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Red Dead Redemption 2 Shows What Video-Game Storytelling Can Do

Regret is powerful. And while it affects everyone differently, it’s how we deal with our regrets that defines who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. In a medium known for virtual killing and dying without consequence, regret is a theme almost never explored in video games. It happens to also be what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 such a powerful and memorable experience. In storytelling and world-building, Rockstar Games truly pushes video games into uncharted territory. This...

An Open Letter From the Shieldmaidens Regarding Source Comics and Games

On October 8, 2018, Lisa Olson, a former employee of Roseville’s Source Comics and Games, published a Facebook post about her experience as an employee that went viral and elicited many comments from both customers and other former employees about their experiences in the store. Below is an open letter that was sent to Twin Cities Geek this week by the game masters who run the Kattakemeros and Kosnos games at the store on Sundays. Shieldmaiden Sundays are a casual meetup in the...

Channel A: The Anime Pitch Party Game Is a Delight for Anime Fans of All Levels

The more I think back on my life as a gamer, the more I realize how much that identity has interacted with—and even informed—my other hobbies. Even as recently as when I discovered Call to Adventure (which I wrote about earlier this month), my excitement and anticipation from that game has rekindled my interest in fantasy novels, and that’s had me reading them a lot more lately than I had been. Similarly, my entry into the trading-card-gaming scene in the...

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Cosplay Community

Convention season is well underway. That means that for a lot of the local Twin Cities conventions, cosplayers are also out in full force, sometimes to the amusement, bemusement, or horror of the normies who walk among us in our day to day. No offense to normies, of course. Though I’d like to point out that the looks on their faces are often priceless. In my case, at the beginning of 2018, I hung up my rather con-famous outfit,...

10 of the Best Video Games of 2017

Although 2017 was mostly a garbage year for those who those who care about things like decency, respect, representation, and the common good, it was a real good year for video games! So I guess it wasn’t all bad, right? I mean, Nintendo released a new system, the Switch, alongside a new Zelda game and, much later down the road, a new behind-the-back-style Mario game à la Super Mario 64. And we got a sort of sequel to Nier!...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2018

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many gaming events here all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately...

At a Crossroads between Art and Science, GLITCH Finds a Place to Thrive

At the corner of Riverside and 19th Avenue in Minneapolis, nestled above the recently reopened Viking Bar, sits the center of operations and home of the GLITCH family. Ascending the steps into the newly renovated suite housing the organization, I was instantly greeted by the cozy and open space comprising hardwood floors, brick walls, large windows, comfortable furniture, and scores of games—both digital and hobby—stacked on shelves surrounding a large television and entertainment center. I was then welcomed by...

Saturday Night Space Opera Expands Twin Cities Sci-Fi Gaming with a Mini Convention

When someone picks up a 12-sided die, the popular imagination generally links it with a Dungeon Master’s Guide and tales of swords and sorcery rather than spacesuits and starships, an image crystallized among the general public by Weezer, Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, and more. But science fiction has been a part of role-playing games since the 1970s with James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha, among other systems, and local group Saturday Night Space Opera has been providing a space...

Honor What Has Come Before in Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Last month, the annual gaming convention, Gen Con, celebrated its highly anticipated 50th anniversary, which brought with it a host of all-new games and revived classics. One of the returning games, Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, is the Minnesota-local Fantasy Flight Games’ reimagining of a popular collectible card game by Alderac Entertainment Group. Legend of the Five Rings, or L5R as it is known in shorthand, is a samurai fantasy in which the seven Great Clans of Rokugan...
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