Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Me and Fire Emblem are not buds.

Strike one: these games are tactical RPGs. I don’t hate TRPGs, exactly, but I’ve liked and completed far fewer than I’ve gotten bored with and quit. I love Final Fantasy Tactics, as any right-thinking person, but it doesn’t crack my list of top ten Final Fantasy games.

Strike […]

The Lightning Saga Remastered (Coming Soon to PS5!)

This is all hypothetical. I’m sorry if you Googled that and it popped up and you clicked the link thinking maybe I had some news the rest of the games industry didn’t. I don’t. But this year I played through Final Fantasy VIII Remastered and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy VII […]

18 Adventurers or, An Exercise in D&D Alignment

A party of 18 adventurers find themselves in a bit of a moral quandary.

They had been adventuring in and around a rustic village and have earned some well-deserved renown amongst the townsfolk. Every so often one farmer or another living on the village’s outskirts complains of bizarre livestock mutilations. The village elders (some of […]

The Almost-Perfect Save: An Ill-Advised Final Fantasy Catastrophe

I recently started leaning hard into streaming again. I have to make it a habit again or I’m afraid I’ll just fall off the Internet forever.

I decided to embark on a probably year-long journey to get as close to a perfect save as reasonably possible, with maxed-out mostly-everything, in as many Final Fantasy games […]

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Profoundly Unsatisfying

I didn’t hate it. That’s not the problem. I mostly enjoyed it. I really enjoyed parts of it. I might give it another run in a year or two, and I think I’m, er, looking forward to the sequel, or the “next episode”, or whatever it is we’re calling this series (sub-series?). It’s just… man. […]

Outer Wilds: Thoughts, Spoilers, and Unfair Comparisons

I bought Outer Wilds because people recommended it to me. These were not normal “hey you might like this” recommendations. More than one person who knows my tastes pretty well mentioned they thought this could be one of my all-time favorites. It didn’t happen in conjunction with some other game they knew I’d played, either. […]

My Custom Villainous Decks (and the rules they break)

Disney Villainous is an asymmetric board game. That means the game contains a variety of characters who play by different sets of rules all at the same time. This might sound insane if you’re not used to the idea, but it’s actually pretty common across all form of competitive games. Consider Street Fighter: one of […]

Shantae and the Seven Sirens

I have a sorta-kinda reputation amongst my viewers for being a huge Shantae fan.

And I am a fan, unquestionably. But not as big a one as people probably expect. I like Shantae. I like the characters, I like the dance magic, I like the corny sense of humor. I like that the games are […]

Super Metroid Rando > Symphony of the Night Rando

Super Metroid is a nonlinear exploration-based platformer from the ’90s. It is one of my favorite games of all time. It has a randomizer which helps to keep the game fresh and interesting, and even after dozens of seeds I’m thirsty for more.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a nonlinear exploration-based platformer from the […]

Survivor: Island of the Idols, week twelve

Every so often an episode of Survivor hits where, yep, that’s what was going to happen, and the editors have to scramble to make it look like what was going to happen is still a surprise. So it was with this episode. Noura hides Dean’s shoes, Tommy admits in a confessional that he’s not […]