The Creatures of the Night – Vampire: The Masquerade

Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition This is the first in a series of essays I plan on writing focusing on White Wolf Publishing and their TTRPG products over the years. In the early 1990s, tabletop role-playing games by and large were still built around the idea of playing heroic characters. The turn of the decade … Continue reading The Creatures of the Night – Vampire: The Masquerade

The 4th Corporate War – An Essay on the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” TTRPG

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook, available on Amazon In my last two essays, I covered the two main factions that are behind the 4th Corporate War, Arasaka and Militech, in the alternate history of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk universe. Now, it’s time to dig in to the single biggest turning point of the game: the Fourth … Continue reading The 4th Corporate War – An Essay on the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” TTRPG

Militech International – Paramilitary Run Amok (from the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk Red”

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook, available on Amazon Continuing from my previous essay on the Arasaka Corporation, this essay focuses on Militech International, the other major player in the Fourth Corporate War. For further reference, check my other essays on the alternate history of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game. The flip side of the … Continue reading Militech International – Paramilitary Run Amok (from the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk Red”

Arasaka Corporation: The Worst of the Worst – R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” Alternate History

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook, available on Amazon In the alternate history of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk games, there really isn’t anyone who can be considered a prototypical “good guy”. There are plenty of individuals and corporations that fit the role of “bad guy” in the setting. Then there’s the Arasaka Corporation, one of the largest … Continue reading Arasaka Corporation: The Worst of the Worst – R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” Alternate History

The Dark Future of R. Talsorian Games “Cyberpunk” TTRPG – Rise of the MegaCorps

"Cyberpunk Red" Core Rulebook by R. Talsorian Games, Available on Amazon. In my previous two essays on The Dark Future of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game, I covered the fall of the United States government under the rule of the Gang of Four and the Collapse, the epic Depression event that caused America … Continue reading The Dark Future of R. Talsorian Games “Cyberpunk” TTRPG – Rise of the MegaCorps

An End to One Chapter… – Review of “The Legends of Vox Machina” Episodes Ten, Eleven, and Twelve

Source From beginning to end, the first season of The Legends of Vox Machina has been an enjoyable, pulpy romp. As a long-time fan of Critical Role, seeing the original cast return to their most beloved characters and the story arc from Campaign One that defined what the format of live-streaming Dungeons and Dragons could … Continue reading An End to One Chapter… – Review of “The Legends of Vox Machina” Episodes Ten, Eleven, and Twelve

The Resistance – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine

Poster Art for The Legend of Vox Machina. Source With only six episodes left in the first season of The Legend of Vox Machina, the Briarwood Arc is moving through the story beats established during Campaign One of Critical Role. Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine of the series cover some of the more bombastic moments … Continue reading The Resistance – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine

Into the Darkness – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episode Four, Five, and Six

Title Card for The Legend of Vox Machina. Source Each of the episodes for the first season of The Legend of Vox Machina can be seen as microcosm of what makes Dungeons and Dragons a fun experience but a disjointed one. Transferring the erratic nature of a game session into a cohesive narrative is a … Continue reading Into the Darkness – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episode Four, Five, and Six

The Adventure Begins – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episode One, Two, and Three

The Legend of Vox Machina Poster Art. Source Right off the bat, I want to say that I am a Critical Role fan, as evidenced by my reviews of Exandria Unlimited on this page. The phenomenon of Critical Role, a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sitting around and playing Dungeons and Dragons, cannot be overstated. … Continue reading The Adventure Begins – Review of “The Legend of Vox Machina” Episode One, Two, and Three

First Impressions – “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons”

Cover Art for "Fizban's Treasury of Dragons". Source If you enjoyed reading this essay, considering clicking the Buy Me A Coffee button to the right or signing up for my Patreon page here. Patrons and Supporters get early access to essays like this as well as exclusives only available to members. Of all the various … Continue reading First Impressions – “Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons”