Category Archives: Michelle Mann

SSE Presents: Page Raid (Ico: Castle in the Mist)

I was a spectre haunting the most recent Page Raid, blighting the landscape by the sheer power of my absence. Thankfully, contributing editor Michelle Mann and video editor Fi Miller proved more than capable of escaping my ghostly malevolence when they recorded their thoughts on Ico: Castle In The Mist.

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Choose Your Own Gamebook #2

Welcome to part two of our look at gamebooks. In part one, we looked at Adventure Gamebooks (AGs) that incorporate Branching Points and RPG aspects into one compact and enjoyable book. Even though Adventures are the most popular of the three, it would be ridiculous to overlook what BP and RPG have to offer. They each have their own fantastic series that are definitely worth your time and are guaranteed to arouse your intrigue.

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Conpulsion’s Tabletop Gallery

Pictures are worth a thousand words, which means if we link two images, we basically don’t need to write one whole article, right? Which means if we posted a whole gallery, we could just stop working forever. This is beginning to sound appealing.

So, in the spirit of never working again, here’s Michelle’s excellent gallery of photos from Conpulsion 2013. Did her lens-shaped lens find you?

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SSE Presents: Page Raid (Bioshock Infinite)

I am speaking to you from the past, my disembodied voice echoing down dusty corridors and severe failures on my part to write this article on time. We done started a new series! Page Raid is a monthly video book club, where we take a look at the best of videogame novels and the worst of videogame novels. The first episode, where we look at Mind in Revolt (a Bioshock Infinite novel) and LA Noire‘s collected stories, can be found here:

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Choose Your Own Gamebook #1

Choices! Hundreds of them and they all come with their own unique rules, settings and stories. Welcome to the world of gamebooks, where you not only choose your adventure but also what to play. So where to start? Well, I’m here to help explain, but you’ll you have to do the hardest part and choose.

Gamebooks are written in second person, where you control the character and participate in the adventures. You’ll come across moments where there will be branching points and you have to choose which one. Go East, turn to paragraph 65/Go West turn to paragraph 9. Keep reading this article, continue down the page/ Stop reading this article, close browser and go away. Get the idea?

Chose to continue then? Good.

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Review: Ready Player One

Hey you! You ready? What happens when you take the basic good vs evil story, mix in as much 1980’s pop culture as possible, throw in the multiversal virtual reality that is the internet and shove it all in a book? Well, Ernest Cline got Ready Player One and frankly it’s done so well, I’m not really bothered what you got.

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Metagaming: Trials and Tribulations

As a new player to tabletop roleplaying games, it wasn’t long before I became acquainted with the taboo that is metagaming and its ever-present shushing from players and Game Masters alike. To metagame is to use knowledge or information in-game that is gained out of character, and in a RPG, frankly, what’s the point? You’re there to roleplay. The issue was that I was new, I didn’t know half of what my spells and feats could do, let alone all the possibilities open to me, but my character would; needless to say you wouldn’t find a Dragonborn Paladin facing down a horde of the undead screaming at his/ her companions, “What do I do?!” It takes time and practice to get to know your powers as a player and how to utilise them effectively in the heat of battle, and until then it will come from the patience and advice of other players and your GM to get you through the early days.

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