Tagged RPG

You Can Explore Path of Exile’s Dark Continent in Just About Any Way You Choose

Path of Exile’s new Breach leagues started not too long ago, and so I figured it’s as good a time as any to introduce the game to a wider world. For those not familiar with it, Path of Exile, made by Grinding Gear Games out of New Zealand, is a free-to-play action RPG loot grinder with a surprising (sometimes frankly astonishing) level of detail in its customization and character building. It manages to be one of the most obsessively...

Tamriel Gets Spooky with the Witches Festival

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season. There is just something so magical about it to me, more so than spring or summer. Winter is a close second (though the winters here in Minnesota can be as brutal as they are beautiful), but autumn is a special time of year. I think this is due in great part to how brief it is—our autumns do not last long, so it’s important to really enjoy them for the few...

Onigiri: Mediocre Fun in Ancient Japan

The MMO genre is one that I’ve grown fond of over the years, though the only two I currently play much are The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, after a rather lengthy hiatus following my departure from World of Warcraft. An MMO being released is generally a big deal—they’re often hard to miss, either from advertising or simple word of mouth. That, for me, is what made my discovery of Onigiri somewhat interesting. It...

Get Ready for Fast-Paced, Bloody Combat in Bloodborne

From developer From Software, the sadistic masterminds behind the notoriously difficult Demon’s Souls (2009) and Dark Souls (2011), comes game director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s greatest challenge yet. Bloodborne, a PlayStation exclusive and the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, promises to test everything you’ve got—and then some. Even if you’re familiar with Miyazaki’s previous work with the Souls franchise, Bloodborne will leave you bruised, battered, and emotionally drained, yet won’t be able to help coming back for more. It’s time to “Prepare to Die” . . . again....

Crossing the Streams: Bunraku

Crossing the Streams is a regular column that highlights exciting and enjoyable movies that you can find streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and VOD, providing you with plenty of great movies to add to your queue so you don’t waste time searching for something worthwhile. Typically these movies will be genre-based and geek friendly (though it’s not a requirement to be featured), and a large percentage of them will be independent and lower-budget productions. Chances are you’ve already...

MN Tabletop Game Designers 2015 Preview

I am fortunate enough to know a lot of tabletop game designers and publishers, especially in the indie game community. These are people I talk to on an almost daily basis, thanks to podcasting and social media. So when I was trying to figure out a good topic to start writing about, I reached out to some of the people I know and asked them about their plans for early in 2015. These first two articles I write will...

Seven Minnesota-Based Kickstarters You Might Want to Know About

Kickstarter offers many different opportunities to a variety of enterprises, some more fringe-y than others. This method of raising funds seems especially suited to geeks, probably because the very definition of geek implies a concentrated subculture of some variety—big enough to be a subculture, but too small to have much meaning to established mainstream businesses. Happily, there have been some noteworthy successful Kickstarters from Minnesota in the last year. Here are some of those, as well as one that...
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