All posts by J. Mackenzie Bodsworth

Nerd Resurgence: D&D Features in New York Times Article

There’s no doubt about it. D&D has broken into the mainstream, and is having a spot-light moment. Continue reading Nerd Resurgence: D&D Features in New York Times Article

Unique Tabletop RPG Mechanics: The Mystery Story in Tales from the Loop

One of my favourite tabletop roleplaying settings is suburban middle America in the 1980s. Think ET, Goonies, Stand by Me, and most recently of course, Stranger Things. There are two RPGs that capture the unique feel and experience of being part of a gang of misfit kids from the 1980s solving mysteries while fellow teenagers in your small town come of age: Tales from the Loop and Kids on Bikes. Continue reading Unique Tabletop RPG Mechanics: The Mystery Story in Tales from the Loop

Relaunch of Scott Pilgrim Minatures the World Kickstarter Defeats Its Own Ex

I was very impressed with professional way that Renegade Game Studio handled the cancellation and relaunch of the Scott Pilgrim Miniatures The World Kickstarter in response to community feedback this month. I’m quite sure this was no easy decision, but their willingness to listen and pivot their marketing approach is a critical lesson for others looking to kickstart their dream boardgame or tabletop project. Continue reading Relaunch of Scott Pilgrim Minatures the World Kickstarter Defeats Its Own Ex

Kickstarter for Nordic Horror Roleplaying Game Vaesen Fully Funds in 13 Minutes

Incredible results for Sweden’s Free League Publishing – who are most known in this House for Tales From the Loop RPG – who launched a Kickstarter campaign for Vaesen: Nordic Horror Roleplaying and had it fully funded in 13 minutes. Continue reading Kickstarter for Nordic Horror Roleplaying Game Vaesen Fully Funds in 13 Minutes

Unique Tabletop RPG Mechanics: House Creation in Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Game

There is a certain ‘feel’ that people will be looking for when they decide to play a tabletop roleplaying game based on the Game of Thrones television series or A Song of Ice and Fire novels. You could easily imagine using a map of Westeros and some lore and plot points from the novels in a generic low-magic fantasy roleplaying game like Dungeons and Dragons. But there is a certain something about that setting that would be missing. Put most simply, players will want to play the ‘game of thrones’. Continue reading Unique Tabletop RPG Mechanics: House Creation in Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Game

By any measure, Wingspan is the 2019 Game of the Year

With 120,000 copies sold and back-orders almost since the moment of printing, Wingspan is officially the number one bestselling board game of the 2019.

Designer Elizabeth Hargrave from Stonemaier Games was featured on the the radio program Here & Now (listen below), where she discussed the evolution and development of the concept. Continue reading By any measure, Wingspan is the 2019 Game of the Year

The Witcher Trailer has dropped, along with my jaw

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt ranks as one of my favourite games of all time – and I’m not alone. The game has is critically and popularly acclaimed, having won over 800 awards – including 250 Game of the Year awards. In June 2019, developer and publisher CD Projekt Red announced that they had sold more than a staggering 20 million copies of the game. Continue reading The Witcher Trailer has dropped, along with my jaw

First Impressions of the Lost Mine of Phandelver

I must admit that I ignored the Lost Mine of Phandelver for the longest time, and it was only out of pure snobbery. “I have played D&D for decades,” I told myself, “Why would I demean myself with the purchase of a Starter Set?” The truth is that the Lost Mine adventure is actually really good, surprisingly so, and accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do – introduce new players to the game of D&D through a compelling, diverse experience. Continue reading First Impressions of the Lost Mine of Phandelver