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20 Aug 20:48

Quick 5e Character Generation Reference Thingy

by Zak S
I can't be the only one who wished, during character creation, these were all in one place for reference. So here you go, in the approximate order you need them…

All the 5e Races (p17)
Hill Dwarf
Mountain Dwarf
High Elf
Wood Elf
Drow
Lightfoot Halfling
Stout Halfling
Human
Dragonborn
Forest gnome
Rock gnome
Half-elf
Half-orc
Tiefling

All the 5e Backgrounds (p125) (it helps to pick background before class because then when you move to class and pick skills you don't pick skills you already have)
(Variants backgrounds in parenthesis)
Acolyte
Charlatan
Criminal
(Spy)
Entertainer
(Gladiator)
Folk Hero
Guild Artisan
(Guild Merchant)
Hermit
Noble
(Noble Knight)
Outlander
Sage
Sailor
(Pirate)
Soldier
Urchin

All the 5e Classes (p45)
Barbarian
Bard
Cleric
Druid
Fighter
Monk
Paladin
Ranger
Rogue
Sorcerer
Warlock
Wizard

All the 5e skills (p 174)

STRENGTH                WISDOM
Athletics                       Animal Handling
                                     Insight
DEXTERITY              Medicine
Acrobatics                    Perception
Sleight of Hand            Survival
Stealth

INTELLIGENCE       CHARISMA
Arcana                         Deception
History                         Intimidation
Investigation                 Performance
Nature                          Persuasion
Religion

Trinket table: p 159
Starting money: p 143
Armor: p 144
Weapons: p 146
Other gear: p 148
Spells: p 207
XP Table: p15


And here's a Random 5e PC Generator it doesn't roll and crunch the numbers but it does pick race, class, background, etc. The race and class has two versions--one that leaves out bards and gnomes because they suck and one that leaves them in because I am merciful.
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14 Aug 22:00

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

by Vincze Miklós

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Lee Falk's hero the Phantom made his comic book debut in February 1936, but he also appears on dozens of traditional war shields made by people from the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea between the 1960s and 1980s. Why?

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15 Aug 15:00

Five Things I Learned About Self-Promotion (Without Being a Spambot)

by Melanie Pinola

Five Things I Learned About Self-Promotion (Without Being a Spambot)

There's a reason "shameless" and "self-promotion" tend to go together: Few people enjoy promoting themselves or their work. It feels gross and shameful . Self-promotion gives me the heebie-jeebies too, but I've been learning to handle it better.

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04 Aug 14:15

Classic D&D Walkthrough Maps on Sale

by Ken Denmead
Jon.9836

Cool!

White Plume Mountain, by Jason Thompson

White Plume Mountain, by Jason Thompson


Back a few months ago I wrote about these awesome maps based on classic D&D modules. The illustrator, Jason Thompson got in touch to let us know they’re on special sale right now (he’s moving soon, and needs to do some clearing-out), so here’s your chance. Me, that White Plume Mountain is awefully tempting; I don’t know how many times I ran than dungeon. You can find them all here.

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04 Aug 09:13

Mantlo Gets Special 'Guardians' Screening

Marvel made it possible for him to see the film on opening weekend.
01 Aug 18:20

Adventure Time Artist Creates One Of The Weirdest Cartoons We've Seen

by Lauren Davis
Jon.9836

Pretty interesting, actually. I liked it.

Jesse Moynihan is a storyboard artist on Adventure Time and creator of the mythological mashup webcomic Forming. Now with Justin Moynihan, he's created his own animated short, about the disappointing daughter of emperor god of the universe.

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31 Jul 21:45

Michael Keaton's Birdman Movie Is Much Darker Than We Anticipated!

by Meredith Woerner
Jon.9836

Wow. This looks super interesting!

Get a good, long look at Michael Keaton's Birdman and behold the majesty that is this movie's insanity. We were already pretty excited about Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy, but this trailer just upped the bar quite a bit. Damn, this looks good.

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28 Jul 21:00

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Wow.

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

You didn't think we were done, did you? Sorry, Days One , Two , Three and Four barely scratched the surface of the awesome, brilliant, hilarious and otherwise amazing cosplay we saw at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Here's our final pics for the best of the con — feel free to add your favorites in the comments!

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25 Jul 18:40

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Very cool. Great design.

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

Holy long-awaited cult-favorite show that until recently was stuck in a legal nightmare! The campy, outstanding 1966 Batman TV series will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th, and we've got the details on all the extra features and the goodies included in the complete series set.

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25 Jul 14:10

generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor...

Jon.9836

That's pretty amazing!







generalelectric:

Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.   

Can you imagine showing this to a farmer who was alive and planting just 50 years ago? They’d think we were space aliens.

22 Jul 21:20

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

YES!

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

I don't know if this news proves we live the in the best of all possible nerd worlds or the end times, but I know it proves something: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions will turn the 1983 barely-cult non-hit TV show Manimal into a movie.

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22 Jul 14:30

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Uhhh...

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

The Chinese city of Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine after a man died of the bubonic plague — the bacterium responsible for some of the worst blights in human history.

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22 Jul 16:45

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

That's a pretty tree!

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

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17 Jul 18:40

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

I heard about this on the radio this morning. Very cool.

