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Role Playing, Tales of Gaming -

Does a theme define play experience as much as game mechanics do? Would you go as far as saying that the setting is maybe more important and can compensate for forgettable or generic rules? Or is world-building only ever fancy packaging? Is it something to help sell but, in the end, only superficial in comparison to what makes the game work?This month, I look at a variety of games that have made me wonder about the necessity for strong visuals and the presence of a world, or setting, for the play experience to exist in. Can a powerful concept sometimes...

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Storytelling, Tales of Gaming -

It is the end of yet another day spent on cold roads. The heavy snow cracks under you tired footsteps. As the last light of the day covers the peaks ahead with gold, you enter a lonely and quiet hamlet. Dusk has already fallen onto the villages in the valley. You turn around to see the sun slowly disappear behind the mountains in the west. Gazing down you can see the miles covered since your campfire breakfast this morning. Even though the days are shorter, winter months seem to make travelling more tiresome. Night will fall at any moment now, time to find a bed for the night.

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Board gaming, Tales of Gaming -

A good question that someone who is looking to discover boardgames might ask. While the answer is straightforward - it’s either yes or no - helping a friend to get started can sometimes be a challenge. It’s often related to taste and interest, but also to personality and what type of gameplay one is responsive to. Where do you start as a new gamer? How do you learn a new game? How do you find people to play with? 

Join me as I walk you through my path of board gaming discovery!

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Role Playing, Tales of Gaming -

Discovering a new hobby is an exciting and empowering experience but it can also make you feel clueless. "Where do I start?" is usually my personal reaction. Taking your first steps into a new world can be intimidating, especially when it comes to tabletop games.  Playing with your family is one thing but finding a group outside that circle of trust has its challenges. Ultimately it takes a bit of courage, a leap of faith so to speak. I always say: "The water doesn’t stay cold for long once you start swimming!". You will quickly realize that all tabletop players have...

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Role Playing, Tales of Gaming -

Summer is over and with it our first family adventure in the Forgotten Realms. As I introduced my kids to tabletop role playing games, I rediscovered the joys and intricacies of DM’ing, or GM’ing, call it what you want. My 9 and 12 year olds have lived through their first exploits as characters that live only on paper and in our small gaming group’s collective imagination.Was it a resounding success? A flawless exercise in make believe? Did we capture lightning in a bottle? At times, it certainly felt that way while on other instances the magic was missing and we...

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