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Inkwell Ideas Sidequest Decks First Impression

The people at Inkwell Ideas have been producing Sidequest Decks, decks that have an inspirational map on one side, with a sketched-out adventure outline on the back of the card. While these cards lean on particular genres, they don’t have any specific game mechanics included in the outline....

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Loke Battle Mats First Impression

I recently received a copy of the Loke Battle Mats products, The Giant Book of Sci-Fi Battle Mats, and the Giant Book of Battle Mats Volume II. These are big 62-page spiral bound books that contain map spreads that include grids or hexes to establish a scale for use at a table. Since these review...

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Hit the Streets: Defend the Block Review

Superhero media contains multitudes. There are tactical, military-themed super-agent teams. There are magical heroes that fight off demons and vampires. Some heroes travel into the depths of space and deal with alien fleets and cosmic criminal syndicates. But for many people, their first...

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Last Fleet Review

As I approached my winter break this year, I got the urge to engage with starfighter content. Do you know you can’t find Space, Above and Beyond anywhere streaming? No Wing Commander either. Thankfully, I found Battlestar Galactica streaming on the Peacock streaming network from NBC. Speaking of...

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Talisman Adventures Fantasy Roleplaying Game Review

The game we’re looking at today is Talisman Adventures, which is converting the Talisman board game into its own roleplaying game. For anyone not familiar with Talisman, you pick a different character type to play, acquire spells, magic items, and followers to give you additional abilities, and...

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For the Queen Review

This review is going to be a little bit different, for two reasons. The first is that this is one of those instances where I had the time to playtest a game before writing a review. The second is, much of the content regarding my actual play experience has appeared on other social media, as I was...

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Disposable Heroes Review

The game I’m reviewing today is non-standard in a lot of ways. It is a Powered by the Apocalypse game, but it doesn’t use playbooks. It still uses moves and a 2d6 + a bonus to determine the resolution of various moves, but the various cards you have will modify what unique moves you have available...

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Rebel Crown Review

There have been a lot of Forged in the Dark games, taking on a wide range of topics within the same procedural structure introduced in Blades in the Dark. Some of the earliest, beyond Blades in the Dark itself, were Scum and Villainy and Band of Blades. Beyond moving the genre away from the...

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For the Lesbians of the Lake; Reviewing Thirsty Sword Lesbians

Loud! If there’s a single thing that screams to me about Thirsty Sword Lesbians, the tabletop brain child of April Kit Walsh, it’s how loud it all is. From the aesthetics, the vibrant cover-to-cover art, and even the flavor of rules text itself, Thirsty Sword Lesbians is a powerfully...

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