Author: Michelle Biller

Keeping Fantasy Weird AF: An Interview with Sandy Pug Games

RPG Developers: Sandy Pug Games In our second weekly indie RPG developers series, we’re chatting with Liam of Sandy Pug Games on his process and history with games! Stay tuned for links as to where you can support Sandy Pug Games at the end of this interview! What was the game/game system that inspired you the most to start creating? Originally, I’d have to say it was D&D 3.5. These days I really don’t like the kind of design ideology behind the system, but it was my very first peek into the world of RPGs, and it’s what got...

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Setting Cyberpunk Alight: An Interview with The Wrong Brothers

RPG Developer Series: The Wrong Brothers In a new series here at TGI, we’re interviewing some of our favorite, lesser-known but stunningly brilliant indie RPG designers! In our first interview, we chat with Colin of The Wrong Brothers, particularly on TWB’s game Axon Punk: Overdrive. 1. What was the game/game system that inspired you the most to start creating? The game that convinced me to start designing seriously was Dungeon World, which was the first Apocalypse System game I had played. I was struck by how streamlined the rules were and how inventive they allowed the players to be....

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Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass, Part II

Critical Rolls In Part I of my Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass series, I discussed some general observations on my first Gen Con as well as what seems to set Gen Con apart from other geek conventions. This second part of my Gen Con series is what I’m calling Critical Rolls and covers my favorite, most memorable experiences that definitely merit further discussion. Roleplaying with Strangers Our fiery, feisty, and talented best friend Liam of Sandy Pug Games (DriveThruRPG link here) was GMing an RPG he wrote called The Infernal Bone Machine, which used the...

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Gen Con 50: When You Give Michelle a Press Pass, Part I

Gen Con 50: General Stats Alert! Alert! Gen Con newb! Wee-ooo, wee-ooo! But let’s not get too worked up, though. I’m not new to conventions, just gaming conventions. My usual scene (back in the day) was anime & cosplay conventions, as well as some professional conferences. Helluva four days, friends. Not surprisingly, I’ve got some opinions regarding this primo trip. Let’s start with some basic observations about what sets Gen Con apart from other conventions. Duration: +1 day Most conventions I’ve been to are a short weekend gig. You arrive Thursday evening (if you’re lucky) and the actual convention...

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Come to Jesus: Review of ‘American Gods’ Season Finale

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7 CW: Sexual assault Footnotes Footnotes will return next season! This episode has too much to unpack to focus on anything but content. Manipulations “Come to Jesus” sustained a lot of major manipulations from the initial version of...

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A Prayer for Mad Sweeney: Review of ‘American Gods’ Episode 7

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. This week, I don’t have a dominant Footnote(s), so instead, I thought I’d update on two of the most...

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A Murder of Gods: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 6

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5 CW: Photo depicting violence Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. Do you know what makes for an terrifically grumpy Michelle? When Stephen Fry and Neil Gaiman interview...

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Lemon Scented You: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 5

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 Footnotes A collection of the latest Neil Gaiman and American God relevancies, but not as related to the show specifically. The past few weeks have proven more fruitful than I’d have imagined when it comes to quality American Gods/Neil Gaiman headlines. My most...

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