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ThinkGeek is livestreaming a one-shot Dungeons and Dragons campaign for International Tabletop Day!

Join the adventure at 3 PM ET, Saturday April 30th on Twitch, and you could win some loot of your own!

Let's take some time to get to know our ragtag crew before they get to the hackin' and slashin':

Drogon Eagleclaw - Half-Orc Barbarian (Played by Midge)

The last of the Blood-Fist Clan, Drogon's family camp was raided by a rampaging human army. Those that weren't killed were captured and enslaved, including the Clan matriarch, Drogon's mother. Discovering she was pregnant with her slaver's half-human child, she escaped her bondage and fled to give birth to Drogon. Exiled and alone, no-one would take them in. Barely surviving on their own, Drogon's mother was ultimate murdered by a black-cloaked wizard, and stole their only possession - a powerful gauntlet worn only by the chieftain of the clan - Drogon's birthright. Hidden in the hollow of a dead tree, the child Drogon could only watch, and did nothing to help his mother, but he vowed that one day he would find the wizard who killed his mother and reclaim the Gaunlet of Gurshon. His singular purpose brought him to the cities west of the Sky Spire where a street-gang provided for him. There he grew into a strong enforcer, learning the ways of battle and stealth, but never forgetting his true purpose.

Boo - Human Rogue (Played by Noreen)

Born to a wealthy family, Boo wanted for nothing. Every desire was provided, and all the world's abundance was hers for the asking. She excelled in her lessons - dance, acrobatics, and music, but became bored with her gilded life. Seeking adventure, she snuck out every night getting into bar fights, and stealing trinkets and baubles for the thrill of it all - that is, until one day when tragedy struck her family. In a flash of arrogance and hubris, her family lost their entire fortune which left Boo forever changed. Now, sullen and withdrawn, this once good-natured thrill seeker has turned cold and vengeful.

Agnes Radcliffe - High Elf Wizard (Played by Erin)

A bright young elf of only 212 year, Agnes comes from a proud family of wealthy elven nobility, and as such, was given a highly sought after position in the High Archives. A voracious reader, she devoured every book and scroll she was able to get her hands on. Her life changed the day she discovered the Harold the Potter collection - a popular series of novels a young potter's apprentice who attends a wizarding school. Abandoning all other studies, she devoted herself to the study of wizardry. Overjoyed at their daughter's scholarly approach to life, her parents were delighted to send her to University, until she was expelled for "disruptive behavior." This pattern, sadly, repeated itself until she decided that the fictional world of "Pigpimples School of Wizardry" would never compare to the tedium of actual Wizarding schooling. Disappointed with their daughter's lackadaisical approach to schooling, she was barred from returning home until she "at least completes a wizarding certificate program, for gods' sake, Agnes!" Now, she wanders the land looking for adventure, and people who are willing to read her works of transformative fiction. After all, she is the protagonist of her own story. How much trouble could she get into?

Inidani - Tiefling Ranger (Played by Alicia)

Often mistaken for half-fiends, Tieflings are often mistrusted creatures. It should be no wonder - their curling horns, deep-set red eyes, pointed teeth and tails did nothing to dispel the myth. As a youngster, Inidani used others fear of her as a way to keep her distance from other people. As she grew older, she withdrew to the forest where she learned to deeply respect the natural world around her. She taught herself to fight, survive, and thrive amongst the creatures and trees of the woodland and stay as far away from the work of mankind as possible. She does venture into the city occasionally, though more from curiosity than necessity. She's unflinchingly bold, direct, and often brusque, showing no patience for the trappings of culture.

Noruc Stormriver - Dwarven Paladin (Played by Aaron)

The second son of the King of Earthspar, Noruc was offered, but rejected a seat on his father's small council. He, instead, found his calling performing good works for the Church of Moradin, the Dwarf God of Creation. There, he helped build great temples, spires, and huge edifices of stone and steel. His noble position granted him a great deal of sway with the Church, until the Usurper came. His cousin, Khudroth Stormriver, with the backing of the Church, assassinated the King and Noruc's older brother, Borolin, and defiled the Church of Moradin. Noruc himself escaped only with his life, though the shame of having to flee shattered him. Now, Noruc gathers his strength - adventuring in the world, hoping to find treasure and allies with which he can return to Earthspar, dethrone his cousin, and regain his birthright.

Find us at www.twitch.tv/thinkgeek

Kobolds and goblins and adventure - oh my! All at Twitch.tv/thinkgeek

Would you like to go on an adventure?

