Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

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Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

Recent years have seen an unprecedented surge in the popularity of the tabletop role-playing game. Thanks in part to the burgeoning streaming and podcast scene, more and more players are discovering the joys of gathering around a table to create a story, go on an adventure, and deepen friendships with each other along the way through a ton of laughs and shared memories. Dungeons & Dragons marks the most familiar entry point, characterized by familiar tropes of magic missile spells, orc armies, and teeming dragon hoards.

But what if you’re looking for something a lot less commonplace? What if you’re attracted to the idea of a place where magic still feels deeply mysterious? A world where your character might have a wisp of smoke for a head, or perhaps they’re just dead and you’re now playing a ghost? Where buildings can get sick and die? Or storms can sweep through town, pouring down a deluge of keys? That supreme weirdness is the first thing that caught my eye about Invisible Sun, the new game from Monte Cook Games. But it’s only the very first part of what makes the project so intriguing.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has officially hit wide release, which means gamers everywhere are just starting to explore Ancient Greece. Because Odyssey is a sprawling game with lots of different systems and mechanics, you may find yourself uncertain about how to approach various elements. I was in the same position when I played Odyssey for review, but after spending over 70 hours with the game, I’m here to share what I learned and give you some helpful advice as you begin your journey.

Choose Kassandra The first big choice you make in Odyssey is which character will be your protagonist. The content is basically the same whether you choose Alexios or Kassandra, so it doesn’t have major gameplay repercussions. However, it does determine which vocal performance you be listening to for the entire game. By that measure, Kassandra’s less cartoonish delivery has the edge.

Don’t Sweat Romance
You can flirt and have romantic encounters with various characters in Odyssey, but none of that is really built on the bonds you form with them. They’re just casual flings, not fully formed relationships, and they don’t hinder your love life with any other character in the future. In other words, don’t worry about being unfaithful or stirring up jealously. When it comes to the bedroom, nothing is true and everything is permitted.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

about X hours ago from
Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has officially hit wide release, which means gamers everywhere are just starting to explore Ancient Greece. Because Odyssey is a sprawling game with lots of different systems and mechanics, you may find yourself uncertain about how to approach various elements. I was in the same position when I played Odyssey for review, but after spending over 70 hours with the game, I’m here to share what I learned and give you some helpful advice as you begin your journey.

Choose Kassandra The first big choice you make in Odyssey is which character will be your protagonist. The content is basically the same whether you choose Alexios or Kassandra, so it doesn’t have major gameplay repercussions. However, it does determine which vocal performance you be listening to for the entire game. By that measure, Kassandra’s less cartoonish delivery has the edge.

Don’t Sweat Romance
You can flirt and have romantic encounters with various characters in Odyssey, but none of that is really built on the bonds you form with them. They’re just casual flings, not fully formed relationships, and they don’t hinder your love life with any other character in the future. In other words, don’t worry about being unfaithful or stirring up jealously. When it comes to the bedroom, nothing is true and everything is permitted.

The Stories Behind Assassin Creed Odyssey's Mythical Locations

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The Stories Behind Assassin Creed Odyssey's Mythical Locations

With everything to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – assassinating people, assembling your crew, starting romances, etc. – you may be too busy to notice that in ancient Greece, you walk among gods and heroes. Like Assassin’s Creed Origins, ancient culture informs much of Odyssey’s narrative. “It is part of the fabric of Greece, what they believed in,” Jonathan Dumont, creative director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, explained. “It’s their interpretations of their gods and their mythology. We felt if we didn’t include it, it would have been a little bit weird. If there’s a time period where it’s much more of a mix of myths and history, it is ancient Greece."

Myths and history soak the stones in every location and, since the game is coming out this week, reading up on all ancient Greece before 431 BCE would be a stretch even for the most zealous student. But that’s okay, we’ve written a SparkNotes version of popular myths or need-to-know history from one location in each of Odyssey’s seven regions.

The “Odyssey” in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes from Odysseus, King of Ithaca. His name is literally synonymous with long, arduous journeys; a good heads up on what the game’s about.

Myths and History To Know Before Playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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Myths and History To Know Before Playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey

With everything to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – assassinating people, assembling your crew, starting romances, etc. – you may be too busy to notice that in ancient Greece, you walk among gods and heroes. Like Assassin’s Creed Origins, ancient culture informs much of Odyssey’s narrative. “It is part of the fabric of Greece, what they believed in,” Jonathan Dumont, creative director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, explained. “It’s their interpretations of their gods and their mythology. We felt if we didn’t include it, it would have been a little bit weird. If there’s a time period where it’s much more of a mix of myths and history, it is ancient Greece."

Myths and history soak the stones in every location and, since the game is coming out this week, reading up on all ancient Greece before 431 BCE would be a stretch even for the most zealous student. But that’s okay, we’ve written a SparkNotes version of popular myths or need-to-know history from one location in each of Odyssey’s seven regions.

