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Why I Love Apex Legends as Someone Who Hates Battle Royale

I went to Disneyland recently. Late January and early February is the time to go—shorter lines, cooler weather. There I was, walking around the happiest place on earth with my friends, when we all get an alert on our phones. Some new battle royale game was about to drop. Great, I thought. Another gimmicky BR game to clutter up an already bloated, gimmicky genre. I’m not the biggest fan of BR. I’ve talked about how...
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The Game Master’s Balancing Act

A bit of an intro for the uninitiated. In role-playing games, the Dungeon Master (DM) as it’s known in Dungeons & Dragons, or Game Master (GM) as it’s known in other games, has control over the non-player characters (NPCs): the monsters, traps, treasure and, ultimately, the story itself. Ironically, even with all their power, the GM is at the behest of the players. You want them to feel like they’re in control of their character...
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Would You Ever Use Guns in Dungeons & Dragons?

Dungeons and Dragons is a high fantasy game. The world is fantastical, with magic and adventurers and where mounds of gold weigh practically nothing at all. What it doesn’t have a lot of is guns. Nevertheless, I’ve had many new players ask if their character can have a firearm. For the longest time this sort of irritated me. In a world of dragons and magic that can manipulate the actual fabric of reality the first...
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Doing the New Thing

A while back, I posted about how to bring someone new into the hobby of board gaming.  This post is along those lines, but it’s going to be a bit different:  You should probably be nerdy in a new way. See, the fact that you’re reading this tells me that you’re a nerd.  You enjoy having narrative presented to you in some format, whether directly through a work of art like books or visual media...
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Let’s Talk K-Dramas: Strong Girl (or Woman) Do Bong-Soon

I’ve recently been re-watching Strong Girl Do Bong-Soon, a 2017 Korean romantic-comedy series that aired on JBTC in Korea. I originally watched it as a simulcast on the now defunct DramaFever website (that had its plug pulled last year). At the time of writing this article, it’s available to stream on Netflix or Viki.com. Netflix translates the title as “Strong Girl…” and Viki.com as “Strong Woman….” This is a mostly over-the-top comedy with some cheesy...
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Are Video Games Just For Kids?

I just finished God of War. Yeah, I know, I’m almost a year late. I almost got so busy I wasn’t able to finish it. Boy, I’m glad I did. It was one of the most emotionally resonant narrative experiences I’ve ever had. It deals with themes of loss, grief, mourning, addressing (or not addressing) past mistakes, and fatherhood, and does so with nuance and skill. All wrapped in gameplay that’s as thrilling as anything...
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