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Episode 180 - TGE Plays Pathfinder - Ep 6 Goblin Battle!

Did someone say Goblin Battle??!!

Episode 5 left our adventurers in a bit of a pickle. In fact, in the business we call that a cliff hanger. After scouting out a Goblin camp, the group discovers that there is a survivor being held captive by the gang of goblins they followed after finding signs of the previous scouting party. A goblin battle prevails!

This episode finds our heroes in some real trouble, fighting tooth and nail for the sake of the group. We have some fun rolls, some crazy things happen, and we all have great fun. We sure hope you enjoy watching!

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Mark & Dante & Isabela & Evan

To Discuss

What is your favorite weapon to wield in an RPG game? Video or tabletop? What makes it so enjoyable to play? I take some great satisfaction wielding Neraden’s Great Ax, I’ll admit, and Dante’s pleasure at roaming fireballs is amazing.

 

The Characters

Hargath (Mark)
Human Cleric
Alignment: Neutral Good

Hargath is a reformed murderer/thief. He became a member of Sarenrae’s order after a cleric from the order showed him mercy. At 36, he started his Cleric teachings older than most and his blond hair has begun to grey. Recently he had a falling out with the church he was based out of due to discovering the chief priest there embezzling gold for his own purposes. He now looks to find adventurers that he can travel with in the hopes of finding a new church and helping anyone he can along the way. Whether that means healing people, bringing evil-doers to the light or smiting  evil that won’t makes little difference to him.

Sevarka Sunseeker (Dante)
Gnome Sorceress
Alignment: Neutral Good

The cheerfully optimistic, orange skinned, green haired gnome called Sevarka Sunseeker describes herself as a professional nomad. Friend to all she comes across, her delightful facade hides a family secret. Generations ago, a dragon assumed gnomish form bedded one of the Sunseeker family progenitors. The eldest born daughter of each Sunseeker generation manifests aspects of the dragon and inherits its magical​ talents. Sevarka is the first born daughter of her generation, and wanders to discover the the origins of her draconic blood and what that means for the legacy of the Sunseeker clan.

Neraden Runka (Regina)
Dwarf Barbarian
Alignment: Neutral Good

Neraaden (Nera like Vera for short) is the middle daughter of a large dwarf family. With 10 siblings, she feels underappreciated and overlooked by her family. She leaves her family with dreams of finding success on the road but encounters disaster almost as soon as she leaves. She persevered as she journeyed farther and father from home, hoping one day she might return home a celebrated hero.

Freya Redsun (Isabela)
Half-Elf Ranger
Alignment: Neutral Good

Freya is a half-elf that is striking out on her own after clashing with her elfish mother one too many times. She wants to find out who she is without the influence of her family. Freya’s mother was born into a royal elvish family but gave up the luxuries of that life to be with the human man she came to love. Freya carries the weight of her mother’s sacrifice with heavy resentment.

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Episode 180 - TGE Watches Wonder Woman

TGE Watches

Summer continues and the biggest summer movie of the year is the feature on the latest episode of TGE Watches!*

<do doo dut do> Wonder Woman! <do doo dut do>

But seriously folks, this summer's Wonder Woman movie has been the topic of much debate and discussion all over the internets. As a long time fan with a very serious personal connection to Wonder Woman, I'll be the first to admit that I was worried how well my favorite Amazon princess might be treated on the big screen. I'm thankful for the outcome.

As usual, we discuss the movie in great detail. It's three weeks today since it opened so I am not too concerned about that. But consider yourself warned anyway!

Ryan takes a measured response and is not too terribly celebratory of the movie. Mark lands much in the space space as Ryan. They both had far more negatives about the movie than I had which is great because they balance out my OMG THIS IS THE BEST EVER vibe. (Even though I feel like some points were rather nitpicky.) Watch the episode to see what our final tally is on total thumbs up. (Spoiler: I gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up!)

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Mark & Ryan

To Discuss

What did you watch Wonder Woman? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Episode 179 - TGE Plays Pathfinder Ep 5 Finding the Path

Finding the Path: Episode 5 of The Keeper of the Dead Saga

Greeting Geeks!

Finding the path is the next move in our adventurers’ journey. It’s not a clear move forward after running into a giant spider nest but our adventurers persevere. They find new complexities await them at the base of the mountains. Each episode takes them closer to the final dangers they will face. The road is not clear and easy; instead, it is covered with dead and decaying forest but also some more dangerous and sentient creatures.

