https://youtu.be/nDEhuMP-rbQ And here's the video's script: It is a talented studio that can create a seamless experience out of Citizen Sleeper's several divergent elements. On the one side, I'm faced with this absolutely adorable character art by Guillaume Singelin--dare I call it cutesy? It's lo-fi art, the kind you expect to see when you open... Continue Reading →
Three Great Optional Rules To Spice Up Your D&D Campaign
As I prepare to jumpstart an ambitious new campaign with my RPG group of six years, I'm excited to explore several optional rules to enrich my players' experience--let's jump into them! 1. Dael Kingsmill's Major Injuries Magical healing can really lower the stakes for your adventuring party. Have a good enough healer, every cut, bruise,... Continue Reading →
My Thoughts on DIE: The RPG Beta by Kieron Gillen | The Godbinder as Miracle Worker on Credit
Previous || Next Last time, I spoke about the Dictator's capacity to inject emotional tension by unravelling other characters in horrific ways, either by mistake or by design. Giving the Dictator the stage in-between action sequences is even more rewarding than having them in the thick of it, bending allies to their will rather than... Continue Reading →
My Thoughts on DIE: The RPG Beta by Kieron Gillen | The Dictator as an Architect of Dramatic Tension
Previous || Next Last time, I spoke about the differences between D&D 5e and DIE - the greater degree of collaboration between DM and players, the "narrative first" approach rather than a mechanical stringency, and the accent on complex interpersonal relationships established during the first stage of the game, the persona generation. In DIE, there's... Continue Reading →
Baldur’s Gate 3 – My Favourite Bugs, Again (Patch 3)
https://youtu.be/NY7uuiKcIbc Between the two of us, Baldur's Gate 3 is everything a D&D player might want, especially when his five-year-old group keeps ghosting him. Larian Studios' Early Access title does have a 𝔣𝔢𝔴 bugs. A smattering of them. Tiny, tiny amount. But amusing, most of them - as you will discover for yourselves. Follow me... Continue Reading →
Horizon Zero Dawn As Tragedy and the Shifting Context of Datapoints
Hiya folks! I recently finished Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn on PC and I've been thinking about how the context of secondary information in it shifts as you play - in this video essay, I look to the ways in which Guerrilla's writing team has managed to craft one of the finest stories in gaming.... Continue Reading →
Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access: My Favourite Bugs
The Early Access of Baldur's Gate 3 is beyond fun, but like all early builds of big games, it has plenty of bugs, big and small. After the latest patch, I thought I went through my footage and found the most egregiously fun of them. For your viewing pleasure, here are my five favourite bugs... Continue Reading →
I am Very Excited about the Final Cut of Disco Elysium (Outsider’s Outlook)
It's strange to find out that the most excited announcement that came out of the 2020 Game Advertisements Awards is that of Disco Elysium's massive, free update. The Final Cut promises plenty and knowing ZA/UM, the studio behind this modern classic, I have little doubt that it will deliver. What's more, that this is a... Continue Reading →
The Outer Worlds Review – Great Dialogue, Good Characters…Okay-ish Gameplay?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAAouRT4V80 The Outer Worlds was one of the games I was most excited about in 2019 - so why did it take me this long to finish it? It's got a lot going for it - the great dialogue, the memorable characters who don't get nearly enough screen-time, and the...okay...gameplay? No, that doesn't sound right... Continue Reading →
The Outer Worlds: Edgewater is a Hell of an Intro!
https://youtu.be/G-GXGOUHup0 The Outer Worlds: Edgewater Is An Excellent Intro for every fan of RPG gaming - it taps into that old RPG magic, introducing compelling characters and giving the player agency and freedom of choice! Well worth the price of a dollar/euro/pound...if you have an access to Xbox's Pass for PC service, that is.