Category Geek-O-Rama

BESM 4th Edition

BESM stands for Big Eyes, Small Mouth, named after the art style common in anime and manga. The first edition of the game came out in the mid-90s, the project eventually landing in the lap of White Wolf, who recently licenced it back to Dyskami Publishing for this beautifully put together 4th Edition. We’ve reviewed Dyskami’s Sailor Moon Crystal games in the past, and several contributors to earlier BESM editions are back for this new edition. In short, there’s some great experience behind this game.

Interestingly, there are two parallel editions of BESM. The full 4th Edition rulebook we are looking at here, and a streamlined and stripped down version entitled BESM Naked. (Stripped down. Naked. Get it?) We’ll be looking at Naked in a few weeks, but for now, we’ll focus on the full version.

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Muffenman #1

Creator and Writer: Anthony Moore
Artist: Jo Galicia
Cover Design: Gerald J. Jones
Cover Artists: Anthony Moore, Rudy Ao, Brian Payne

It’s one thing to find a comic you like, and you know you can walk into your friendly local comic shop and know when it will be there. When I was new in the hobby, living in a small town, the nearest comic shop was in the city. I was lucky to get there once a month, so opening the mail to find that month’s subscription had arrived was a mostly-unexpected treat. (Shipping to Canada sucked back then too, so I could only afford one, Count Duckula.)

So when I walked out to get my mail one day and found a nice solid cardboard envelope marked “Limitless Comics” I was stoked. It’s a different feeling than having Amazon show up on your doorstep...

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Chuck’s Raw Reviews: Pyramid Knights

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: New Bristol.

To a broad segment of the RPG world, one of the largest and most popular systems is Savage Worlds. Over the years I’ve seen a ton of games built around the Savage Worlds engine, but I’ve simply never had the time or opportunity to dig into it. As a result, I see the logo and just pass by. That is in no way a negative judgment, simply reality of our limited and linear time. The reason I bring that up is to frame where I’m coming from in this Spotlight. I didn’t come across it via the Savage Worlds community, but rather from Endless Realms, which I’ve reviewed in some detail...

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Definitive Edition (Xbox One and Playstation 4)

As an avid fan of both Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder for the better part of the past decade, I am always interested when one of these properties takes a dip into the digital side of things. Most recently my focus has been on a CRPG that has adapted one of the best official adventure paths for the Pathfinder tabletop RPG system, Kingmaker.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker faithfully adapts its source material and is truly a love letter to fans of the franchise while remaining accessible to newcomers to the world of Golarion (the setting that Pathfinder takes place in). The game takes its gameplay from other classics in the CRPG genre, such as the Baldur’s Gate, Pillars of Eternity, and the Divinity franchises with some touches that make it have some unique elements...

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