Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith Remember when Edmonton only had one live action escape room and it was a novelty? Since I wrote my original review of Breakout Edmonton in October 2014, our city’s puzzle-peddling entrepreneurs have been bombarding us with … Continue reading Are you a Smartypantz?
Written by Russ Dobler When Joe Fatula and a dozen of his engineering colleagues were downsized, they didn’t despair. Instead, they repurposed their design and software skills to create Lumenaris, a craft and hobby company that specializes in – would … Continue reading Stake your claim in space with Lumenaris’ Leaving Earth
Written by Russ Dobler Uncertainty is a hard thing to deal with. Ask a professional gambler, whose livelihood depends on the shuffle of cards or a roll of the dice. Knowing the odds often isn’t comforting enough and, when the … Continue reading The Karma of Heroclix: superstition in tabletop gaming
Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith Video games are never without some kind of narrative. No matter how simple the concept or the gameplay, there’s a story behind every game. The worm needs to eat to grow, but will die if it … Continue reading Storyworlds and narrative in video games
Written by Cheryl Cottrell-Smith Popular in the 80s and 90s, the adventure game genre hasn’t had much to brag about as of late. Potential adventurers have had few avenues to excite their point-and-click senses since games like Monkey Island, Myst, … Continue reading Who’s afraid of the big, bad adventure game?
Written by Russ Dobler I recently wrote about how a tabletop card game can be a lot like evolution through selection. First-time game designer Herschel Hoffmeyer has taken the next logical step and created a hotly-anticipated deck builder that puts … Continue reading Metaphor Come to Life: evolution on display in Apex Theropod
Written by Russ Dobler When Steve Cates sat down at the Crazy Squirrel Game Store in Fresno, CA for one of the first organized tournaments of Marvel Dice Masters, he probably wasn’t thinking about half-billion-year-old ocean life. Superficially, there don’t … Continue reading Live to Game, Game to Live