Get In the Robot!: An Interview With Lancer’s Massif Press

Get In the Robot!: An Interview With Lancer’s Massif Press

Featuring a mixture of military science fiction and fantasy, Lancer is a mech tabletop roleplaying game that takes place in a vast galaxy and is as much about the robots as it is about the people who pilot them. Whether seeking to advance private interests or go rogue, players can work with or against each other as they fly their way through the unfathomable reaches of the stars.

Massif Press, Lancer’s publisher, is made up of Tom Parkinson-Morgan and Miguel Lopez. I had the chance to discuss with them the game’s influences, challenges, and its growing community. (more…)

Socialism Isn’t a Dirty Word: An Interview with The Glory Society

Socialism Isn’t a Dirty Word: An Interview with The Glory Society

On March 4, 2019, three creatorstwo of the creators of independent video game Night in the Woods, Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry, along with prolific artist/musician Wren Farrenannounced rather suddenly that they’d established The Glory Society, a new worker cooperative video game studio. They announced, among other things, that they’re working on “A cool game. Or two.” As a midwest/rust belt socialist and queer gamer, I was ecstatic about the news. So I asked them a bunch of questions, and they graciously answered. (more…)

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…)

Exploring the Streets of Cyberpunk: Night City with Matthew Webb of Jackalope LARP

Exploring the Streets of Cyberpunk: Night City with Matthew Webb of Jackalope LARP

When it comes to immersive experience LARPs, Jackalope LARP of Austin, TX is at the top of its class. After the success of The Night in Question, a Vampire: the Masquerade LARP held by Jackalope last November, they announced their newest event for May 2019—Cyberpunk: Night City, a Cyberpunk 2020 LARP. We were able to catch up with Jackalope organizer Matthew Webb about what this newest event has in store! (more…)

Fandom Inspires: An Interview With Scey of Beyond the Sense: Lucid Dreamers Studio HER.E

Fandom Inspires: An Interview With Scey of Beyond the Sense: Lucid Dreamers Studio HER.E

Beyond the Sense: Lucid Dreamers is a 2D adventure game that follows a group of friends uncovering a mystery as they are trapped in a strange world slowly falling apart.

Beneath its surface, BTS:LD is actually a covertly designed fan game that uses the members of K-pop group BTS and the themes of their music as a template for its characters and narrative. (more…)

Remembering Our Heroines: An Interview With the Duo Behind Mamayani

Remembering Our Heroines: An Interview With the Duo Behind Mamayani

Meam Genovaña and Crown Patalinghog make up the team behind Mamayani, an RPG dedicated to the unspoken revolutionary heroines of Filipino history.

The game takes place during the tumultuous period of the Japanese and later American occupation of the Philippines. Players take on the role of a young girl faced with a heavy task that inevitably intertwines her with several historical figures, such as Concepción Felix, a human rights activist and founder of Asociación Feminista Filipina (Filipina Feminist Association), one of the first feminist-dedicated organizations in the Philippines.

Both Meam Genovaña and Crown Patalinghog were able to provide their time to discuss the project and the lasting, educational impact they hope to achieve with it. (more…)