RPGs

More people are playing D&D online than ever before

Data from the Roll20 app is hard evidence of the game’s incredibly successful 5th edition<p>It seems like Dungeons & Dragons, the granddaddy of role-playing games, has come through its transition to a millennial audience with flying colors. The team at Wizards of the Coast tells Polygon that one of …

Dungeons and Dragons

Kingsway review — an addictive RPG with deadly pop-up windows

It’s hard to describe the way Kingsway descends into chaos. As I mentioned in my preview from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June, it takes all the usual role-playing game features and skins them in a retro Windows 95-esque operating system.<p>The entire game takes place in the …

E3

Diablo 3 Necromancer guide

How to master the Necromancer<p><i>Diablo 3:</i> <i>The Rise of the Necromancer</i> resurrects the Necromancer class and includes many new skills, runes and items. There’s a lot to take in. Polygon’s guides will help you master the Necromancer and <i>Diablo 3</i> Season 11, which begins July 20.<p><b>Getting started with the</b> …

Gaming

'Dungeons & Dragons' Gets a Digital Makeover | Mental Floss

Since the 1970s, players have been constructing elaborate campaigns in <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> using nothing but paper, pencils, rule books, and 20-sided …

Cool Stuff

In 'Commander Anthology 2017,' A Fan-Favorite 'Magic: The Gathering' Format Goes Premium

Of all the formats of collectible card-game <i>Magic: The Gathering</i>, none has as colorful a history as Commander. Originally known as Elder Dragon Highlander, it is played with decks of 100 cards, and “there can only be one” copy of each. Even more unusual, it’s completely grassroots, having been both …

Board Games

Fun Looking Free-to-Play RPG Happy Dungeons Loots PS4 in September

Adding to the wealth of free-to-play titles already available on the PlayStation 4, Happy Dungeons is coming to Sony's console at some point in …

PlayStation

7 great tactical RPGs that every developer should study

Few genres have the capacity to intimidate newcomers quite like tactical RPGs. With a complex blend of tactical and strategic combat systems and …

Game Design

The Pyre launch trailer showcases a bright, beautiful fantasy RPG world

Supergiant Games, the developer of Bastion and Transistor, announced in May that its next game, the party-based RPG Pyre, will be out on July 25. So …

PC Gaming

'Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age' Remasters an Oddity—and Gives It New Room to Breathe

When <i>Final Fantasy XII</i> first came out on the PlayStation 2, 11 years ago, no one knew what to do with it. Up until then, each game in the Japanese …

Cat Quest’s Dev Diary Is Everything We Ever Needed

PQube and The Gentlebros are pawtnering up to release the adorable indie adventure game <i>Cat Quest.</i> It’s a wonderfully cute RPG where you play as a cat …

Cats

GM’s Can Create an Adventure in Five Easy Pieces

In the video above from the Nerdarchy YouTube channel Nerdarchist Dave, Nate the Nerdarch and Nerdarchist Ted explore an approach to creating …

Dungeons and Dragons

The 4 Best Improv Rules To Improve Your D&D Game

<i>Join Dave & Molly and a panel of creatives as they work along with audience chat to write and finalize a short sketch during the show’s two-hour run</i> …

Geek

There's Joy And Frustration In Kingsway, The Operating System RPG

If the operating system on the PC I used in the ‘90s was anything like the one in Andrew Morrish’s OS/RPG <i>Kingsway</i>, I would have gotten a lot more …

Operating Systems

Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne — creating Death Knights and Un’Goro’s legacy

Hearthstone is as alive as a game can be, but it’s about to get a heaping dose of death. The digital card game’s next expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, comes out in August for PC and mobile. It’ll add 135 new cards, including some that will turn Hearthstone’s classes into Death Knights, …

Board Games

40K: Imperial Assassins Are Trouble

Imperial Assassins open up a can of worms with 8th Edition. Here’s what you need to know:<p>Let’s start off with a confession – I love Imperial …

Review: Warhammer 40,000 (8th edition) | Shut Up & Sit Down

<b>Eric</b>: For any of what follows to make sense, I need to take you to a place in my past. Imagine the house where I grew up. Follow me down into the …

Board Games

Tabletop Kickstarter Alert: Hand of Glory

If you spend any time trawling miniatures gaming forums, it won’t be long before you find somebody talking about magnetizing their minis. Why do they …

The Water Cooler: Revisiting 'A Wrinkle in Time,' Disney's New 'Fantasmic,' and a Great New RPG – /Film

Welcome to <b>The Water Cooler</b>, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything <i>except</i> the movies and TV shows …

Walt Disney Company

GW: Rumor Engine "What's in the Box"

Looks like Games Workshop is showing off some skeletons in the closet with this new Rumor Engine.<p>The Rumour Engine is back – and it’s got something …

How D&D Beyond brings Gary Gygax’s role-playing game into the digital age

The toolset launches on August 15th<p>In March, Wizards of the Coast announced at PAX East that it would be bringing the traditional pen-and-paper role-playing game <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> into the digital age with a new tool: <i>D&D</i> Beyond.<p>Wizards of the Coast describes <i>D&D</i> Beyond as a “digital toolset” for …

Dungeons and Dragons

Why some women call their partners ‘daddy’ in bed

“The first time it happened, I was even surprised by it. The word just came out – I wasn’t really even thinking about it. But then I said it again …

Relationships

My Son Has Ruined Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

In the past couple of months there’s been a phrase that haunts me. It reverberates in my dreams and my darkest nightmares. It’s the first words I …

Breath of the Wild

Darkest Dungeon: hack-and-slash with a heart

In most games, the characters cheerfully butcher their foes without a second thought. Here, they get PTSD<p>All genres of entertainment – from literary …

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of Fall 2017

No games can craft immersive worlds or tell complex stories quite like RPGs. This year has already seen some fantastic entries in the genre, like …

Xenoblade Chronicles

Tabletop RPG About Breaking The Rules Has Way Too Many Rules

Image Source: Misspent Youth playbook<p><i>Misspent Youth</i> is a tabletop RPG about young people fighting against authority. Unfortunately, it has a lot of …

Final Fantasy VIII: Every Summon Ranked From Worst To Best

Let’s be honest, one of the best elements of any game in the <b>Final Fantasy</b> series is the selection of summons available. Leveling opponents with …

Final Fantasy

The Elder Scrolls Online is Ready to Unleash PvP Mayhem

Get ready for all of the digital blood-letting your little PvP’ing heart can handle with the upcoming Midyear Mayhem PvP event in The Elder Scrolls …

Gaming

D&D's New Digital Toolset Is A Convincing Argument Against Pen And Paper Purists

When everything in the physical world is getting uploaded onto some great supercomputer in space, you will find me hiding somewhere dark, clinging to …

Dungeons and Dragons

Classic-Style PS4/PC Tactical RPG Children Of Zodiarcs Out Now

The latest game from Square Enix's indie-focused Collective unit has been released. Children of Zodiarcs, a "deck and dice" tactical RPG reminiscent of Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem, is now available for PlayStation 4 and PC.Developed by Cardboard Utopia, an indie studio comprised of …

Gaming

40K: Taming the Alpha Strike

With all the talk of Alpha Strikes out there in 8th, let’s brainstorm how to put Pandora back in the box.<p>Some decent sized competitive events have …