Crisis Council – A Semi-Cooperative Social Board Game for 3-4 Players (FREE)

How’s Everybody Doing?

I hope you are all doing well in spite of everything that’s been going on lately. This is just a quick article letting you know that my creative juices have been on overdrive. As a result, I created Crisis Council, another game that you can go download and play, absolutely free, right now! This was created under the social distancing period (now lockdown) as a way to stay active, but also to have something fun to do with friends and family (and of course, to share with all of you stuck at home).

This is my third-ever full game release following my previous title Tempting Fate and Into the Woods.., which has been highly rated and enjoyed by several hundreds of people now (thank you so much for that). With that, let’s dive right into what this game’s about!

Overview

In Crisis Council 3-4 players must work together to repeal a major threat (be it a kingdom fighting off an invasion, a city dealing with a viral outbreak, etc…). However, each player wants to profit when the dust settles. Do you have what it takes to stop the crisis and come out ahead?

-The Game’s Page

Currently this is just the BASIC rules for Crisis Council, I plan to create a much deeper version of the game in the future which is planned for both a digital and physical release. The full version will have a cost as well. Here’s what’s planned for that:

  • Hidden Roles/Objectives
  • Different Arbiter Setups (Tax Rates & Dice Pools)
  • Emergency Declarations (Modifiers for Rounds 2 & 3, Chosen by Arbiter From a Card Pool)

What’s in the Box?

Currently you have access to a 4 page PDF that contains all the rules you need to play Crisis Council. There is no set theme currently, you may decide on that for yourself. The game is relatively straightforward in the BASIC state and shouldn’t be much work to figure out. Just in case, an optional player aid is provided as a separate document.

What You’ll Need

For the BASIC version, you will need 35 six-sided dice and some friends. Do not worry if all the dice are the same size or color, this will not impact gameplay (though it is suggested you play with 35 identical dice when able).

Download Now!

For more information, you can see the game’s page here. Feel free to ask any questions here if you’d like as well. If you have a good time, I do suggest a donation because I put a lot of effort into this, but it isn’t required. You can do that on the game’s page or use my Ko-fi button below. Either is fine. I do ask, that you do rate and share the game if you can even if you don’t want to donate as that helps me out a lot!


Normally I’d write up some questions and such for you here. Just providing my Ko-fi link and wishing you an excellent day! 🙂

Tempting Fate – My Latest Role-Playing Game That You Can Play FREE Right Now!

How’s Everybody Doing?

I hope you are all doing well in spite of everything that’s been going on lately. This is just a quick article letting you know I created another tabletop role-playing game. You can download Tempting Fate and play, absolutely free, right now! This was created in under 24 hours under the social distancing period as a way to stay active, but also to have something fun to do with friends and family (and of course, to share with all of you stuck at home).

This is my second-ever full game release following my previous title Into the Woods.., which has been highly rated and enjoyed by several hundreds of people now (thank you so much for that). With that, let’s dive right into what this game’s about!

Overview

Whether a group of teenagers trying to escape a crazed killer, a gang of bank robbers trying to score big, or some kids trying to cheat a math test, all of them are tempting fate.

-The Game’s Page

Tempting Fate is a rules-lite tabletop role-playing game that can be enjoyed by
1-4 players and 1 narrator. The game may be enjoyed without a narrator or even solo should that be desired as well. While Tempting Fate is best suited for horror narratives, it supports any story that has high stakes where the players face major consequences if anything goes wrong (expulsion, arrest, insanity, or even death).

What’s in the Box?

Included is a short 17 page rulebook which houses the rules and 9 playbooks for players. There are no scenarios or settings included in this rulebook, but some ideas are offered to get you started. The rules are simple and easy to understand, fitting on about 7 pages.  The rest of the document being devoted to the playbooks which act as rules references and character sheets for the players.

What You’ll Need

In order to play Tempting Fate you will need a standard deck of 52 playing cards with both jokers, some tokens (several six-sided dice will work just as well), and this rulebook. Of course, you may want to invite a friend or two to play with you as well 😉

Download Now!

For more information, you can see the game’s page here. Feel free to ask any questions here if you’d like as well. If you have a good time, I do suggest a donation because I put a lot of effort into this, but it isn’t required. You can do that on the game’s page or use my Ko-fi button below. Either is fine. I do ask, that you do rate and share the game if you can even if you don’t want to donate as that helps me out a lot!

Hope you have fun with the game and I eagerly await your feedback! Best of luck to you as you try your hand at, Tempting Fate!


Normally I’d write up some questions and such for you here. Just providing my Ko-fi link and wishing you an excellent day! 🙂

The Plant – My Kinetic-Novel Release

I Released Another Thing!

If you follow me over on Twitter (@JS_Reviews) you’ve probably seen me talk about my latest project release, The Plant, a kinetic-novel inspired by a post I did back in December 2018. You can view that post here. I’m writing this post to help spread the word, but also as a postmortem of sorts, where I talk about things that went well (and poorly) with the project. Before I get any further, be sure to check out The Plant on Itchi.io for FREE. It’s on PC, Mac, and Linux at the moment. Let’s get to it! Continue reading “The Plant – My Kinetic-Novel Release”

The Mirror Lied – Mini Review

Halloween Leftovers

I love Freebird Games’ To the Moon, so whenever they release something new I check it out. Well, this is more like a re-release of a 2008 title, The Mirror Lied. The game is pretty abstract and only takes about 30 minutes to beat 100%. It was one of the games I tried out for my brief spooky game play session this Halloween. The big question here, is this any good?

Image result for the mirror lied

Really, I have no clue what to think of the story. It didn’t exactly make a ton of sense. Though I am not without some theories. There is a lot of referring to a birdie and a portion of the game where you look at, what appears to be, a virus under a microscope.

My best guess is that some epidemic is, or was, about to take place and that is what the story is about. Past that, your best guess is as good as mine. It is very much up for interpretation.

When it comes to the atmosphere it is kind of spooky but this isn’t a horror game at all. Stuff kind of just happens, the creepiest being a phone ringing with cryptic messages (if you answer). The Mirror Lied has one song for its soundtrack, which I liked ok, but it isn’t the greatest.

As far as an initial impression goes, this is something to check out if you like more experimental games. With such a short playtime it isn’t really asking much of you either. If anything, it is something different.

The creator, Kan, put out a video explaining everything so here you go:

Finally, all the questions answered!


Give the game a go, or not, it is free. What is your best guess for what happened in the story? Let me hear your voice in the comments. If you would like to help me out a bit please click the donation button below. As always, thanks for reading and hope to see you back here again soon!

Anime ABC’s O is for Ouran High School Host Club

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

The original idea for this review was to discusses why you shouldn’t always judge a book, or in this case, anime by its cover and branch out into new territory if you are one of those folks who watches only one or two genres. Unfortunately, that version of the review came out poorly and fairly condescending so rather than make the entire review about that, it’ll just be a part of it with the main focuses being why Ouran High School Host Club is well worth your time. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s O is for Ouran High School Host Club”

Board Game Arena: A Great Place To Game Online

Overview

This post is part of The  ❄️ 12 Days of Christmas ❄️

Have you ever wanted to try a board game before you buy it? Want to play a game but don’t have any friends near by to play? Well look no further! Today I wanted to tell you guys about Board Game Arena. Continue reading “Board Game Arena: A Great Place To Game Online”