Castle Ravenloft Board Game Review

Dungeons and Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game  After hearing it plugged on the Wizards of the Coast D&D podcast, I made the Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game a last-minute addition to my Christmas Wishlist this past year despite concerns that the “Dungeons & Dragons” would scare most of my friends away from giving it a try. To my pleasant surprise, I received it and have already played a number of enjoyable games. Not only has Castle Ravenloft been well-received by my D&D gamer-friends, but even by those who had never seen a d20 before – a huge testament to the accessibility of the game and its ability to rise above and beyond the stigma sometimes associated with Dungeons & Dragons. Originally retailing for $65, the price has since dropped to $45 on Amazon.com

 

An exciting D&D boardgame for 1–5 players. The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner—and you are invited! Evil lurks in the towers and dungeons of Castle Ravenloft, and only heroes of exceptional bravery can survive the horrors within. Designed for 1–5 players, this boardgame features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and cooperative game play.

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Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. Today I saw news that Craig Silverstein, Google’s first employee has left the company. My first thought? “What company is offering him an opportunity better than what he found at Google?” It turns out that he will be joining Khan Academy, a “not-for-profit with the goal of changing education[…]

The Age of the Tech Enthusiast(Death of the PC?)

By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide.

It’s a great time to be a tech enthusiast (and gamer)! The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the Consumer Electronics Show(CES), once buzzing with the latest, greatest desktop and laptop technology, now buzzes to a cacophony of tablets(such as the iPad), smartphones(such as my already-dated HTC Incredible) and other mobile technologies. They quote a statistic by Gartner, a market research company:

According to Gartner’s PC installed base forecast, the total number of PCs in use will reach 1.78 billion units in 2013. By 2013, the combined installed base of smartphones and browser-equipped enhanced phones will exceed 1.82 billion units and will be greater than the installed base for PCs thereafter.

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Sennheiser PC330 G4ME Headset Review

Sennheiser PC330 G4ME Headset Review

As promised, my Sennheiser PC330 G4ME Headset review from the discriminating, but subjective perspective of both a gamer and a tech enthusiast. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is a world leader in microphone technology, headphone transducer technology, and in the development of active noise-cancellation. Having heard many great things about the Sennheiser brand, I was quite excited to put the PC330 headset through the paces and see if it lived up to my expectations. At $169 MSRP, Sennheiser is marketing the PC330 G4ME towards value-conscious gamers looking to “take it to the next level”, falling at the lower range of their “pro gaming” headsets next to the PC333D($239), PC350($229) and PC360($299).

The DJ-inspired PC 330 G4ME is an all-in-one LAN party wonder. Designed for total immersion and intense gaming action, this headset not only looks great, it’s also packed with practical features. The closed acoustics keep you focused on the win but you can easily stay in touch with your teammates, too – simply by swinging up the DJ Hinge ear cup.

Another clever feature of the PC 330 is the volume control, which Sennheiser Communications has conveniently integrated directly in the right ear cup. It’s a vast improvement on the standard in-line control and cuts out that annoying fumbling around for wires in the middle of a game or Skype session.

Ready for a break? Mute the microphone by raising the boom and relax to music or videos in great Sennheiser sound.

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Get the best graphics card for your money – January 2011

Detailed graphics card specifications and reviews are great—that is, if you have the time to do the research. But at the end of the day, what a gamer needs is the best graphics card within a certain budget. –TomsHardware.com

I couldn’t agree more! One of the biggest hurdles to enjoying PC games is having hardware that enables you to play the latest and most exciting games. What more important piece of hardware is there than the video card? Near the top of my list of favorite tech review site, Tom’s Hardware just published the latest in their series of monthly articles, “Best Graphics Cards For The Money: January 2011” and as usual I found it to provide clear, timely insight into the value of graphics cards currently for sale. Not only does the writer, Don Roligroski, recommend a “Best Card” at various price points, he also provides a “Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart” at the end of the article to give even the most novice gamer a clear view of how the cards stack up against one another. A must read for any gamer looking to purchase a video card, copied here for your convenience.

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Upcoming Review – Sennheiser PC330 G4ME Headset

I recently got my hands(ears?) on a pair of Sennheiser’s PC330 G4ME Headsets. (Doesn’t the “G4ME” make you feel so “l33t” just by reading it?) To provide the best review possible, I felt it was my obligation to really put the PC330 through the paces: gaming, music and video, before reporting on my impression.Sennheiser PC330 G4ME Headset

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