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Gloomhaven Gets Overrated

Some board games are fun. Some board games are long. And then there is Gloomhaven, the face-melting Euro-style game by Cephalofair Games. It’s a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s one of the biggest stars in the board gaming world, it’s got a lot of depth and it always brings quality.

I recently had a chance to sit in on a friend’s session, and came away with a healthy respect for the breadth and depth of the game. I expected it to be similar to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) with parties working together to complete quests while slowly increasing in power. Most of my preconceptions turned out to be off the mark.

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News: Aliens Board Game Scheduled for May 2019

I noticed this Tweet today:

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Writer Ruel Gaviola Balances Work, Games, Writing and Family Time

Ruel Gaviola grew up around games, mainly at family parties where games of poker and mah jong were not uncommon. For years his idea of game night centered around poker and all of its variations. It wasn’t until he discovered Pandemic that he was drawn into the wonderful world of tabletop gaming and his passion for the hobby grew.

A writer and educator based in Southern California, Ruel writes about board games for Geek & Sundry and iSlaytheDragon.com.

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Digital Dungeons & Dragons

I stumbled on this story today: D&D Beyond

I’ll spare you from reading the entire article and sum it up for you: Wizards of the Coast is making a D&D app (called D&D Beyond) aimed at completely removing books and paper from table-top role-playing.  Whoa!

As an old-school gamer, with an aversion to apps, my first thought was, “Wtf?!”; but as a semi-objective quasi-blogger, I’ll try to give it a fair roll-of-the-d20 before I trash the entire concept… so lets do it!

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Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection

FACT: People love lists, consistency and alliteration.

With that in mind, I bring you the fourth edition of Top 5 Friday; a weekly (or bi-weekly, if I’m being honest) list of dork topics, random thoughts and balderdash.

As you may already know, I’m an avid board-gamer.  It’s probably my favorite hobby.  Unfortunately, being a responsible adult (and gaming with other responsible adults) means that I don’t get to play games nearly as often as I would like.  In fact, I probably spend more time buying board games than actually playing them.  With that in mind, I give you the Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection. Continue reading “Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection”

Outside is Overrated Podcast Episode 5 – Gaming Weekend FTW

Tom Awesome and Jake spent a weekend playing a variety of board games, exploring a plethora of mechanics across genres. Check out their strategies and impressions on a variety of games!

The guys also discuss the top five games Tom Awesome is jonesing to play.

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Give Friends Blue Balls with Yeti Mountain

If you’ve never had the thrill of grabbing the idol and pointlessly rolling a d6 for hours and occasionally chanting “fireball yourself”, you’ve never played Fireball Island. I would say you haven’t missed much, but my friends would disagree. The game is very rare, but thankfully it is ripped off almost entirely and re-skinned in Kickstarter project Yeti Mountain.

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AEG Announces Smash Up Plans for 2017

Alderac  Entertainment Group (AEG) recently announced the 2017 lineup for Smash Up, their shufflebuiding game that pits up to four players against each other with decks comprised of two nerdy archetypes, like pirate ninjas. Fans will see two new expansions in 2017, as well as a special All-Star event for retail stores, and virtual play on Steam.

2017 Expansions

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Factions: Explorers, Grannies, Rock Stars and Teddy Bears

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Smash Up: Big in Japan

Factions: Unannounced – all four come from the far East.

All-Star Event

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Minions from existing sets have been selected to All-Star squads to play basketball….in space. The only way to get the All-Star decks are to win them in officially-sanctioned events at retail stores. AEG does not list a date, only stating the events will take place in the summer of 2017.

Play Smash Up Online

Nomad Games and AEG have teamed up to bring Smash Up to Steam, and will be releasing it on iOS and Android later this year. The game is currently in Early Access on Steam. You can play for free with three factions, or you can download a starter pack for $8.99 to get six more factions.

For more information on AEG’s plans for Smash Up this year, check out their page.

Buy it on Amazon: Smash Up Game

Check Out This Kickstarter Project – Massive Darkness

Massive Darkness is a dungeon crawling board game for 1-6 players from Cool Mini or Not. It is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, and has far exceeded its funding goal.

You play as one of six distinct heroes with customizable classes in a random dungeon. You do battle with random wandering monsters, and there is a darkness mechanic that allows you to get the drop on unsuspecting foes. The game requires no dungeon master – every player will be working together to defeat enemies and accomplish objectives. Continue reading “Check Out This Kickstarter Project – Massive Darkness”

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