by Melissa Brinks | Aug 27, 2018 | Reviews, Video Games
Sidequest has had its proverbial eye on Monster Prom for some time. It was a huge hit with our PAX West team of 2017, it was the first game we streamed as a newly launched site, and it’s been something we returned to again and again in eager anticipation of its full release.
Once we got around to playing the whole thing, we decided to sit down and have a conversation about what works for us, what concerns us, and what we’d like to see in the future.
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
by Naseem Jamnia | Jun 14, 2018 | Essays, Mobile Games
Welcome back to Mystic Messenger Trash, a game diary where I chronicle my experiences of playing Mystic Messenger for the first time! The following post will contain spoilers for Yoosung’s good route of the game. Content note for discussions of mental illness, depression, and suicide.
Sidequest’s former managing editor Naseem Jamnia used to do sciencey things, but they now slam their keyboard and call it art. Their debut novella, THE BRUISING OF QILWA, introduced their queernorm, Persian-inspired secondary world; their middle grade horror debut SLEEPAWAY comes out in 2025.
by Angie Wenham | Apr 9, 2018 | Essays, Video Games
Contains spoilers for Doki Doki Literature Club and discussion of self-harm, depression, anxiety, and suicide.
Angie writes reviews and stories whenever she is not investigating the latest dating sim or visual novel. She is a full-time Dragon Age obsessive but also plays board games and tabletop RPGs when she can. Besides games, Angie enjoys manga, broody tattooed elves, and TV cannibals.
by Annie Blitzen | Mar 29, 2018 | Features, Interviews, Video Games
Rock Candy Games is a newly formed studio helmed by Becca Farrow and Anne Camlin. Their new game, Seventh Circle, a queer romance visual novel set in a magic dueling league, is on Kickstarter right now. You might know Farrow from her comics work, including some amazing covers. Camlin’s debut novel, Young Magic, was released serially online, concluding in 2016. Sidequest has gotten an inside look from the creators, and here’s the good stuff.
Annie Blitzen is Sidequest’s Resident LARP Expert, an inveterate player of tabletop roleplaying games, and a fair hand in video and board gaming. Sidequest writer since 2017.
by Azha Reyes | Jan 23, 2018 | Reviews, Video Games
February 14, 2016
A copy of robo-tea:1cup! was provided in exchange for an honest review.
After a stressful year like 2017, sometimes I just need to play a game where the sole purpose is to relax and enjoy a cute story about robots going on tea dates. Thankfully, robo-tea:1cup! by jo-robo delivers on its purpose: to provide a stress-free queer visual novel experience about exactly that. (more…)
Azha Reyes spends entirely too much time playing video games, and even more time rambling about them. They’ve been known to cry about character development on occasion. They rarely shut up at @writethenoise on Twitter, if that’s your kind of thing.