In many games there is the concept of a “Critical Hit”, literally, a hit that is critical (in that it causes severe damage). In Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition, a Critical Hit is scored by rolling a “natural 20” on a die, which causes maximum damage and often extra damage from magic. In World of Warcraft, your equipment and statistics generate a percentage of the time when you will deal a critical hit, causing extra damage. And so on.
Being the gamers that we are, we believe that this concept often shows up in life, and not just when you accidentally hit your cousin in the crotch with a paintball. There are games, comics, and movies that are Critical Hits. They are also hits with the critics (us).
Critical Hits is devoted to bringing you information on everything we view is a critical hit. We are the Journal of Gamer Culture, covering everything of importance to role playing (and other) gamers everywhere. We update every weekday and primarily cover rpgs, but also board games, video games, comic books, movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy novels, and whatever else strikes our fancy.
The staff of Critical Hits pride themselves on running an independent, self-made operation. We don’t have a corporate sponsor telling us what to say or cover, nor did we start Critical Hits as part of a marketing effort (though we do admit that we like free stuff). We take advertising through an ad network to help us pay for convention trips and products to review, but at no point do the sponsors ever tell us what to say. When we post, it’s because we wanted to tell you about it.
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After almost four years of blogging, we’ve built up well over a thousand posts. Here are some we think you should check out.
Occasionally, we have content that is best served by being front and center on the site, instead of being in a post. Timeless articles that do well in being referenced often fall into this category. So, we have created the following Features:
- So What Is D&D Anyway? and A Closer Look at 4th Edition Multiclassing are two of our most commented-on posts.
- Review: Races & Classes / Worlds & Monsters and D&D XP Seminar are two of our most popular posts by hit count.
- Fallout 3: An Outsider’s Inside View and Avengers: Batman is a Divine Striker are two of our most popular posts from links.
- Axis & Allies Revised Edition and Martial Power are two of our most popular reviews.
- Sara Girard & Rob Heinsoo and Mike Mearls, Scott Rouse, and Randy Buehler are two of our most popular interviews.
- Actual Play with James Wyatt and Valerie Putman Explains Dominion are two of our most popular podcasts.
Roleplaying Game Advice
We try to mix in advice about your playing and running your RPGs alongside cutting edge news coverage. Here are some of our favorites:
- The Pain of Campaigning I: Story And Pre-Game Decisions
- The Pain of Campaigning IV: Put A Little Politics In It
- The Pain of Campaigning: Actually Running
- Tne Entire “Pain of Campaigning” Series
- We Must Not Remind Them Giants Walk The Earth
- How a Wiki Can Excite Players
- The Rule of C4
We’ve covered a number of conventions as press. Though we’re a completely independant operation (and have to pay our own way out of pocket), we do our best to get to as many conventions that interest us as possible and report back all the news to you, the reader.
- Fallout 3 Press Event (Part 1, Part 2, Summary)
- Gathering of Friends 2007
- Origins 2007
- SPX 2007
- D&D XP 2008
- Gathering of Friends 2008
- Origins 2008
- GenCon 2008
- Baltimore Comic-Con 2008
- New York Comic-Con 2009
- Gathering of Friends 2009
- Origins 2009
Every year, we round up our most popular posts, as well as giving various statistics on site traffic. To date, we have been running for over 3 years, and posted the following:
And on the occasion of our 1000th post, we collected some of our favorite posts:
Have anything you want to tell us? Or would you like to join the Critical Hits team? Drop us a line.