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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 10, 2019. 14 comments

The Video Game Version Of Paranoia Makes Betraying Your Teammates Fun

The Video Game Version Of Paranoia Makes Betraying Your Teammates Fun

Paranoia is the ultimate backstabbing tabletop role-playing game. Created in 1984 by Greg Costikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg, the game is set in a dystopian future city ruled over by a computer AI and populated by horrible vat-born people all trying to betray one another for their own advancement. Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory, out now on the Epic Game Store, translates the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 27, 2019. 21 comments

Look At This Beautiful Game Of Pathfinder

Look At This Beautiful Game Of Pathfinder

A group of Australian friends just wound up an epic game of tabletop RPG Pathfinder, and I mean, I already said this in the headline, but just look at the thing.

Overseen by DM Paul Houlihan, who also did all the painting (the terrain is a mix of stuff, most of it from Dwarven Forge), the party (Persimmon’s Hate) can be seen here wrapping up a 15-hour session to conclude the second of six books...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 31, 2019. 8 comments

How To Get Into Magic: The Gathering

How To Get Into Magic: The Gathering


Magic: The Gathering is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, and you don’t have to look at publisher Hasbro’s financials to prove it. The 26-year-old strategy card game is alive, kickin’ and as accessible as ever to those curious about picking up a new hobby.

Part of what’s fuelled the game’s resurgence is a shift in how it’s viewed. Magic: The Gathering, like its sister franchise Dungeons &...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 25, 2019. 12 comments

Tips For Playing Dungeons & Dragons When You Have Social Anxiety

Tips For Playing Dungeons & Dragons When You Have Social Anxiety

Dungeons & Dragons may have dungeons and dragons, but its real secret sauce is other people. Dungeon masters and party members make campaigns fun and unpredictable, forcing players into high-stakes games of dice-fueled improv. What do you do, though, when you want to get in on the action, but you also have a bad, dumb brain that shrieks like a frightened mouse any time it enters an unfamiliar...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 19, 2019. 22 comments

Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000

Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000

On Friday, September 13, a truck bound for the Georgia-based tabletop and video game company Trivium Studios took a turn too sharply, spilling 216,000 gaming dice onto Interstate 75 in Atlanta in what could be the biggest unintentional dice roll ever.

According to Trivium Studios’ community manager, speaking to Kotaku about the incident, the truck was carrying three pallets of Chessex...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

Some Of Our Favorite Board Games Have Employee Cameos On The Cards

Some Of Our Favorite Board Games Have Employee Cameos On The Cards

Fantasy Flight, the publishers of some of the biggest and best board games around (from Star Wars to Arkham to Game of Thrones), have a little tradition going among staff: Once you’ve worked there for five years, you get to appear as a character in one of their games.

While this might sound like the same kind of thing you see in video games, where some random NPC is named after a developer,...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Aug 08, 2019. 9 comments

It Is Surprisingly Hard To Create An Incompetent Ass-Clown In Dungeons & Dragons

It Is Surprisingly Hard To Create An Incompetent Ass-Clown In Dungeons & Dragons
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

The great escapist fantasy of Dungeons & Dragons is that you are not a salaryperson shoveling handfuls of gummy bears into your mouth and rolling 20-sided die. Rather, you are a singularly important hero with a singular capacity to disarm some impending plot bomb. It’s a time-tried formula, one that basically...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 14, 2019. 16 comments

Magic: The Gathering's New Pro Players Prove To Be Controversial Picks

Magic: The Gathering's New Pro Players Prove To Be Controversial Picks

Today, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast announced that it had signed two new players to its fledgling Pro League, including the league’s first woman. While it has been a galvanizing decision for many players, especially female ones, some fans worry that the process for joining the professionalized ranks of Magic has become too subjective, or didn’t make sense in the first...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Apr 25, 2019. 20 comments

Nonbinary Magic Champion Replaces Pro Removed From League After Harassment Accusations

Nonbinary Magic Champion Replaces Pro Removed From League After Harassment Accusations

In the wake of allegations that Magic: The Gathering pro player Owen Turtenwald behaved inappropriately to female friends and fans, it appears he has been removed from publisher Wizards of the Coast’s budding esports league. Replacing him is Autumn Burchett, a talented, gender nonbinary player who won February’s Mythic Championship.

Late last month before the new Magic Pro League’s first $1...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Mar 30, 2019. 21 comments

Pro Removed From $1 Million Magic Tournament Accused Of Harassing Women

Pro Removed From $1 Million Magic Tournament Accused Of Harassing Women

On Wednesday, one of the most prominent players in the Magic: The Gathering scene was unceremoniously dropped from this weekend’s first-ever $1 million tournament for the strategy card game. Since then, as questions have been raised about the unspecified reasons behind Turtenwald’s removal, sources have told Kotaku that the player has engaged in inappropriate behavior toward female players...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Nov 20, 2018. 20 comments

KeyForge Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

KeyForge Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

KeyForge is a card game for people who would love Magic: The Gathering, but who run screaming into Mommy’s arms upon hearing the words “deck building.” It’s a game for the most doe-eyed of card-game beginners and the most seasoned fans alike, in part because of its winning gimmick: There’s no booster packs, drafting, or deck building. Players purchase whole decks, each of which is completely...

