The Perils of Storytelling in Roguelikes
Storytelling in games is already hard, but balancing randomization and clarity in roguelike narrative can be particularly difficult.
A Cancelled Board Game Revealed How Colonialism Inspires and Haunts Games
'Scramble for Africa' was cancelled amid apologies from a publisher and a broader debate about ethical gaming in the tabletop space.
Games and health
How One Dev Is Using Games as Therapy to Reach Across Generations
Game designer Alex Jimenez and social worker Timothy Burns are using games to help young people to open up about mental health.
Flip Over Police Vans and Riot in This New Board Game for Anarchists
Bloc by Bloc is the "Insurrection Game" the Resistance didn't know it needed.
I Played an Anti-Socialist Board Game with Real Socialists and They Loved It
These DSA members were down with an expansion that puts the state back in Monopoly.
These People Are Selling the CIA's Internal Board Game to the Public
The plans for an internal CIA training game were released to the public last month—now it's becoming real and getting Kickstarted.
1960s Board Games For Girls Were Messed Up
I entered the world of heteronormative 60s board games marketed to young girls this weekend. It was a wild journey.
Winning Is Fun, But Not Knowing What Victory Means Might Be Better
The 'Terraforming Mars' board game kept me guessing right until the end, which is something I'd like more strategy games to try.
We Asked Game Designers If the CIA's El Chapo Board Game Is Any Good
The newly declassified training board game "clearly was done by people who love games."
Virtual Reality Will Keep Your Board Game Crew Together
Board games allow us to disconnect and hang out with our friends, so strapping goggles to your face seems antithetical to the premise. But VR could be transformational for friends scattered around the world.
The Story of 'Hyperchess,' a 3D Chess Game Inspired by Star Trek
Max Chappell spent a lifetime developing an outlandish 3D chess game and selling it at Star Trek conventions.
Board Games Were Indoctrination Tools for Christ, Then Capitalism
The very weird tale of how American board games used to teach you how to get to heaven, and later, how to make bank.