Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

8/10 A few lows hold back this series of otherwise masterful short stories The October Country collects morbid and dark short stories set around many of life’s mysteries from creepy neighbors to the creeping dead. Story The stories in The October Country are mostly horror and fantastical, though a couple of them are a bitContinue reading “Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury”

Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

10/10 A bleak, morbid, and fascinating web of short stories Revenge is a series of short stories examining a strange cast of characters living in modern-day Japan; their unusual circumstances, how they got there, and what is often their gruesome fate. Story The short stories in Revenge each center on different characters, but there areContinue reading “Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa”

Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons

9/10 An immersive historical horror In 1845, the Franklin Expedition, the most prepared and modernized expedition to sail in search of the Northwest Passage, finds itself trapped in the ice and stalked by a mysterious beast. Story The Terror is an imaginative history of the famous Franklin Expedition that was lost on a mission toContinue reading “Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons”

Short story “The Knight of Dreams” and a look at “In Dreams” (a solitaire journaling RPG)

I wrote a short story, The Knight of Dreams, and you can read the free PDF below. Journaling Games In the wide world of RPGs, there is a huge variety of games and things that question the definition of a game. Journaling RPGs, as they’re called, are the latter. They’re typically solitaire and instead ofContinue reading “Short story “The Knight of Dreams” and a look at “In Dreams” (a solitaire journaling RPG)”

Winds of the North v0.8.2 Development Update

After further playtesting and getting some very valuable feedback, I’ve been back to making changes, applying fixes, and adding things for v0.8.2. The next update will be focused on balance changes and some re-organization. None of the mechanics are getting an overhaul this time. Exploration One of the biggest changes is how Exploration Encounters areContinue reading “Winds of the North v0.8.2 Development Update”

Board Game App Review: Mystic Vale

8/10 A good, high-production app Available on:Steam for PC — $12.99Apple — $4.99Google Play — $5.99 This week, I’m reviewing several different board game apps. These reviews are primarily looking at the quality of the app and content. Previous reviews: Scythe Tokaido Lords of Waterdeep Aeon’s End Viticulture Through the Ages Mystic Vale is anotherContinue reading “Board Game App Review: Mystic Vale”

Board Game App Review: Through the Ages

7/10 A good but fiddly implementation Available on:Steam and GOG for PC — $15.99Apple and Google Play — $9.99 This week, I’m reviewing several different board game apps. These reviews are primarily looking at the quality of the app and content. Previous reviews: Scythe Tokaido Lords of Waterdeep Aeon’s End Viticulture Through the Ages (theContinue reading “Board Game App Review: Through the Ages”

Board Game App Review: Viticulture

4/10 A messy attempt that lacks any polish Available on:Steam for PC — $14.99Apple — $8.99Google Play — $9.99 This week, I’m reviewing several different board game apps. These reviews are primarily looking at the quality of the app and content. Previous reviews: Scythe Tokaido Lords of Waterdeep Aeon’s End I had avoided the digitalContinue reading “Board Game App Review: Viticulture”

Board Game App Review: Aeon’s End

7/10 Technically competent if lacking presentation Available on:Steam for PC — $14.99Apple/Google Play — $9.99 This week, I’m reviewing several different board game apps. These reviews are primarily looking at the quality of the app and content. Previous reviews: Scythe Tokaido Lords of Waterdeep Aeon’s End is another I’ve not played in person. It hadn’tContinue reading “Board Game App Review: Aeon’s End”