Category: "Gaming"

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Way Too Late

I have been inspired by the recent way too late movie reviews around here and I’ve decided to apply a similar approach to games. This certainly has nothing to do with finding a way to justify the 139 hours that I’ve already spent in the game in the slightest. (Okay,

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Alien: Isolation

I may be a bit late to the Alien party, but I am damn glad that I got on board with this franchise. I had never watched any of the movie quadrilogy, nor had I really played any of the games based on them. I was in no way a

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The Dark Below or Where is this Story Going?

Last week, a couple things happened: my Xbox One returned from being repaired and the first DLC for Destiny was released. It was hard to figure out which I was most excited about, so right after we recorded episode 68 of the podcast, I had my controller in hand and the

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Cards, Cards, Cards!

This holiday season, spend some time with family and friends with these down and dirty (and really dirty, in the case of Cards Against Humanity) single-deck card games. My love of single-deck card games has been well documented throughout my Dorkadia tenure. Single-deck card games require minimal investment in either

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A Brief Look at Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

“I like big boats, I cannot lie.” – Isabela, Dragon Age II Is it just me, or was releasing two different Assassin’s Creed games at the same time a somewhat confusing move? If you’ve been too distracted by Unity to notice, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue was released at the same time exclusively

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Tabletop: Game On!

Grab your favorite board game, warm up your dice, and watch out for owlbears in Wil Wheaton’s internet show. There are two things I love in this world that fellow Dorkadia writer Charles Spurr doesn’t get: IPAs and Tabletop. As a dark beer man, Charles reacts with indifference whenever I gush over

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Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 1, Zero Sum

Tuesday saw the release of the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands, Zero Sum. After playing the small demo at PAX Prime, I was champing at the bit to play the whole episode and it did not disappoint. Telltale Games has a great knack for these directed narrative games and

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13A Hack: Player Driven Relationship Rolls

The 13th Age core book details three main uses for Icon relationship dice: rolling at the start of every session for improvisational guides, rolling for dramatic events, and rolling for discovery and surprise when the players go off the prepped course. The latter two are brilliant; they successfully allow players

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Never Alone – A unique must-play experience

Never Alone is one of those games that I saw at PAX Prime earlier this year which looked interesting but had such a long line that I never actually got to try. I’m certainly glad we received a review key for it and I’m also a bit sad that I hadn’t

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World of Warcraft – I Thought I Missed You

With the upcoming 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft coming up this month as well as this week’s release of the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor, it seemed like a good time to make a return to Azeroth after years away. My subscription had officially ended back in 2011, though

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13th Age Contest: The White and the Wizard King

I only recently discovered the Iconic Podcast, a show dedicated to my favorite edition of D&D: 13th Age. Not only do they interview the big players in the 13th Age scene including the game’s co-creator Rob Heinsoo, but it’s refreshing to hear a gaming podcast really drill down into the mechanics of a particular game in

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Guillotine: Decapitation for Fun and Profit

A few weeks ago I blogged about Lunch Money, a favorite card game of mine and one of the single-deck games that weaned me from my Magic: the Gathering addiction. Today I’d like to introduce another of those single-deck games that’s easier to play and only slightly less morbid: Guillotine. Guillotine was originally released by Magic wranglers

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Take a trip back in time with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified was released back in August 2013, but I finally got my hands on it recently due to an awesome sale on Steam. The game got only meh reviews when it came out, but I had a chance to play it briefly back at PAX 13 and it

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Evolve – Thoughts on the Big Alpha

I spent some time over this weekend playing the Evolve Big Alpha. I’m not sure how many hours (Steam has made that so simple…) I spent playing, but I certainly have quite a few opinions about that time. It’s a cool concept and visually awesome, but it just didn’t resonate

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Sneaky Sneaky – Cute and stabby!

Have you heard of Sneaky Sneaky? I sure hadn’t until I got a preview key for it. I was told that it was a turn-based stealth adventure game and it seemed to involve a rogue or thief, so that was good enough for me. I happen to like being stealthy,

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Review: Lunch Money

Lunch Money taps into that inner Catholic schoolgirl revenge fantasy inside all of us… My progression with cards and card games was mostly an economic one. I started out collecting baseball cards, which was fun when I also went to baseball games. In high school I stopped going to games and

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Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers – The Game I Remembered

We’ve talked a few times on the Dorkadia Podcast about what was your first game that really gave you a thirst for more, and I could easily talk for hours on how awesome Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was back in the day. My brother came home with a stack of floppy

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Rocking the old school Zelda games

After being on AAA-title overload for the last few weeks, it seemed like a great time to get back to basics. My wife and I had recently sat down and gone back through the original Legend of Zelda during my Destiny addiction, so for an encore we figured this was

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Guardian Down – How a quest for awesome loot broke my addiction to Destiny

Everything was going along great right up until my face smashed into a wall made of PvP and I fell into the meat grinder. Just as I was getting to a point where I thought I could be satisfied enough with my progress in Destiny that I could spend a

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Destiny – I have some opinions

I have been bingeing on Destiny for the last week and a half. No joke. It has consumed nearly all of my free time and even time usually earmarked for sleeping. (Sleep is for the weak! Crush the Cabal!) During this time, I’ve noticed the game getting pretty heavily panned

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Watch Dogs, Revisited

Recently my illustrious (and handsome!) colleague Charles reviewed Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, PS4/Xbox One, Xbox 360/PS3 and PC) , and did a bang up job (Editor’s note: Love the way you kiss up here Chris!). I’ve spent the past few months with Watch Dogs and have some thoughts of my own.

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