As the new player to pen and paper role playing campaigns, I make sure to slow down and ask about the rules at several points in this episode. I realized at one point that we were skimming over some pretty important play mechanics. Since a key component of The Geek Embassy’s mission is to help facilitate learning, I wanted to make sure we covered exactly what was happening during the fighting. And anyway, the fights are the best part of the adventure. Well, that and Evan’s voice characterizations.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Mark & Isabela, & Dante & Evan

To Discuss

What is your favorite fantasy race to play? Do you pick races that are similar to you in real life or the opposite? Neither?

 

 
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Episode 178 - Favorite Parental Figures

Parental Figures Have All the Fun

You love them… most of the time. Some are good, some are bad, some are so good we tear up talking about them.

For this hangout, we share our favorite parental figures from TV shows, movies, and books. We combined May and June’s hangout into one epic conversation. I had the idea to talk about favorite moms for May’s hangout since we were scheduled to record around Mother’s Day. When we had to reschedule, it made sense to make it a May and June parental figures celebration.

Each of us came with a different set of priorities and considerations for the characters we shared.  One ambassador had a truly epic list. (Cough cough Dante cough cough.) One of the most interesting ideas that we cover is how rarely we think about parental characters just in general. It’s easy and natural to talk about heroes or heroines, villains and even minions. But sitting down to think about favorite mentors and parents is something we rarely consider.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think!

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Isabela & Dante & Evan

To Discuss

Obviously, share your favorite parents or parental figures.

 

 
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Episode 177 - TGE Plays Pathfinder - Ep 4 Denizens of the Vastwood

Denizens of the Vastwood: Episode 4 of The Keeper of the Dead Saga

Greetings Geeks!

Have you been anxiously awaiting the next chapter in our journey? Wait no longer, dear adventurer! Episode 4 of our adventure takes our traveling band of would be heroes deeper into the darkness of the Vastwood. We encounter more than a few dangerous creatures in this leg of our journey. Episode 3 – Perils of the Gartooth Swamp – saw our first fight so we pick up this episode amidst the fallout from that fight. The denizens of Vastwood are less than welcoming.

Each of our characters reacts differently to the fallout from the fight and taking the next step forward as we search for the trinket that set us on this path.

To Discuss

What is your worst nightmare in a story? What would you do if that nightmare happened to your character?

Miss an episode? Watch the entire series here!

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Isabela, Dante, Mark, and Evan

 

 
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Episode 176 - TGE Plays Pathfinder Ep 3 Perils of the Gartooth Swamp

The Perils of Gartooth Swamp

And away we go where the perils abound! This week finds our adventurers in the thick of the action. Hargath, Sevarka, Nera, and Freya finally on foot entering the swamp and they run into their first foe.

The excitement builds in this episode as our adventurers begin to understand the depth of the dangers present in the Vastwood. But our party will not be intimidated by the size of the foes they will fight! No! We will press ever onward.

Don’t miss this episode where you can see Nera (Regina) roll terribly but still swing a big axe, watch Sevarka (Dante) joke around, Hargarth (Mark) do some magical serious damage, and Freya (Isabela) aim her bow for the first time. We laugh a lot and hope you will too!

To Discuss

What is your favorite class to play in a role playing game? Do you play pen and paper or digitally? Never played but want to? Ask us about our experiences!

Watch a playlist the whole series here.

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Episode 175 - TGE Plays Pathfinder - Episode 2 Flotsam & Jetsam

Episode 2 – Flotsam 7 Jetsam

Greetings Geeks!

We continue our role play adventure with the next segment in our Pathfinder campaign. We begin the journey we started in our first episode, after spending the night in the Vagabond’s Rest deep in the Vastwood.

Our adventurers start on the first leg of their journey after being bestowed a map from their employer, Ruchior. The party seeks a guide and safe passage down the treacherous rain-swollen Varidan River and into the wilds beyond.

Join us as we learn to play Pathfinder and enjoy this story crafted for us by Evan.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Evan, Isabela, Mark, and Dante

Pathfinder Characters

Hargath (Mark)
Human Cleric
Alignment: Neutral Good

Hargath is a reformed murderer/thief. He became a member of Sarenrae’s order after a cleric from the order showed him mercy. At 36, he started his Cleric teachings older than most and his blond hair has begun to grey. Recently he had a falling out with the church he was based out of due to discovering the chief priest there embezzling gold for his own purposes. He now looks to find adventurers that he can travel with in the hopes of finding a new church and helping anyone he can along the way. Whether that means healing people, bringing evil-doers to the light or smiting  evil that won’t makes little difference to him.

