Cary Elwes on Surviving the Fire Swamp and Other Princess Bride Shenanigans

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Miranda Penn Turin
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... The Princess Bride has it all. Actor Cary Elwes, better known to diehard Princess Bride fans as farmboy Westley-cum-Dread Pirate Roberts, has harnessed the magic of the movie in his new book, As You Wish.

Even though The Princess Bride has won over legions of fans since its initial release in 1987, Elwes wasn't quite sure what the reception to his behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film would be like. Turns out he had nothing to be worried about. Since its release in October, As You Wish has spent three months on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

This weekend, Elwes will continue his book tour, which will bring hundreds of Princess Bride fans to the Mall of America where there will be both a signing and a screening of the movie.

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Cary Elwes Says As You Wish to Fans With a Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Princess Bride


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Fantasy Map Maker Levi Mills Talks Midwestern Pride and the Power of Reddit

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Courtesy of Levi Mills
The power of Reddit can be the thing that makes or breaks your chance at internet notoriety. For artist Levi Mills of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Reddit proved the perfect place to debut a pair of maps showing what his state might look like if it were more Middle Earth than Midwest.

Last week, Mills uploaded his paintings of Wisconsin and Minnesota done in the style of classic fantasy maps. Since then, the response has been overwhelming. We chatted with Mills about how he got started with this style of cartography and what's next on his list of maps.

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This Is the Most Fantastic Map of Minnesota We've Ever Seen


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This Is the Most Fantastic Map of Minnesota We've Ever Seen

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Randen Pederson
Minnesota deserves an epic map for all its natural glory.
UPDATE: We chatted with map-maker Levi Mills about his inspiration, the power of Reddit, and what states he's got next on his to-do list.

Ever wondered what it would look like if Minnesota was part of Middle Earth or Westeros? Now you can see... sort of.

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50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota


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Say Goodbye to Productivity: You Can Play Oregon Trail Online for Free Now

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Ready to begin your journey?
It might be 2015, but now you can kick it like it's 1848 (without succumbing to piracy). Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can now play Minnesota's greatest-ever contribution to educational gaming: Oregon Trail.

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Oregon Trail: How three Minnesotans forged its path


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Minneapolis Comic Con Returns This Spring

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Tatiana Craine
Last year, Wizard World's first-ever Minneapolis Comic Con brought thousands of sci-fi lovers, fantasy buffs, and comics fans out to the Convention Center to mix and mingle, see celebs, and pick up a bunch of geeky gear. Comic Con is back again in 2015, and we're excited for this year's shenanigans.

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Best Costumes at Minneapolis Comic Con 2014


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Ruination: City of Dust Turns the Future into a Game to Be Solved

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Photo courtesy Northern Lights.mn
Who says games are just for kids? This weekend, Northern Lights.mn teams up with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for an interactive game that takes place all around Lake Nokomis and the creek. Ruination: City of Dust mixes science-fiction with real science in a game of physical and mental challenges.

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Dos and Don'ts of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

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Renaissance vikings!
Believe it or not, there's more to the Renaissance Festival than people dressed in costumes and barrels upon barrels of mead. With shows, rides, parades, games, and more, it can be overwhelming trying to plan out your trip back in time.

We spent a whole day at the hallowed Ren Fest to discover the dos and don'ts of wandering around ye olde Shakopee without missing out on the best parts. We learned plenty, and wanted to impart our new-found wisdom to you -- like don't spill mead on yourself because that sweet, sticky mess that will have the bees buzzing around you all day.

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Renaissance Festival 2014: How to enjoy ye olde Shakopee on a budget


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What Is a Furry? Beyond the Masks at Furry Migration 2014 [VIDEO]

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First things first: What's a furry? Well, to put it simply, it's a subculture of individuals that celebrate and roleplay as anthropomorphic animal characters. But even within the community, there's some contention as to what exactly being a furry means.

We went to the first annual Furry Migration this year to get a special sneak-peek behind the scenes -- and behind the masks -- to learn what being a furry is really all about.

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Why Comic-Con is Really About Community

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Welcome to Night Vale coming to Minneapolis

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All hail the mighty Glow Cloud... the Twin Cities will welcome Night Vale into town this summer.

The Welcome to Night Vale crew just announced a summer 2014 tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, and Minneapolis made it onto the shortlist.

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Highlights from Comic Con 2014 panels: Firefly, Doctor Who, William Shatner, and Sean Astin

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Photos courtesy of Steven Cohen and Stacy Schwartz
Last weekend, we camped out in panel room 100 during Comic Con 2014 to catch the best talks with some of the convention's biggest stars. Here are the highlights from Sean Astin, William Shatner, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Robert Englund's panels just for you.

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Seeking out Wizard World's D-List


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