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

Well this is...unexpected. You know that comet the Rosetta spacecraft is headed towards ? Turns out it's a two-fold comet — one that looks like a two-mile-wide rubber ducky tumbling through the depths of space. Landing the probe on this thing is going to be difficult, to say the least.

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17 Jul 15:40

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

by George Dvorsky

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It's a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.

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11 Jul 18:28

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Covers for "Zenith" Collected Editions

Jon.9836

I want these soooo badly!

Rebellion's four-volume collection of Morrison and Yeowell's "Zenith" debuts in October; ROBOT 6 has an exclusive first look at the interlocking covers.
11 Jul 16:30

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

Cool space stuff!

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

Using the Hubble telescope (along with the natural "zoom lens" of gravitational lensing ) researchers over at NASA spotted this odd star structure, which they're describing as similar to both a spiral bridge and a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls. Close-ups after the jump.

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09 Jul 21:41

Journey into the Dystopian World of Abandoned Soviet Submarine Bases

by Vincze Miklós
Jon.9836

Jason and Seth, you'll both love these!

Journey into the Dystopian World of Abandoned Soviet Submarine Bases

You've entered an enormous building scoured by ocean tides and haunted by hulking machines, slowly rusting away. It looks like the set for a post-apocalyptic movie, but it's actually a real-life Soviet submarine base, left over from the Cold War.

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09 Jul 22:00

Build a Solar Powered Heater with Recycled Cans

by Patrick Allan
Jon.9836

Neat!

If you're looking for a green way to heat up a small indoor space, Seattle resident Peter Rowan shows you how to make a solar powered heater using a bunch of leftover soda cans.

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09 Jul 05:52

'Star Realms' Mobile Game Launched

Jon.9836

Gotta pick this up!

Game co-designer Dougherty tells us what they are doing to meet demand.
06 Jul 15:10

Topographic Tables Mix Geology With Interior Design

by Robert T. Gonzalez

Topographic Tables Mix Geology With Interior Design

Functional science art is the best kind of science art.

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07 Jul 14:00

Man With Giant Claw Rescues Bear With Milk Can On Its Head

by Robert T. Gonzalez
Jon.9836

Wow, that's amazing!

While this Wisconsin lumberjack's decision to assist the bear with the claw of a timber forwarder, rather than a call to the state's Department of Natural Resources, was probably ill-advised, it appears the procedure went off without a hitch. In other news: I know people always say it, but, good grief, bears are fast.

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07 Jul 16:15

The Oldest Living Things in the World

by Amy Wolff
© Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press

The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way. Her portraits reveal the living history of our planet—and what we stand to lose in the future. – Courtesy University of Chicago Press

The Oldest Living Things in the World was published April 2014 and nearly sold out. A collector’s edition of 150 is now available for pre-order for $1,500. Each book is signed and numbered, and includes an archival print in a custom box. PDN wrote about Sussman’s fundraising efforts for her project in 2010. Read about it here.

03 Jul 02:00

The Rap Ode To Hulk Hands You Never Knew You Needed

by Rob Bricken

I can't even tell you how much I love this music video. Because truly, there is no greater, more universal sign of professional and financial success than wearing enormous green foam fists on your hands.

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01 Jul 15:27

Thousands Of Koi Thrive In The Flooded Basement Of This Abandoned Mall

by Lauren Davis
Jon.9836

Funky!

Thousands Of Koi Thrive In The Flooded Basement Of This Abandoned Mall

Bangkok's New World Mall was once a shopping center, but today it serves as a giant fish pond, its waterlogged lower level completely overtaken by koi.

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01 Jul 15:30

No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like.

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Neat!

No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like. The Franklin Institute 3D-printed this remarkably complex model for a new exhibit. Skeptics said it couldn't be done, but the finished product accurately reflects the 2,000 strands of nerve cells found in the brain .

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30 Jun 14:00

Warren Buffett’s Best Money Advice

by Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

Warren Buffett’s Best Money Advice

Warren Buffett is a hugely successful investor, and his tips for investing are surprisingly accessible. Most of his methods are simple, straightforward and timeless. Here's some of Buffett's best money advice.

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24 Jun 15:00

The Coldest White Dwarf Ever Discovered Is An Earth-Sized Diamond

by George Dvorsky

The Coldest White Dwarf Ever Discovered Is An Earth-Sized Diamond

Astronomers have detected an ancient stellar remnant that's 10 times fainter than the dimmest white dwarf ever discovered. Fortuitously orbited by a pulsar, this cold and collapsed star consists of crystallized carbon — essentially making it an Earth-sized diamond in space.

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18 Jun 14:20

Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns

by George Dvorsky

Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Students and teachers in Vancouver, British Columbia, can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate.

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18 Jun 10:00

OK Go’s Latest Amazing Video

by Jonathan H. Liu

OK Go is known for, among other things, really elaborate music videos, from stop-motion animation with toast or people, Rube Goldberg machines (some involving cars), and the Muppets. Their latest video, for “The Writing’s on the Wall,” features a lot of fun perspective illusions—things that look a certain way only from one particular point of view—and it’s a lot of fun to watch.

(The video premiered on Rolling Stone Videos yesterday.)

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