Author: Marcus Orchard

Marcus isn't good at a lot, but he is an expert at replaying Final Fantasy games despite there being a lot of good stuff out there. He also loves comics, board games, and anime. He thinks Chip Zdarsky is a treasure.

Yesterday was Free RPG Day, an opportunity for publishers big and small to help players get new resources, try new one-shots, and preview what’s to come for the hobby. This year I went to the wonderful Cape Fear Games to pick up some goodies. While I haven’t gotten to play through these one-shots, I did take a peek through every book I received. Here are my initial impressions: Level 1: The Free RPG Day Indie Anthology Publisher: 9th Level Games I love the idea of RPG magazines, especially those with one-shots and games with little setup. This small anthology is…

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Publisher: Paizo Publishing RPG System: Pathfinder (Second Edition) As the premier alternative to Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder has carved itself a nice niche as a crunchy fantasy roleplaying system. The system comes with many more customization options while remaining complex and balanced. Still, that complexity and crunchiness can be intimidating for newcomers to RPGs, and Pathfinder doesn’t have the same name recognition or as many GMs available to teach the ins and outs of the system. The Second Edition corrects errors from the first, includes rules from later first-edition books, and makes the game easier to play than ever. The…

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Publisher: Paizo Publishing RPG System: Pathfinder (Second Edition) As the premier alternative to Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder has carved itself a nice niche as a crunchy fantasy roleplaying system. The system comes with many more customization options while still remaining complex and balanced. Still, that complexity and crunchiness are intimidating for newcomers to RPGs, and Pathfinder doesn’t have the name recognition or as many GMs available to teach the ins and outs of the system. The Second Edition corrects errors from the first, includes rules that came in later first-edition books, and makes the game easier to play than ever.…

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Publisher: Funforge Designer: Edmund McMillen Artist: Krystal Fleming 2-4 Players Playtime: 20-60 Minutes One of the most beloved roguelike games over the last decade or so is The Binding of Isaac. This strange little game is full of religious references, banger tunes, and creative designs. How does all of that translate to the table-top? A Brief How To Play Each player starts with a character card, a starting item, three loot cards, and three cents. The game progresses in turns, where players recharge their items, draw loot cards, and choose between playing a card, buying items, or attacking monsters from…

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Developer: Crim Publisher: Crim Genre: Action Nintendo Switch El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron came out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. In a surprise, developer and publisher Crim has ported the cult classic to PC in 2021. The port did well, and now El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is accessible to Switch players with another port. In El Shaddai, players control Enoch, who is the protagonist of the Hebrew religious text Book of Enoch. Enoch is looking for seven angels to prevent a massive, humanity-ending flood. Along the way players will beat waves of enemies and tons of bosses…

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The Nintendo Switch is one of Nintendo’s most successful consoles in history, and for good reason. The hybrid console has a stellar library and can be enjoyed anywhere. Still, it’s hard to ignore its downsides, especially with the Joy-Cons’ drift. Since buying Joy-Con replacements is so expensive, it’s only natural to look for alternatives, though many are simply cheap and poorly made. NYXI’s Hyperion Pro, a wireless Nintendo Switch that is playable in both handheld and docked mode, is marketed as a nostalgic alternative to Joy-Cons. Despite being a 3rd party option, the Hyperion Pro offers many features and a…

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While I don’t care for the fanbase and the occasional gag in poor taste, I find KONOSUBA one of the funnier anime series of the 2010s. The deconstruction of the fantasy/isekai genres with four genuinely awful people acting as protagonists is a delight, so of course there is room for a visual novel adaptation. KONOSUBA – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Love For These Clothes Of Desire! is a visual novel with an entirely original storyline, but has all of the usual gags that fans expect from KONOSUBA. There isn’t much gameplay here as the game is a mostly…

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Developer: Rising Moon Games Publisher: QUByte Interactive Genre: Puzzle Reviewed For: Nintendo Switch Also Available On PlayStation and Xbox Peaceful and cozy townbuilders are a good time. The Switch has a few small games that give nice little experiences like Townscaper and Dorfromantik and there is plenty of room for more. Match Village looks like one of those games, but it plays more like a basic match-three game with a different theme. Players are given a blank island with some tiles, and they have a deck of buildings that when grouped, make a larger version of themselves and give the player…

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Developer: DryGin Studios Publisher: Klabater Genre: Simulation Reviewed For: Nintendo Switch Also Available On PlayStation, Xbox, and PC Surgery simulators aren’t too common, but they are an interesting genre. Trauma Center was my first exposure to the subgenre, followed by Surgeon Simulator. Both games are more arcade-based, and that’s fine, but a game rooted in actual science has a lot of potential. Bio Inc. Redemption isn’t a surgery simulator, but it is a game where players act as doctors treating a patient, and it’s rooted in science. The twist is the player can also be the villain and infect their patient.…

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Aksys Games has a nice diverse array of titles that cater to various tastes, from high-energy shoot ’em ups to immersive otome visual novels. Whether you’re gunning down alien fleets, managing a café while raising a dragon, or unraveling magical mysteries, there’s something for everyone. As if that’s not enough, Aksys might just have the best visual novel on the Switch. Here are the 10 best Aksys games on the Nintendo Switch. Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax Who is it for? Stardust Galaxy Warriors is yet another arcade-style shooter on the Nintendo Switch, but it’s one of the best on…

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