Hail, brave warriors! And wizards... and rogues... and paladins... well, you catch our drift. ThinkGeek is livestreaming a one-shot Dungeons and Dragons campaign on Twitch this Saturday, Apr 30, at 3 PM ET! We hope to see you there! This is our first Twitch livestream, and we're super excited to participate in International Tabletop Day. We gathered up a bunch of D&D noobs from around the office, added one awesome DM, 3 bags of Doritos, and a camera - it's going to be a ton of fun.

We've got a lot in store for our adventurers, so watch it happen live at 3 PM ET on April 30! Who knows, there might even be some loot in it for you too - you'll have to tune in for your chance to win.

We're at PAX East! Find us at booth #6188.

We're ready to take on PAX East! Find us at booth #6188.

PAX East, here we come!

Hey there, con-monkeys! Who's going to be in Boston this weekend?! We hope to see you there! This is our fourth PAX East and we're excited to spend a weekend in Boston when the temperature is above 40 degrees! Catch the PAX East Away Team at Booth #6188 to purchase your favorite TG goodies and hang out with Timmy!

We've got a lot in store for all you con-goers this weekend, including con exclusives and freebies!


The Official Guide to Stalking ThinkGeek at PAX East 2016

Where to Find Us:

  • For most of the con, you can find us at booth #6188. Along with our newest and most popular items, we'll be carrying some con exclusives as well. Pick 'em up before we run out!

Swag:

Half-Life Pinny Arcade Pin

Half-Life Pinny Arcade Pin

D20 Pinny Arcade Pin

D20 Pinny Arcade Pin

Critical Hit Galaxy D20s

Critical Hit Galaxy D20s

  • We have a con-exclusive that's OUT OF THIS WORLD! Grab your Galaxy Critical Hit D20s at booth #6188.
  • ThinkGeek is debuting two new Pinny Arcade pins at PAX East this year! We'll have the D20 Pin and the Half-Life pin available, so stop by and get yours before they're gone.

Freebies:

  • Check back here each morning before the show (or follow us on social) to get each day's magic words - then come by the booth to earn yourself a li'l somethin' somethin':
    • Friday: "Test your might!"
    • Saturday: "Flawless victory!"
    • Sunday: "MOOORTAL KOMBAT!"

Can't make it to PAX East?

  • Don't worry, we've got you covered! Check out our latest video game merch:
8-Bit Get a Life Tee

8-bit Get a Life Tee

Don't Quit Tee

Don't Quit Tee

Halo Needler

Halo Needler

See you all there!

Our Solar System

(Image Source: Space.com)

Happy Earth Day!

It seems pretty suspicious to us that our rock is the only one we've found life on so far, but all that could change in an instant. We asked fans to answer the question...

Where do you think life might be found next in our solar system?

And the results are in!

Where will we find life next?

Have other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

ThinkGeek's Geek Trivia Night!

The Force is strong with them.

Tickets are on sale NOW!


May the 4th!

Feel the Force flow through you at Geek Trivia Night at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. on Wednesday, May 4th. We'll find the droids we're looking for, complete the circle, and maybe save the galaxy. Don't worry, we'll never tell you the odds.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 11th on Brown Paper Tickets. There is a limited amount, so if it's anything like the previous Trivia Nights, tickets will sell out FAST. We suggest you start recruiting and forming your team of 6-8 people now! Choose your teammates wisely because we'll ask about anything. Don't let the Star Wars theme fool you!

Psssst, we'll also have a special prize for "Best Costume" that night. So come in your best Star Wars cosplay!

The Details:

  • Geek Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. The venue serves food and drink (purchased separately) for you to indulge on while participating in the trivia fun.
  • Doors open at 7pm ET, with the festivities running until 10:30pm. There will be 4 rounds of questions, 10 questions per round.
  • Tickets are $15 each and go on sale Monday, April 11; they will be sold at a first come, first serve basis. We recommend teams purchase their tickets together.
  • Due to the nature of the content of this show, and the fact that the host can't be trusted to keep his mouth shut, ThinkGeek is requiring that all attendees be 18+. Thank you for understanding.
  • Teams must be composed of 6-8 people. We will be contacting the ticket purchasers later regarding your team name, members, and leader. If you have less than 6 but still want to play, we can match you up, but you must agree to leave your fate up to the almighty Timmy! There will be time at the beginning of the night for you to meet your new team & form new friendships.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Think your team has what it takes?! Come out and prove it on May 4th!