Waltorious Writes About Games

Game-related ramblings.

Scratching That Itch: Fronds Of Benevolence

This is the seventieth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

It’s time for another random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. This time, we have Fronds of Benevolence, by Melsonian Arts Council. Its tagline in the bundle reads:

Duke DeCorticus is dying!

It would seem that this is shocking news to Melsonian Arts Council, but I must admit that I don’t actually know who Duke DeCorticus is.

Year One Of Scratching That Itch

The Scratching That Itch series is where I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

One year ago, I started Scratching That Itch as a way to simultaneously cover games from the massive itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, and keep the conversation about systemic racism and racial justice going. That conversation reached the international stage after the murder of George Floyd by (now former) police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The murder was captured on video for all to see, and spurred an unprecedented discussion of institutionalized racism against Black people and other people of color in America and around the world. A year later, Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges, and we’ve seen some progress towards police reform, as well as inevitable backlashes that only highlight how much work is still to be done.

I also randomly picked and wrote about 69 games (and other things) from the huge bundle, just under 4% of all the entries. I’ll be continuing the series for the forseeable future, but I decided to round up some of my favorite entries from year one here. Read on below.

Scratching That Itch: Hope’s Peak

This is the sixty-ninth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

Once more, the random number generators have picked something from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality: Hope’s Peak, by KalleMacD (AKA Kalle MacDonald). Its tagline in the bundle reads:

A mystery told five paragraphs at a time.

I considered writing this post five paragraphs at a time, but couldn’t figure out how to make that work. You win this round, KalleMacD.

Scratching That Itch: Oath Of The Ambling Rose

This is the sixty-eighth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

We’re back with another random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. It’s Oath of the Ambling Rose, by L. (AKA Birdhouse Games), and its tagline in the bundle reads:

A paladin that takes their time.

It’s soon clear that what’s actually on offer here is a subclass of Paladin for use with Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. In fact, it’s one of a trilogy of Paladin subclasses from Birdhouse Games, all three of which are included in the bundle. The luck of the draw means we’ve encountered Oath of the Ambling Rose first.

Scratching That Itch: Electric Ghosts

This is the sixty-seventh entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

Once again, we have a random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. It’s Electric Ghosts by greyorm (AKA Raven Daegmorgan), and its tagline in the bundle reads:

Electric Ghosts – a Sorcerer mini-supplement

As this implies, Electric Ghosts is not a complete game on its own. Rather, it is a supplement for the tabletop role-playing game Sorcerer, by Adept Press (who appear to be Swedish). Sorcerer is not included in the bundle, so players would need to get that separately if they wanted to actually play Electric Ghosts. Or, they could do what I did, and just read through the 40-page book and think about it.

Which Witches? The Brigmore Witches

Readers should definitely read my post about The Knife of Dunwall first. Before that, they may want to read my original posts about Dishonored, and optionally, if spoilers are not a concern, my recent Death Before Dishonor series. As always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

If there’s one thing that Dishonored needed, it’s more witches. Fortunately, the second and final piece of story DLC, The Brigmore Witches, addresses this glaring issue, providing an entire coven of them. This is just one reason that it’s even better than the first story DLC, The Knife of Dunwall. Which you should read my post about before continuing, since The Brigmore Witches picks up where that left off.

Scratching That Itch: The Frost Papers – Ten Games To Play In The Dark

This is the sixty-sixth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

Here comes another random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. It’s The Frost Papers – Ten Games To Play in the Dark, by Arcana Games. Its tagline in the bundle reads:

“The Ouija Board of Roleplaying Games”

Yes, the tagline is itself in quotes. But I don’t know who is being quoted.

Scratching That Itch: Propagating Love

This is the sixty-fifth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

For our next pick from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, the random number generators have grabbed Propagating Love, by Morgan Swampcroft. Its tagline in the bundle reads:

A short solo tabletop game experience, to help bring more love into the wor…

Ooh, ooh, a solo game! That means I can actually play it!

Scratching That Itch: Sound Effects: Reptiles And More

This is the sixty-fourth entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

The random number generators have whirred to life once again, plucking a selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. It’s Sound Effects: Reptiles and more, by Sound of Essen. Its tagline in the bundle reads:

Snakes, Crocodile, Monitor, Bird, Frogs and Mammal SFX

That’s right, this isn’t a game, but rather some sounds you might use when making a game (or something else). This time, we’re feasting our ears on the sonorous sounds of reptiles… and more!

Scratching That Itch: Escort Yourself Out

This is the sixty-third entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.

Our next random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is Escort Yourself Out, by bignastytruck (violet). Its tagline in the bundle reads:

a game about trauma, triggers, and self-compassion

Remember to show compassion towards yourself, as well as towards others.

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