Pop Culture · RPGs

Ffinding Inspiration: The Works of Jasper Fforde (Part 1)

This time on Finding Inspiration, we’re taking a look at the works of Jasper Fforde and how they could be incorporated into your roleplaying diet.  This is the first of two articles, with this one dealing with Fforde’s longer, more developed Thursday Next series. Thursday Next   This series of books consists of 7 titles… Continue reading Ffinding Inspiration: The Works of Jasper Fforde (Part 1)

Blogging · Board Games · Pop Culture · RPGs · Video Games

Voting Opens for 11th Annual Golden Geek Awards

Ah, democracy, what a grand thing!  Well, mostly… It’s been a strange year… But this example of democracy will be fun, I promise! Board Game Geek have launched the voting for their annual awards, and I’m heading over to put my own votes in.  I’m just popping a quick post up to urge you to do… Continue reading Voting Opens for 11th Annual Golden Geek Awards

Board Games · Pop Culture · Rant

Card Game Reskins Are the Shovelware Titles of the Tabletop Hobby

I’m sure that all halfway dedicated videogamers will be aware of the concept of shovelware.  This is generally low quality software, churned out for quantity rather than quality, with no real though having gone into it beyond a simple theme or property designed to appeal to a less informed audience.  Think of the sort of… Continue reading Card Game Reskins Are the Shovelware Titles of the Tabletop Hobby

Blogging · Miniature Games · Pop Culture

Let’s Talk About PETA and 40K

Hypocrisy really rankles me, as does being misled or lied to.  It is hardly surprising, bearing this in mind, that I am therefore not a fan of PETA, a so-called animal right group. The group are known for their bizarre pronouncements and tone-deaf publicity stunts.  They attack video games like Mario, Cooking Mama and Super Meat Boy, rather than… Continue reading Let’s Talk About PETA and 40K

Board Games · Pop Culture

Why Would I Want Board Games to be ‘Mainstream’?

Many fans of modern board games, including myself from time to time, find themselves expressing disappointment that the tabletop gaming hobby is not more widely appreciated in the ‘mainstream’ consciousness.  How, we ask, can people not appreciate the fantastic play experiences that we can offer them?  Why, we demand, do people still buy dross like Monopoly… Continue reading Why Would I Want Board Games to be ‘Mainstream’?

Board Games · Pop Culture

Themes We’d Like to See: Studio Ghibli

Gone are the days where the mere presence of a licensed property attached to a board game should be treated as a red flag.  Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and others have proven than licensed games can be done well.  With it now safe to approach such games without protective… Continue reading Themes We’d Like to See: Studio Ghibli