From Games to Life. It’s not real…

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?

- Jean Cocteau

“Luck” and “randomness” are words that permeate our lives from work to play. …

Canutillo, Texas, struggles with what is acceptable

As soon as what was soon defined as ‘pornographic imagery’ was found in a graphic novel (a comic book format) titled Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, targeting LGBTQ teens, parents demanded the book be removed from shelves.

It was.

Unsatisfied, in mid-November, 2021, a group wants a complete review of…

Why does that game you want cost more?

Goods waiting for ships

The Shipping Crisis. The Global Shipping Crisis.

You hear it nearly every day now. Your favorite product has gone up in price and when you ask why, the answer you get is “The Shipping Crisis”.

And an immediate question comes to mind. Why not just… wait a few days longer…

There’s often a dread surrounding blind booster collectable games. For the uninitiated, that’s games like Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering, where you’re not a hundred percent sure what you’re getting in the pack. It is easy to understand why the fear and hatred. They can get expensive. …

An examination of how production changed design

It is abundantly clear how videogames have changed over the decades due to technological advances. From ASCII to four color graphics, the path eventually lead to VR and graphics cards calculating far more polygons than were ever even conceived of in the days of text adventures.

Today, you can buy…

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Something awesome this way comes

My job is story and lore. When you lift that hefty book of adventures for Oathsworn: Into The Deepwood (Shadowborne Games), a healthy chunk of the words crammed in there are from the same PC I’m writing this on.

The heart stopping miniatures of the game come from the absurdly…

Table risers: A new trend on Kickstarter. Avoid it.

If you play a lot of board games, sooner or later your setup starts including accessories to make your playing experience even more fun. Dice towers. Bits holders. Rolling trays. You may even go for special lighting and sound systems in your room, allowing for thematic music, sound effects and…

Wanna fight? Play a CoOp game.

There’s a surge in tabletop gaming (board games, card games and role playing games) right now. Some of it is driven by quarantine. It’s in pop culture media with Stranger Things and pretty much everything Wil Wheaton tweets. There’s a sudden appearance of Dungeons And Dragons products in Target. Not…

Did it feel good to try to hit me?

Another day, another 5K.

It’s my thing. Part of my daily ritual. Five days a week. Get up. Light breakfast. Run at least 5K. Write at least 1K words. The running is as much of a job as anything else I do. It keeps my blood sugar numbers in check…

Paul A. DeStefano

Author, Board Gamer/Designer. Paul D’s Tainted Dragon Inn on FB for geeky stuff. Represented by B Swanson The Purcell Agency. Riftsiders. www.PaulADestefano.com

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