Book Review: Jurassic Park

9/10 A great dinosaur adventure with smart details. A new, mysterious animal is roaming around Costa Rica, attacking locals. The incidents are soon traced to an island belonging to John Hammond and his company, InGen. Hammond quickly invites several consultants to visit his island, a secret park full of live dinosaurs, hoping to win theirContinue reading “Book Review: Jurassic Park”

Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote

6/10 Strong writing holds up an average story Darrovan Weiv is an alien theorist who finds himself stolen away in the night and brought to an underground facility—The Dome. There, he becomes part of a project to study an anomaly that could be of alien origin. But the chance of a lifetime could be theContinue reading “Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote”

Board Game Review: DinoGenics

7/10 Good, though the theme does most of the work I’ve played at 1, 2, and 3-player. DinoGenics, designed by Richard Keene and published by his own company, Ninth Haven Games, was a successful Kickstarter in 2017 and released in 2019. It’s a worker-placement game with set-collection and economic elements. You are the head ofContinue reading “Board Game Review: DinoGenics”

Board Game Review: Core Worlds

9/10 A deck-building game greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve played mostly 2-player, but also at 3 and tried a couple of fan-made solo variants. Core Worlds, designed by Andrew Parks and published by Stronghold Games in 2011, is a deck-building game where each player takes control of a fledgling faction represented byContinue reading “Board Game Review: Core Worlds”

Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

10/10 Perhaps not perfect but a personal favorite In a war-torn world, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter; his target: androids that have illegally arrived on Earth. These androids, a new advanced variety, are so difficult to tell from humans that some question who are the “andys” and who the humans? Story Philip K. DickContinue reading “Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick”

24-Hour RPG Design Contest Entry: Premonitions

As previously mentioned in an update, I submitted an entry into RPGGeek’s 24-hour Design Contest. My entry, Premonitions, is a sci-fi, investigative solo RPG. Contest ThreadPremonitions (download is in the “Files” section) It’s free to download of course, you just need an RPGGeek account. An account is also all you need to vote in theContinue reading “24-Hour RPG Design Contest Entry: Premonitions”

Book Review: Privilege, Book One of the WP Trilogy by Bharat Krishnan

4/10 Fundamentally flawed with some strong ideas. A copy of the PDF was provided by the author as an advanced review copy. WP is a drug that grants superhuman powers, but only white people can get it legally. Aditya Shetty, an Indian-American, runs a hedge fund where he can acquire WP through business, but it’sContinue reading “Book Review: Privilege, Book One of the WP Trilogy by Bharat Krishnan”

Book Review: “The Society of Steam, book 1: The Falling Machine” by Andrew P. Mayer

4/10 Very flawed, lacks polish and quality. In an alternate 1880, steam-powered super heroes, the Paragons, use their technology to fight crime and equally steam-powered villains. Sarah Stanton, a young woman, is denied becoming a hero but is the only one who can save the Paragons from destruction. The Falling Machine delivers its superhero premiseContinue reading “Book Review: “The Society of Steam, book 1: The Falling Machine” by Andrew P. Mayer”