Critical Role Campaign 2: A Bunch of Loners Starting to Open Up, and a Sweet Wizard/Rogue Friendship

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: An assorted group of adventurers meet, solve a zombie crime, and decide to keep traveling together. But they don’t all want the same things, and trust is hard to build. Will they be able to find some common ground, or will their collaboration blow up in their faces? Continue reading “Critical Role Campaign 2: A Bunch of Loners Starting to Open Up, and a Sweet Wizard/Rogue Friendship”

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New Campaign for Critical Role Off to an Exciting Start

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: An assorted group of adventures meet, set out to have a good time at a carnival…only for trouble to find them. Continue reading “New Campaign for Critical Role Off to an Exciting Start”

Revisiting the Horror Genre for Halloween

I’ve always thought that I didn’t like the horror genre. And it’s true that I don’t like a lot of what I generally expect to see in horror. But since I’ve unexpectedly found myself enjoying a few works in the genre right in time for Halloween, I’ve taken some time to think about what this means. Specifically, that I don’t like a lot of the tropes I associate with traditional American horror: lack of focus on characterization, shock value deaths, the notion that characters need to be punished. I’m not necessarily enamored with a work of fiction trying to scare me either, or reveling in the helplessness of the characters.

Still, while those things make up a lot of horror works, they don’t have to. Horror (especially psychological horror) can be character-focused. Every death can mean something, or alternatively, the threat of death could replace actual death. And while the entire point of the genre is to pit the protagonists against something far more powerful than themselves, that doesn’t mean the story can’t also be about them looking for ways to fight back. Continue reading “Revisiting the Horror Genre for Halloween”

The Finale of Critical Role, as the Epic Adventure Closes with Just the Right Amounts of Tragedy and Laughter

A party of adventurers, arrayed in front of a forest clearing.
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Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina has achieved near god-like power towards the end of the campaign–so it’s only fitting they must save the realm from an actual god. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end their journey forever. Continue reading “The Finale of Critical Role, as the Epic Adventure Closes with Just the Right Amounts of Tragedy and Laughter”

Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences

Six people standing in a woody area, with a porch behind them.
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Genre: Mystery/supernatural/horror web series/RPG

Synopsis: A group of friends meet up a year after experiencing supernatural danger, to head back to the same place it happened the first time. None of them have truly managed to move on from it. No matter the consequences of going back, of tempting fate after they survived the last time, they all agree to go. In the hopes of discovering what actually happened to them, and of finding some sort of closure. Continue reading “Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences”

Miscellaneous Things of Interest, from Sci-fi to Giving Back

Mass Effect: Andromeda – This game is coming out tomorrow, and I’m super excited. Hopefully, I’ll get a playthrough done in time to post about it next week. I’ve managed to remain surprisingly unspoiled so far–all I know is, it’s set after the Mass Effect trilogy and thus detached from the action of the previous games, and it’s a Bioware style RPG in a sci-fi setting. I haven’t so much as looked at a trailer, don’t know how many companions are recruit-able, and don’t even know the plot. So the discovery process should be interesting. Continue reading “Miscellaneous Things of Interest, from Sci-fi to Giving Back”

Critical Role: Changing Party Dynamics and Uber-Powerful Spells

Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina must make their way through a changing world, facing ever more powerful enemies and their own personal demons. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end that journey forever. Continue reading “Critical Role: Changing Party Dynamics and Uber-Powerful Spells”

Critical Role, and Never Knowing What’ll Happen Next

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Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: A party of adventures called Vox Machina must make their way through a changing world, facing ever more powerful enemies and their own personal demons. The story is brought to life by a cast of professional voice actors, and the ever-present chance that bad planning or bad dice rolling will end that journey forever. Continue reading “Critical Role, and Never Knowing What’ll Happen Next”

Assorted Adventures of Critical Role

I know I’ve been talking about the Critical Role cast a lot lately, but they keep doing things! I’ve got to make an extra post just to keep up with all the cool stuff they’ve put out recently.

First, there’s the main Critical Role series, which airs live every Thursday and is prolific enough on its own that I’m probably overdue for another post on it. Then their crossover with Kinda Funny. And the stint they did on No Survivors, playing Paranoia alongside Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. Continue reading “Assorted Adventures of Critical Role”

Roundup: Istas and Ryan stories, Spellslingers, Civ 5

Istas and Ryan: “Red as Snow”, “Black as Blood”, “White as a Raven’s Wing”

Borrowed from seananmcguire.com

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Istas and Ryan are an odd couple, and it’s easier to make it work when they don’t have to deal with their families. Though at least Ryan is close to his–Istas comes from a brutal people, and when her family gets involved, violence and death tends to follow… Continue reading “Roundup: Istas and Ryan stories, Spellslingers, Civ 5”