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

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…)

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…)

March Roundtable: Luck Mechanics

March Roundtable: Luck Mechanics

Happy March! Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re sandwiched between bitter winter and the slightly warmer temperatures of spring, but mostly it’s just cold. How lucky we are! Thanks for applauding my super smooth transition—this month we’re talking about luck and luck mechanics in games, which is different from actual luck. I would know, considering I lose every board game I play because I have no actual luck. (more…)

GYGO: At This Point We Might As Well Call This Roundup “This Week in Layoffs”

GYGO: At This Point We Might As Well Call This Roundup “This Week in Layoffs”

Another week, another Wednesday! I haven’t been playing many games recently, though I did just try Horrified, a co-op monster-hunting board game. It was a lot of fun! The rules seem complex at first, but once you get into the groove of things it’s a lot of fun with flexible difficulty. We took Dracula and the Creature from the Black Lagoon down on our first try, so you’re welcome for saving the world from a double monster menace.

Anyway, here’s the gaming news this week. (more…)