Playing Around – Happy Adventures With Cyanide

If you’re into pop culture and web comics, you no doubt know about Cyanide & Happiness. If you don’t recognize it by name, you will definitely recognize the stick figure characters. Well now that dark humor is going to be available in video game form. Yes, you will soon be able to play in the world of C&H with The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure GameContinue reading

Playing Around – Bending With Korra

Fans of The Legend of Korra are already familiar with Pro-Bending, something the series added to the elemental magic world of Avatar. It’s a spectator sport where “benders” used their abilities to combat opponents in an arena. And now, as part of a deal between IDW and Nickelodeon, it’s becoming the first official Legend of Korra board game.  Continue reading

Playing Around – Behind the Witcher

It’s been 10 years since The Witcher video game was released. It’s an RPG (based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski) set in a medieval world. The main character is, not surprisingly, a Witcher, which is a monster hunter with supernatural powers. It’s been popular enough to not only get high ratings, but also two follow-up games. And now, on its tenth anniversary, there’s a documentary.  Continue reading

Playing Around – Battling to Save Hogwarts

We all know that when you’re into a fandom, you can’t get enough of it, regardless of the form it shows up in. And, not surprisingly, some big fandoms show up everywhere, even in the gaming world. So fans of Harry Potter should be happy to see there’s a new game for the franchise, Harry Potter: Hogwarts BattleContinue reading

Playing Around – Get Those Shrooms!

If you’re a child of the 80s or just enjoy the old school video games, you have definitely heard of Centipede. Created by Atari in 1980, this classic vertical fixed shooter was all about blasting the bugs that descended upon you. It was a bit of a button masher – all you had to do was move the little gnome back and forth across the bottom of the screen and keep pressing the button to shoot at things. And now you can do that in tabletop form!  Continue reading

Playing Around – You vs. the World

You may have read some (or all) of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. You may even have seen the Edgar Wright movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, starring the always awkward Michael Cera. Hell, you might even be a fan of the PS3/XBox side scrolling game. But now, what every fan has been waiting for will soon be available: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card GameContinue reading

Playing Around – Storming the Castle

Back in 1986, Konami came out with the now classic action game for Nintendo called Castlevania. Set in the 1600s, players get to explore Dracula’s castle, with the ultimate goal of actually defeating Dracula. Along the way there are battles with Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Medusa and more. The original game was followed by two sequels, plus a fourth game that retold the events of the first. The entire series has a lot of fans and now there’s an animated series to enjoy as well.  Continue reading

Playing Around – Flying the Wild Skies

Ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a literal animal fighting great battles in an alternate 1930s? Want to be a freedom fighter, revolutionary or pirate? Well now is your chance with Wild Skies: Europa Tempest. Wet Ink Games has just released a digital version of the core rulebook and print versions will be available later this year.  Continue reading

Playing Around – Elder Gods Gaming

If you’re a tabletop gamer into the horror genre, you very likely have played at least one game that involves Lovecraft monsters or storytelling. There’s a high probability that it’s been a version of the popular Arkham Horror series. (No, Bat fans, this has nothing to do with the asylum in the bat-verse.) For those unfamiliar, it’s a Lovecraftian horror cooperative game that, essentially, involves defeating (or escaping) lots of nasty monsters. But that’s not the only tabletop game dedicated to the Elder Gods.  Continue reading