This was an average evening for Mike Sell, a professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who moonlights as an online game master . On Tuesdays, he gathers friends, colleagues, partners and kids and has them ramble, remotely, through his role-playing game, Curse of the Sugarplum Fairy, a madcap riff on “The Nutcracker” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory .” Tagline: “Who can take a rainbow and wrap it in a scream?” Modern role-playing games debuted in the mid-1970s, when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson invented Dungeons & Dragons . The form has since proliferated — if you can imagine a genre (western, mystery, sci-fi ) or a peril (zombies, rogue A.I., chthonic gods), it has probably inspired a game. A hybrid of theater, make-believe, board games and fan fiction, RPGs encourage players to create a story collaboratively as they play. “Tabletop role playing is the most powerful, most versatile form of interactive narrative we have by a mile,” said … [Read more...] about Role-playing virtual games are here: Explore caves and forests from comfort of your couch
One of the most frequent questions I've been getting lately, both here and on Twitter, is — how do we run podcasts on iMore and Mobile Nations ? So, we grabbed some video gear, hit the studio, and knocked out this quick behind-the-scenes tour of all the equipment I use, and how I currently use it. Check it out! What I do now is very different than what I did last year. The main reason for that is because we switched away from a Skype-asaurus to Google Hangouts. Not only does that prevent crashes from wiping out entire shows (!!!), it's free, easy to use, and available to just about everyone. Switching to Hangouts also allowed me to pull out the complicated mix-minus audio setup, which involved 6 PC laptops, a mixer, a pre-amp, a compressor, and more. So many boxes gone. So many cables. So much cleaner! So what's left? The heart of my setup is a first generation Nehalem Mac Pro. That's right, an old-school cheese-grator! Ethernet comes into it from my cable modem, and … [Read more...] about iMore and Mobile Nations podcasts: Behind the scenes!
Contents > Social apps > Kids' apps > Photo & video apps > Work, office, business & productivity apps > Shopping apps > Reading, music & entertainment apps > Travel apps > News & reference apps > Sports apps > Web browsers iPhones are expensive, but iPhone software is mostly quite cheap, and a lot of it is free. The problem is finding the good apps - the ones that are as good as the paid-for alternatives, only supported by non-annoying IAPs and/or adverts - and filtering out the dross. Luckily we're here to help. Our roundup gathers together 81 fantastic free news, photography, entertainment, work and social apps for the iPhone. Our first category is: Social apps Reddit Official Reddit's free iPhone app replaced the old Alien Blue Reddit app, which until April 2016 was the closest thing to an official Reddit app we'd seen so far. But now, Reddit has used what it … [Read more...] about Best free iPhone apps