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If the industrial, supernatural world of Blades in the Dark was the backdrop for anything other than a tabletop role-playing game, I'd have written daily letters to its creator begging them to make it into one. Blades in the Dark's world is so full of noir curiosities that it begs players to insert themselves in, and fortunately, its narrative-based ruleset accommodates that in any way you want to try it.


Wizards are the most powerful characters in Dungeons & Dragons, as the hundreds of spells available to Magic-Users, IIllusionists, Necromancers, Clerics, Druids, will attest. But for every Meteor Swarm, Time Stop and Resurrection there are a dozen spells that are utterly worthless. Here are 20 D&D spells almost no one has ever needed to cast.


When Saturnina Alers was being honest with herself she'd begrudgingly admit she didn't particularly like Jacqui Green, but in the middle of a war she never got much time for self reflection. Under the service of Aria Joie, most of her days were in meetings, oiling the joints of old mechs, making sure people were exactly where they should be, when they needed to be there.


Last night, while wandering in Fallout 4, I heard something strange in the distance. A man on a megaphone was enthusiastically commentating a race. I'd never heard something like it before, so I had to take a closer look. To my surprise, I didn't find a horse race, I found a robot race. A robot race! People were cheering them on from the sidelines, possibly even laying down bets.

It was one of the coolest things I've found while playing Fallout 4...and then Fallout 4 ruined it.


Is there anything more paralysing than a blank slate? I've had Fallout 2 open for three hours. I have played it for zero. I'm bleary eyed. Exhaustion is clinging to my eyelids like some mad brigand swinging from a chandelier. How did things end up like this, I wonder. Why can't I just make a few simple decisions and, you know, play a video game?