Oct 222014
 

basic-pack-walk-to-jesus-150x150[1] By Paco Garcia Jaen

At Spiel I saw a game called “Walk to Jesus”. Yeah, it is a very Christian game with a Christian theme, Christian teachings and Christian people behind it.

To start with I was indifferent about the game. I am not into organised religions, have no affiliation with Christianity whatsoever and I respect the choices people make to believe in whatever they want. I just don’t care.

Unless anyone tries to impose their religion on me or do something in the name of their religion that affects me, like trying to stop me from marrying my husband or tell me that being gay is immoral or sinful. Then I care. A lot. Because bullshit.

Anyhow. I let this game pass me by but I decided to tell a friend of mine during lunch as I know he’s religious and thought he’d appreciate it. Funnily enough he wasn’t interested either. That surprised me!

His reason was a pretty good one, I have to say. If the game is a bad one, people will not just be put off the game, they could be put off religion too. If a bad experience with a bad game is all people have to relate to the theme with, then I can imagine that to be true. And all the games he’s tried with a Christian theme have been pretty bad.

“But what if it was a good game?” I thought. I spoke to my hubby about it and we decided it’d be a good idea to go around their booth and check the game. Also, as I thought about it, it got to me that they had to be very passionate and devoted to take the risk of creating the game and coming all the way to Germany to promote it. Although I don’t care for their religion, I do respect people who have a passion and a belief and put their necks on the line for it (without doing stupid things…)

We headed to the booth to find when we arrived that the game was, in fact, pretty crap. A roll and move dice with a “help the opponent to win the game because that’s the moral of Christianity” sort of gameplay.

I actually got a bit angry. Not enough to say anything, but enough to walk away and not do the interview or talk with them.

That wasn’t a game. That was propaganda wrapped up as a game. Nothing but an attempt to recruit people into religion without a care for the game they were meant to promote. They could have been giving away motivational postcards just as they were selling the game. It would have made no difference to what they were trying to do.

Now that I have a problem with.

They were trying to manipulate people who are into games to come to their religion by disguising said propaganda under a veil of game. They weren’t interested in giving a good gaming experience or even a good game. They didn’t care about the people enough to make the effort to create a game worth playing. They just wanted to get more acolytes.

That’s unethical. Half truths and devious plots to attract people is what I expect from politicians, not from people who pretend to uphold the flagship of morality and virtue.

I don’t care if people want to talk about their religion through their games. I don’t care if you want to put your religion on my table and have a game or two; I would play your game. But at least have the decency to create a good game. Create an experience in which your religion is not the only thing that matters and at least attempt to care about or for me if you want to talk to me through your hobby.

Otherwise you are wasting my time. That and also reinforcing a lot of negative stereotypes.

If that is all your religion has to offer… thanks but no thanks.

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Oct 132014
 

superhumanSuperhuman: Rise to Power is the super hero based boardgame by newly created company Thought Tank Games LLC, from Alburquerque, NM.

Superhuman: Rise to Power puts the players in the shoes of heroes saving a city or villains trying to destroy it. Which is really cool.

Shawn Avery, Forest Agee and Ross Sanchez are the three minds behind the game and after having seen the prototype they very kindly sent me for review, I had to have a chat with them to find out more about where the game comes from and where it’s going.

And I was really pleased to have spoken to them. As I hope you will too!

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Oct 072014
 

19288530Fire in the Blood is the second book Erin M. Evans has published for the epic series of “The Sundering”.

The Sundering is a collection of novels by some of the best writers out there in which the Forgotten Realms suffer an enormous transformation to bring the world of Dungeons & Dragons into its most recent edition.

In this installment of the series, Farideh reaches Cormyr as the war the Sundering brought is raging across Faerun.

Needless to say we spoke at length about the book, but we also talked about her relationship with D&D and with the rest of the fantastic writers who have participated in this fantastic project.

Oh, and there is a bit of charity that Erin is taking part on and it sounds *amazing*! Please please please visit the Extra Life website and help as much as u can.

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Oct 052014
 

interface_zeroIt is quite interesting how many people in the games industry have gone to do other things in unsuspected fields.

That’s what happened to Peter Wacks, my guest in this episode of the podcast. He went onto becoming a creative consultant for the series Alias, published more novels I can remember, worked on graphic novels…

And he comes with some gaming pedigree too: The CCG Cyberpunk released in 2003 was his design too. And we know that designing a CCG is *far* from easy.

Now he’s doing more things. Interesting things, like working with Gunmetal Games in the fantastic Interface Zero 2.0.

That’s not the only thing, though… And we find out what else in this interview.

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Oct 032014
 

pic1834883_t[1]Dictator of the Sea is the second game from Game Sapiens, the Korean company I was fortunate enough to find at Spiel in 2013.

Just like the previous title, this game comes in a tin box and the cover looks totally amazing.

In this game, also for two players, we take on the roles of either pirates or the navy and fight mighty battles. Which is amazing!

For this video, one of the backers who made possible Dice & Slice, Derek Mayne, and this video is all the better for his company, I have to say!

With all that, is this game worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on it?

Let’s find out!

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Oct 012014
 

pic1832749_t[1]The Exodus is a game from Korean company Game Sapiens I found at Spiel after a lot of walking and it was such a pleasant experience!

I liked the looks of the game and approached the man behind the counter to ask if he’d like to be interviewed for the website. He very politely refused claiming his English wasn’t very good.

I told him it was a shame because the games look lovely and I wanted to give him some promotion. He immediately handed me a copy of The Exodus for me to keep, which was super awesome.

Although the game comes in a tin box and not everyone likes that, I loved the artwork from the start and now Derek Mayne has joined me to do the unboxing video so we can take a look at what’s inside.

And we found a surprise!

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