A Crisp November Update

Last year, I set a goal for myself. I needed to update my blog at least once a month in 2022. It looks like I will achieve the goal. I have at least four more posts I want to publish. One of them is book related, two of them are game reviews, and the last one covers Nintendo games from their first generation console. I cannot guarantee I will get all four posts published, but I am feeling good about it. Right now, I am at my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving (happy Thanksgiving!). I celebrated with my parents, … Continue reading

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess Review

Deception IV - Velguirie posing while crushing an enemy under her giant heel.

How Did We Get Here? When I was a kid, I used to watch my brother play Deception III: Dark Delusion on the original PlayStation. The game scared me for some reason. Maybe it was the blood and violence, or, maybe, it was the feeling of helplessness of being armed with only traps, while being pursued by enemies with murder in their eyes. Throughout the years, I forgot about the game… or so I thought. Recently, something triggered a deeply buried memory. Maybe it was Markiplier playing a game called Dark Deception. Maybe something got triggered while looking at my … Continue reading

Sanity One-Shot: Year Two

Last October, I ran my first tabletop one-shot. I built a Sanity system based on Cthulhu Mythos rules. I was going for Eternal Darkness vibes. I set my campaign in a haunted, secluded mansion, and let four of my friends go exploring. They found undead creatures, minotaurs, and eldritch beings. They went through the mansion, and came out victorious. One of the characters fell unconscious once, and one of the other characters lost his Sanity, but they were able to save him with a “oops, we messed up” coin. They saved the world! They said they enjoyed themselves, so I … Continue reading

NorsktOberfest

I just got back from Glendive Montana. They put on a festival celebrating Scandinavian and German culture. Peopled dressed up, ate food, drank, played games, and more. They had a very good turnout for the first year, and I hope to see it again next year. I traveled with my mom and dad to Glendive on Friday. We picked up my grandma, and met my aunt and uncle at their house. The festival opened at 4:00, and we showed up shortly after. We checked out some of the vendors. There were Scandinavian booths, but there were a lot of arts … Continue reading

Snoopy’s Love

Snoopy Looking At Me

A few months ago, one of our family’s dogs, Snoopy, started having a dry cough. My dad took him to the vet. They diagnosed him with an enlarged heart. He also had fluid around his heart. They prescribed him some pills, which he would have to take everyday for the rest of his life. A few months later, Snoopy was running along the fence and he was barking at the neighbor dog; something he liked to do often. Suddenly, he let out a yowl – it was a cross between a howl and yelp. It is one of the saddest … Continue reading

Where’d The Summer Go? Oh, It’s Still Here

Royfuss Games Home Page

A lot has been happening, and I have not gotten a chance to write any of it down. I have a few longer pieces of writing I need to get written, but I need to find time. At the same time, I need to do a post before August is over. So, here is a quick update on what I have been doing. I have been pouring a ton of time into redoing my video game database. It has evolved over the years, and I actually overhauled it in 2021. There were things missing, and I ended up creating a … Continue reading

Funerals Can Be Fun

In April a garbage truck malfunctioned, and sprayed hydraulic fluid all over the front and side of my house. They were unable to clean it, which means I need new siding, gutters, windows, and light fixtures. The company who owns the garbage truck is having their insurance take care of it, and it has been a huge pain in my ass. The adjuster came, and gave me the estimate; turns out they will only cover actual cash value. Actual cash value is the cost of the materials and labor adjusted for depreciation. My siding is from 2013, so I am … Continue reading

A 2022 Showcase of Video Games

Ereban: Shadow Legacy promotional screenshot

It has been a while since I have talked about video game announcements. Lately, I have been tempering my expectations for unreleased video games. This year, I am a little bit feisty, and emerged from my backlog to hype myself up for upcoming games. Normally, we have an E3 and conferences around this time of year. Instead, Playstation State of Play, Summer Games Fest, Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, and various other showcases will have to do. I did not watch everything, but quite a few games sparked my interest. Before I dive into the games that caught my eye, you … Continue reading

Greetings From The Used Marketplace

My Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Game Gear

I have a couple of more structured posts in the oven right now. I wanted to finish one and get it posted before the end of May, but that is not going to happen. Instead, this more informal post has conjured itself into existence. This is my experience with today’s used video games market. The used video game market is nuts right now. Last year, a copy of Super Mario Bros. for the original Nintendo sold for $2 million. In general, used video game prices are too high. I think there are a few reasons for it being so crazy. … Continue reading

The Blizzard Vs. My Driveway

Snow and wind reduced visibility overlooking a baseball field.

When snow and wind hinder visibility, it creates a blizzard. This simple sentence explains the concept, but it does not exactly describe the experience of being in a blizzard. I have been through a few blizzards. From Tuesday, April 12, 2022, through Thursday, April 14, 2022, a blizzard rampaged through North Dakota. I want to give you my perspective of being a part of this weather disaster. North Dakota has a reputation of being cold and windy. The people here are hearty, and love to brag about it. Although they are concise descriptors, they do not tell the full story. … Continue reading