Sevarka Sunseeker (Dante)
Gnome Sorceress
Alignment: Neutral Good

The cheerfully optimistic, orange skinned, green haired gnome called Sevarka Sunseeker describes herself as a professional nomad. Friend to all she comes across, her delightful facade hides a family secret. Generations ago, a dragon assumed gnomish form bedded one of the Sunseeker family progenitors. The eldest born daughter of each Sunseeker generation manifests aspects of the dragon and inherits its magical​ talents. Sevarka is the first born daughter of her generation, and wanders to discover the the origins of her draconic blood and what that means for the legacy of the Sunseeker clan.

Neraden Runka (Regina)
Dwarf Barbarian
Alignment: Neutral Good

Neraaden (Nera like Vera for short) is the middle daughter of a large dwarf family. With 10 siblings, she feels underappreciated and overlooked by her family. She leaves her family with dreams of finding success on the road but encounters disaster almost as soon as she leaves. She persevered as she journeyed farther and father from home, hoping one day she might return home a celebrated hero.

Freya Redsun (Isabela)
Half-Elf Ranger
Alignment: Neutral Good

Freya is a half-elf that is striking out on her own after clashing with her elfish mother one too many times. She wants to find out who she is without the influence of her family. Freya’s mother was born into a royal elvish family but gave up the luxuries of that life to be with the human man she came to love. Freya carries the weight of her mother’s sacrifice with heavy resentment.

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Episode 174 - TGE Watches Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

The Geek Embassy returns with our Summer Movie Series. Each month for summer, Mark, Ryan, and I will share our thoughts and critiques of some summer blockbuster movies. We launch the series with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 because of course we are.

We start out our discussion with initial impressions which come back favorable. Ryan mentions the concern that the movie might become the "Baby Groot Show" and how the clever intro sequence put those concerns to rest. From there we spend some time talking about what we love about the movie (a lot) and what we disliked (not much).

We were all impressed with how strong the character development was throughout the movie. They started with some well established and enjoyable characters. A lot is at stake with characters that are beloved from a single movie. Mark observes that this is one sequel that stays in the same league as the original film. That is hard to come by.

Watch and listen and let us know your thoughts in the comments. We are also looking for movies to see in August and September and are open to suggestions!

Next month we see Wonder Woman because of course we are.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Mark, and Ryan

To Discuss

Topics we considered: Favorite/least favorite moments. Favorite special effect. Favorite song/musical moment. Favorite theme. (Clearly, the importance of chosen family.)

 

 

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Episode 173 - TGE Plays Pathfinder - Intro & Ep 1 “The Antiquarian & the Wooden Man”

Greetings Fellow Adventurers!

On this holiest of geeky holidays, International Tabletop Day, The Geek Embassy welcomes you to follow us on a Pathfinder role play adventure. Isabela, Mark, Dante and I will take our newly rolled characters on an adventure hand crafted for us by Evan Graham. In today’s intro video, we share with you our character backstories, and a few hints about the story we will be exploring.

This campaign will be a journey in exploration and learning for me. This is my first ever pen and paper role play experience. I’ve wanted to jump into a true role playing game since I started my dissertation research almost 10 years ago. I noted in one of the texts I used how ironic it was that role players are often disparaged for their “performance” but we pay movie actors huge amounts of money to play scripted characters. It takes so much more imagination and innovation to improv a character in a setting like this. As you will see just from this introduction, I have a lot to learn. I’m delighted to share my experience with the community here.

I hope you all will join us on our journey and watch and learn along with me. Let’s get this party started!

Geek on!

Regina, Isabela, Mark, Dante, and Evan

The Keeper of the Dead

Seeking shelter from an encroaching storm, our band of adventurers stumble across the Halfway Inn, deep in the heart of the Vastwood. As they settle in for the night, they make the acquaintance of Ruchior the Antiquarian, and his strange wooden companion Davenport. Here they learn of a great danger lurking deep in the wilderness beyond…

Pathfinder Characters

Hargath (Mark)
Human Cleric
Alignment: Neutral Good

Hargath is a reformed murderer/thief. He became a member of Sarenrae’s order after a cleric from the order showed him mercy. At 36, he started his Cleric teachings older than most and his blond hair has begun to grey. Recently he had a falling out with the church he was based out of due to discovering the chief priest there embezzling gold for his own purposes. He now looks to find adventurers that he can travel with in the hopes of finding a new church and helping anyone he can along the way. Whether that means healing people, bringing evil-doers to the light or smiting  evil that won’t makes little difference to him.

