Velvet Dreamation

Velvet Dreamation
Brendan Conway and I will be heading up to Dreamation 2017 next week. We will be running and playing games, and hanging out with other con-goers. I’ve never been to Dreamation before, and I’m really looking forward to it! Both Brendan and I will be GMing a Dungeon World longcon, but he’s also running a Masks: A New Generation longcon, while I’ll be running a session of Velvet Glove. I’ve ru...
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A Look Back at 2016

2017
As we advance steadily into 2017, we wanted to do a quick look back over some of the best parts of 2016, and look ahead to what they could mean for us moving forward! The Magpie Nest Grew Over the course of 2016, Magpie Games grew to five people! We kept Mark, Marissa, and Brendan, but they're old news. The important additions were Sarah Richardson and Derrick Kapchinsky! Sarah was a vete...
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Games of 2016: Pandemic Legacy

Pandemic Legacy Zman Games 2015
It’s the end of the year! And that means it’s time to talk about end of year assessments of the most important piece of culture: GAMES! I might come back to this, so I’m not going to cap myself at “TOP 5” anything. But I might not come back to this, so I’m going to start off at the top. I want to talk about one of the most important board games for my 2016: Pandemic Legacy. In particular, I wan...
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Bluebeard’s Bride: Behind the Curtain

Here is a glimpse behind the curtain of how one of the ring moves for Bluebeard’s Bride was developed. I will explain my thought process when my fellow designers and I took the functioning version of dirty yourself with violence and reshaped it into a version that encompasses everything the game really demanded from it.   Dirty yourself with violence is triggered when a player with the ring res...
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Bluebeard’s Bride Has Launched!

“The day has come,” he says, taking your hand in his. His fingers are gnarled. Strange to the touch, like wood or scaled flesh. But his smile looks so warm behind his azure bristles. So you take his hand, and let him lead you on. Into his manor. Bluebeard’s Bride has launched! The Kickstarter for this investigative horror game by Whitney Beltrán, Marissa Kelly, and Sarah Richardson is live a...
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