Game Hype August

July 28, 2021

A few days early, I didn’t think I’d have one for this month, but, turns out I found some time between all the work life imbalance to look at game stuff outside of my ongoing games.


A Forged in the Dark mecha game still in the early Alpha Stages. This looks like it might hit some of my itch for mil sim giant robot combat. (Can I say how happy I am about the number of mech games in the last few years?) You have options for both pilot and non-pilot characters, some simple but solid mecha building rules and so on. I think it’d be a good game to try and then compare to Michael Prescott’s Too Good to Be True. I feel like we’re seeing sort of a parallel to how a lot of indie games sought to capture the spirit of the D&D family of games while ditching the simulationist chasing mechanics, except in this case, it’s branching from Battletech.

Balatro’s Phased Battle Maps

Balatro draws classic grid battlemaps… except each map is “phased” – it’s designed for you to change the map over the course of battle – whether that’s a building that’s collapsing each round, producing a new, more precarious version of the map as it goes, or a collossi smashing it’s way through the city with each map showing it’s progress. For $3 per map, you also get access to the past maps, which include stuff like a boat going downstream or a very busy street full of carriages.

(Also, much older but still worth hyping, if you are into battlemaps, Two Minute Tabletop has GREAT hand drawn maps, also worth checking out.)

The Shape of Shadows

I talked about this before, but now after the first week of play, I can say it feels partway between a journaling game, an ARG, a Telltale Game, and interactive fiction? When the live game ends in a month, the PDF will be available for people to purchase.

In this game, you are the assistant of magician – who teaches you the art of stage magic… and real magic. Until they go missing. And you will unravel what happened along the way. It’s giving me a lot of Mage the Awakening, Unknown Armies, and Gaiman vibes. I’m really curious to see how it turns out.

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