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,…

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…

The Five Area Dungeon

This post is about dungeon crafting, and it’s based on the Five Room Dungeon model. What I’m going to offer here are a few tips on expanding that model for those who want longer, more in-depth dungeons, why I like the “Five Room” model, and a refutation of some of the main criticisms of that…

Mirror – Steamed Games (Slightly NSFW)

If I have one guilty pleasure among video games, it’s Dating Sims. It’s something I’ve always hidden, because, growing up, a lot of people got mocked for playing them. You weren’t seen as a “serious” gamer, and as someone who’s won multiple World of Warcraft Arena Championships in the past, I’ve tried to maintain that I am…

World Building 2: Just a Small Town Tale

In my first World Building post I talked about starting small – giving your world a name, a brief history, a cosmological sketch, and then mapping out a single country. In this example, I mapped the island nation of Kalibor, home of the Elves. Now, we’re going to reduce the scale even more so that…

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure – Steamed Games

Let’s have a little bit of fun with a cute, light-hearted Action-RPG filled with bright colors, great voice acting, cute monsters, and generally good gameplay. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, which was originally a Japanese title first available in the West for the Sony PSP in 2007 and later released on Steam in 2015 by Mastiff. Given…

Gender Identity, Play, and the Tabletop RPG

Let’s talk about gender identity and play in a tabletop RPG setting. Now, I’m sure some of you are cringing at the thought. Some of you may be certain that I’m going to bash “white men” or the hobby store as a “boys club”. Neither of those is my goal for this post. I’m going…

Skill Checks: Success by Degree

When I started running a FantasyAGE campaign last year, I spent a lot of time reflecting on how I handle Skill Checks or Tests or whatever the system wants to call them. I know that when I first started DMing, I used a very simple metric:  Pass/Fail.  If the player’s roll met the requirements for passing, they…

Sigi: A Fart for Melusina – Steamed Games

With my cat Zuzu purring on my lap, I’m sitting down to review Pixel.lu’s retro-style action-platformer: Sigi: A Fart for Melusina (Steam, $2.99). Do you have fond memories of Ghosts & Goblins but lack the time to play such a challenging game today? Have you been looking for a retro-style game that’s bright and visually appealing, like the…