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Rentpunk Game Jam: Nickel and Dimed

Rentpunk is a game jam for our uniquely precarious times.  In the current information economy, geek culture has become mainstream culture, yet the revenge of the nerds has been exacted at a terrible price.  The middle class is an anachronism.  Ghost towns dot the vast wasteland that separates major metropolises, their empty warehouses and factories more »

WotC makes PathGuy take his D&D Character Generators down

Everyone who plays Dungeon & Dragons, I’m afraid I have some bad news. A valuable resource is now gone from the internet. I regret to inform you that Wizards of the Coast have asked Ed “PathGuy” Friedlander to remove his D&D character generators from the internet. Which is a shame, because they’ve been making tabletop more »

Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle can be Frustrating

I don’t remember what I expected from Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle. I’m pretty sure that what I got wasn’t at all close to whatever it was that I did expect. If you’re considering picking up this recent Steam release, or if you’ve already made that decision, there are a few things you should know before more »

Kickstarter’s The Great Debate makes arguing fun

Arguing is a basic human survival trait. We can go for hours about where to eat or not to eat. Don’t let the debate turn to matters such as politics, religion or which Star Trek captain was best. Wait, actually let’s talk about all those things. The Great Debate is a board game project currently more »

D&D introduces LGBT identities in the core ruleset

Dungeons & Dragons has introduced new gender identities and sexual orientations into the Version 5 edition’s core ruleset. That’s great news for a game that is entirely about collaborative storytelling. While there had been nothing to prevent people from playing more than traditional male/female gender identities or any sexual orientation they wanted, it didn’t necessarily more »

Hand of Fate Preview: A RPG and cards combo

I love card games. From the simplest ones, like Go Fish, to Sequence, to collector cards like Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have always enjoyed them. They’re great to play with other people, or if you’re a loner you can always play good, ol’ reliable Solitaire. Well, Defiant Development’s new game, Hand of Fate, takes a love of more »

Marvel Dice Masters is one of gaming’s hottest sellers

Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs X-Men has taken off incredibly fast. An order WizKids games thought would last them 3-6 months has already sold out. Starter sets with a suggested price of $14.99 are going for $50 or more on eBay, while 60 count Gravity Feed booster boxes are hitting the $120 mark. WizKids is on more »

Pathfinder lets you be the hero of your world and comic

The biggest attraction of playing tabletop role playing games like Pathfinder is the chance to be the hero of your own story. You and your friends slay the dragon, capture the mighty treasure, and rescue the princess. Of course, all these heroic deeds are only known by you and your friends. All that will change in the Heroes of Magnimar Contest, to promote the release of the Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic series.

Kill Shakespeare board game smashes its Kickstarter goals

The comic book series Kill Shakespeare takes some of the Bard’s greatest heroes on an adventure to free the land from his greatest villains. The creators originally conceived it as an MMO, then realized they didn’t have the resources to go there. They opted for the comic book medium, where the only limits are the more »

Champions of Balance makes Neutral a good thing

Paizo, makers what is fast becoming (if it isn’t already) the most popular tabletop role playing game, Pathfinder, continues to release books at a steady pace. Their latest, Player Companion: Champions of Balance, adds something to Pathfinder, the spiritual descendent of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) that’s long been needed: a reason to be something besides a “Good” character.

Dwarven Forge will reach amazing heights with Caverns

When it comes to building dungeons, absolutely nothing compares to Dwarven Forge. I’ve used stuff from just about everyone, from Wizards of the Coast to WizKids to too many other companies to name, and Dwarven Forge does it best. That’s why I bought into their Kickstarter for their dungeon tiles (which raised nigh $2,000,000). I’m reaching for my wallet again, because now they’re having a Kickstarter for their Caverns tiles.

Monster Chef looking for tips

When it comes to games, I have to admit I’m a little jaded. Zombie game? Sure, which kind? Survival, control, co-op? I’ve played them all. World War II game? Sure, which type? Pacific war, D-Day, or tank battles? It’s rare to have a game, even a goofy game, that doesn’t neatly already fit into the genre or sub-genre of something I’ve already played many a time before. Monster Chef is just such a game.