The Best Gateway Games

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The Best Gateway Games

With the constant influx of amazing new card, board, miniature, and role-playing games, I’m often hard-pressed in this column to find opportunities to point out all the awesome tabletop projects in any given year. But even as the catalog of available games continues to grow, so too does the audience ready to give this hobby a chance for the first time. Contrary to what you might expect, the tabletop hobby has grown by leaps and bounds during the digital age as people continue to seek opportunities to socialize and have fun with friends in-person.

Today, I’m highlighting several games that can serve as a welcome mat into the tabletop gaming world. Whether you’re looking to snag a game for yourself to get into playing with friends or family, or you’re looking for a gift (perhaps for the holidays?) to help invite someone into the fun, I think these selections can get you heading in the right direction.

The Best Gateway Games

about X hours ago from
The Best Gateway Games

With the constant influx of amazing new card, board, miniature, and role-playing games, I’m often hard-pressed in this column to find opportunities to point out all the awesome tabletop projects in any given year. But even as the catalog of available games continues to grow, so too does the audience ready to give this hobby a chance for the first time. Contrary to what you might expect, the tabletop hobby has grown by leaps and bounds during the digital age as people continue to seek opportunities to socialize and have fun with friends in-person.

Today, I’m highlighting several games that can serve as a welcome mat into the tabletop gaming world. Whether you’re looking to snag a game for yourself to get into playing with friends or family, or you’re looking for a gift (perhaps for the holidays?) to help invite someone into the fun, I think these selections can get you heading in the right direction.

The Best Ways To Make Money In Red Dead Online

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The Best Ways To Make Money In Red Dead Online

The Red Dead Online public beta is now in full swing. For those of you galloping into the mode for the first time, be forewarned: The financial transition from the single-player campaign to the online experience is as jarring as running your steed head-on into a tree. The once-flush pockets that afforded you luxuries like gold engravings on your weapons now have a hole the size of Ambarino in them. Lucrative single-player grifts like selling stolen jewelry to the local fence now don't even pull in enough coin to afford a can of baked beans. Pilfering the pockets of fallen enemies nets you a laughable amount of change. And the big-score operations like bank robberies haven't been added to the mode just yet.

So what's a budding outlaw supposed to do to make enough money to afford better weapons and horses? We've got you covered. After spending dozens of hours in the dangerous territory of online play, we found some steady ways to make income.  Here are the best ways we've found thus far to line your pockets in Red Dead Online.

And if you happen to prefer your tips in video format, you can watch the video below.

The Best Ways To Make Money In Red Dead Online

about X hours ago from
The Best Ways To Make Money In Red Dead Online

The Red Dead Online public beta is now in full swing. For those of you galloping into the mode for the first time, be forewarned: The financial transition from the single-player campaign to the online experience is as jarring as running your steed head-on into a tree. The once-flush pockets that afforded you luxuries like gold engravings on your weapons now have a hole the size of Ambarino in them. Lucrative single-player grifts like selling stolen jewelry to the local fence now don't even pull in enough coin to afford a can of baked beans. Pilfering the pockets of fallen enemies nets you a laughable amount of change. And the big-score operations like bank robberies haven't been added to the mode just yet.

So what's a budding outlaw supposed to do to make enough money to afford better weapons and horses? We've got you covered. After spending dozens of hours in the dangerous territory of online play, we found some steady ways to make income.  Here are the best ways we've found thus far to line your pockets in Red Dead Online.

And if you happen to prefer your tips in video format, you can watch the video below.

Remembering Rockstar’s Most Outrageous Cheat Codes

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Remembering Rockstar’s Most Outrageous Cheat Codes

Before you punch in that code to make yourself instantly drunk in Red Dead Redemption 2, how about taking a moment to reflect on all the other weird, wonderful cheats Rockstar has blessed us with over the years. From flying cars to instant death there have been many. And who can forget the gimps with purple dildos? To honor the developer who’s keeping the old-school tradition alive, here are some of the most outlandish cheat codes we’ve discovered in Rockstar games. 

This one is a classic for a good reason. Like something out of Harry Potter, it enables you to fly… in your car! Apart from being a gas, the flying cars code is extremely useful for getting across the sprawling maps of San Andreas and Liberty City in a hurry. It’s been over a decade since we last saw this cheat, so Rockstar, if you’re listening, we could always use flying horses.   

GTA Vice City:

Remembering Rockstar’s Most Outrageous Cheat Codes

about X hours ago from
Remembering Rockstar’s Most Outrageous Cheat Codes

Before you punch in that code to make yourself instantly drunk in Red Dead Redemption 2, how about taking a moment to reflect on all the other weird, wonderful cheats Rockstar has blessed us with over the years. From flying cars to instant death there have been many. And who can forget the gimps with purple dildos? To honor the developer who’s keeping the old-school tradition alive, here are some of the most outlandish cheat codes we’ve discovered in Rockstar games. 

