Thirsty for D&D Podcasts

Thirsty for D&D Podcasts

What do you do when you can’t find representation in your favorite hobby? You make your own. And that’s just what the women and queer people behind the veritable flood of Dungeons & Dragons Actual Play Podcasts did. You don’t have to look very far to find hilarious and talented people saying, “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’d like to roll to fall in love,” carving out space in the stereotypically white and straight male-dominated space of Dungeons & Dragons. From the family-friendly content of D20 Dames to the raunchy hilarity of Dungeons, Dice, & Everything Nice (DD&EN) to the emotional story arcs of The Broadswords, there are D&D podcasts for everyone, and the underlying message of them is the same: Dungeons & Dragons—and tabletop gaming—is for everybody.

To introduce you to the beautiful world of woman- and nonbinary-helmed, queer D&D podcasts, Alenka and Kate—two D&D podcast-obsessed fangirls—interviewed each other about why we love ‘em. (more…)

Two Years Later, Night in the Woods is Still Relatable

Two Years Later, Night in the Woods is Still Relatable

I first played Night in the Woods shortly after its release in May 2017, and was immediately charmed. The narrative-heavy game follows twenty-year-old Mae Borowski, who is returning to her hometown, Possum Springs, after dropping out of college. Critics gave it favorable reviews, and its narrative, dialogue, and design landed NitW on many Game of the Year lists (including ours). (more…)

Eat Your Games: Skull King’s Swashbucklin’ Blackberry Pie

Eat Your Games: Skull King’s Swashbucklin’ Blackberry Pie

I grew up in the Midwest, playing cards. When I was a kid, my family would play kid-friendly games like Go Fish and Old Maid—and as we grew older, we transitioned to more strategic games like Hearts and Gin Rummy. In high school, at lunch my friends and I would play ERS and Bullshit. Today, my favorite card games are Euchre and 500, two fairly complicated trick-taking games that no one in Pittsburgh will play with me, much to my lament.

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Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Once upon a time, I was fighting Jubileus. Bayonetta is by no means an easy game, even with its button-mashing potential, but I accepted the challenge and, one bright, Sunday morning, surrounded by my family, I took on the final boss. (more…)

Grow Up: Why We Need Young Adult Games

Grow Up: Why We Need Young Adult Games

I am an unabashed lover of young adult fiction. I always have been; it was there for me when I was a kid, and as an adult it’s a breezy respite from the heaviness of the mature books I also read. The same is true of games, where “young adult” is a label that doesn’t quite exist. Instead of young adult, we label games as for kids—though, for adult audiences, kids’ games are seen as somewhat more acceptable than young adult fiction, given the number of us unabashedly sinking hours into Sonic Mania—or for adults, with little room for anything else. (more…)

Eat Your Games: Breath of the Wild’s Hot Buttered Apples

Eat Your Games: Breath of the Wild’s Hot Buttered Apples



Can you imagine being a farmhand at a modest Hyrulian stable, when suddenly Link flies in on his paraglider, lands next to your campfire, cooks for 29 hours without sleeping and then teleports away in a puff of neon blue smoke? What about being a bandit in a fight with the hero of Hyrule himself, and just when you feel like you have him on the defensive, he stuffs 17 apples and an entire raw chicken into his face at an unnatural speed? Such is life for background characters in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (more…)