Guilds are urban creatures. They cannot survive without cities. They are parasites on the fantasy body politic, reaching their spider-like legs into the deepest recesses of civic culture. Although membership is nominally voluntary everyone in town belongs to a guild: the doctors, the barbers, the bakers, the carters, the shoemakers and even the wizards. Especially […]
When I was a kid, we could watch a D&D cartoon and buy AD&D toys at most toy stores. Now, our selection of D&D items appears to be mostly limited to games. t-shirts, and leather goods. Read for musings about how things have changed for D&D merch over the last 30 years, and childish hopes for the future. My heart and wallet ache.
I played 30 games for the occasion of turning 30. Here they all are.
You have been sucker punched. As a gamer, you’ve been categorized and used as a negative stereotype to illustrate points about terrible movies. Video games and gamers get a bum rap in film criticism. Film critics seem to like to use video games and the people who play them as a culturally understood idiom. This practice makes the critics look as bad as what they might be criticizing.
In which Chatty miraculously fits his highlights of a spectacular convention in only one 1500 words post. A record some will say!
This week I’d like to take a look at how often all of you play tabletop RPGs. My own D&D campaign has been on a short hiatus for four weeks now and will be resuming in early November, but leading into the holiday season I’m scared the schedule is going to be disrupted for the next few adventures.
Overview Lord of the Rings Risk: Trilogy Edition, a board game by Hasbro and Parker Brothers released in 2003, takes the classic game of Risk and transports it into Tolkien’s Middle Earth. In addition to the change of theme, the game builds on the classic Risk mold by adding several new elements – presenting new […]
This year’s gift guide goes out to all of you last minute shoppers who need to pick up some games and gifts for all the nerds in your life. Many of our suggestions are products we’ve reviewed, so I will link to the review where appropriate.
Our rather appropriate presidential poll has now closed, and it looks like we’re all doomed! I myself was almost swayed by the logical tagline, “Why settle for the lesser of two evils?” I held out, but most of you just couldn’t resist the Elder Sign ticket coming in with the small win at 31%. Not […]
In short: Braid is an excellent game. It successfully integrates all aspects of game making into one cohesive unit with a mature theme. Even with the $15 price tag, it is worth downloading. I read a bit about a game called Braid on Penny Arcade the other day. I tend to agree with Tycho about […]