An RPG rundown; recommendations and reviews of the best role-playing games on the market.
What Are Relationships Like in Your Fantasy Setting?
Romance is a part of the earliest fantasy stories we hear. From mermaids who fall in love with sailors, to princesses locked in castles guarded by fearsome dragons who can only be saved by a suitor of pure heart, to the betrayal of a king for the love of the queen, so many of our stories include this element in their make up. The same can be said of a lot of our RPGs, because they either draw on these old fairy tales as part of their inspiration, or simply because it's part of the goals we have for our characters.
Harmony in the Desert
In the arid vastness of Namibia's desert landscapes, where the sun painted the horizon with hues of orange and red, a young boy named Deon Hotto kicked a weathered soccer ball across the dusty terrain. The rhythmic beat of his footsteps echoed the aspirations of a dreamer who yearned to transcend the boundaries of the Namibian sand and make a mark on the global soccer stage.
Champions of the Savanna
In the heart of the African continent, where the sun's golden embrace painted the landscapes with warmth, a symphony of cheers echoed through the dusty streets. Soccer, the universal language of passion, resonated deeply within the hearts of the people, transcending borders and cultures.
My Name is Max
Note: Castles and Caverns is a homebrew solo tabletop roleplaying game I created. The following story is based on an adventure I completed, which in turn was based on a story idea I had years ago. I plan on setting many stories in this world.
Knights of the White Shield: Keepers of the Peace
Snowy mountain peaks overlooked the tiny village of Cliffbottom that had sprung up by the Wathwend River, a waterway that meandered between the vast Snowmane Mountains to the sea. It was a small community of Halfling and Gnome farmers and merchants attracted by the traffic in spices that had grown as trade with the distant Hmomshai Empire to the South flourished. A small port on the winding river where farmers could bring their crops to trade for spices brought by ships bound for cities of the North, Cliffbottom had been built just inland from the coast on the river delta as part of the expanding colonies of the Duchy of Vairone, in a forested wilderness that was thought to be uninhabited virgin territory. The Vaironese settlers had no idea that the river they called the Wathwend was the Sacred Road used by the spirits of the dead to go to the Island of the Dead. They could not know that the river was bathed in to cleanse the soul of sins, that the trees they had cleared from the river bank were the reincarnated chieftains of a hundred generations of savage human tribesmen, and they were not expecting the barbarian warriors to be willing to die to purify their holy river of the taint of civilisation.
The Book of Set: Pages from a Lost Tome
“This is a book of secrets and lies, a book of shadows, hiding dark lore. Beware!” --- Tiye the Witch of Shosnar
Masterful Gameplay Meets Muddled Story: The Dual Faces of 'Dungeons of Sundaria'
Introduction to Sundaria's World Dungeons of Sundaria, a fresh entrant in the dungeon crawler RPG genre, prompts the question: will it become a memorable name in the gaming world? This review delves into the heart of Sundaria, evaluating its potential to captivate the RPG audience.
The Top 5 Angry Video Game Nerd Moments
The Angry Video Game Nerd is not only angry, but also incredibly entertaining. Since his inception in 2006, Angry Video Game Nerd and its eponymous hero continues to entertain fans across the internet. Having played the absolute worst video games ever made, the Nerd is always infuriated. From the original Atari 2600 to more recent game consoles, there is no shortage of awful video games. This means the Angry Video Game Nerd will always have an endless supply of bad video games to play.
Knights of the Pure Heart: Leading the Sinful to Redemption
The knight knelt down beside the murderous thief who sat on the ground bound with manacles in the gaol for his crimes. After the knight had captured him, the young man had been convicted of killing and robbing a merchant; he was going to be executed in the morning. “Be calm, my son,” he said softly to the criminal, “I mean you know harm. Just tell me, why did you do it? You don’t need to lie, you can tell me anything. I will never tell anyone, I am not here to condemn, just offer you a chance at peace.” The scurrilous cur spat at the knight and struggled against his chains. The knight did not flinch, just wiped away the spittle and smiled benignly and said softly “That’s okay, my son, I know you must be angry. Tell me, what makes you so wrathful?”
A Pathfinder Power Couple: Arcane Eye, and The Lyre of Building
When we think of magic in Pathfinder, we usually think of the big, showy spells. Things like fireball and lightning bolt are usually top of the list, followed by other classics like raise dead or spiritual weapon. However, knowledge is power when it comes to any dungeon delve, and what you do with that knowledge can have an outsized effect at the end of the adventuring day.
Tarkov’s Newest Ammo Changes are Intense
With patch .14 came the whole gambit of changes to the game. And one that we are still feeling the effects of are all the ammo changes to when and how we get access to more powerful rounds. We’ve talked about ammo multiple times in the past; some being taken off the flea market, how much certain ammos can be purchased, the whole nine yards. But this time, ammo has gone through the largest change in the game's history. Even not so top tier rounds, like M855 and PP ammo for 5.45 are being moved much deeper into the games unlock cycle. It was quite a change by itself. But again, combined with everything else this patch brought with it, and it just reinforces why this patch feels like a brand-new game. The game has us now scrounging around maps and looting scavs magazines for whatever ammo we can get our hands on. And I love that. This is how the ammo economy should be at the start. Desperation to find and use rounds that may not be remotely what you want to use, but at the start of the game, you don’t have a choice. It’s crazy how after almost two weeks into the wipe, I just got the ability to buy M855 from Peacekeeper level 3. It’s insane, but again, I love it. Ammo is one of the core components of being able to land successful kills in the game, and if everyone’s access to the good stuff is being pushed further into the game, that means everyone regardless of skill or level, has a better chance of killing other players and surviving the raid. Which is what we’ve wanted for a long time. So, what are some of the ammos people find themselves using these days? Where are the good ammos now? And how have the interactions between the ammo changes with the new armor been? Let’s talk about all of this, and if you are new here be sure to subscribe to the channel for future videos.
Why is Escape From Tarkov Such a Good Streaming Game?
Tarkov is a strange anomaly in the gaming universe. For something touted as being so difficult, complicated, and requiring material outside of the game to be successful, you’d think that level of commitment wouldn’t be entertaining to watch, or at the very least, confusing for those tuning in. But surprisingly, the game does well on YouTube and especially on Twitch. There is a dedicated following for this game on the platform and the people who not only play it, but those who watch it are usually long-time veterans of the game. Sure, there are lots of new people who jump into chat and are curious about the game, but for the most part, if you play Tarkov at all, you also will find yourself watching it too. And this game holds its own on the platform. Normally sitting at around 30-50k concurrent viewers. Recently there has been a massive increase in viewership because Tarkov had Twitch drops on, which allowed you to earn in-game items by watching streamers, but we’ll talk more about that later. But my main question around this game and the following it has online, is what makes Tarkov such a compelling and arguably perfect streaming video game? Is it the game itself? The memes? Something else? Let's go over this and see if we can figure out why it works so well on Twitch. And if you are new or returning to the channel, be sure to subscribe for more videos in the future about Tarkov and anything else we can think of.