Finding Fantastic Drinks (Part 1): I Can Run a LARP… Right?

Finding Fantastic Drinks (Part 1): I Can Run a LARP… Right?

Like a lot of folks my age, I’ve got a complicated relationship with the Harry Potter universe. There’s a lot wrong with the initial source material, and that’s before you even touch on the miasma of bad choices that surrounds the author and her recent expansions to the universe. All that said, though, nostalgia’s one hell of a drug by itself. When you add in the Harry Potter universe’s rich worldbuilding and its tantalizing promise that, if only you had a wand of your own, you too could easily fold yourself into the mythos, it had (and in some way still has) an incredibly powerful draw. (more…)

An Experiment in Character Concepts with Fantasy Name Generator

An Experiment in Character Concepts with Fantasy Name Generator

We’ve all been there. You’re playing D&D—or Pathfinder, or the TTRPG of your choosing—and you’ve got to come up with an NPC on the fly. Maybe you’re a DM and you’re coming up with them constantly, or you’re a player making up some long lost cousin or friend to go along with a successful knowledge check. Whatever the reason, you’re brainstorming as fast as you can, and a personality and funny quirks are forming fast in your head… when you realize you can’t think of a name! Bob? Tim? Hmysstsesh? What the heck do you name your freaking NPC!

In these most difficult of times, many of us turn to an old friend: the online name generator. While there are many options out in the vastness of the internet, it’s my greatest pleasure to introduce you to the worst (and thus, best) fantasy name generator ever. Friends, GMs and fellow players, meet the utterly generically named Fantasy Name Generator! (more…)

GYGO: The Riot Games Settlement and Rest in Peace Lil Bub

GYGO: The Riot Games Settlement and Rest in Peace Lil Bub

Hello everyone! It’s me again, back from a bit of a hiatus after a few big life events: I got married, I went on my honeymoon to Canada, and I’ve picked Celeste back up to collect everything I missed on the first playthrough. I’ve gotten all the crystal hearts and B-sides, and soon I’ll get every last strawberry. I have yet to tackle most of the B-sides themselves… and I’m currently chipping my way through The Cave… but I’ll 100% the game someday, mark my words. Anyway, here’s this week’s gaming news! Let’s start off a bang: the Riot Games settlement. (more…)

November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

Let’s talk about travel! Some of us will likely be traveling to visit family or friends, and others will be traveling through virtual spaces and the spaces of our imaginations. Travel is a bit contentious in games; in theory, they’re the perfect means to explore new worlds and do things you could or would never do in real life. In practice, travel can be a chore in bloated open worlds and same-y forests as you move between dungeons. But virtual and tabletop travel can also be a wonderful thing, as our Sidequest team can tell you! (more…)

October Roundtable: Our Favorite Game Costumes

October Roundtable: Our Favorite Game Costumes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to us. The leaves are falling (in the Northern Hemisphere), people are buying incredible amounts of candy, and we are all planning and/or meticulously creating our Halloween costumes.

Which brings us to one of the most important topics this group has ever discussed: in-game costumes! (more…)

GYGO: Niantic Knows, Blizzard Backlash, and a New Console

GYGO: Niantic Knows, Blizzard Backlash, and a New Console

Howdy, gamers! What games have we been playing lately? I haven’t been playing much, but I’m thinking about jumping back into Bloodborne (you’re in the know, right?) after catching up on the comic adaptation written by Bloodborne enthusiast Aleš Kot. Aside from that, I’ve also been trying to collect all of the adorable Halloween costume variants and ghost-types running rampant in Pokémon Go. (more…)