Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

I have a lot of ambition when it comes to tabletop RPGs. I want to play them all but rarely have the time, and time is even more scarce when it comes to getting a group together. But single-player RPGs are intimidating—can I have fun by myself? Am I throwing money at something I’ll never actually make time for, or is this a worthwhile hobby to get into? (more…)

Review: Dead Friend Reached Across the Veil and Brought Me Closer to the Living

Review: Dead Friend Reached Across the Veil and Brought Me Closer to the Living

Here in Kyushu, Japan, the past few days have been hot and wet. It’s Tsuyu, or the rainy season, a month and a half of near-constant tropical storms. It’s a time when the air is thick with something ethereal, and heat exhaustion and nighttime hours make the supernatural feel possible.

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Review: Lucid Immersive’s Virtual LARP The Board Is a Conference Call To Remember

Review: Lucid Immersive’s Virtual LARP The Board Is a Conference Call To Remember

I’ve been doing a lot of gaming since the stay-at-home order went out. Tabletop games translate really well to an online format—it’s easy to play D&D, for instance, over a video call, and there are lots of tools out there to facilitate virtual maps and dice and all the other accoutrements for a standard tabletop game.

I wasn’t sure if LARP would have a virtual analog in the same way. LARPing requires a greater level of immersion, and there are lots of aspects of that immersion that seemed inherently intertwined with being present with each other physically, like setting and costuming and movement. The two things I love so much about LARP are the sense of immersion and the intense connections it fosters between people. I feared that if online LARP wasn’t able to hit those buttons in a way that was satisfying, it would make me feel more lonely and isolated rather than being cathartic, like a reminder that what we had now just wasn’t as good as what we’d have normally. But when given a chance to give it a try, I had to see for myself. (more…)

9 Stinky Mobile Games To Turn Your Brain Off During Quarantine

9 Stinky Mobile Games To Turn Your Brain Off During Quarantine

Every few months I go through a period of abstaining from Twitter, and right now, stuck in quarantine in a political climate that feels like watching an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, is as good a time to be off the bird site as any. But like all of us, I have a love-hate relationship with being on my phone, and there are only so many Instagram posts to look at. Look at enough, and you’ll start to get served some very interesting ads—ads that claim the Demon Brothers can’t wait to meet you, ads that suggest you can save a man and his wife from freezing to death, ads that suggest you’re legally skilled if you can make it to Japan. (more…)

Recap: Life is Strange: Strings Honors the Quiet, Character-Driven Queerness of the Game Series

Recap: Life is Strange: Strings Honors the Quiet, Character-Driven Queerness of the Game Series

In Life is Strange: Dust, Max Caulfield sets out into a confusing multiverse on a mission to find a home. In Life is Strange: Waves, Max realized that the perfect home she had found wasn’t the perfect fit she originally thought. What does that mean for her in Life is Strange: Strings, the third collection of the ongoing Life is Strange series from Titan Comics? (more…)