PAX East Preview: Expeditions – Viking

Logic Artists’ historical RPG, Expeditions: Viking, has been on my radar since I met two members of the team at PAX Prime last year. Expeditions: Viking has come a long way since that initial demo over coffee at the Sheraton. If I was excited back then about the possibilities, I am over the moon about

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PAX East Preview: Betrayal at House on the Hill – Widow’s Walk

It’s been twelve years since the original release of Betrayal at House on the Hill by Avalon Hill. Twelve years of dark basements, unexplored hallways, haunts, and betrayals. Twelve years to wander through the fifty original haunts, scaring up trouble and narrowly escaping death. On October 14, Betrayal at House on the Hill will debut

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PAX East Preview: Ruiner

Ruiner is an adrenaline-fueled nod to anime-laced cyberpunk, with a combat system that teeters on the edge of challenging meets masochism. And while my wrists didn’t thank me for the wild click-fest, I couldn’t get enough. Cyberpunk is a beloved genre of mine. My roots stretch way back to Neuromancer, Idoru, and Shadowrun, after all. To tether Ruiner with

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PAX East Preview: Dead by Daylight

If I had a nickel every time someone asked me to play a deranged serial killer in a video game… I’d probably be broke. It’s not often that I’m asked to take up a meat cleaver and raise bloody hell against four potential victims. Dead by Daylight, Behaviour & Starbreeze’s terrifying brainchild, sets one player against

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Why You Should Give SW:TOR Another Look

Star Wars: The Old Republic is heading into its fifth year on the market. With the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion came a renewed commitment to storytelling, accessible gameplay, and streamlined systems. As a “founding” subscriber — I pre-ordered the game in 2011 and participated in a number of closed-betas throughout — I’ve picked

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Sit Down & Play: Mysterium

Mysterium is one of those games that doesn’t want to hold your hand and lead you through the rules — it wants you to unravel its convoluted rules slowly and with a bit of a flutter in the bottom of your stomach. No one has any idea if we’re playing the game right… until it all

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In Which I Learned to Stop & Live

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The

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Why I Bleed for The Story

I’m a chronic storyteller. It’s incurable. It’s unshakable. It’s an unfailing and unflinching need to unravel and restitch narrative until it makes sense in my own head. Most of the time, these stories begin as scrambled notes and jumbled images in my head. Sometimes, they tumble out without much thought. It doesn’t matter what the story

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Those Goodbyes, These Beginnings

My earliest gaming memories were always social. Whether it was sneaking down to see my dad and his best friend DM in full costume on Hallowe’en in 1992 or finally winning a game of Warhammer 40K against one of his friends, someone was usually around to usher me into a new game or a new gaming experience. Growing up

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