Author archive for Buanzo

  • Kickstarter

    Clorehaven & the Goblin Grotto

    - by Buanzo

    If you have your…

  • Tabletop Games

    Miniature of the Month: Kethalas the Elf

    - by Buanzo

    A Grenadier cast from the late 1980s and early 1990s, this lead figure came as part of a group of four ordered from eBay back in 2015 or 2016. I’ve always been a fan of the Grenadier castings from that period and, despite their age, this little group of elves really holds up well alongside modern plastics, white metal, and resin. The moulds were eventually bought by Mirliton, and you can still purchase some of the old figures as new from them.

  • Kickstarter

    TriggerShoot: better gameplay with iPads and tablets

    - by Buanzo

    Anyone who’s used a tablet will know that gaming can sometimes be tricky. Getting your hands around it and pressing the screen at the same time takes real skill (or giant hands). This problem is magnified when paying anything that requires quick reactions, such as shooting games.

  • Kickstarter

    Gatefall

    - by Buanzo

    Jack Dire is a designer making big waves in the board game world. He’s already had a great deal of success with Kickstarter with five projects funded so far — including the brilliant card game Superfight, not to mention Red Flags, Blank Marry Kill, and You’ve Got Problems.

  • Kickstarter

    Testament: The Order of High Human

    - by Buanzo

    Testament is a new survival/horror PC game. Set in a dark fantasy world called Tessara, it has a unique take on the classic day/night cycle. Drawing inspiration from the games Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, daytime in Tessara is drawn in shades of grey, populated with non-player characters (NPCs) and monsters — many who are more than they appear. There are fights to win, adventures to be had and puzzles to be solved.

  • Kickstarter

    Lyra: handheld gaming powered by Pi

    - by Buanzo

    The Raspberry Pi has already gained a reputation as a vehicle to emulate classic video game consoles. Lyra takes this one step further by allowing you to play the classics on a portable device – bringing the history of gaming right into your hands and allowing you to carry hundreds of games around in your pocket.

  • Tabletop Games

    Box Full of Knives: Why Dungeons & Dragons needs to step away from its wargaming roots

    - by Buanzo

    Every tabletop roleplaying game is a system, composed of mechanics, designed around a certain story that the system wants to emulate. They’re toolboxes. And, as Adam Koebel states in this twitter thread, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the original roleplaying game, is a box full of knives. The mechanics tell you how to fight things and take their stuff in great detail, and everything else is left in broad strokes and not supported by the mechanics. 

  • Tabletop Games

    Intermediate frustration: The New Call of Cthulhu Quickstart Kit

    - by Buanzo

    The seminal roleplaying game of cosmic horrors and plucky investigators has been terrifying and amusing players for years. With the arrival of a new quickstart kit, it seemed prudent to round up a few players at this year’s Lavecon and play it ’till the wheels fell off. 

  • Books

    Book Review: Blood of An Exile

    - by Buanzo

    ‘Flawless’ Bershad is an exiled noble, banished for a heinous act: the massacre of Almiran rebels and their families. He is forced to become a dragon slayer and to wander the realm, facing these terrible and beautiful creatures in single combat until eventually one of them wins and he dies.

  • Video Games

    Two Knights and their Hollow Souls

    - by Buanzo

    Dark Souls and Hollow Knight are two brilliant, but very different, games with some common themes. How similar are the worlds of Lordran and Hallownest, and how deep do those similarities go?