June Roundtable: Collecting

June Roundtable: Collecting

Welcome to June, Sidequest readers! This month, we’re talking about collecting. As a person with more books than is probably good for me, as well as an extensive amount of movies and little trinkets, I would happily identify myself as collecting positive. I just love an item!

This is something games are all too happy to indulge me in. Analog games have new editions, new books, minis, maps, and more. Video games have a million little digital things to collect, some for actual rewards, some just for the sake of having them. How does the Sidequest crew feel about all this? Are we keeping our own dragon hoards of gaming items? Or are we tossing out everything that doesn’t spark joy? Let’s discuss! (more…)

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

Hey y’all, Joan here with another spotlight on the games industry and the labor that goes into making games! Most of my actual game time over the last month has been finally finishing Super Mario RPG and gazing longingly at Balatro but not daring to engage out of fear that the rest of my life will suffer. Star-crossed lovers, we are. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the soul-crushing games industry! This month, we have good news coming out of Sega, with a new contract ratified for the AEGIS-CWA union. And to balance that out, we have the sudden news of Possibility Space shutting down, the second studio from Prytania Media to shut down in just two weeks. I wish they didn’t have to balance out.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

Postgame.24: 12 Seasons of Bones

Postgame.24: 12 Seasons of Bones

Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly-ish podcast where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. Maddi, Melissa, and Zora are back from our long-for-us, quick-for-you break, discussing all the things we did during the absence. By which we mean Baldur’s Gate III. (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

Spring is in the air, the sun was (momentarily, all too briefly) blotted out by the moon, and I am back again with another post on all things tabletop in this week’s GYGO post.

Before we dive into the news: Palestinians still need help, whether that be in aid or raising awareness about the situation in Palestine. If you find yourself in a position to donate monetary relief, consider the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or donating eSims to the people of Palestine here. (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve always been terrible at introductions: How do I start a campaign, how do I get players hooked, how do I entice my friends into spending two hours learning the rules of my favorite board games, how do I start a GYGO post? The answer continues to elude me and, I suspect, it always will. I’m more of an in media res kind of gal. Likewise, I always find the start of the year awkward; it seems like all the good things, the juiciest new releases and events, always happen far later in the year. Until then, it looks like we’re stuck with D&D and Pathfinder carrot-on-a-stick-type promises of Gen Con playtest material being dangled in front of our faces. And the threat of Chick-Fil-A themed games. (more…)

January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

It’s January, the month for new beginnings! Or, in the case of this roundtable, a month for beginnings that may or may not be old.

This month, we’re taking a look at being a novice gamer, whatever that might mean to us as individuals. Maybe we were practically birthed with a controller in our hands, or maybe we’ve never picked up a controller at all. Maybe our childhood games were thinly veiled LARPs or TTRPGs, or maybe we’ve never rolled a die in our lives. Let’s find out. (more…)