Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

Some people have the impression that solo games, or playing multiplayer games by yourself, are consolation for people with no friends. The assumption is that it's "normal" to buy a game for your family or your game group, and that you'd only resort to a solo game when there's something wrong. Maybe...

I play a lot of tabletop RPG and wargames and board games, and I'll admit I'm often drawn to the ones with complex rules, but that doesn't mean I want every game I play to have complex rules. Sure, part of the fun of tabletop gaming for me is seeing how the interaction of rules affect the simulated...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. Null hypothesis is an adventure for Tier 3 or 4 characters. The framework isn't specified, but the quest giver is a rogue trader, while the subject of the rescue quest is Imperium, so there's an...

I decided that during 2024, I'd reinvent one game every month. This month, I sat down with a game I've regretted buying to see whether I could make it fun.

Years ago, I asked an employee at a big game store about some games for 2 players. One game is quite well known, with lots of awards and posit...

I decided that during 2024, I'd reinvent one game every month. This month, I decided to fix Monopoly.

I can't think of a board game as famous, or as reviled, than Monopoly. Nobody's ever accused Monopoly of good design, and while probably some people enjoy the game it's usually because they've...

I decided that during 2024, I'd remix one game every month. Last month I created Rebel Blackjack. This month, I've created Magick jack, an extreme remix of Blackjack.

Colour pie

The colour pie in Magic: The Gathering (MTG) isn't often appreciated by people who don't play the game, but it's...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. Affliction Ascendant is the fourth and final book in a quartet of adventures, preceded by Bloody Gates, On the wings of Valkyries, and Lord of the Spire. The books aren't quite sequential,...

After you paint a hundred miniatures or so, you might find that you start to get a sense that some miniatures are fun to paint, while others are less fun. It might seem strange that there would be a difference. It's tempting to assume that one hunk of plastic is the same as any other hunk of plastic...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. Litanies of the Lost is a book containing four adventures that can be run independently or as a continuous campaign. The framework suggests the IMPERIUM keyword, but two new frameworks specific...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. Lord of the spire is the third book in a quartet of adventures, including Bloody Gates, On the wings of Valkyries, and Affliction Ascendant. The books aren't exactly sequential, and instea...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. On the wings of Valkyries is the second part of a quartet of adventures, including Bloody Gates, Lord of the Spire, and Affliction Ascendant. Each adventure occurs during the same military...

Tales of the Valiant (ToV) is a tabletop roleplaying game developed by Kobold Press, replacing Dungeons & Dragons 5e. The game is fully compatible with 5e, meaning that you can use content from any 5e book in a Tales of the Valiant game. It doesn’t mean everything in ToV is suitable as a one-fo...

Tales of the Valiant is a new tabletop roleplaying game, developed by Kobold Press, to replace Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (5e). Back in December 2022 until January 2023, it was urgent that somebody replaced 5e, because Wizards of the Coast was claiming it had the right to control who could...

In response to Wizards of the Coast's morbid efforts to erode the stability of fantasy roleplaying games, there's a (successfully funded) Kickstarter for Tales of the Valiant. Inspired by the D&D system reference document (SRD), Tales of the Valiant is a project by Kobold Press that improv...

Wrath & Glory is a tabletop RPG system for Warhammer 40,000. I found it through a Humble Bundle sale, and recently I read through the book and ran a test game. I enjoy the system and intend to run more games, but I know that building a character can often be intimidating for new players. In this po...

Warhammer 40,000 is, first and foremost, a tabletop war game. It's also the catch-all name given to a vast fictional universe that includes Space Marines, several species of aliens ("xenos"), independent Rogue Traders, and more, all of which are explored through books, video games, animated series,...