REVIEW: Playing Make Believe with Field Guide to Memory

REVIEW: Playing Make Believe with Field Guide to Memory

As a newly converted fan of solo tabletop RPGs, Field Guide to Memory immediately caught my attention—not only did it combine my passing interest in pretty journals with cryptozoology, but it featured contributions from several of my favorite authors. (more…)

Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

I have a lot of ambition when it comes to tabletop RPGs. I want to play them all but rarely have the time, and time is even more scarce when it comes to getting a group together. But single-player RPGs are intimidating—can I have fun by myself? Am I throwing money at something I’ll never actually make time for, or is this a worthwhile hobby to get into? (more…)

Review: Dead Friend Reached Across the Veil and Brought Me Closer to the Living

Review: Dead Friend Reached Across the Veil and Brought Me Closer to the Living

Here in Kyushu, Japan, the past few days have been hot and wet. It’s Tsuyu, or the rainy season, a month and a half of near-constant tropical storms. It’s a time when the air is thick with something ethereal, and heat exhaustion and nighttime hours make the supernatural feel possible.

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Review: Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards is Fast-Paced Fun for Young Mystery Lovers

Review: Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards is Fast-Paced Fun for Young Mystery Lovers

As long as I can remember, I have been a fan of mysteries. Growing up, I was always the kid begging to play Clue when board game nights rolled around and spending countless hours with HER Interactive’s Nancy Drew PC games. Naturally, when the opportunity to review Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards arose, I jumped at it. (more…)

Affection: A Touching Lesson in Vulnerability

Affection: A Touching Lesson in Vulnerability

Affection is a card-based, turn-taking game with a simple aim: be as vulnerable as possible. I am probably the least-equipped person to do this.

I’ve mentioned in other posts that I’m autistic. Contrary to the many inaccurate stereotypes about autism, I do have feelings. I actually experience empathy to an alarming degree; I can’t begin to tell you the amount of TV shows and books that have ruined me, emotionally, for days and weeks. (more…)