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    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

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    Mommy, I want this for my birthday

    My buddy JP (one of the key characters in my book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks) turned me onto this at Geekologie. And I've decided for my next birthday party, I want a huge cake in the shape of a Robotron coin-operated video game kiosk and, sitting on it, big red dragon guarding a d20, a light saber, my old DM's guide, and a bottle of Henricks gin, with a big One Ring wreathed in fire suspended above, through which Gollum, Ian McKellen and Barack Obama are playing leapfrog. Mommy, can you make that for me? Pleeeezzzee???


    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks


    Comic-Con turns 40 years young....

    One of the heavyweights of the con scene rolls into San Diego again: Comic-Con. And it's an older granddaddy than I originally thought. The con celebrates 40 years this year. Funny-- D&D celebrates its 35th this year (not to mention 30 years since I first learned D&D, and 25 since I graduated from high school. Yikes! But that is another story...

    Comic-Con is a fanboy and fangirl paradise, with guests ranging from Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis, Ray Bradbury, Seth Green, Stan Freberg, June Foray (voice of Rocky in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), a screening of  "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog" (which I experienced at Dragon*Con last year -- very silly and fun) ... more highlights here.

    Sigh... wish I was going. But I can't. I will be headed to Gen Con in August. More on that later...


    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks


    10 Business Lessons I Learned from Playing Dungeons & Dragons

    10 Business Lessons I Learned from Playing Dungeons & Dragons

    Some good advice here, especially this one:

    The best quests require a mixture of skills in the party. Find new friends and cultivate ancillary skills. That pesky little hobbit thief may eat you out of house and home, yet sometimes he comes in pretty handy. This is the point of all those tedious "diversity training" exercises from your HR department; perhaps the message would get across better if they talked about the apparently-weak wizard and the bard with those amazing negotiation skills.


    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks


    a D&D commercial

    Yes, geeks, the time is the 1980s, and your parents really really don't want you to fall prey to the satanic ways of D&D... so here's a cartoony, *fun* way to look at that weird "game with dice" that no one seems to understand. Not even your sister gets it ... "Wait, what's this ... g-g-g-girls play?"

    "use your lightning bolt!" ...."victory is yours!" ....and the best tag line of all, TSR's slogan "products of your imagination." Yuk yuk.

    Dig the sweaters and lapels. And note the split second snippet from the previous commercial for an NFL-sanctioned Wilson football. Trying to covert geeks, one jock at a time. Did no one do their market research?


    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

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