Review: The Sisters Savitree’s Simplicity Leaves Complex Questions Unanswered

Review: The Sisters Savitree’s Simplicity Leaves Complex Questions Unanswered

This review references politics and illness of a child. The review also includes spoilers for The Sisters Savitree.

Although many immersive theater groups have figured out how to adjust to an ongoing pandemic by adapting these experiences to online forms, the future of live shows remains uncertain.

The Sisters Savitree is described as a “limited-interactivity story game” in which interested participants can sign up to receive emails over the course of about one week. A family of witches made a bargain with Hell, and they now have to turn to a third party to determine who will ultimately sign off their soul to the Devil in exchange for whatever they want. (more…)

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

After two books that were more concerned with lore than rules (Lost Omens: Legends and Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide) players are granted another crunch-heavy book in Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide. The book is similar in both theme and content to Lost Omens: Character Guide, but does not have a section for factions like the Lost Omens: Character Guide, and instead focuses entirely on ancestries, as its name suggests. As a reminder, one of the biggest changes Pathfinder made in the second edition was to replace “race” with the less-charged “ancestry” to define player characters, so the options covered in this book define that aspect of your character. (more…)

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide

I must confess that the one area of Pathfinder in which my knowledge is severely lacking is the Pathfinder Society, both in the in-universe organization and in the eponymous Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign. When I was most actively playing the game, I did so in home games and lived in a small city in a rural state, so there weren’t a lot of options for organized play. To this day, I’ve only played in two sessions of Pathfinder Society play, and they were at back to back days of a convention in 2014. It is, however, something I look forward to engaging in in the near future, so Pathfinder Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide is very useful in giving me the background I need to start playing in those games. (more…)

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Legends

With the move away from the shorter paperback releases that formed the bulk of the campaign setting line in Pathfinder’s first edition, the new series of Pathfinder Second Edition campaign setting books are less constrained to a single format, leaving more room for unique and experimental books. The first attempt at this in the Pathfinder Lost Omens line is Lost Omens: Legends. This is a book that could only exist after the setting had been around for some time, and was definitely at the top of my interests when I received it.

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Review: Piecing Together the Dragon Age: World of Thedas Map Puzzle

Review: Piecing Together the Dragon Age: World of Thedas Map Puzzle

Here’s hoping that Dragon Age 4 will let us actually visit places like Par Vollen and Tevinter, but until its release, I shall content myself with lovingly running my fingers over the pieces of the Dragon Age: World of Thedas Map Puzzle. This 1,000-piece puzzle comes in at 20 by 27 inches and is made with care. Where some puzzle manufacturers cheap out on materials, this one uses a quality board at about 1/16th of an inch thickness, making its pieces very sturdy. (more…)

Review: Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild Is Fun for New and Old Fans

Review: Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild Is Fun for New and Old Fans

I begin this review with a couple of disclaimers. First, I have only come into the world of Monster Hunter with Monster Hunter World. Secondly, I tricked my teen—who has only watched me play MHW a couple of times—into watching Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild with me so that I can share his expert opinions. I’d like to think that our level of experience with the games helps us to bridge the gap between veteran gaming fans and newcomers who may have only discovered it while perusing Netflix to add more shows to their watch lists. The latter may find it to be a passable adventure, though somewhat lacking in depth overall. The former may feel the same but at least find some affinity with the nuggets of lore and game references, which the movie manages to incorporate with reasonable success. (more…)