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AcadeCon gaming convention at the Dayton Convention Center Photo: AcadeCon goers, surrounded by vendors and speakers, play Dungeons and Dragons By Josher Lumpkin People who enjoy playing tabletop games know that one of the staples of the community is the gaming convention. At gaming conventions (lovingly abbreviated as “cons” by those in the know), enthusiasts […]

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Back to square one

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Dayton Music Festival promises two nights of music from the Miami Valley Photo: Dayton pop-punk band The Raging Nathans opens the Dayton Music Festival Friday night at Blind Bob’s. Photo: Todd White By Josher Lumpkin Dayton Music Festival (DMF) is a homegrown annual tradition that has served to exhibit some of the incredible local region’s best […]

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A mini convention for big ideas

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Rosewood Arts Centre’s Suburbicon promises fun and excitement for all ages Browsing the goods at Suburbicon; photo: Shayna McConville by Josher Lumpkin This Saturday, comic book fans and their families will have a unique opportunity to attend a fun event for people of all ages. Rosewood Arts Centre’s “Suburbicon” is a kid-friendly comic extravaganza with […]

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Legendale, a different kind of musical.

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Fantasy video game musical makes its U.S. premier at The Loft Theatre Photo: Actors for the show Travis Mitchell, Rachel Flynn, Max Crumm, and Abby Church By Josher Lumpkin So, I have to start off this review by stating for the public record that, while I have a fond appreciation of the theatre, I am […]

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Gen Con’s semi-centennial celebration

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Indianapolis transformed into fantasy wonderland for historic gaming convention Photo:  Union, Ohio’s own Capstone Games was at Gen Con 50 exhibiting their new title, The Ruhr.; photo: Josher Lumpkin by Josher Lumpkin For hobby gamers, the long-running gaming convention Gen Con in Indianapolis is like Walt Disney World. Whether your poison is board games, role […]

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Origin stories

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DCP plays back Origins Game Fair in Columbus The crowd at this year’s Origins Game Fair, the second largest analogue gaming convention in the U.S.; photo: Jacob Sigafoos By Josher Lumpkin Reporting on Origins Game Fair (OGF) in Columbus, my initial impulse was to go on a Hunter S. Thompson-like bender. I imagined myself in […]

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Killing time

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Dayton supergroup Lioness releases Time Killer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Nathan Peters (front) and some of the other 10 members of Lioness conquer Jimmie’s Ladder 11 June 24 with Time Killer; photo: Jennifer Taylor By Josher Lumpkin There’s a uniqueness to the new Lioness record that could only be achieved by having 11 seasoned musicians […]

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The straight dope

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Josh Goldman, 5 punk bands give fans more than they bargained for at Blind Bob’s Photo: The Raging Nathans’ (l-r) Nick Hamby, Jared Reynolds, and Josh Goldman perform June 1 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Larry TV By Josher Lumpkin It’s not every day that fans of live music have an opportunity to witness five solid […]

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This one’s on the house

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Two artists return to Free Comic Book Day at Super-Fly By Josher Lumpkin Photo: ‘Kingfisher’ by Travis Lewis, who makes an appearance May 6 at Super-Fly Comics For geeks, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is like Christmas morning. We have trouble going to sleep the night before, with visions of Spider-Man dancing in our heads. We […]

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Nerd to the core

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Rapper Juice Lee gets geeky at Super-Fly’s Free Comic Book Day By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Juice Lee drops nerd-core hip-hop May 6 at Super-Fly Comics; photo: Salim Williams In Juice Lee’s song “The Dark World,” the rapper spits flowing streams of philosophy over a beat mixed from the music of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: […]

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All in the cards

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Local entrepreneur Adam Wik celebrates Galatune card game release at D20 By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Adam Wik (second from right) shows gamers how to play his battle card game, Galatune; photos: Josher Lumpkin Adam Wik is about to see 18 years of hard work and imagination pay off. His Japanese animation-inspired, battle card game, Galatune, […]

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Let By Gods be By Gods

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The By Gods blast ‘simple, catchy, loud’ at Peach’s, Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The By Gods teleport Blind Bob’s to the ’90s on March 24 and Peach’s Grill on March 25; photos: Bradley Spitzer Sometimes a band stands out by being exceedingly technical and of such accomplishment and talent that every song is […]

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It’s a mad, mad world

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Mad Anthony takes 52-track Mad Anthology to Blind Bob’s, Peach’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Mad Anthony’s (l-r) Adam Flaig, Ringo Jones, and Marc Sherlock play Blind Bob’s and Peach’s this weekend photo: Nikita Gross   Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony got a crazy idea in August of 2014, after releasing their last full-length record, Sank for Days. “We […]

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On tabletop of the world

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DayCon Game Day brings gamers of all stripes to Fairborn By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Uncharted Seas by Spartan Games, one tabletop gaming option at DayCon’s Game Day, Feb. 18; photos: Randy Miller Like most great events, this Saturday’s DayCon Game Day 2017 started out as a small venture that quickly snowballed into something much […]

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A little Me Time

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Me Time releases Vol.2  at Cloverdale By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Me Time’s Andy Smith feels out the band’s Vol. 2 at Cloverdale Nov. 5; photo: Bill Cunningham For years now, Andy Smith has been churning out some of the best music in the Dayton scene. A talented guitarist and prolific songwriter, Smith has taken the stage […]

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Stem Comes First

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Building Robots & Communication with First Lego League By Josher Lumpkin It’s no secret the Miami Valley region has a history as a bastion for innovators and inventors. Whether it’s the airplane or the cash register, the parachute or pop-top, so many gadgets, devices, and doodads were conceived of or perfected right here in our […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]