Tag: essay

  • Power Fantasies in RPGs, by Sharang Biswas

    Power Fantasies in RPGs, by Sharang Biswas

    Sharang was the first pitch I received for the Nerves Zine (2021). It’s an honor to have this up on the site now. When I was in middle school, my friend Luc and I dreamed—in an idle sort of way—of taking over the world.  He would give me Ireland, he said, to turn into a […]

  • Graphic Design is Hip-Hop

    Graphic Design is Hip-Hop

    by Lone Archivist It’s the early 2000’s. Steven Ellison has a solid music career and a burgeoning label but isn’t yet a household name. He hasn’t been nominated for a grammy or scored the original animation Yasuke. He’s worked closely with Stephen Lee Bruner but the 1985 cartoon still comes up first when you Google […]

  • More than Vagabonds and Mystics, by Rue Dickey

    More than Vagabonds and Mystics, by Rue Dickey

    The full title of this article, as it was originally published (Nerves Zine, 2021) is “More than Vagabonds and Mystics: Unlearning Roma and Sinti Stereotypes in TTRPGS.” Rue was kind enough to let me repost this for the site. Content Warnings: Mention of kidnapping, hypersexualization/fetishization, racism, genocide, Holocaust references, generational trauma, antisemitism A caravan of […]

  • Toward a Definition of Game, by Jared Sinclair

    Toward a Definition of Game, by Jared Sinclair

    Jared helped me start my small Youtube career by writing Anti-Sisyphus, which begged me to make a video about it. He wrote this article for the Nerves Zine in 2021 and was gracious enough to let me post it here on the site. Enjoy. Toward a Definition of Game: Two Propositions and Their Antecedents 1. […]

  • Chris Bissette on what makes the “Thousand Year Old Companion” Special

    Chris Bissette on what makes the “Thousand Year Old Companion” Special

    Chris was kind enough to let me repost this article from their personal storefront/blog. It’s one of the articles I think about often as Fitting Into the Nerves Cannon. Enjoy. – John Content Warning: The essay touches briefly on an account of an abusive relationship, and gaslighting. It also contains spoilers for Tim Hutching’s Thousand […]