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Part-time hobbit, full-time Tolkien fanatic, James became a fan after the release of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and within years he had devoured all things Tolkien and embraced his hobbit life. While not fond of adventures, he is enjoying his Unexpected Journey as a father, freelance table-top role-playing game author and Legendarium Media contributor.

Star Wars Rebels: Season One Character Retrospective

Star Wars Rebels burst onto the scene on October 3rd, 2014 and has been going full throttle from the onset. As a life-long Star Wars fan, I wanted to take a minute to look back on central characters of Season One to discuss what worked and what did not. These are simply based on the authors own insights, but I ...

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Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi Sneak Preview

On Tuesday, March 3rd, LucasBooks (now under the umbrella of Disney) will release the third novel in the new rebooted Star Wars canon. Heir of the Jedi is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and as is evident from the title it focuses on Luke Skywalker and his struggle ...

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Star Wars Rebels Season Finale to Feature Darth Vader

Disney took a galaxy far, far away to point five past lightspeed and hasn’t looked back. Since its rollicking opening Star Wars Rebels has reminded us from moment one that Star Wars can be fun again. For the past few months we’ve tuned into Disney XD to watch the serialized adventures of Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb, Ezra, and Chopper as they ...

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Table-Talk: The Games We Play

Gamers: A Motley Crew Table-top role-playing gamers are an odd lot. They gather around a table with tome-like manuals containing odd rules and intimidating charts. Their tools of the trade are funny-looking dice and freshly sharpened pencils. They often speak a language all their own, using terms like “Base Attack Bonus,” “Alignment,” “Sanity Attribute,” and “Blood Pool.” Endless hours are ...

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Travel & Accommodation  Middle-earth Style

Whether you’re taking a walking holiday to Frogmorton or you’ve got a fellowship by your side, travel is a cornerstone of Middle-earth. Whether its simply walking to Mordor or following the great East-West Road all the way to Erebor, there’s no denying that the journey is just as important as the destination in Tolkien’s world. As clever as a hobbit, ...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Review

  Today marks the next step in the adventures of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield with the release of The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) on Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray and DVD. Once again Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-earth and with this extended edition, we get what we expect: more story, more characters, more Middle-earth – and Jackson certainly ...

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GOG.com releases X-Wing for Digital Download

  Thanks to Good Old Games (that’s GOG.com), I’ve spent my weekend behind the stick of an Incom T-65 X-Wing starfighter, helping to free the galaxy from the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. GOG recently added several classic Lucasarts games to their library, including X-Wing: Special Edition and its Imperial counterpart, TIE Fighter: Special Edition, along with many others. These ...

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Review: Star Wars Rebels Premiere Episode

This weekend marked the return to a galaxy far, far away with the premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. Animated in a style similar to Cartoon Network’s Star Wars The Clone Wars, it is the first outting we get as the lightsaber is passed from Lucasfilm and into the hands of Disney. This review addresses elements of the ...

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Lightsabers Possible, says Harvard Physics Professor

Harvard Physicis Professor Mikhail Lukin recently told the Huffington Post that lightsabers, as presented in the Star Wars films are scientifically possible. According to his recently published paper titled “Attractive Photons in a Quantum Nonlinear Medium,” Lukin details how the photons can be made from molecules. Photons, which have no mass and don’t normally interact with one another, but according ...

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The One Ring Roleplaying Game Revised Edition Releases Today!

When Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games’ published The One Ring table-top roleplaying game it received critical acclaim and fan accolades soon after it was released back in 2011. The latest incarnation of Middle-earth to come to the gaming table received several awards, including Lucca Games & Comics Fair for Best in Show (2012), Golden Geek Award for Best Art & Presentation ...

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