Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Gary Gygax’s Saga of Old Town

First, Gary Gygax created Dungeons & Dragons. Then, he created the fantasy world of Oerth and its greatest city, Greyhawk. Then, he set his mind to writing a D&D novel set in Greyhawk—the tale of Gord, a young street urchin who rises from poverty and imprisonment to become one of the greatest thieves on the…

Microsoft Store listing reveals ‘Two Point Hospital’ follow-up

Two Point Campus, the next game from Two Point Studios, has leaked thanks to a too early listing on the Microsoft Store. Realizing its mistake, Microsoft pulled the game’s store page, but not before someone on the Quarter to Three forum managed to save several screenshots, and Kotaku went on to share them. Quarter to…

Sony’s Tiny New Speaker Is a Great Travel Buddy

Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo Listen, the criteria for portable Bluetooth speakers are not complicated. They’ve got to be easy to carry, sound decent, and not get trashed if you have butterfingers or get caught in the rain. The Sony SRS-XB13 ticks off all these boxes, but it isn’t the best we’ve ever tested. You’ll have to…

LG has reportedly stopped making smartphones

LG has taken an important step toward shutting down its mobile business. The last LG phones have rolled off the production line and the company will no longer manufacture handsets after Monday, according to Asia Business Daily. Engadget has contacted LG for confirmation. The company announced plans in early April to wind down its phone…

Google Photos’ free unlimited storage ends tomorrow

Like it or not, the moment is nearly here: Google Photos is ending its free unlimited storage on June 1st. From then on, any photo you upload (including compressed “storage saver” pics) counts toward your Google Drive storage limit unless it comes from a Pixel phone. If you need more space, you’ll have to pay…

California’s Drought Is So Bad, Farmers Are Ripping Up Almond Trees

Almond trees sit on the ground before being shredded.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) The drought has crept across not just California but the entire West. The area in drought reached the largest extent recorded in the 21st century, which itself has a freakishly dry two decades for the region. Research shows even before the current…

54 Brand New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your June Reading List

A crop of the cover of Bacchnal by Veronica G. Henry.Image: 47North June is upon us, which means it’s time to fill your summer reading list with all the brand-new sci-fi and fantasy books you can stuff into a beach bag. Good thing we’ve got 54 titles to choose from, with time travelers, reluctant heroes,…

NASA Budget Request Revives Science, Maintains Focus on Lunar Landing

NASA’s upcoming Earth System Observatory “will guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes,” according to the space agency. The thermal image shown above is of Hurricane Maria from 2017.Image: NASA NASA’s first budget request under the Biden administration seeks funding increases toward science, STEM education, and…

This bag has lasted me nearly 20 years

It was 2004, I needed a backpack for university, and the only requirement was that it had to be pretty hard-wearing. Textbooks are weighty, cumbersome and numerous, and I needed something that would withstand that sort of assault. In a local mountaineering store I picked up The North Face’s Modem backpack at some crazy discount….