Sevarka Sunseeker (Dante)
Gnome Sorceress
Alignment: Neutral Good

The cheerfully optimistic, orange skinned, green haired gnome called Sevarka Sunseeker describes herself as a professional nomad. Friend to all she comes across, her delightful facade hides a family secret. Generations ago, a dragon assumed gnomish form bedded one of the Sunseeker family progenitors. The eldest born daughter of each Sunseeker generation manifests aspects of the dragon and inherits its magical​ talents. Sevarka is the first born daughter of her generation, and wanders to discover the the origins of her draconic blood and what that means for the legacy of the Sunseeker clan.

Neraden Runka (Regina)
Dwarf Barbarian
Alignment: Neutral Good

Neraaden (Nera like Vera for short) is the middle daughter of a large dwarf family. With 10 siblings, she feels underappreciated and overlooked by her family. She leaves her family with dreams of finding success on the road but encounters disaster almost as soon as she leaves. She persevered as she journeyed farther and father from home, hoping one day she might return home a celebrated hero.

Freya Redsun (Isabela)
Half-Elf Ranger
Alignment: Neutral Good

Freya is a half-elf that is striking out on her own after clashing with her elfish mother one too many times. She wants to find out who she is without the influence of her family. Freya’s mother was born into a royal elvish family but gave up the luxuries of that life to be with the human man she came to love. Freya carries the weight of her mother’s sacrifice with heavy resentment.

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Episode 172 - Harry Potter Houses

Come on. Admit it. You've taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It's a great geeky time killer at the very least.

This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them.

For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki)

Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry. Its emblematic animal is the lion and its colors are scarlet and gold.

Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play. Its emblematic animal is the badger, and Yellow and Black are its colors.

Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit. Its emblematic animal is the eagle, and its colors are blue and bronze.

Slytherin house values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness and was founded by Salazar Slytherin. Its emblematic animal is the serpent, and its colors are emerald green and silver.

The fandom dedicated to Harry Potter is highly devoted and there are many ways to look at the Hogwarts Houses. We have a great time discussing the quizzes and our own desires to "self sort" into the house we truly feel the most aligned to.

Quiz and Article Links

Buzzfeed - What Is Your Hogwarts House Percentage?

Pottermore - The Sorting Hat

Personality Lab - Find Your Hogwarts House - Harry Potter Sorting Hat Personality Test

The Sorting Hat Chats - The Basics of Our Sorting System (article - no quiz)

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Isabela, and Evan

To Discuss

What is your Harry Potter house? Are we friends or house enemies?

 

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Episode 171 - Guilty Pleasures

Guilty pleasures! We had a great time at this hangout. We first discuss what makes something a guilty pleasure. We decided it's often something you don't talk much about, you generally don't tell your friends or your family about it. Sometimes it might make you feel a little embarrassed that you enjoy it so much. Or it might be a show or movie that you watch and watch over and over again. 

Isabela previously discussed how guilty pleasures are often code for feminine. Romances are often described as guilty pleasures. One of the ideas we mention is they are often more light hearted or popcorn entertainment. 

The most amusing part of this hangout for me was hearing us defend each other's guilty pleasures and then finally finding something Mark considered a guilty pleasure, even if he didn't want to admit it. 

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Isabela & Mark & Julie

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Episode 170 - Capes & Baskets LIVE at Wizard World Portland

Capes & Baskets: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Superheroes

Were you unable to attend Geek Girl Con or Wizard World in Portland, Oregon? Have you always wanted to see The Geek Embassy's ambassadors in action?

Well, now is your chance! For our recent presentation in Portland, I was able to record our panel on my phone on a mini tripod recommended by a photographer friend of the show, Andrew. The sound isn't great but I think you can hear each of us well enough. Isabela is the faintest since she is farthest from the mic.

I truly adore this presentation. It represents the best of The Geek Embassy: a bunch of geeks merging their interests into a completely new idea. The genesis of this presentation came from me and Jen having cocktails one spring afternoon. All of sudden I had out a notepad and we were sketching through the ideas that ended up becoming the basis for this presentation.

To Discuss: Capes & Baskets

What fairy tales do you love? What superhero stories could you relate to that fairy tale? Can you make the connection? Want to challenge us to?

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Episode 169 - February LIVE Hangout: Relationships

Relationships

Those we love, those we wish for, and those we mourn. For our February hangout, we discuss relationships. We talk about canon couples: those fictional couples who set the bar for love and romantic gestures.

But we've talked about those geeky relationship moments before so to spice this up we threw in our favorite doomed couples and our favorite "ships" or relationships we wish for. AKA "Fanon." We've got some crazy matches in store for you and some sad couples who either had tragic ends or tragically ended their shows because they ended up together. (Writers: don't kill the sexual tension! It really ends things!)

