January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

It’s January, the month for new beginnings! Or, in the case of this roundtable, a month for beginnings that may or may not be old.

This month, we’re taking a look at being a novice gamer, whatever that might mean to us as individuals. Maybe we were practically birthed with a controller in our hands, or maybe we’ve never picked up a controller at all. Maybe our childhood games were thinly veiled LARPs or TTRPGs, or maybe we’ve never rolled a die in our lives. Let’s find out. (more…)

September Roundtable: Bi Pride Week!

September Roundtable: Bi Pride Week!

Mid-September is Bi Pride Week, a time to celebrate bisexual folks and bisexualities, and recognise the glory and chaos of the bi community! This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bi Week so the Sidequest squad is talking about all things bi in games. (more…)

Review: The Librarian’s Apprentice Celebrates the Magic of Libraries

Review: The Librarian’s Apprentice Celebrates the Magic of Libraries

Libraries in fantasy literature and media are always magical and mysterious. In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Unseen University’s library books have to be chained down for the safety of the students. In Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, the library in the Dreaming contains every book ever dreamt. In David Tennant’s Doctor Who run, the Doctor and Donna visit a freaky space library where people’s bodies are stripped to bone and others disappear, supposedly saved by the library itself. Libraries are weird and scary and cool, librarians have magic powers, and visitors never leave unchanged.

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March Roundtable: Luck Mechanics

March Roundtable: Luck Mechanics

Happy March! Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re sandwiched between bitter winter and the slightly warmer temperatures of spring, but mostly it’s just cold. How lucky we are! Thanks for applauding my super smooth transition—this month we’re talking about luck and luck mechanics in games, which is different from actual luck. I would know, considering I lose every board game I play because I have no actual luck. (more…)

More Than Just Fishing: A Roundtable About Sidequests

More Than Just Fishing: A Roundtable About Sidequests

I’ve written pretty thoroughly about how I am a particular type of gamer. I prefer games that are story and relationship focused, and that don’t require a lot of level grinding or random quests. This includes my tabletop play style—apologies to my DM/wife who is sitting on a bunch of Kingmaker sidequests that our party has ignored! Because of my pickiness, I don’t play a lot of games, but lately I’ve been feeling like this framework of “pickiness” is unfair. Am I a gamer aberration? What makes me different from all of you? Why the heck do y’all enjoy repetitive level grinding?! (more…)