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Review: ‘Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple’

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I’ve reviewed Daniel Solis’ excellent storytelling game, Happy Birthday, Robot! elsewhere on this blog, but he’s most famous for his charming family-friendly RPG Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. A FATE edition, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, has recently been released, and Solis has produced an enviable number of tabletop and card games, as well as making some pretty great statements on inclusive art direction in his games. I pretty much want to read everything he’s ever written now! But for now, I’m reading Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, a gentle fantasy game with easy-to-grasp mechanics that don’t lack for depth, inspired by the wondrous tone of adventure stories like Avatar: the Last Airbender. Continue reading

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Review: ‘Happy Birthday, Robot!’

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Happy Birthday, Robot! is a lovely game that is self-contained, quick to learn and designed as a group storytelling activity for children, in a classroom environment or elsewhere. I’m reviewing it partly because I find it a fascinating example of roleplaying games as a teaching tool. Specifically, what it’s teaching here (as well as verbal skills, socialising, reasoning, grammar, etc.) is collaboration. Continue reading

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Review: ‘Mermaid Adventures’

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Mermaid Adventures by Eloy Lasanta is a family-friendly game where you play a group of merfolk having adventures. Have you ever wanted to seek out sunken treasure under the sea, make friends with mythical sea-creatures or use the magic of a sea witch to walk on land for the first time? Then Mermaid Adventures is for you! Continue reading