GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve always been terrible at introductions: How do I start a campaign, how do I get players hooked, how do I entice my friends into spending two hours learning the rules of my favorite board games, how do I start a GYGO post? The answer continues to elude me and, I suspect, it always will. I’m more of an in media res kind of gal. Likewise, I always find the start of the year awkward; it seems like all the good things, the juiciest new releases and events, always happen far later in the year. Until then, it looks like we’re stuck with D&D and Pathfinder carrot-on-a-stick-type promises of Gen Con playtest material being dangled in front of our faces. And the threat of Chick-Fil-A themed games. (more…)

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

GYGO D&D and TTRPGs: The Year Ahead for D&D

Hey folks, Evelyn here back again with more news from the kitchen table (or wherever it is you play your tabletops). To help differentiate my two segments of GYGO, you can think of this one as primarily focused on TTRPGs, with D&D at the forefront, while my other segment will focus on tabletops outside the realm of TTRPGS—Root, Wingspan, Catan, and so on.

Palestine is still in the middle of an ethnic cleansing, if not a full-out genocide. With over 22,000 dead total, over 7,000 still missing, nearly 10,000 dead children, and roughly 2 million displaced people, silence is complicity. For those of us in the United States, check out the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights’ toolkit. Doctors without Borders, or MSF, has maintained a presence in Gaza and the West Bank since 1989. The organization is one of very few international organizations to keep a meaningful presence in occupied Palestine. If you have the ability to do so, consider a small donation to MSF. (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Tabletop News, or the Many Questionable Decisions of Wizards of the Coast

GYGO Tabletop: Tabletop News, or the Many Questionable Decisions of Wizards of the Coast

Hello folks, I’m Evelyn, bringing you the latest news in the tabletop space, from TCGs to TTRPGs and everything in between. If it’s played on top of a table, you’ll find it in this GYGO space. As somebody whose foray into gaming started with video games and the digital world, there’s something magical in the tactile and sensory input of a game around a table with friends face-to-face. I say this as if the majority of my tabletop experience isn’t relegated to the digital realm of running TTRPG campaigns on virtual table tops (the woes of the pandemic and moving across state lines). But I do own a pristine copy of Fury of Dracula 4th Edition, so legally I’m an expert on all things tabletop. (more…)

Review: Chasing Static Is A Spooky Faux-Retro Walk Through the Woods

Review: Chasing Static Is A Spooky Faux-Retro Walk Through the Woods

In Chasing Static, Chris Selwood is an everyman from northern Wales returning to his hometown of Hearth to attend his late father’s funeral. Dear old dad, in true horror game fashion, has left behind a single belonging for Chris: a cryptic and tattered journal filled with notes that seem like gibberish and missing pages. With his father buried and journal in-hand, Chris stops for late night coffee and directions at a diner when things predictably hit the fan and strand Chris in a Welsh forest. The journal left behind for Chris suddenly looks a lot less like gibberish and more like the notes of a scientist working for a secret government agency. In order to escape the rural forest at night and its secret government bunkers, Chris must re-live the traumatic relationship with his father that he has buried deep down and forgotten. Nothing heals family trauma like fungus from space.

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Dark Souls and Trans Closets: Self Discovery Through Failure

Dark Souls and Trans Closets: Self Discovery Through Failure

Or: I struggled my way through Dark Souls and all I got was this lousy gender.

Spend more than five minutes browsing Dark Souls content on any social media platform and you’re bound to see some mention of transfeminine people being absolutely feral about (and uncannily good at) any Dark Souls game. It isn’t uncommon to see Twitter users joking about getting “girldick” by asking a transfem to explain the “deep lore” of Dark Souls or any of the games in its offshoot “Soulsborne” genre. Dark Souls is notoriously difficult, cryptic, and hostile to the player both in its mechanics and atmosphere. It’s no surprise that such a series would attract a devoted cult following. But why are transfeminine people in particular associated with this cult following? Is taking exogenous estrogen really the secret to “gitting gud” and getting past that boss you’ve been stuck on for weeks? (more…)