Repost: Kids On Bikes Review, Part 1

It’s the cozy, spooky, restless time of year known as autumn and many people may want to harness that feeling at their gaming table. Whether you’re excited for the send half of Stranger Things Season 4, rooting for the heroes of Hocus Pocus 2, or going back to a Halloween favorite from the past, then Kids On Bikes is the game for you. I wrote this review way back in 2019 so please excuse any quaintly optimistic worldviews…

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:Otherscape Kickstarter Launch!

Two posts in one day? You saw that right. Today just happens to be the launch day for Toyko:Otherscape, the next iteration of the City of Mist set in a cyberpunk setting of colliding myth, technology, and humanity. Although the first setting book is focused on Tokyo, the game itself can (and will!) be set in cities across the world so you can still create your own setting with all your own amazing stories.

It’s a really amazing game, not least because one of the authors is yours truly! I’m truly honored and hyped to be a part of this great team and if you want to be part of the group getting this game off the ground then consider joining the Kickstarter. If you join today you can get in on the Day 1 perks!

Toyko:Otherscape Kickstarter!

New Lex Arcana Kickstarter

This is a quick notice to all of you out there who enjoyed my Lex Arcana review and the older interview with Valerio Ferzi about the game’s development. If you didn’t, the tl;dr version is that I love this game and think it’s both visually stunning and well-constructed. That’s why I’m so excited that they have a new Kickstarter campaign underway for a brand-new sourcebook!

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Interview with Marc Tassin about Aetaltis

The World of Aetaltis campaign is going strong over at Kickstarter and I’m excited to see this setting grow. I’ve been a fan for a while and backed this campaign in the early days. I wanted to see a little behind the curtain, though, so I asked Marc Tassin to answer a few questions. He provided some great answers and I think readers here will be just as excited as I am when the delve into Aetaltis!

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Ongoing Kickstarters to Jump On

Today I’m going to do something slightly self-serving, but also to spread the word about some awesome projects. There are always tons of Kickstarter projects going on and I know that I hate it when I miss out on ones that I would have loved to back. Today I’m going to tell you about three that I’m currently backing and why. Maybe you’ll jump on too!

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CAPERS Noir with Craig Campbell

Today I’m pleased to bring you another interview with the fantastic, personable Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games. I’ve talked to Craig before when his awesome superheroes-and-gangsters game CAPERS was dropping and it has been really well received by gamers. It did well enough that he considered Kickstarting a supplement and it’s a good thing he did because it’s going wild!

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Interview with Misha Bushyager of New Agenda Publishing

Today we’re going to be talking about the upcoming game Orun, currently up on Kickstarter! Misha Bushyager of New Agenda Publishing was kind enough to answer a few of my questions but let me cut to the chase: you should go and back this Kickstarter. I did and then I listened to the episodes on She’s a Super Geek and was glad I did so. Then I read this interview and I was doubly-glad I did so. It’s great and I recommend you check it out!

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Kids On Bikes Review, Part 2

Last time we looked at Kids On Bikes we focused on characters and collaborative worldbuilding. This is how things look from the players’ side of the table and is an important part of the game, but today we want to look at the other half of the equation. What tools does the game provide for GMs (on or off bikes)?

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Kids On Bikes Review, Part 1

Kids getting in over their heads with some crazy adventure is a genre that has too many classic examples to really list: Stand By MeThe GooniesE.T.JumanjiZathura, and Home Alone just start the list. Then, of course, there are the recent series Stranger ThingsThe OA, and Runaways which all combine the kid/teen model with the sort of obsessive binge-watching we all know and love today. If you want to harness that sort of power at your gaming table, then Kids On Bikes is the game for you.

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Upwind Review

A new game is coming to your skies, finishing up its Kickstarter pledges and getting ready for general release. Upwind a novel game in a lot of ways and I’ll admit that I hesitated before backing it. Quirky is alright but if you get too quirky you end up with something like Cairn which for me is quirky enough to be nearly unplayable. On the other hand you might get something like Paranoia which is a crazy but enduring classic. In the end it was an actual play called “The Three Beasts” put out by RPPR that convinced me to back it. Now that the beta version is out to backers I’m very glad that I did.

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