My 'ship couple brought up quite a bit of discussion and some creative ideas. Check it out to see what crazy world we really would like to see come about.

We WRaP the end of the episode with what we are Watching, Reading, and Playing. So much great geeky material to discuss!

Make sure to check out the live video and the podcast episode.

Until next time, get  your geek on!

Regina & Isabela & Julie & Dante

To Discuss

Tell us:  Your favorite couples? Who do you 'ship? Who is doomed but awesome in your mind?

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Episode 168 - New Years Live Hangout

New Year's Eve has come and gone but the staff of The Geek Embassy had to take some time to reflect on 2016. We suffered plenty of misery, had some good times, saw some good movies, and read some great books. 2016 is one for the record books for sure and we are hoping that 2017 will bring everyone lots of joy.

Or at least a few less celebrity deaths.

Rhonda and I recall our fabulous time at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. We presented a great panel titled, "Capes & Baskets: What fairy tales can teach us about superheroes." It was really well received and a blast. The comments were amazing. It was so much fun to see people take our ideas and run with them. We also offered some advice about what not to do if you have a panel at a con. (The dreaded, "We want to hear from you!" is at the top of the list.)

We shared some of our expectations for 2017 and things we hope to find this year. We also shared some geeky gifts we got from the holiday season. One of Rhonda's gifts to me is going to play a pretty significant role this year for the site. Keep an eye out for that in the coming months.

Unfortunately, we will not be at Emerald City Comic Con this year. Our panel and press badges were both rejected. Maybe we will make it again in 2018.

Until next time, geek your geek on and have a fabulous 2017!

Regina & Rhonda & Mark & Ryan

To Discuss

What was your favorite moment from 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017? Let us know in the comments.

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Episode 167 - November Hangout

Get your geeky gifts here!

For our November hangout the staff of The Geek Embassy put together a wonderful gift guide of all kinds of geeky themed gifts. I won't lie. Quite of few of my suggestions are things on my very own wish list. Check out our consulate themed gift suggestions.

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Tantalus Depths

https://www.inkshares.com/books/tantalus-depths

Paper Girls

(volume 1, volume2 out Dec 6) - sci-fi

The Martian

https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Andy-Weir/dp/0553418025/

"Emergence" by David R Palmer

https://www.amazon.com/Emergence-David-R-Palmer/dp/0553245015/

http://product.half.ebay.com/Emergence-by-David-R-Palmer-1984-Paperback/1299986&cpid=2689560

Tickets to a play

https://www.pcs.org/oregontrail

Mothering the Game 

https://www.inkshares.com/books/mothering-the-game

The Dresden Files

https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Front-Dresden-Files-Butcher/dp/0451457811/

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ThinkGeek - Solar System Glasses

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/2033/

Art book - Lois van Baarle

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Loish-Look-Behind-Scenes/dp/190941428X

Cooling Pillow 

https://www.amazon.com/Acanva-Memory-Cooling-Natural-Standard/dp/B01JFRW1L4/

Nap Pillow Buddy

Minion

Storm Trooper

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MyBOOKmark bookmark

http://mybookmark-shop.com/

Postage Stamps

Star Trek postage stamps

Wonder Woman postage

Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse

http://www.target.com/p/lego-ghostbusters-firehouse-headquarters-75827/

3D Lamps

https://www.amazon.com/WOlight%C2%AE-Bedroom-Children-Decorative-Millennium/dp/B01FX8ILZY/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FW00NI6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tickets to Bridgetown Comedy Festival - 4 days of comedy in May

https://www.bridgetowncomedy.com/

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Tech:

Lumo Lift - Posture Coach & activity tracker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N9P8GMW/

Polk Swimmer Bluetooth Speaker

https://www.polkaudio.com/products/swimmer-duo

Electric Wine Bottle Opener

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YFI0O6/

Syma X5C Explorers drone with camera

https://smile.amazon.com/Explorers-2-4Ghz-6-Axis-Quadcopter-Camera/dp/B01CNGT0DG/

Apogee One

 

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7 Wonders - Duel

https://www.amazon.com/7-Wonders-Duel-Board-Game/dp/B014DMSTXK/

Superfight

https://www.amazon.com/SUPERFIGHT-Card-Game-Core-Deck/dp/B00E5QL2AC/

Mouse Guard RPG

http://www.mouseguard.net/book/role-playing-game/

Custom Photo Card Deck

http://photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/pdpgifts/type=playing_cards?tab=photo_Toys_PlayingCards

Dice Masters

Doodle and Dice bags (you never have enough)

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