GYGO: 6th Edition (Or Not)

GYGO: 6th Edition (Or Not)

Hello and welcome to Get Your Game On! My name is Maddi and you’ll never believe what I’ve been playing lately. (If you’re following along from last month, yes, I am still talking about Dicey Dungeons. It’s very good.) You know what else is pretty good, or at least… not as terrible as it has been? The bar is low, but the answer is: this week’s gaming news. Here it is. (more…)

GYGO: 6th Edition (Or Not)

GYGO: Keffels “No Longer a Suspect” After Being Swatted

Welcome back to Get Your Game On! My name is Zainabb and I’ll be your guide through this week’s gaming news. My brain and body have been mush lately from sickness and hot weather so I haven’t been able to do much gaming. However, I did build a 1980s-themed high school in The Sims that I’m extremely proud of, and I’ve also been watching playthroughs of The Mortuary Assistant, which has some great scares I would never be able to handle playing through myself. Just call me a pro gamer.

Anyway, here’s what’s been happening in gaming this week. (more…)

Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

There are many fun and interesting ways to make roleplaying games feel immersive, but my new favorite has been the “Keepsake Game” sub-genre, which has been gaining a lot of popularity since being pioneered by Shing Yin Khor and Jeeyon Shim a couple years ago. Keepsake games guide you through creating an artifact that’s an important part of the story, therefore immersing you, the player into the story as an important part of it yourself.

The Secret of the Mermaid is a brand new keepsake game currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter that aims to involve the player in a research project about mermaids via a series of beautiful and immersive postcards and ephemera. The game creators, American Kevin Dann and German Margit Schäfer, take immersion very seriously, fully taking on the roles of researcher Dr. Dann and ritualist Clarissa, who will guide the player through the game. We had a chance to chat with both of them about their vision for The Secret of the Mermaid.

4 sample postcards from the Secret of the Mermaid, depicting imagery of the sea, Rome and mysterious women

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GYGO: 6th Edition (Or Not)

GYGO: How Many Times Do We Have to Say That There’s Still a Pandemic

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday! I’m Missy and I’ve got the news this week, which I’m sure will be totally uplifting and contain nothing negative whatsoever. (more…)

July Roundtable: Journaling Games

July Roundtable: Journaling Games

July, being the peak of summer here in the US, is maybe not the time when we’re at our most introspective. But maybe it should be! This month, we’re taking a look at journaling games, a genre of… well, we’ll call them physical games, because that’s what itch.io does. In these games, players use notebooks or their preferred writing format to respond to game prompts, sometimes ending up with an art object (a la keepsake games), sometimes with a great story, and sometimes just (just!) with a wonderful experience under your belt. (more…)

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

The Final Destination films are something of a guilty pleasure in my household. If you’re not familiar, the series follows teens and young adults who narrowly avoid death thanks to a premonition and are then stalked and systematically murdered through strange “coincidences” as Death tries to settle the score. Also, Tony Todd is there. (more…)