Category Gaming

Kickstarter Spotlight: Blueshift

I am a huge fan of 4x strategy games and it is exceptionally rare to see this genre represented well in board games.  Sure, there are a lot of good strategy games out there, Catan comes to mind most readily, but for a game to capture all four of the X’s well is exceptionally rare. […]

Four Things That Made Final Fantasy Tactics the Perfect SRPG

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 […]

Indy Spotlight: The Witch is Dead

“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 […]

Why Performance Matters: A Consumer’s Take on the SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike

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 […]

Heroes in the Darkness: A Look at Roleplaying Horror Adventures

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 […]

The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Go, and the Evolution of Adventure

So, even if you’ve been living under a rock these days you’ve probably heard some of the craze about Pokemon Go being out (because someone probably looked under your rock for a Geodude). The game itself is still in something like a beta, and even though trading still hasn’t become a thing this game has […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Copper Dreams

Copper Dreams is an upcoming cyberpunk RPG by Whalenought Studios, creators of the strategy RPG Serpent in the Staglands.  Stepping into the far future, Copper Dreams looks to offer all of the best and most iconic parts of dystopian sci-fi: corrupt agencies, digital espionage and hardened mercenaries trying to make ends meet in a dirty […]

Campaign Idea: Your Shining Armor Won’t Save You

My “Campaign Ideas” section is an idea I’m trying where I talk about concepts for a game.  Not full-fledged adventure paths, but rather a theme that you can build your game around.  This is a sort of practice for me getting back into writing, and hopefully will build toward me writing full-fledged adventure modules.  For now, […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Arcadian Atlas

Arcadian Atlas is a tactics-style RPG in the same vein as Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre.  Fortunately, the genre has stopped being so obscure that every game within it needs to include the word “tactics” in the title just so you’ll know what you’re getting, but I digress. Arcadian Atlas feels shares a tone […]

The Significance of Tracer’s Booty

I haven’t been terribly active lately, but sometimes I see a thing that just feels like it’s worth a comment.  Today, that issue is Tracer from Blizzard’s new first person shooter Overwatch, and her booty.  Now, I have been at most passively following Overwatch.  I’m not huge on FPS’s but I do really like the […]