In Case of Werewolf, Play Games: Games For Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two days from now, millions of costumed peoples will descend upon suburban neighborhoods, ferreting out every last bit of chocolate and tasty candy treat before midnight. I presume they turn into pumpkins or something after that. Alright, maybe I have no idea how Halloween works. Those of you who don't plan on heading out on Saturday evening, I have prepared a short list of thematically appropriate games for All Hallow's Eve. Enjoy.

Rebel Galaxy: Almost a Browncoat

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Firefly holds a special place in the hearts of many. Gamers like myself have spent a great deal of time searching for a game that at least approximates the feeling of managing a raggedy crew at the edge of space. Our cohort have been enticed and allured by many prospective games in the past, usually leading to disappointment, many in recent memory (does anyone else remember that terrible Firefly tabletop game?). The one that has come closest is Rebel Galaxy, an independent title released last week on Steam, but it still doesn't quite hit that spot.

Destiny's New Exotics: A Primer

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I take pride in my ability to think tactically; to recognize patterns and quickly analyze situations. When it comes to Destiny, I’ve put my abilities to good use. Since the game’s launch, I’ve accumulated more than 32 days of time in game, walking numerous players through the raids and strikes, ferreting out secrets and dissecting the game’s most difficult encounters. I’ve also managed to lay hands on some of the game’s more elusive weapons and feel confident predicting their optimal use.

Tales From the Borderlands Review: The Best of Both Worlds

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Teamwork, trust, ambition; three words that sum up the Borderlands series. Omnipresent, even in their antithetical forms, these facets have been at the root of the franchise since the beginning. Where Borderlands 2 deepened the narrative of the franchise, Tales From the Borderlands increases it exponentially. Told through the lens of Telltale's characteristic methodology, Tales shows through as the best story to come out of the series' tumultuous universe.

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime is Blissfully Stressful

Thursday, October 15, 2015
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I'm a huge advocate for local multiplayer. I've filled my Steam Library with games like Samurai Gunn, The Yawhg, Monaco, and Nidhogg, and the most frequently played game on my PS4 is Towerfall: Ascension. I have utterly refused to purchase Halo 5 unless it somehow reintroduces a split screen co-op mode. So far, I've been lacking in good couch co-op games for the XBox One. I really like the FIFA and Forza series' but Wesley is not much for sports or racing games. We do have the excellent Rayman Legends but we're running out of teensies to rescue. We needed something to feed that fix and we found it in Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime.

Minecraft Story Mode, Episode 1

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1- The Order of Stone
 is a witty, fulfilling game that sets up what I hope to be a very entertaining series. Set in the universe of Minecraft (ahem, hence the name), Telltale's latest series is a more accessible game, aimed at the entire family rather than the strictly adult setting that Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us or Tales From The Borderlands. This is the first Telltale game since 2011's Back to the Future to hold less than a Mature rating from the ESRB but the seasoned developer hasn't lost any of its skill in the change of pace.

So You Bought Pro Skater 5; What Now?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Let's face it folks; Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is a mess. It's just a terrible game in almost every respect. While the news and numerous reviews have saved numerous would be consumers from buying this piece of garbage, there are still tons of you out there who were roped into pre-ordering it, or were given it as a gift by a well meaning friend or relative. It's hard to believe that something this bad could have carried a $60 price tag, and to help alleviate some of the hurt, we've come up with a few ways to get your money's worth out of it.

REDUX: Sweet Kobold Jesus

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

There's a running joke between Ssalarn and I about our tabletop games that his aim is to crush any plans I make. While he and MoreGun were part of our regular group, I grew a great deal as a player and a DM. Looking through some of our older posts, I found the genesis of that joke, which is actually one of the more poignant lessons I learned as a DM. I hope that this tale of group dynamics, railroading and lack of planning helps some of you aspiring dungeon masters out there.

Humble Monthly; Is it Worth it?

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Earlier today, Humble Bundle announced their latest in a number of additional services. In addition to offering multiple bundles (weekly bundles, book bundles, dedicated mobile bundles, etc) and their storefront, now you can give $12 a month to receive a hand picked bundle from the online purveyor of indie games and charitable donations. It's an interesting idea, and many people have likened it to a digital Loot Crate, but do the numbers really add up?