Neonauticon Web Directory
Sometimes finding a decent, appropriately-sized app that doesn’t have invasive permissions or ads can be a little time consuming.
- andOTP - Android OTP Authenticator
- Aurora Store - Allows downloading of apps off Google Play without linking an acocunt. I’ve been using this instead of Yalp, which no longer works for me.
- Brogue - bilgincoskun’s Brogue port.
- F-Droid Repository - A catalog of free and open-source apps. I look here first, especially if I need something simple.
- Feeder - RSS Feed Reader
- Firefox for Android
- Solitaire Card Games - Never underestimate the usefulness of a small cardgame app. Great small FOSS app with no permissions or ads.
- Arduboy - Open source handheld game system.
- Bitsy - A game editor for tiny sprite-based games.
- Game-Icons - Useful for Android apps and when I do print-and-play rethemes
- GNU Image Manipulation Program - Graphic editor.
- Godot - Free open source 2D/3D game engine.
- Nandeck - Card deck templating software I use to design and retheme print-and-play tabletop card games.
- OpenGameArt - Video game art resources under various licenses
- PICO-8 - A fantasy game console.
- Ren’Py - Free open source Visual Novel engine.
- tinypng - Smart image compression
- Twine - Free interactive story tool.
Print and Play Games
Some people get into PNP for the papercraft aspect, some get into it to have access to more games. I enjoy it for both reasons. See also: Solitaire PNP Game List
- DriveThruCards - Indie card shop that also sells a number of PNP games.
- Geeklist: Kickstarters with PNP Versions Available - A community-updated Geeklist for Kickstarters with prototype or full (free or purchase) PNP versions.
- Monthly Print and Play News - Micha’s BBG blog picks up where PNP Game News left off and spotlights the free PNP releases each month.
- PNP Arcade - Has a wide range of free and paid PNP games organized by by player count, which is particularly useful to the solo gamer. Currently emphasises micro and card games as well as roll-and-writes.
- Print-n-Play Crafting Aggregator - Useful aggregator for the BGG monthly PNP crafting threads. A good way to look for notes on specific builds.
- Print and Play Game News - Chris Hansen’s PNP news blog. No longer actively updated but still a great source of games.
- Randomskill.Games Print & Play - PNP storefront, has some unique titles.
- Wargame Vault - Source of PNP and POD games, with more emphasis on war, skirmish, and miniature games.
Solitaire gaming, or playing tabletop games solo, is naturally fun for me after so many years enjoying single-player video games. See also: Tabletop Gaming, Solitaire PNP Game List.
Resources for Tabletop gaming more generally, mostly useful stat apps for BoardGameGeek. See also: Solitaire Gaming, Print and Play.
- Boardgamegeek - BGG is the defacto tabletop gaming community. I use this site a lot to share files, buy and trade games, and log plays, plus there are many geeklists and forums for discussion. It is home of the 1 Player Guild and Print and Play Guild. Many annual board game design contests are hosted here, including the Solitare PNP Contest, the 9-Card PNP Design Contest, and the Wargame PNP Contest, to name a few.
- Boardgame Atlas - Price and availablility comparison.
- GeekGroup - a full-featured BGG webapp with many features, lots of interesting ways to view data as well as the ability to easily export logged plays. Replaces BGG Buddy and Board Gamer Tools.
- Melodice - Playlists for board games.
- Only You App - A webapp that tells which games only you (or only a few) players logged on BGG in a given month. Compliment to the Games only YOU have played threads.
Tabletop Gaming Online
- Boiteajeux - Online play
- OCTGN - Virtual tabletop with lobby.
- Playingcards.io - Good for prototyping card games
- Tabletopia - Free and paid, Tabletopia only runs official mods
- Tabletop Simulator - Paid software, TTS allows user-created mods as well as official mods and a lot of contest entries now include TTS mods as well as PNP versions
- Yucata.de - Online play
- Vassal - Open-source board game engine. A wide range of modules are available for many genres but it is primarily considered a wargame engine.
Resources for video gamers, including sites that do a wide range of reviews and useful apps. See also: Freeware List of Excellence.
- Backloggd - Video game logging site, useful for keeping track of what you’ve played and finding new stuff.
- The Cutting Room Floor - A wiki dedicated to cut video game content.
- DekuDeals - Nintendo Switch price tracking.
- FRAPS - Screencap software.
- Glorious Trainwrecks- Dev community celebrating beautiful messes.
- Hardcore Gaming 101 - A wealth of articles on gaming, including many obscure titles. I have been able to read about many niche genres here.
- How Long To Beat - Sometimes I want to start a long game. Sometimes I want to play a short one. This site crowd-sources playtimes.
- Is There Any Deal - Price comparison tool for games and bundles.
- itch.io - Game marketplace. Not just for video games, includes tabletop, rulebooks, zines, assets, freeware, and more. Has a desktop app.
- The Lost Levels - A blog about unrelased games. The bloggers have since gone on to do other things, but the archives are interesting.
- Obscure Handhelds - A blog covering the many, many portable gaming devices on the market.
- Playnite - Open source video game library manager, so I can actually find things.
- Rock, Paper, Shotgun - PC game reviews and news site. Jolly good.
- r/NintendoSwitchDeals - Subreddit for discussing Nintendo Switch games on sale.
- r/patientgamers - Subreddit for gamers enjoying older releases
- Scorchy’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II Let’s Play - One of the greatest LPs of our time, on a flawed and amazing game.
- Shmups Forum - Hardcore (and perhaps infamous) shmup fan forum
- Shmupulations - Archive of English-translated Japanese developer interviews and articles.
This is a list of software I actively use that doesn’t fall into more specific categories.