Once again, I'm expanding on a twitter rant I had a couple of weeks ago. This time, it was spawned because of various facebook posts I've seen over the past couple of weeks in regards to Keyforge. If I were to summarize these posts, it would sound something like: OMG WHY IS KEYFORGE SO POPULAR? IT'S A DUMB CARD GAME AND A WAY FOR FFG TO MAKE MONEY CALLING IT A UNIQUE GAME WHEN ITS ACTUALLY JUST A CCG WITH A NEW COAT OF PAINT!Read More
Are you familiar with the Spoon Theory? I've linked to wikipedia for some quick info, but there's a lot more in depth stuff available to read on. Also, I'm not an expert, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Basically, the idea behind the Spoon Theory is that people only have a certain number of "Spoons" in a day, representing the amount of energy you have to conduct activities. For those with disabilities or mental illnesses, some tasks require more "spoons" than they would for another person, especially activities that require interacting with other people.Read More
Recently, CMON issued its Third Quarter Earnings report, in which they described a revenue loss of about $4.1 million. This has caused the "BGG elite", as I've come to know them, to go crazy and saying that the end times are coming for the board gaming industry. Is anyone else sick and tired of hearing about this? One company does not represent the whole of the board gaming industry. In fact, my position is that the CMON loss has less to do with industry trends and more to do with the fact that they just didn't have that many interesting kickstarters this year. I went on a twitter rant about it a few days ago, but I thought I'd dig into the numbers a bit more to explain myself.Read More
Arkham Horror is a popular board game from Fantasy Flight Games, but it is based on a RPG called "Call of Cthulhu" from Chaosium.
No news in this episode because we only recorded it a week after the last one! We fill in a few more reviews that didn’t make the cut in the last extravaganza, then we take some questions we found on Reddit and give our own unique answers to them. Oh and game shows!Read More
Continuing our look at all the RPG books on my shelves, this week we take a turn at Monte Cook Games as we reach my Numenera collection.
It’s been a month since a proper episode, so we make up for lost time with ALL THE REVIEWS! Ice Cool 2, Starship Samurai, Bloodborne expansion, Carthago, new Downforce maps, Scythe: Rise of Fenris, and I could still go on!!Read More
This week, I talk about the game Before There Were Stars from Smirk and Laughter and how I think it could help people wanting to become a GM.
By Chris Nickell
Editor’s Note: Chris is on the Dirtbags of Holding podcast, and has been playing RPGs (and running them as a GM) for years. I recently got a bunch of RPGs to review from Free League Publishing and asked Chris to help me out.
“The Red Plague hits a world already on the brink of collapse. Extreme climate change, global economic crisis, increasing conflict between old and new superpowers. When the pandemic comes, the last thin veneer of stability crumbles. … Yet life remains. Slivers of humanity survive the Apocalypse. In the Ark, a small settlement at the edge of a dead city, the People live. You are a spawn of humanity, but not quite human. You are twisted funhouse images, mutated freaks. Your bodies and minds have incredible powers, but you are unstable. … But the safe days are over. Food is running scarce, and the fight for what’s left is turning violent. “
The post-apocalyptic genre in gaming is one that I hold close to my heart. As a GM I love presenting my character players with their own version of the Kobayashi Maru (no-win scenarios) and watch as they debate the best course of action and roleplay through difficult decisions. Occasionally, I get a Kirk in the party that finds a way to cheat the system and pull a win out of a no-win scenario. Those situations make gaming history in our group and are truly the apex of our collective storytelling.Read More
In this week's segment, I head back to the shelves behind me and check out the next cube, featuring a lot of Fantasy Flight Games' RPGs, Kids on Bikes, Fate, etc.
Tales from the Loop is an awesome RPG set in the 1980s. The kickstarter for the next book is over, but you might be able to late back it by paying attention to this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/things-from-the-flood-sequel-to-tales-from-the-loo
We couldn’t possibly have 2 shows with guests back to back right? Nut so Fast! In fact, Curt Covert from Smirk & Dagger Games joins us to talk about his gaming and some of the neat releases that they have coming out soon.
This week, I talk about an experience I had at Gen Con this year and how it put me "on tilt" during a RPG.
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Never got to the actual gameplay, but enjoy some “old” footage of us making characters for the Black Crusade Warhammer 40K RPG.
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