Link Tank: 4 Essential Rules for Virtual Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons tips, the upcoming polar vortex, the closest black hole to Earth, and more in today's Link Tank!

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If you and your friends just got started with Dungeons and Dragons, these essential tips may be vital to keeping your game going.

“The necessity of social distancing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic means moving all campaigns online for the foreseeable future (unless you’re playing with your roommates). Looking to make your transition from tabletop to Internet as painless as possible? These four essential rules for remote campaigns are vital for those learning how to play virtual Dungeons & Dragons.”

Read more at The Portalist.

A polar vortex like the one we experienced in 2019 is expected to hit the East coast in May and bring in snow.

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“If you’re in the eastern U.S. and planning some gardening sessions, you might want to double-check the forecast. According to the Washington Post, a polar vortex like the one that hit the U.S. in 2019 is lurking and prepared to unleash chilly air in the eastern half of the country. Some areas can even expect snow—in Pennsylvania, maybe as much as an inch.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

There better be a second season of Amazon’s Upload; the season one cliffhanger is brutual!

“The very end of Greg Daniel’s new Amazon series Upload, a tech satire about a digital afterlife under capitalism, is a doozy of a cliffhanger. Just as Horizen “angel” Nora (Andy Allo) confesses her feelings to the uploaded tech entrepreneur Nathan (Robbie Amell), who is now residing in the depressing 2GB basement of the bougie Lakeview afterlife, Nathan runs out of his monthly data allotment and freezes. On top of that, Ingrid (Allegra Edwards) has uploaded herself to win back Nathan (and, presumably, to get away from her vengeful, angry father) and pays for 1GB of data to tell Nathan her big news.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Astronomers may have located the closest black hole to Earth some 1,000 light years away.

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“Observations demonstrate that a star system 1,000 light-years away, called HR 6819, contains an invisible source of mass influencing a companion star—in other words, a black hole. The detection of one of these ‘quiet’ black holes, meaning one that isn’t spewing telltale x-rays toward Earth, gives astronomers hope that they may be able to spot more in the future.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

You may have heard of a new species of insect commonly referred to on the internet as the “murder hornets.” Here’s everything you need to know about them.

“A species of insect previously unseen in the United States is here — and it’s big, fast, and deadly. Meet the Asian giant hornet, now popularly known as the “murder hornet.” This week a New York Times article on their emergence in Washington state caused the news of their arrival to go viral.”

Read more at Inverse.

Black Mirror creators recently said that the world is too bleak for Season 6. Our friends over at The Mary Sue have come up with some uplifting episode ideas.

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“The genre of science fiction has largely been used to create allegories about humanity and society. But what happens when these metaphorical worlds start resembling the very real world we live in? That is the issue facing Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.