The opening episode of The Weekly Noun breaks free of the leash, covering characters and their pets. You don't need a license to read this column, and always feel free to adopt these stray ideas into your gaming sessions. The Weekly Noun is guaranteed housebroken.

This year is my 11th attending GenCon. I just got home after picking up my badge and event tickets. I have to admit that I wasn't impressed with Andon taking over the running of the convention from TSR. I realized that Wizards was going to make changes after buying TSR, but Andon seemed bent on trying to ignore any tips that TSR employees were willing to give. After this morning, my feelings have been slightly changed.

Ring of Thieves, the latest in the growing library of free sample PDFs from Cumberland Games and Diversions, is available today. Designed for the obscure and frankly ridiculous Risus: The Anything RPG, Ring of Thieves follows the adventures of Lucas Marks in a retro fantasy solo adventure reminiscent of old-style gamebooks and solitaires. It's a complete adventure, ready for play.

When the GM smiles, run for your life! He's up to no good. If he flashes you a grin and starts to fold his GM screen, it's over! You might as well start picking up the pizza boxes and those 2 liter bottles of soda with just a thin layer of backwash on the bottom. This article is going to be a "top 5" signs of a cruel GM.

Sega has been going on the rampage and shutting down ROM sites like the devil. ROMs are exact copies of the video or arcade game, and can be played on readily available emulators. Within 10 days, 220 sites have been shutdown, and they're now gunning for Swapoo.

The muzak where I work plays a rather odd selection of music. I was grumpily doing my job earlier this week when I was assaulted by a tune from the early 80's. The song was the theme song to the television series "The Greatest American Hero". For the uninitiated, let me fill you in.

Risk'n'Roll 2000 from Parker Brothers dubs itself "The Dice Game of the New Millennium". But when you can win a game with one roll, could it also have the shortest playing time around? Find out how to add Magic: The Gathering into the mix to make it a little more interesting and strategic.

Most Internet game play is divided into three categories: true browser based, browser plugin based, and client based. Client based is the most predominant, plugin based comes next with Java and Shockwave creations, and true browser based is sadly last. WHY THE HELL IS IT LAST, DAMMIT!

Fusion 3.0, a Mac emulator for Windows, is now free. Retrobase has interviewed Quinntesson, the creator of AGES, a Sega Genesis/32x emulator. The complete text edition is available here. Hu-GO!, a TurboGrafx16 / PCE emulator has been ported to Windows. A beta release should be ready soon.

I just got my most recent issue of Dragon Magazine in the mail yesterday. Being the geek that I've been for the last 20 years, I immediately sat down to read it. My wife usually refers to this as the time in which I ignore her. I think of it more as keeping up on current events. The big news in this issue is the release of the new rules for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as the return to Greyhawk as TSR's default setting. The issue came with a Demo version of the new character generator for third edition on CD-ROM. I took the generator out for a spin, and liked it.

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