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Cameron Kunzelman Cameron Kunzelman Sep 23, 2018. 4 comments

Sunless Skies Now Has A Tabletop RPG

Sunless Skies Now Has A Tabletop RPG

Sunless Skies, the follow up after Sunless Sea from Failbetter Games, now has a free tabletop RPG called Skyfarer that you can download from Tabletop Gaming.

After perusing through the rules, I can say that the game is more Dungeon World than Dungeons & Dragons. It is more concerned with telling interesting stories between players than it is with giving you a crunchy set of rules, deep combat...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Sep 07, 2018. 11 comments

Fortnite Monopoly Replaces Boardwalk With Tilted Towers

Fortnite Monopoly Replaces Boardwalk With Tilted Towers

Monopoly is a board game that regularly ends with you cursing out your family. In the upcoming Fortnite edition, which leaked earlier today and was later confirmed by Epic Games, at least you’ll be able to take them out until you’re the last one standing.

The Fortnite edition of Monopoly was briefly available to pre-order on the UK-based nerd merch site Zavvi. While the pre-order was up, the...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 11, 2018. 8 comments

Fan-Made Olive Garden LARP Has Unlimited Breadsticks And Heart

Fan-Made Olive Garden LARP Has Unlimited Breadsticks And Heart

Role-playing games can take many shapes and forms beyond the dice-rolling of Dungeons and Dragons. One game designer wrote a live-action role-playing game meant to be played specifically at the chain restaurant Olive Garden, and it’s strangely heartfelt.

Jeff Stormer, a podcaster and game designer living in Philadelphia, told Kotaku over Twitter DMs that his idea for an Olive Garden live...

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Cameron Kunzelman Cameron Kunzelman Jul 06, 2018. 14 comments

Ravnica Got Me Into Magic, And Now We're Going Back

Ravnica Got Me Into <i>Magic</i>, And Now We're Going Back

Magic: The Gathering is a card game, but the storytelling and worldbuilding that goes into informing those cards is basically unmatched across the world of games. They announced this week that the game is going back to the world of Ravnica, and it took me down a nostalgia hole.

Each plane of Magic (think “world”) comes with a whole host of flavors and mechanics associated with them. Zendikar...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 02, 2018. 17 comments

Custom D&D Character Sheets Are A Critical Hit

Custom <i>D&D </i>Character Sheets Are A Critical Hit

Cartoonist and self-described Dungeons & Dragons nerd Luke Howard hand-crafted a convincing argument in favor of pen-and-paper role-playing: custom character sheets for D&D.

It’s not unusual for players to print their character sheets off D&D’s website or type their stats into a digital document. But that can feel a little impersonal. Howard’s character books are the polar opposite. Protected...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 25, 2018. 15 comments

Mutant Year Zero Marries XCOM With Talking Animals 

<i>Mutant Year Zero</i> Marries <i>XCOM</i> With Talking Animals 

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is pretty long name for a game with a straightforward pitch: what if XCOM but with animorphs? While it’s based off of a pen and paper role-playing game popular in Sweden during the 80s, developer The Bearded Ladies have made it their own by injecting the inspiration’s DNA into a turn-based tactical game. After close to an hour with Mutant Year Zero, I came away...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 09, 2018. 17 comments

Fantasy Flight Games Announces Android: Netrunner Is Ending

Fantasy Flight Games Announces <i>Android: Netrunner</i> Is Ending

After six years, publisher Fantasy Flight Games announced today that Android: Netrunner, one of the all-time best card games, is ending.

In a blog post today, Fantasy Flight Games wrote that as of October 22 2018, they will stop selling all Android: Netrunner products and hosting organized play events. To explain why Android: Netrunner is ending, head of studio Andrew Navaro wrote that, while...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson May 30, 2018. 17 comments

DMing A Roleplaying Game Wasn’t As Scary As I Feared

DMing A Roleplaying Game Wasn’t As Scary As I Feared

This weekend I DMed my first tabletop RPG. I was really nervous about it, but it was actually way easier than I thought it would be.

Our tradition in my Dungeons & Dragons group is whenever someone has a birthday, someone else will run them a one-off in the system of their choice. Our current birthday boy really wanted to play The Sprawl, a cyberpunk-themed game in a system that’s a little bit...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson May 26, 2018. 24 comments

A Simple Moral Quandary Stumped My D&D Group For Two Hours

A Simple Moral Quandary Stumped My <i>D&D</i> Group For Two Hours

My Dungeons & Dragons group is at the midpoint of our campaign, so we’ve been trying to do something new for a few sessions. We’ve had another player take over as DM for a little while. We’ve been telling him how much we want to do more roleplaying, so last night he let us roleplay to our hearts’ content. It was a disaster.

The person taking over as DM is still getting his bearings running...

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