Weekly Round-up: Clement Sector, Game Pitches, Ryuutama, & All the D&Ds

It's been awhile since I've done a round-up, but there's a lot of a little bit going on these days in my gaming world... Clement Sector Just when I was thinking it might be fun to try to add another weekly game to my life, my buddy Brian Isikoff mentioned he had an opening in … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: Clement Sector, Game Pitches, Ryuutama, & All the D&Ds

Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 2, Homecoming

Reset: In Prince Valiant: TSG you play knights of derring do in the "time of King Arthur." My wife, Deanna, plays Lady Elyse Dulane, "permanently" in disguise as her murdered twin brother, Envil. My son, Xander, plays Sir Gareth Jewelwing, a knight virtuous and bold. In her guise as Envil, Elyse is Gareth's squire. Gareth … Continue reading Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 2, Homecoming

Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 1, Rumble in the Tiltyard

Reset In Prince Valiant: TSG you play knights of derring do "in the time of King Arthur." My wife, Deanna, plays Lady Elyse Dulane, "permanently" in disguise as her murdered twin brother, Envil. My son, Xander, plays Sir Gareth Jewelwing, a knight virtuous and bold. In her guise as Envil, Elyse is Gareth's squire. Gareth … Continue reading Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 1, Rumble in the Tiltyard

Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 0, Ye Tangled Web

I can't remember quite how it started. I was never a fan of the Prince Valiant comic strip growing up. And, yeah, that's back when newspapers were still a thing. Anyway, it was not my jam. Valiant seemed to go on endlessly with no beginning, middle, or end. And then a couple of years ago … Continue reading Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game – Actual Play – Ep. 0, Ye Tangled Web

Indie Game RPG Review: Mark Diaz Truman & Avery Alder’s The Deep Forest

What is this? This is a map-drawing game. You collectively explore the struggles of a community of monsters, trying to rebuild and heal after driving off the human occupiers. It’s a game about community, difficult choices, and decolonization.  —The Deep Forest This is a review of Mark Diaz Truman & Avery Alder's The Deep Forest. … Continue reading Indie Game RPG Review: Mark Diaz Truman & Avery Alder’s The Deep Forest

The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 5: Meltdown

If you haven't read my previous posts from this series, I'm playing The Mecha Hack, an OSR take on BattleTech-style games, with my wife and my 7-year-old son, Xander. Here's the setup... We're using the off the shelf Mech Hack "mini-setting," Lodestar Alpha. There are three main factions from Old Earth. Our scrappy heroes, Thumper … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 5: Meltdown

Should It Stay or Should It Go: my wife and I review Tales of the Arabian Nights (Z-man Games)

I’m expanding my normal purview of talking TTRPGs to dip, once again, into the world of story-telling boardgames. A few months ago I discussed Untold: Adventures Await in some detail, and it’s actually turned into one of my more popular posts. So when my wife asked if I wanted to do a post with her … Continue reading Should It Stay or Should It Go: my wife and I review Tales of the Arabian Nights (Z-man Games)

The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 4: Ambush!

If you haven't read any of my previous posts from this series, I'm playing The Mecha Hack, an OSR take on BattleTech style games, with my wife and my 7-year-old son, Xander. Here's the setup... We're using the off the shelf Mech Hack "mini-setting." There are three main factions from Old Earth. Our scrappy heroes, … Continue reading The Mecha Hack Actual Play Ep. 4: Ambush!

Weekly Round-up: GUMSHOE Kids Playtest, Maelstrom Dreamers – Session 0

It turned into "moon" week around here as Jupiter's Io and our very own Luna featured in the storytelling in two very different ways... GUMSHOE for Everyone! If you haven't heard, Pelgrane Press is taking their GUMSHOE engine into the little gamer market with a title called, currently at least, GUMSHOE Kids. Their playtest runs … Continue reading Weekly Round-up: GUMSHOE Kids Playtest, Maelstrom Dreamers – Session 0