The “Odyssey” in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes from Odysseus, King of Ithaca. His name is literally synonymous with long, arduous journeys; a good heads up on what the game’s about.

The Stories Behind Assassin Creed Odyssey's Mythical Locations

about X hours ago from
The Stories Behind Assassin Creed Odyssey's Mythical Locations

With everything to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – assassinating people, assembling your crew, starting romances, etc. – you may be too busy to notice that in ancient Greece, you walk among gods and heroes. Like Assassin’s Creed Origins, ancient culture informs much of Odyssey’s narrative. “It is part of the fabric of Greece, what they believed in,” Jonathan Dumont, creative director of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, explained. “It’s their interpretations of their gods and their mythology. We felt if we didn’t include it, it would have been a little bit weird. If there’s a time period where it’s much more of a mix of myths and history, it is ancient Greece."

Myths and history soak the stones in every location and, since the game is coming out this week, reading up on all ancient Greece before 431 BCE would be a stretch even for the most zealous student. But that’s okay, we’ve written a SparkNotes version of popular myths or need-to-know history from one location in each of Odyssey’s seven regions.

The “Odyssey” in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes from Odysseus, King of Ithaca. His name is literally synonymous with long, arduous journeys; a good heads up on what the game’s about.

Digital Board Game Spotlight: Stockpile

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Digital Board Game Spotlight: Stockpile

Depending on your penchant for haggling and shrewd calculation, auction-based board games can feel slow and dry, and the same is doubly true for stock market games. Stockpile eschews these problems thanks to some clever twists on the familiar mechanics, resulting in fast and engaging day trading that plays out great on mobile.

Digital Board Game Spotlight is an ongoing series that highlights my favorite digital translations of modern board games. Unlike most modern mobile games, these selections feature traditional up-front pricing, without any time-gates, premium currencies, or ads to ruin the fun. If you're looking for your next mobile fix, look no further.

Publisher: Digidiced, Developer: Digidiced Multiplayer: Online (Asynchronous and Real Time), Pass & Play
Available on: Android, iOS

Digital Board Game Spotlight: Stockpile

about X hours ago from
Digital Board Game Spotlight: Stockpile

Depending on your penchant for haggling and shrewd calculation, auction-based board games can feel slow and dry, and the same is doubly true for stock market games. Stockpile eschews these problems thanks to some clever twists on the familiar mechanics, resulting in fast and engaging day trading that plays out great on mobile.

Digital Board Game Spotlight is an ongoing series that highlights my favorite digital translations of modern board games. Unlike most modern mobile games, these selections feature traditional up-front pricing, without any time-gates, premium currencies, or ads to ruin the fun. If you're looking for your next mobile fix, look no further.

Publisher: Digidiced, Developer: Digidiced Multiplayer: Online (Asynchronous and Real Time), Pass & Play
Available on: Android, iOS

Don't Miss Your Second Chance To Play The Criminally Overlooked Trails Of Cold Steel

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Don't Miss Your Second Chance To Play The Criminally Overlooked Trails Of Cold Steel

Back in 2015, a delightful RPG launched just three days before Christmas and flew under most people’s radar. That game was Trails of Cold Steel, a new arc in the long-running Legend of Heroes franchise, which recently gained much fanfare in the RPG community with its Trails in the Sky trilogy. As a Nihon Falcom fan, I couldn’t resist picking it up, and it became the unexpected RPG that took over my life. In my review I called it, “one of the most absorbing JRPGs I've encountered since Persona 4.” Its second entry launched about a year later, retaining its fun turn-based combat, social system, and interesting characters.

The two entries previously came to PS3 and Vita; two systems most people were moving on from at the time of their release. While the later PC release was welcome, this week it was announced that both games will come to PS4, giving the series another chance to shine. If you missed out on the games the first time around, here’s why you should absolutely take advantage of this second chance to play these stellar games. 

Don't Miss Your Second Chance To Play The Criminally Overlooked Trails Of Cold Steel

about X hours ago from
Don't Miss Your Second Chance To Play The Criminally Overlooked Trails Of Cold Steel

Back in 2015, a delightful RPG launched just three days before Christmas and flew under most people’s radar. That game was Trails of Cold Steel, a new arc in the long-running Legend of Heroes franchise, which recently gained much fanfare in the RPG community with its Trails in the Sky trilogy. As a Nihon Falcom fan, I couldn’t resist picking it up, and it became the unexpected RPG that took over my life. In my review I called it, “one of the most absorbing JRPGs I've encountered since Persona 4.” Its second entry launched about a year later, retaining its fun turn-based combat, social system, and interesting characters.

The two entries previously came to PS3 and Vita; two systems most people were moving on from at the time of their release. While the later PC release was welcome, this week it was announced that both games will come to PS4, giving the series another chance to shine. If you missed out on the games first time around, here’s why you should absolutely take advantage of this second chance to play these stellar games.