PROFILE:

Currently wound up in the midst of law school, I find time to feed my long time passion for game design and game criticism. It is an honor to be among these esteemed few at Gamingtrend.

Posts by John Farrell:

Realism in the Unreal: Song of Swords Developers on Historical Accuracy in Game Design

by 2 months ago

Song of Swords is a tabletop RPG currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It prides itself as a historically accurate medieval combat game, with extensive sets of arms, armor, and maneuvers. …

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Mutant: Mechatron up on Kickstarter

by 2 months ago

Mutant: Year Zero brought us from the safety of our bunkers into a dark world that was not as dead as we thought. For years we have had the chance …

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I’m Not Happy to See You: Pocket Madness Review

by 2 months ago

Cthulhu and his mythos are far too often thrown around games and media for no reason and with little respect to the source material. Pocket Madness is no real exception, …

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A Different Kind of War: They Who Were 8 Review

by 2 months ago

A tale is spun of ancient gods, not for the last time, but for the first. They weave themselves into the people’s memories that they might be worshipped and adored. …

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Yes it Does: Bulldogs: Scifi that Kicks Ass! Review

by 3 months ago

Two great empires, wrapped in their majesty and history, watch one another with wary eyes from across a neutral expanse known as the Frontier. Within this untouched stretch of stars …

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Streets Running Red: Curse of the Crimson Throne Review

by 3 months ago

Korvosa, a great city seated at the edge of the Varisian wilds, is in turmoil. A curse hangs over the rulers, dooming each who ascend the throne to an early …

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Into the Heart of Darkness: Faith: A Garden in Hell Review

by 3 months ago

Faith: the Sci-fi RPG was one of last year’s best releases. Its fresh new take on religion in gaming, intricate political universe, and melding the boardgame’s style with roleplay paved …

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All the Rage: Bulldogs: Heart of the Fury Review

by 4 months ago

A dark hand reaches out over the galaxy. It’s changing minds, gaining power, and manipulating entire star systems. True heroes could go out to right this wrong...but all we have …

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Bring it all Down: Kaboom Review

by 4 months ago

The duality between creation and destruction defines the human experience. We thrive on sacrifice and consume to exist. But that’s all a little dark for game night, so Kaboom lets …

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I Turn We All Turn: U-Turn Review

by 4 months ago

    The essence of a good abstract game is a simple set of rules that hide evolving depth to challenge players. U-Turn absolutely excels at both of these design goals, and …

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    Trial and Errors: High Treason! The Trial of Louis Riel Review

    by 5 months ago

    Louis Riel, the leader of a military rebellion against the Canadian government, has been captured and now stands trial. Two forces step forth: a prosecutor, who promises to bring justice …

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    Of Froghemoths and Men: Pathfinder Bestiary Pocket Edition Review

    by 6 months ago

    There can be no heroes without villains. No light without dark. No Player’s Guide without a Bestiary. As a part of the RPG revolution that has been ongoing for the …

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