January Roundtable: Looking Forward to 2022

January Roundtable: Looking Forward to 2022

Usually we try to have a clear theme here in our monthly roundtables, but you know what? New year, new us, as they say. Instead of focusing on one thing or another, we’re just looking forward. What do we see on the horizon? What are we hoping to see on the horizon? What are we settling in with in this cold and cozy month? (more…)

Greenlight This, You Cowards: Kids Deserve A D20 Dames Comic

Greenlight This, You Cowards: Kids Deserve A D20 Dames Comic

It feels very special to follow a story to its conclusion. I wasn’t an original listener of the D20 Dames podcast, but I’ve been with this story long enough that reaching the end is both emotional—and joyful! D20 Dames is full of laughter and light. The players constantly pause to respect or bemoan their terrible puns, even awarding each other inspiration for the best and worst bits of wordplay. Kat Kruger, the DM, often surprises her players by having her NPCs try to understand an offhand joke within the context of the world, resulting in the invention of delicacies such as bagels and “gluten free” bread. Each of the players and the DM bring a joy and lightness to the story even when it touches on dark themes, and it’s that overarching sense of joy that would make D20 Dames a perfect all-ages comic.

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Speed Dating for Ghosts Is My Ideal Game

Speed Dating for Ghosts Is My Ideal Game

I have written before about how I’m a picky gamer and pretty much only want to play visual novels myself (although I will watch other people play games). I’m glad I found three short games in the giant game bundle for racial justice equality that interested me, but I also found something I didn’t expect—a long game that I enjoyed! (For me, a “long” game is a game that takes more than an hour.) It fit all my requirements: no difficult controls or mechanics, but lots of story and character development. Throw in little tidbits of lore about the ghost world and hell and a motley crew of characters with sweet, scary, complex stories, and you’ve got my perfect game: Speed Dating for Ghosts.

Content warning for light/stylized depictions of mouth and eye trauma, as well as brief discussion of prolonged bleeding, at the end of the piece.

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May Roundtable: Tabletop Hijinks

May Roundtable: Tabletop Hijinks

Sometimes there’s a perception that stories from your own tabletop games are a bit like dreams—unless you were there to experience it, they’re not all that interesting. We here at Sidequest largely disagree; it’s why we started the Let Me Tell You About My OC series, and it’s why this month’s roundtable is all about the fun we’ve been having in our tabletop games recently. Share in our recent tabletop trials and tribulations below, and let us know what fun you’ve been having in our comments section! (more…)

April Roundtable: Why Are So Many Of These Questions About Mario?

April Roundtable: Why Are So Many Of These Questions About Mario?

We’re now into our second year of a global pandemic and our brains are fried. We’re not up for the serious stuff. So let’s talk about the gaming mysteries that haunt us as we try to sleep.

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