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A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet’s New Favorite Communication Tool: Discord

If you are a veteran of the internet you’ll remember the likes of IRC, Ventrilo, and the numerous other communication tools that have been used by gamers and geeks for decades. In more recent times, Discord has rocketed to the top of the list of must have communication tools for online communities (and businesses too), as a fully-featured, free tool... Read More
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Post a game to a friend: BARPIG Lock-Inn

BARPIG! The highly social game of post adventuring tavern-time won our ‘Party Game of UK Games Expo’ award and was nominated in our end of year awards too. Surely such a silly game can’t work in a post-lockdown world… right? A game so based on social interaction and being in the same room that it’s surely in piggy hibernation to... Read More
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4 Gaming Accessories Every Serious Gamer Should Own

Playing a PC game is really a fun way to release the stress after a long day, connect with your friends online, and appreciate out of this world dimensions as an art form. But having a gaming PC or a laptop is not enough to get the most out of the experience. Devices like headphones, controllers, and more, can make... Read More
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3 ways video games can help build your confidence

In dire need to build your self-confidence? It may sound like counterintuitive advice, but start playing video games! Contrary to popular belief, video games actually help build self-confidence. The most obvious way it does this is that it forces you to interact with other people, (if you’re playing online multiplayer games. With so many multiplayer games today, you are bound... Read More
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3 Tips to Get You Started on Your Esports Journey – Our Guide

Fancy yourself under the spotlight competing in the esports scene for millions of pounds or millions of dollars? While the journey to that ever happening IS arduous and extremely difficult, it is not impossible. With enough effort and patience, you will slowly climb to the top. If you are ready, begin your journey to becoming an esports pro with these... Read More
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8 Simple Tips for Throwing an Awesome Zoom Birthday Party

A few weeks ago I had my 28th birthday. As this was, unsurprisingly, the first birthday I’ve had in lockdown, it made for a strange day which included my nephew singing ‘Happy Birthday’ from the end of the driveway. Approaching the day, I decided to make the most of it and organised a big Zoom birthday party, inviting friends from... Read More
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7 Ways to Nerd Out in Style

If you are an avid gamer or just starting to get into the hobby, you might already be thinking of ways to elevate your style and experience. From mats to screens, there are plenty of ways to add your style to your gaming nights. Here are 7 ways to nerd out in style. Gaming Table When you aren’t on the... Read More
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Review: Hero Realms

Today we’re taking a look at Hero Realms, a deck-building, fantasy combat game from White Wizard Games; the spiritual sequel to their space-themed deck-builder Star Realms.  In this review we’re looking at the base box – which offers a few competitive game modes for 1-4 players – as well as the character and boss packs, and the co-op campaign mode... Read More
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Review: Exceed Fighting System: Shovel Knight Edition

Shovel Knight is a popular, platform-scrolling game franchise. Personally, I don’t have a lot of experience playing this fun, arcadey game, but from watching speedrunners and YouTubers I can describe the base game like this: imagine Mario, but instead of the quirky Italian plummer we all know and love, you control a knight armed with a shovel.  It follows the... Read More
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The 4-Step Guide to Properly Cleaning Your Gaming Keyboard

So, you’re a gamer. That probably means that you spend countless hours sitting in front of your desktop or laptop clicking away heads and winning that bread for your team! That said, whatever it is the game you play, the last thing you ever want to deal with is a keyboard that stops responding because some pieces of Cheetos you... Read More
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CfG Free Training – May 2020 Schedule – Learn stuff and/or things

Geeks need skills – not just to get the most bells for your turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons, to paint those miniatures (don’t forget your basecoat!) or to avoid cosplay catastrophes. Life skills, business skills, personal skills. Get good, scrub. During lockdown the most important thing is to take good care of yourself. But of you can pickup some... Read More
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Find Your Super-You

Hi I’m Aaron, co-host of the LIFT Fitness Podcast. Following our recent episode (episode 18) with Shabna Rajah, I’ve thought a lot about who “Super-Aaron” would be. That is, the version of me that draws on elements of superheroes to be the best, super-est, Aaron.  I actually came up with a few different things: he’d be a little bit more... Read More
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Element by Whirlwind FX – Review

At PAX East 2020, a small company called Whirlwind FX launched their newest creation – the Element keyboard. Advertised as the first ever content reactive, full-sized, RGB mechanical keyboard. It boasts “industry-first extensions to detect, recognize, and synchronize effects with critical utility moments and events in any game – explosions, damage taken, healing, shields and more – producing LED patterns,... Read More
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3 gamer tips for hacking your gaming health – our guide

Contrary to popular belief, gamers can experience injuries and health conditions too. After all, too many hand movements and extremely long hours of gameplay can cause different ailments from wrist injuries to mental health issues. As a gamer, it’s important to watch your health as it tends to be easy not to be mindful of your well-being when playing games... Read More
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Review: PONG Quest

PONG Quest tries to bring dunegon delving RPG elements to Pong, but lacks the charm, wit, and fun to pull it off.... Read More
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A-Z of Vitamin Deficiency

Welcome back to the Health Bar. Today we’re going to try something a little bit different. We’re going to stroll through the alphabet and look at those vitamins and minerals your body needs, and what happens when you either don’t get enough, or your body can’t use them properly.  The Name Game Let’s start with the word vitamin itself. Vitamine... Read More
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How to cut your hair at home for the perfect #coronacut

Daniel D. Fox, award winning RPG designer, teaches us all how to cut our hair and create the perfect #coronacut. No dice required!... Read More
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Review: Kana Quest

A cute, educational puzzler that wholeheartedly embraces a pixel-art aesthetic Learning Japanese is not, it must be said, the easiest thing in the world for a native English speaker. Getting to grips with up to three new character sets – Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji – can be a big part of that difficulty so tools to help are always welcome.... Read More