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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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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 12, 2018. 14 comments

D&D's Upcoming Adventure Will Showcase Its Grossest Monster

<i>D&D's </i>Upcoming Adventure Will Showcase Its Grossest Monster

Sometimes, people create horrible and unconscionable things all in the name of fantasy.

Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes is D&D’s upcoming adventure, to be released May 18, and its bestiary features something called the Sibriex. It’s appeared before in D&D’s 3rd edition, but in its current incarnation, it’s truly awful. The creature’s “blood and bile cascade” from its body. “Where these noxious...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 02, 2018. 16 comments

A Tabletop RPG For Storytellers Who Want To Be Infamous Criminals

A Tabletop RPG For Storytellers Who Want To Be Infamous Criminals

If the industrial, supernatural world of Blades in the Dark was the backdrop for anything other than a tabletop role-playing game, I’d have written daily letters to its creator begging them to make it into one. Blades in the Dark’s world is so full of noir curiosities that it begs players to insert themselves in, and fortunately, its narrative-based ruleset accommodates that in any way you...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Mar 14, 2018. 22 comments

Magic: The Gathering Is Getting Some Big Changes

<i>Magic: The Gathering</i> Is Getting Some Big Changes

As Magic: The Gathering approaches its 25th anniversary, head designer Mark Rosewater is perched at a crucial point between past and future. The game’s next set of cards will reprise Magic’s classic Dominaria setting, with the game’s original creator Richard Garfield tag-teaming design with Rosewater. But while it looks back, it will also look forward, making a tweak that some players have...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Mar 08, 2018. 24 comments

How To Choose Your D&D Character Class

How To Choose Your <i>D&D </i>Character Class

“What Dungeons and Dragons class should I play?” is the kind of question you could answer with a cursory quiz, but that would be a mistake. You owe it to yourself—and to your D&D dungeon master—to think holistically about character class, maybe the most important choice you’ll make in a D&D game. Picking the right class can mean the difference between a character you love and a character you...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 05, 2018. 12 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Brings Fresh Elemental Evil To MMO And Tabletop

<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> Brings Fresh Elemental Evil To MMO And Tabletop

Considered by many to be the greatest D&D adventure of all-time, "The Temple of Elemental Evil" gets a major nod this March when the latest storyline, simply titled "Elemental Evil", hits the MMO Neverwinter, the tabletop game and beyond.

"The Temple of Elemental Evil", AKA Advanced Dungeons & Dragons modules T1 through T4, remains the gold standard for long-ass dungeon dives, thirty years...

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