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Collectible Card Garbage: The WCW Nitro Card Game

World Championship Wrestling’s Monday Nitro, the TNT-based competitor for the then-WWF’s Monday RAW, ran from 1995 to March of 2001. It combined veteran talent that was probably too old to be wrestling with relative unknowns and high-flying Mexican luchadores. It was, very briefly, the best wrestling promotion, sporting everyone from Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash…

The ~Twiztid~ Artwork of Werewolf: The Forsaken

White Wolf Game Studio’s Werewolf: The Forsaken was released in 2005 with a second edition released in 2015, but to classic gamers it will always be “the new Werewolf.” The book continued many of the themes of the original Werewolf: The Apocalypse¬†including spiritual werewolves, the natural world versus the man made, and especially the corrupting…

The Book of Vile Darkness and the Soiling of the Elven City

Norman the Cancer Mage and his companions, Sir Alaban, a paladin of Pelor, Dirk Rendor, a halfling rogue, and Shana T’sha, an elven ranger, have accepted a contract to rescue Erik, the prince of the kingdom of Two Rivers. Erik has run off with a high elf woman to the elven city of Ismara. For…

The Extremely Mature Horrors of D&D’s Book of Vile Darkness

Are you ready to get extremely MATURE? The Book of Vile Darkness is the mascara-smeared goth face of Dungeons & Dragons. This is Glenn Danzig and his shelf of werewolf books and erotic comics. Released just in time for Halloween, 2002, the book seemed to embrace all of the criticisms leveled against past editions of…

Magic: The Gathering’s “Legends” (1994)

When it was released in 1994, Legends was a capital letters Big Deal. Legends was the first Magic: The Gathering series to be released in 15-card booster packs and the first 300+ card “full” set rather than the shorter sets like Antiquities and Arabian Nights. It also introduced the multi-colored Legends cards and mechanics like…

Heroes Unlimited: Democracy Dies in Dankness

When last we left our intrepid hero, the unpleasantly-named Andy “School Prayering Mantis” Albright was recruited to the American superhero organization Sentinels of Liberty and Justice, but was sidelined for being too violent and murdering all villains with a sword. When his superhero friends ran into trouble, Mantis traveled to Germany in search of missing…

WTF, D&D: Celebrate the Brexit with Cyberpunk 2020: Eurosource

With Old Blighty casting off from¬†the European Union, it’s a great time to reminisce about European fantasies of the pre-EU era. Cyberpunk 2020’s Eurosource sourcebook was released only a couple years before the EU was formed in 1992, but the writing was on the wall that a European unification was coming. That makes what the…