World Building 6 – Economics and You(r World)

Let’s step back from the heavy topics like race, culture, and sex/gender for a bit and talk about the always exciting world of economics! I’m not going to get into the sexy topics of trade wars among nations or rival guilds assassinating each other’s leaders to gain control of a particular region’s apple production (though those…

World Building 5 – Mythology and Culture

One of the goals for my new homebrew world that I’m most passionate about is to remove many of the old fantasy tropes that bring all their baggage with them to any new edition.  I’ve talked about these in my last two World Building columns on Race and Culture. Now, I’m going to turn away…

World Building 4: From Races to Cultures

I know that I touched on Race and Racism in my last World Building post, but as I’ve thought about the issue more, I think that we, as gamers, can go beyond these basic descriptions in our manuals to create living, breathing, realistic worlds in which to tell our stories. We can create worlds that…

Cat Lady – Two Board Girls

When Nixie and I do laundry, we always bring a board game with us to help pass the time. And we’ll be honest, we have a lot of games that claim to be for “between 2 and x players”, but when played with only two people, either the game drags or the mechanics prevent the…

Hit Me with Your One-Shot!

This post has been delayed a few weeks due to my hectic schedule over the past few weeks, but what I’ve been doing has helped me refine this post.  For those not following my personal Twitter, I’ve been participating in RPG Lab’s Women in Tabletop Gaming Month event. I’ve participated in three panels and DMed…

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…