This one is a classic for a good reason. Like something out of Harry Potter, it enables you to fly… in your car! Apart from being a gas, the flying cars code is extremely useful for getting across the sprawling maps of San Andreas and Liberty City in a hurry. It’s been over a decade since we last saw this cheat, so Rockstar, if you’re listening, we could always use flying horses.   

GTA Vice City:

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Spider-Man

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Spider-Man

What if Boba Fett was Luke Skywalker's mom? The Star Wars universe has always been smaller than it's believed to be, with everyone knowing everyone or somehow being related to them. Why not make it even smaller? This crazy idea is something Mark Hamill suggested to George Lucas way back in the day. This possibility was revealed in a Twitter exchange between Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast and Hamill. George Lucas apparently responded to it wisely.

I once suggested it to George as the only way we could top Vader being my father. I envisioned her as a double-agent working clandestinely for the Rebels. SPOILER ALERT: He didn't like my idea.

Hamill's right; the revelation would have been shocking, but it likely would have made the audience groan given how close the reveal is to Luke finding out Darth Vader is his father. I like the idea of Boba Fett being someone you wouldn't expect, but also appreciate what Lucas did with him in the prequels. He's one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars' history, yet he has the same face and DNA as millions of other people. He just broke free from the life he was designed for and became something greater. We'll have to wait to see if Disney's upcoming The Mandalorian show lines up with Boba Fett's story. I hope he's a new character that isn't a clone.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Spider-Man

about X hours ago from
Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Spider-Man

What if Boba Fett was Luke Skywalker's mom? The Star Wars universe has always been smaller than it's believed to be, with everyone knowing everyone or somehow being related to them. Why not make it even smaller? This crazy idea is something Mark Hamill suggested to George Lucas way back in the day. This possibility was revealed in a Twitter exchange between Tatooine Sons: A Star Wars Podcast and Hamill. George Lucas apparently responded to it wisely.

I once suggested it to George as the only way we could top Vader being my father. I envisioned her as a double-agent working clandestinely for the Rebels. SPOILER ALERT: He didn't like my idea.

Hamill's right; the revelation would have been shocking, but it likely would have made the audience groan given how close the reveal is to Luke finding out Darth Vader is his father. I like the idea of Boba Fett being someone you wouldn't expect, but also appreciate what Lucas did with him in the prequels. He's one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars' history, yet he has the same face and DNA as millions of other people. He just broke free from the life he was designed for and became something greater. We'll have to wait to see if Disney's upcoming The Mandalorian show lines up with Boba Fett's story. I hope he's a new character that isn't a clone.

Tabata’s Departure Is A Big Loss For Both Square Enix And Final Fantasy

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Tabata’s Departure Is A Big Loss For Both Square Enix And Final Fantasy

I wanted to wait until I had time to properly gather my thoughts regarding an announcement I never saw coming. Earlier this month, Hajime Tabata resigned from Square Enix. It happened swiftly, announced in a special Final Fantasy XV stream, where it was also revealed that all DLC planned after Episode Ardyn would be canceled.

It was a lot to process, but my mind immediately went back to when I had the opportunity to reflect with Tabata on the progress of Final Fantasy XV a year after launch. Tabata was so excited and hopeful, while also being candid about his missteps. He seemed determined to go above and beyond for the fans who had stuck by the series through the long development cycle, discussing how this year would bring the end of Final Fantasy XV journey. At this time he said, “It's a project that we've come all the way from the beginning alongside our fans and we want to bring it to an end together with those fans."

Tabata’s Departure Is A Big Loss For Both Square Enix And Final Fantasy

about X hours ago from
Tabata’s Departure Is A Big Loss For Both Square Enix And Final Fantasy

I wanted to wait until I had time to properly gather my thoughts regarding an announcement I never saw coming. Earlier this month, Hajime Tabata resigned from Square Enix. It happened swiftly, announced in a special Final Fantasy XV stream, where it was also revealed that all DLC planned after Episode Ardyn would be canceled.

It was a lot to process, but my mind immediately went back to when I had the opportunity to reflect with Tabata on the progress of Final Fantasy XV a year after launch. Tabata was so excited and hopeful, while also being candid about his missteps. He seemed determined to go above and beyond for the fans who had stuck by the series through the long development cycle, discussing how this year would bring the end of Final Fantasy XV journey. At this time he said, “It's a project that we've come all the way from the beginning alongside our fans and we want to bring it to an end together with those fans."