July 25 – July 31

Somebody must have been reading last week, because now there are almost too many interesting things for me to choose from. After much painful editing involving my keyboard and a pair of hot pliers, I’ve picked two to share with you. Quadrilateral Cowboy puts you in the role of a mercenary computer hacker from the early 1990s.
How does a game make you care about the fate of a blank Puddle of physics-based liquid with no dialog and no anthropomorphization? Damned it I know, but Puddle pulled it off.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 510

Inside, Raw Data, Videoball, Necropolis, Adrift, Socioeconomic Status and Gaming, Your Emails and More!

July 18 – July 24

You know it's a thin week when I'm thinking hard about choosing a VR game. Mageworks looks like it might be interesting. It's a mage sim where you create your own spells and craft your own staff.
Soren Johnson made a real-time strategy game that is four parts base-building and resource-gathering and zero parts unit-management. He is my new favorite person.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 509

Competitive Overwatch, Kids on VR, Hook, Not a Hero, AR Games, Your Emails and More!
The Unmarked

The Unmarked – Chapter 10

Welcome to The Unmarked, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Rob Daviau as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich, Cory Banks and Julian Murdoch into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. It's time for the scooby gang to investigate a haunted mansion!

July 11 – July 17

With that raptor game I picked last week getting pushed out to this week, and probably next week and the week after, if I’m any good at recognizing patterns, I could take the lazy way out and just pick that one again. This week, though, I’m going to take things in a different direction. I like whimsy, and childlike things. Not childish; childlike. There is a difference.
Out in the depths of space, there is a space station. It’s run by an engineer who got promoted after the previous commander was killed by aliens. Beset by pirates, alien invaders and the fact that he’s never played a 4X game before (and isn’t even sure if this game counts), the engineer builds a ship. The adventure begins … .

GWJ Conference Call Episode 508

Video Games, When Games Go Competitive, Your Emails and More!