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Nic Reuben likes to pause games every five minutes to ponder the thematic implications of explosive barrel placement. When he's not having an existential crisis over CAPTCHA verifications that ask him to prove he's not a robot, he's reading sci-fi and fantasy short stories, watching cartoons, and mourning the writing standards in Game of Thrones.

An Interview with Don’t Make Love artist Nina Kiel

Maggese Games's Don't Make Love has been nominated for Best Student Game at this year's IGF awards. Artist Nina Kiel was kind enough to chat...

Unleashing my Inner Lannister in Kingdoms and Castles

The verdant land of Kingdoms and Castles is vacant of civilization when I arrive. I have the peasants build a towering keep to my...

IGF 2018 Spotlight: Excellence in Design

Here is a nice poem about design: Design, Design. All up in your mind. You use your mind, to make designs. Beautiful. I literally cannot stop crying. Here's...

IGF 2018 Spotlight: Excellence in Narrative

Here is an example of a bad story: Once, there was a frog that wanted a bowl of cereal. The cereal he wanted was expensive,...

Contradicting Cats in A Case of Distrust

We all know the scene by now; Moonlight bleeds through a crack in the blinds, catching steadily rising smoke. A half-abandoned cigarette rests on...

Eden’s Last Sunrise: Finally, Fantasy Tactics

I started listening to the soundtrack for Eden's Last Sunrise the other day, straight after I finished the demo. I haven't stopped since. There's game...

They Are Billions Strategy Guide: What Not To Do

Steampunk Survival RTS They Are Billions is spreading with all the ferocity of a staggering, lurching, festering horde of dancing squirrels (You thought I...

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing Dating Sim – Wingman...

Breaking News: In a Kojima-esque act of postmodern subterfuge, and following in the clandestine footsteps of Frog Fractions 2, it turns out that Pigeon...

3 Free Indies to Start Your Week Right

Being a website, Cliqist doesn't need sleep - but if it did, it would have nightmares of you running out of stuff to play....

The Beautiful Sadness of The Onus Helm

There's an odd sadness to the twee, fuzzy notes that greet you on starting The Onus Helm. They ripple up from darkness, sweet but...

They are Billions: Looking Like a Snack – Early Access Impressions

Any grizzled greenskins among you long enough in the tooth to recall Warcraft sans World might remember desperately defending the hamlet of Hearthglen against...

Go Home Everybody, Attack of the Jar Jar Clones Just Won...

Hear that sound? That is game designer Andrew C. Wang's front door splintering under the boots of the Disney Copyright Death Squads. As they drag him...

Rumu Review: So Long, and Thanks for all the Toast

Rumu loves cleaning. Wine. Toast. Ada the cat's paw prints. It doesn't matter. Anything to keep the house sparkling for David and Cecily –...

Deep Sky Derelicts: Dark-ish Dungeon – Early Access Impressions

It is a truth universally acknowledged that scavenging the floating wrecks of dilapidated space freighters is going to result in at least one conflict...

Where is 2018? It’s Here, and it’s Already Weird AF

What have they done to you, Santa? Why are you so thin, and so smol? Why have you been forcefully awoken from your slumber...

Storyseeker: A Travel Diary

Do the dreamers of this world give form to the dragons, or do dragon dreams form the world? If you want to know, Storyseeker...