GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

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…)

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

GYGO D&D and TTRPGs: The Year Ahead for D&D

Hey folks, Evelyn here back again with more news from the kitchen table (or wherever it is you play your tabletops). To help differentiate my two segments of GYGO, you can think of this one as primarily focused on TTRPGs, with D&D at the forefront, while my other segment will focus on tabletops outside the realm of TTRPGS—Root, Wingspan, Catan, and so on.

Palestine is still in the middle of an ethnic cleansing, if not a full-out genocide. With over 22,000 dead total, over 7,000 still missing, nearly 10,000 dead children, and roughly 2 million displaced people, silence is complicity. For those of us in the United States, check out the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights’ toolkit. Doctors without Borders, or MSF, has maintained a presence in Gaza and the West Bank since 1989. The organization is one of very few international organizations to keep a meaningful presence in occupied Palestine. If you have the ability to do so, consider a small donation to MSF. (more…)

GYGO Labor: At Least 10,000 Games Industry Layoffs in 2023

GYGO Labor: At Least 10,000 Games Industry Layoffs in 2023

Hey y’all, it’s Joan with another labor in games roundup to ring in the new year! For all your Baldur’s Gate 3s and your Tears of the Kingdoms last year, the human cost of making games feels especially neglected for chasing profits. We’ll get into some of the layoffs news for December as well as some grim overviews for the year as a whole. And some positive union news for a change, with wins for union contracts and labor rights against artificial intelligence!

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.

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December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

The video game crash of 1983 is probably what comes to mind when you think about terrible years for games. But might I suggest: 2023? (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Tabletop News, or the Many Questionable Decisions of Wizards of the Coast

GYGO Tabletop: Tabletop News, or the Many Questionable Decisions of Wizards of the Coast

Hello folks, I’m Evelyn, bringing you the latest news in the tabletop space, from TCGs to TTRPGs and everything in between. If it’s played on top of a table, you’ll find it in this GYGO space. As somebody whose foray into gaming started with video games and the digital world, there’s something magical in the tactile and sensory input of a game around a table with friends face-to-face. I say this as if the majority of my tabletop experience isn’t relegated to the digital realm of running TTRPG campaigns on virtual table tops (the woes of the pandemic and moving across state lines). But I do own a pristine copy of Fury of Dracula 4th Edition, so legally I’m an expert on all things tabletop. (more…)