).
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  98. News Digest: Ex-BioWare Designer to WotC, Baldur's Gate Adventure on DM's Guild from Original Creators, Darker Hue's New Game, and more!

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Former BioWare Designer James Ohlen has been very busy with Wizards of the Coast and D&D, new WizKids miniature line for Starfinder, Darker...
  99. Podcast #45 U3 The Final Countdown-- Err, Enemy

    This week, Morrus and Peter delve into the final of the U-Series modules for Dungeons & Dragons, The Final Enemy in anticipation for the release of Ghosts of Saltmarsh. In the news, the Pathfinder...
  100. No, this is specifically the Games category....

    No, this is specifically the Games category. Which is Tabletop Games, Video Games, Playing Cards, Puzzles, Mobile Games, Live Games, and Gaming Hardware. There's the odd podcast or vlog that will...
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