The Powered by the Apocalypse game Escape from Dino Island is a not-so-subtle homage to stories like Jurassic Park and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, but also island mysteries like Lost or (naturally) The Island. It’s short, punchy, and sure to fulfill your gaming needs, as long as those needs include running screaming from a T-rex.Continue reading “Review of Escape from Dino Island”
I’m here today with a review! Been a while since we did one of those but there’s a lot of talk about alternatives to Dungeons & Dragons following some much-deserved criticism of the company and game. If you like magic but want something more homey, friendly, and inclusive, consider the game I’m here to talk about today: Arcana Academy.Continue reading “Arcana Academy Review”
Since first seeing the Kickstarter for Bite Marks by Black Armada, I’ve been intrigued in figuring out exactly what this game is about. It’s werewolves, certainly, but geared more towards pack dynamics than the usual tropes. Bite Marks is now available for preorder at the link above, and if you’re considering it then you might be having the same questions. Read on to find out a little more about what you can expect!Continue reading “Bite Marks Review”
Pigsmoke is a Powered by the Apocalypse game that… well frankly that I didn’t understand reading the blurbs. It looked intriguing and I kept seeing it suggested, but I also found it impossible to pin down even digging into it a little bit. If you’re in that boat, or if this review is the first time you’ve heard of Pigsmoke but you’re willing to stick around, then allow me to say why you should check this game out.Continue reading “Pigsmoke Review”
I’m back today with a great game from a great writer. Turn is a game inspired by PbtA and dealing with conflicted shapeshifters just trying to get by. It’s a fascinating game of navigating relationships and following instincts. Read on to see why I’m so inspired by this game and check out the website to order your own copy!Continue reading “Turn Review”
Today I’m taking a look at a Powered by the Apocalypse game Pasión de las Pasiones by the amazing storyteller Brandon Leon-Gambetta. As the principle GM for the Protean City podcast you can be sure that Leon-Gambetta knows both awesome stories and PbtA so I have high hopes for this game. The fact that its designed to tell stories like telenovelas just seals the deal.
I’m back with more for my City of Mist campaign skeleton! Having described Alexis, Anna, Heather, and Ophelia (as well as a villain for good measure) I’m here to take the next step and and make a Crew playbook for these gals. I really love social mechanics like this so let’s see how it goes!
When I kickstarted the game Star Crossed from Bully Pulpit Games, I got the chance to add a few interesting items from their catalog to my order. Among their games I saw an interesting gem called The Warren: “a tabletop role-playing game about intelligent rabbits trying to make the best of a world filled with hazards, predators and, worst of all, other rabbits.” Immediately wanting to know more, I added it and found it interesting and unique. I didn’t have time to review it when I got it but now that Netflix’s series Watership Down has started to show up in my feed, it reminded me that this is a game that deserves some attention.
Hello and welcome to another of our system roundtables! We’re going to be talking today about Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest science-fiction installment in the Civilization series. I played Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri as a kid and loved it so I’ve been enjoying this as a stress reliever recently. It got me thinking that this setting is really interesting and would be a fun place to set an RPG. But what system to use?
The game engine called Powered by the Apocalypse has spread far beyond it’s original form as a post-apocalyptic game of sad struggle. It’s even changed beyond the logical extension of Dungeon World which took those powerful stories and placed them in a fantasy world like D&D. Given the storytelling focus of the game engine, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the game would eventually iterate into film genres but the level to which it gels with noir film is amazing. Allow me to outline for you the amazing game called Noir World by John Adamus.