Catmaze – Steamed Games

Do you like cats and video games? Do you have fond memories of classic series like Metroid or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night? Do you like games that allow you to collect cute animals? Do you like games with female protagonists who are not questing for romantic love? If you answered “Yes” to these questions then the recently…

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon – Steamed Games

What if Simon Belmont wielded a sword instead of a whip and wore a trench coat and pants instead of those booty shorts? If, like me, you’ve found yourself wondering those things, then Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon might be the retro-inspired video game for you! This homage to the classic Castlevania formula by ArtPlay, Inc and…

My “Player’s Notebook”

Today, I’m going to share something that’s a bit different. I’m not going to talk about world building or advice for Dungeon Masters/Game Masters or even social issues in tabletop gaming. Instead, I’m going to give players tips on something that has helped me be a better player and more engaged with the story and…

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale – Steamed Games

Let’s be honest, we’re all tired of being big damned heroes who save the world from the forces of darkness, right? Slaying dragons, hurling balls of fire that wreak havoc on our enemies, and decapitating foes with a vorpal blade is old helmet. True heroes with an adventurous spirit want to live the exiting, suspense-filled…

World Building 3 – Race and Racism in Tabletop RPGs

This is more of a thought piece on how to incorporate real-world issues realistically into the fantasy worlds of our tabletop RPGs. Scholars of popular culture from Henry Jenkins to the present have long noted that we can use such conflicts in fictional worlds to discuss similar issues in our own world. Heck, we all…

Hoppenhelm – Girls on Gaming

There are few mobile games I enjoy playing, and this little game, Hoppenhelm, is one of them. Are you tired of mobile games with a stupid amount of microtransactions that suggest that the game is “pay to win”? Do you hate energy mechanics that allow you to play for 2-3 minutes but then require you to…

It’s Not a Trap! When Less is More

I’ll start this off by stating the most basic truth:  I’m not a huge fan of traps in dungeon design.  I think that, more often than not, it’s an easy and lazy way to add difficulty or challenge to a dungeon.  Also, it’s not realistic to have numerous doors and chests and floor panels and…

Devil May Cry – Replay Value

Do these sound like your problems? Hordes of demons got you down? The wall between the world of humans and the demon world seems to be breaking, allowing “undesirables” to come through? Perhaps the Lord of Hell has a vendetta against your dad for sealing him away or something? No? Well, if you were Dante,…

Dracula: Rise of the Beast – Girls on the Page

As we Goth and Horror fans have known for decades, there has never been a shortage of tales speculating on how the Vlad the Impaler of history became the Count Dracula of legend. Some have been better than others. Some have offered some pretty outlandish theories. 2018’s Dracula: Rise of the Beast (edited by David Thomas Moore, and…

Open Legend RPG – First Thoughts

So, Leigh kickstarted the Open Legend RPG, and the Core Rulebook arrived this Wednesday. Open Legend is “a game of storytelling and adventure” that seeks to provide a set of rules that enable groups to tell stories from any genre in a manner that combines freeform storytelling with strategic fun. It’s similar to Iron Crown’s Champions system, which, though I…

A Hogwarts Mystery – Girls on Gaming

Have you ever wanted to attend Hogwarts? Have you wanted to be the star of an adventure in the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter where it was you and not the Boy Who Lived who could decide the fates of many? Have you ever wanted to see professors beam with pride at your accomplishments…

Avengers: Infinity War – Girls at the Movies

I hereby promise that this review of Avengers: Infinity War shall be spoiler free. And, I’ll also start by saying that Leigh’s response to discussing the film, which we saw last Tuesday, is still “I’m shook”. Oddly enough, I’m not shaken now – nor was I shaken at the film’s end. I think my initial response…