How did you get into writing?
I have been writing since a young age. It has always been a passion of mine. In 2007 I started to write professionally and continue to do so to this day.
What books have you written?
There is a section of this site dedicated to documenting my published works available for you to peruse.
What are some of the important themes in your work?
A lot of my earlier work would explore themes of characters that struggle with conflicting identity and societal expectations, often as a way to explore LGBTQ+ themes. I also discuss transgender awakenings of characters in ways that both echo and challenge my own.
Wait, you’re trans? So were you originally a guy or a girl? Is Alison your real name or what?
Ah, I don’t think I’ll be answering that, but thanks for asking. Now try not to obsess over it.
Will you write for me?
I am generally available for freelance work. My specialty is in fantasy, horror and sci-fi, RPG adventures and lore. Please contact me to arrange such. Rates are negotiable and vary between personal and corporate clients.
What RPGs do you play What are your top five?
Well, seeing as you ask, in NO particular order… Call of Cthulhu, Starfinder Eclipse Phase, Star Trek Adventures, and Changeling: The Dreaming. This is not an exhaustive list of games that I run and play, just five that I love more than anything else.
Can you run a game for me and my group?
Sure, I’m happy to! Drop me a line if you’re interested!
What is Cybe’s Website?
Cybe’s Website is, unsurprisingly, the website of Alison Cybe. Here I covers gaming related media, primarily focused on board game and tabletop RPG games, but also including card games, game-books, video games and other gaming related media. I specialize in reviews, analysis and play-throughs.
What kinds of games do you review?
I cover primarily board and role-playing games but will also cover games of any other nature, including video games, live-action role-playing, party games, miniature skirmish games and so on, should the opportunity present itself. We believe that all forms of gaming are valid.
Will you write a review article for my game/product?
Yes, we are very happy to review products. Please contact me if you are interested in having your game or product featured on this site. A review copy may be requested if the game is not already in my library.
What are the core tenets of the board game reviews that you host on this site?
I strive to provide personal and accurate reflections of my opinions on the gaming products that I review. Each of my reviews concludes with a percentage rating, which functions to score each product overall. This percentage is reached by the sum of five elements that I believe make up the most important aspects of a game. Each of these elements is rated from a score of zero to twenty, and are as follows:
– Concept (the game’s core concept and how innovative and comprehensive an expression of the idea the game is)
– Writing (covering both backstory to the game and how well the game’s operation is expressed to the players)
– Mechanics (the system by which the game operates)
– Design (The quality of the game’s artwork, a book’s layout, and tactile components of a board game)
– Playability (How involving the game is, how accessible and inclusive it is for players and how much fun it is to take part in)
Do you play many video games?
Well, you can always catch me on Steam if you’re quick and cunning enough! But be warned, it’s mostly bygone point-and-click adventure games of yore!
What’s with the gamebooks?
As a kid, I read a lot of these growing up. My preferred ones were the Fighting Fantasy ones. I was heavily involved in the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks community in the late 2000s and early 2010s, and wrote a series of playthroughs for the series. Whilst not reviews as such, they are a series of articles that are a core part of my site’s history.
How can I support you?
I have established a Patreon that people may donate to. Doing so allows users to support the site in many ways at a number of tiers. There are rewards for those that do including the ability to nominate future products for review.