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Paranoia One-Shot: Welcome to Alpha Complex (Part 1)

This week, I cracked open the second hand copy of the second edition of Paranoia that I picked up from Oxfam a few months back.  What followed was an evening of slapstick comedy, general mistrust, outright betrayal and excessive bureaucracy. Paranoia sees a group of player living in a dystopian future not unlike that envisaged… Continue reading Paranoia One-Shot: Welcome to Alpha Complex (Part 1)

Audio

Great Games with Traitor Mechanisms: An Audio Followup

Earlier this week, I posted an article that featured a handful of games that make good use of traitor mechanisms.  Here, I reflect a little on this article and discuss on further game in which the traitor mechanism is central to play: This was recorded before our first episode of No Rerolls Radio, otherwise I'd… Continue reading Great Games with Traitor Mechanisms: An Audio Followup

No Rerolls Radio

No Rerolls Radio, Episode 1: An Introduction to Stuart and Alex

In the first episode of our new podcast, our intrepid hosts introduce themselves and utterly fail to follow any sort of structure. This acts as an hour and half long (eep!) introduction to Stuart and Alex in which they discuss: 1. How they got started with tabletop gaming 2. Some of their favourite games 3. What they write about on No Rerolls 4. Their best gaming experiences 5. Some negative gaming experiences 6. Their favourite articles thus far on No Rerolls Only 6 questions, but 6,000 tangents!

Board Games, RPGs

Tracking Collections Using Board Game Geek

The website, Board Game Geek, is a fantastic resource.  Founded in the year 2000, it is the definitive database of board and card games, cataloguing many tens of thousands of items.  On top of this, there are two sister sites, Video Game Geek and RPG Geek, both of which also track tens of thousand of items,… Continue reading Tracking Collections Using Board Game Geek

RPGs

The Cover Up: D&D Players Handbook Part 4

Hello and welcome back to the Cover Up! Today we will be looking at the current version of the Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook in 5th edition. This was only released 2 years ago, with a public beta opening back in 2012. In that time it has found its way into the hands and selves… Continue reading The Cover Up: D&D Players Handbook Part 4

Board Games

4 Great Board Games with Traitor Mechanisms

Games are fantastic social tools.  They are a scaffolding for social interaction and a great source of shared experience and enjoyment.  Cooperative games give a great opportunity for camaraderie and team-working, and can give a real sense of shared achievement when you manage to accomplish your goals together. That said, many otherwise-cooperative games have a… Continue reading 4 Great Board Games with Traitor Mechanisms

RPGs

The Cover Up: D&D Player’s Handbook Part 3

Welcome back to the Cover up! Today we’ll have a bit of a quick-fire round to analyse the 3.5 (the 3rd edition cover was essentially the same but less fancy, so for the sake of time it has been left out) and 4th edition players handbooks. So let’s get right to it. The 3.5 line… Continue reading The Cover Up: D&D Player’s Handbook Part 3

Rant

I Have Never Wanted to Turn Off Chat in a Tabletop Game

This has been rattling around my head and needs to get out.  Don't expect coherence in this post, please!  Thank you for your indulgence. I love Overwatch.  I'd go so far as to say there's a real addiction developing here, but it's not the merits of the game that I wish to discuss here.  It's not… Continue reading I Have Never Wanted to Turn Off Chat in a Tabletop Game

Learning, RPGs

Games & Learning: A Short Literature Review on Games and Autism

Another Start to Another Irregular Series, Games & Learning will focus on both games and... wait for it... learning.  As a teacher, I think that games are fantastic tools for education and love exploring this topic.   This instalment of Games & Learning consists of a short literature review on the use of tabletop and… Continue reading Games & Learning: A Short Literature Review on Games and Autism