blackcloset

Black Closet is a relatively obscure but very good title by Hanako Games, a relatively obscure but very good developer.  The game is set at an all-girls boarding school where you take on the role of Elsa Jackson, the newly elected president of an absurdly powerful student council.  Your responsibilities as president include keeping the […]

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Happy New Year everyone! I want to start the year off right, by talking about one of the few games that is, in my opinion, just about as close to perfect as a game can be.  So let’s get started. Nearly 20 years ago Squaresoft released the actual perfect videogame in Final Fantasy Tactics.  At […]

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Super Dungeon Tactics, for those that don’t know, is a tactical RPG video game based on the “Super Dungeon Explore” board game made by Soda Pop Minis.  Super Dungeon Tactics was developed by Underbite Games and appears to be their first official video game (as it is the only game on their website).  The trailer, […]

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“The Witch is Dead” is a free one-page free RPG by Grant Howitt.  Designed to be played in a single session, “The Witch is Dead” gives its players control over one of the late witches familiars and a single goal: revenge.  You see, the witch was not the wicked kind.  She was wise and benevolent […]

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This year I won National Novel Writing Month for the first time, in what was my second year of participating.   My first year I washed out after about 11,000 words, and every other novel writing attempt I’ve made has died out within the first few pages (and that’s being generous).  Still, this year I cranked […]

If you follow the game industry then you’re probably at least passingly familiar with the SAG-AFTRA video game strike that’s going on.  If you’re not, though, I’ll do my best to summarize it:  SAG-AFTRA, a union of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is the union that represents […]

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Horror is a genre that’s very easy to do poorly.  Whether we’re talking literature, cinema, or games it’s really easy to screw up being scary because fear is a difficult emotion to effectively manipulate, particularly in an observer.  It can be really difficult, for example, to take advantage of certain primal fears in the mind […]

Wizard

Buff spells are powerful.  Buff spells are almost necessity level powerful, to the point that clerics and druids are arguably better classes for straight up combat classes and spell casters in general are always considered top tier.  However, I’ve noticed that a lot of combat works like this… DM:  Alright, you can see through the […]

Multiverse

(This article is about extraplanar adventures in roleplaying games, not flying machines.) “We’re about to hit the next story arc of our campaign,” I said to my players, visibly very excited, “Does anyone want to suggest a theme?” Now, for those of you who don’t know, this is a dangerous proposition.  This is how you end up […]

I haven’t been posting very much, and a large part of that has been that my gaming habits have been a bit off lately.  Part of that is time:  I have a day job, I’m getting ready to go back to school, I run an anime and gaming convention in my home town, and as […]