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An Infinite Rant about Bioshock – The Spoiler filled Analysis

The title should give it away… You have been warned… …so I’m just going to dive into this thing… In Bioshock Infinite, you play as Booker DeWitt, an ex-cavalry man, recently involved in the massacre of Wounded Knee, emerging from that experience emotional scarred and wracked with guilt (still a far better fate than most […]

Good Endings

One of my all time favorite terms relating to writing is “saccharine.” It’s such a great metaphor. It indicates that while a naturally sweet story point is just that, one that is saccharine, as you’d expect, is artificially sweetened, meaning the author has manipulated the characters and events in a jarring way to create something […]

I feel 14 Again! Pat Robertson Says D&D Will Destroy My Life

As a teenager in the 80s I felt nothing but pride that Pat Robertson, ignorant and fanatical anti-D&D crusader hated my hobby. My thinking was that if an idiot of such epic scale hated my hobby then it must be worth doing! Eventually the hysteria faded and gamers got on with the business of gaming. […]

NeuroSpasta Released

It might a year and a half late, but NeuroSpasta, DEM’s cyberpunk setting, has finally been released. It was a difficult process trying to create rules for hacking and cybernetics which was still GSL-compliant with 4th Edition D&D rules as well as being actually fun. Originally, NeuroSpasta was meant to be part of Ultramodern but […]

Bad Endings

Have you ever had a campaign end properly—I mean properly, like it ended with a climax and not because the group disbanded or lost interest? It happens rarely, I understand that. I mentioned recently my own Amethyst game finally ran its last session after eleven years. It did so with a note of finality to […]

Economics of Gaming: Digital Rights Management

My PC build is two years old, loaded with top of the line hardware at that time. I can still run nearly every game at max settings, something my previous ten PCs couldn’t do for more than six months. Yes, the industry is slowing but one of the reasons is because publishers have little incentive […]

GAMA Trade Show Best of Show Winner

GAMA Trade Show Best of Show Winner 2013–

Yes, you are reading that correctly.  I am giving the “Best of Show” for the GAMA Trade Show 2013 to   Kickstarter was the talk of the show. If you had a booth there was a solid 50/50 chance that a Kickstarter was in your future. It really was everywhere at the show. Before you […]

GAMA Trade Show 2013 Report 8

GAMA Trade Show 2013 Report 8

Monster Protectors Monster Protectors has a nice line of card protector boxes and binders as well as some unusual map/playmat tubes. It is hard to see in the image, but the map tube has three corners, rather than being a true tube. I did not grasp the importance until  Monster’s rep pointed out that it […]

GAMA Trade Show 2013 Report 7

GAMA Trade Show 2013 Report 7

Cheapass Games   Cheapass games, long known for extremely basic games, evolved a bit and produced a “snazzy” version of the venerable “Unexploded Cow.” This game has a retail price of $25.00. Grandpa’ Beck’s Games Scheming and Skulking is a new trick-taking game due to be released at the end of May for an MSRP […]