Review: Lucid Immersive’s Virtual LARP The Board Is a Conference Call To Remember

Review: Lucid Immersive’s Virtual LARP The Board Is a Conference Call To Remember

I’ve been doing a lot of gaming since the stay-at-home order went out. Tabletop games translate really well to an online format—it’s easy to play D&D, for instance, over a video call, and there are lots of tools out there to facilitate virtual maps and dice and all the other accoutrements for a standard tabletop game.

I wasn’t sure if LARP would have a virtual analog in the same way. LARPing requires a greater level of immersion, and there are lots of aspects of that immersion that seemed inherently intertwined with being present with each other physically, like setting and costuming and movement. The two things I love so much about LARP are the sense of immersion and the intense connections it fosters between people. I feared that if online LARP wasn’t able to hit those buttons in a way that was satisfying, it would make me feel more lonely and isolated rather than being cathartic, like a reminder that what we had now just wasn’t as good as what we’d have normally. But when given a chance to give it a try, I had to see for myself. (more…)

Greenlight This, You Cowards: Queer Dungeoneers is My Dream Cartoon

Greenlight This, You Cowards: Queer Dungeoneers is My Dream Cartoon

Welcome back to Greenlight This, You Cowards! A series about TTRPG podcasts we love and media adaptations that we want. In the first installment, I pitched the wonderful Dames & Dragons as a dating sim. Now, in this harrowing time of pandemic, I have been turning to these podcasts for a bit of much-needed escapism. The wilder and more outrageous the podcast, the better the distraction, and no podcast keeps listeners on their toes like Queer Dungeoneers—which is why I think it would make a perfect Avatar: the Last Airbender-style fantasy cartoon! (more…)

Found Familiar’s Coffee Pairs D&D Inspiration with Delicious Brews

Found Familiar’s Coffee Pairs D&D Inspiration with Delicious Brews

Found Familiar is a small coffee roaster with artwork and blends inspired by fantasy worlds and roleplaying games, particularly Dungeons & Dragons. Enraptured by the stories behind the coffee and the fantastic art gracing the bags, librarian and noted coffee consumer Alenka Figa and former barista Kate Lyons ordered a selection of the three most enticing coffees and sat down with a webcam and a french press. Together, we split a bag of Fey Step, a Guatemalan medium roast; Rogue Panache, a Peruvian blonde roast; and Thieves’ Cant, a secret blend of beans that varies in roast and origin. Armed with Alenka’s good taste and Kate’s caffeine dependency, it was time to drink.

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5 Low-Prep, GMless Games to Play from Far Away

5 Low-Prep, GMless Games to Play from Far Away

Welcome to the quarantimes. All across the land, folks are starting remote D&D games in an effort to find something to do with their distant friends, and you’re starting to think a tabletop RPG sounds like fun, too. But wait! You don’t have a friend you can easily designate as DM (or GM, as the case may be), and you certainly don’t want to put in that kind of planning time.

Well, good news: You don’t always need a GM to play TTRPGs. I love telling stories with my friends, but I’ve never in my life been able to commit to GMing… so I’ve built up a stable of GM-less games that I can pull out and play with zero prep. (more…)

April Roundtable: Games and Social Connection

April Roundtable: Games and Social Connection

Since we’re all in social isolation/distancing/shelter-in-place mode, the Sidequest team decided to reminisce about games and social connection: how we’ve used games to foster and grow friendships and relationships in general. (Some of us discuss how we even do that now, all while staying safe!) (more…)

GYGO: Animal Crossing Breaks Records, Fortnite Concerts, and More

GYGO: Animal Crossing Breaks Records, Fortnite Concerts, and More

Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing lately? I’ve been playing The Division 2‘s expansion, Warlords of New York, which is a huge DLC—it feels like it’s as big as the base game. If you want a shooter that you can play completely solo or with other people and lets you do quests in any order, The Division 2 is a lot of fun.

Let us know on Twitter what games you’re playing and looking forward to! Check back every Wednesday for more news and interesting links. (more…)