Abstruse


About Abstruse

Writer for Ain’t It Cool News covering tabletop gaming in all its forms.


Sometimes you make the saving throw, sometimes you don’t. Why is the risk of death important in a game? How should you use death in your games? How do you cope when your favorite character dies? Can a game be fun if your character can’t die? Nathan Dowdell and Lee […]

Episode 33: Character Death, or Punch a Superhero in the ...


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Convention Season is upon us! Want to play games at a convention but don’t know what to expect? Or are you running a game and want it to be more awesome? Bill Keyes and Robert Dorf visit the Gamer’s Tavern to discuss the finer points of gaming at conventions. Affiliate […]

Episode 32: Surviving Convention Games, or Bring a Taser to ...




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Guest William Thrasher from Skirmisher Publishing and the d-Infinity magazine and podcast join us we recap our experiences at Comicpalooza! The games, the food, the parties, and more! Note: The first hour of this recording was lost due to a technical malfunction.Most of what was discussed got recapped after Will […]

Gamer’s Tavern Comicpalooza Special 2014


The first annual State of the Industry episode with guests Shane Hensley and Brandon Gensemer. This episode, we talk about where the industry is, where it’s going, and where we think it should go. This episode recorded before the big announcements from Wizards of the Coast, but our points still […]

Episode 31: The State of the Industry 2014, or A ...






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There are more conventions than ever, and they’re getting bigger every year. Isn’t it time you go to a con? Tom Lommel, the man behind Bill Cavalier the Dungeon Bastard and Grady Elliot join us to talk about how to survive your first (or thirtieth) convention. Where should you stay? […]

Episode 30: Convention Survival Guide, or Don’t Take Pics in ...



This episode, Darryl talks about the lawsuit filed by Wizards of the Coast against Cryptozoic over their online card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, explaining the various aspects of the lawsuit and predicting how it may turn out. The story from The Escapist Wizards of the Coast Press Release The […]

Gamer’s Tavern Happy Hour: Wizards of the Coast v Cryptozoic



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Say any of these races, classes, clans, builds, backgrounds, or archetypes online and you will be deluged with hate. Why is it everyone thinks bards suck, or Kender are too annoying to let live? And is it possible to redeem these characters? Colorado Area Gamers! There is an awesome charity […]

Episode 29: Character Types We Love to Hate, or The ...