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…)

Let Me Tell You About My OC(s): Tabletop RPGs as Disempowerment Fantasies

Let Me Tell You About My OC(s): Tabletop RPGs as Disempowerment Fantasies

Late last year, I suddenly felt like I needed a break. Not a little one, either—I felt overwhelmed with responsibility for everything from taking care of my pets and family to texting friends to ask when everybody was available for our next D&D session.

All this happened alongside discussions in therapy about my intense need to be strong and capable and weather the world without asking for help. It’s a story I’d told myself and everybody else since I was a kid—that I was responsible for my own wellbeing and if I felt like I needed assistance, I was wrong and should just become stronger. You can imagine that, after 33 years, this story’s gotten a little old. (more…)

Postgame.13 – She’s Crunchy

Postgame.13 – She’s Crunchy

Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s “monthly” podcast, where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. It’s been a minute, but Postgame is ready to play catchup and we’re hoping to be able to upload about an episode a week until we’re, well, caught up. This month, Naseem, Zora, and Melissa talk about the tabletop games they’ve been playing recently (or… had been in August of 2021).

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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide

After two books that were more concerned with lore than rules (Lost Omens: Legends and Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide) players are granted another crunch-heavy book in Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide. The book is similar in both theme and content to Lost Omens: Character Guide, but does not have a section for factions like the Lost Omens: Character Guide, and instead focuses entirely on ancestries, as its name suggests. As a reminder, one of the biggest changes Pathfinder made in the second edition was to replace “race” with the less-charged “ancestry” to define player characters, so the options covered in this book define that aspect of your character. (more…)

GYGO: Cuts and Con Cancellations

GYGO: Cuts and Con Cancellations

What is time? Apparently, it is something I don’t have enough of, which means I have not been gaming nearly as much as I would like to be these days. But the gaming industry continues on without me. Here’s what’s been happening in the past week. (more…)