5 Reasons Rune Factory 5 Should Bring Back Love Rivals

5 Reasons Rune Factory 5 Should Bring Back Love Rivals

Rune Factory is probably the best farming sim you’ve never heard of… mostly because it’s been assumed dead for the almost eight years, since its original developer Neverland filed for bankruptcy. Rune Factory is a fantasy-themed spinoff of Story of Seasons (formerly known in the States as Harvest Moon, which is now a different franchise) that combines farming with dungeon crawling: you split your time between tending your crops, befriending local townsfolk, and then inviting said townsfolk to come kill monsters with you (or taming the monsters so they can tend your crops and you can get back to killing their brethren). The franchise was only recently revived by Marvelous subsidiary Hakama, inc. with the arrival of the remaster Rune Factory 4 Special and the announcement of Rune Factory 5, expected in Japan in May 2021 and sometime in later 2021 for the rest of us.

Details are coming out slowly—a trailer has been released and the love interests announced—but there is one thing I hope to see in the new RF that’s been missing from the last couple of generations: love rivals. Common to older SoS/HM games was a mechanic where each love interest available to the player also had an NPC vying for their virtual affections, known in fandom spaces as “love rivals.” So, in honor of Rune Factory 5’s upcoming release, here’s 5 reasons why love rivals should be a thing again.
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Take a Break With These 3 Short Games

Take a Break With These 3 Short Games

I am a very picky gamer. Last summer, when I purchased that giant, amazing game bundle for racial justice and equality on itch.io, I figured it’d be easy to take some time, scroll through and pick out a few things that worked with my interests. I’m usually only interested in dating sims and visual novels, the weirder and queerer the better. However, perusing through the 1,741 items in the bundle quickly became intimidating. Several months later I’ve only played a handful of games, and I get a bit tuckered out just scrolling through the giant list. (more…)

The Definitive Ranking of Game Frogs, Part I

The Definitive Ranking of Game Frogs, Part I

Once upon a time, a naive editor in chief sat down in the Sidequest Slack, gazed upon her writers, and asked, “What, dear friends, is a worthy followup to Witch Moms and Sword Dads? What might we rank, to be referenced for generations to come, that sits on par with those parental figures we love so dearly?” (more…)

Dice Sets That Look Tasty Enough to Eat (But That Would Be a Grave Mistake)

Dice Sets That Look Tasty Enough to Eat (But That Would Be a Grave Mistake)

Many things come appropriately tagged with a foreboding “Do not eat!” label, but dice, unfortunately, do not. As the tabletop gaming industry continues to thrive with growing interest, more and more independent die makers are taking the opportunity to also grow their businesses, expand their inventories, and strut their stuff to show off their beautiful—and scrumptious-looking—creations for the world to see and even potentially hoard and own. Many of these dice are so aesthetically pleasing to look at that they also tread the line of being a little too delicious-looking for comfort. (more…)

Free and Cheap Games to Play for Every Quarantine Mood

Free and Cheap Games to Play for Every Quarantine Mood

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been in a serious “I only want to play video games and do literally nothing else” mood since quarantine started. Of course, we on the Sidequest team often want to play lots of games, so I turned to my fellow writers to ask whether there were any free or cheap quarantine games they recommend for this weird time of ours. We gathered our suggestions into categories based on quarantine moods, so hopefully one of these hits your quarantine games itch. If you’re looking for stinky games to play because, heck, why not play games that are questionable, we’ve got a whole other post covering that.

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Found Familiar’s Coffee Pairs D&D Inspiration with Delicious Brews

Found Familiar’s Coffee Pairs D&D Inspiration with Delicious Brews

Found Familiar is a small coffee roaster with artwork and blends inspired by fantasy worlds and roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons & Dragons. Enraptured by the stories behind the coffee and the fantastic art gracing the bags, librarian and noted coffee consumer Alenka Figa and former barista Kate Lyons ordered a selection of the three most enticing coffees and sat down with a webcam and a french press. Together, we split a bag of Fey Step, a Guatemalan medium roast; Rogue Panache, a Peruvian blonde roast; and Thieves’ Cant, a secret blend of beans that varies in roast and origin. Armed with Alenka’s good taste and Kate’s caffeine dependency, it was time to drink.

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