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  • The Game Is Afoot – Again

    The Game Is Afoot – Again

    Who doesn’t love a good mystery? I certainly do, or don’t, or uhh… that’s what I get for using a double negative. What I’m saying is, I love a good mystery! That’s why when I looked on my porch yesterday and saw a package from Asmodee that I hadn’t ordered, I was intrigued. Since boxes from Asmodee often have something great inside them, I tore this one open and was thrilled to find a copy of the new Sherlock Holmes […]

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  • Get Your Share of the BOOTY

    Get Your Share of the BOOTY

    While I was at Dragon Con in 2016 I got a chance to see several games published by Mayfair Games. While I had heard of their games (Catan, Agricola, Caverna) and played a few, I had not had a chance to experience so many of them at one time. I discovered some really fun stuff and have grown to appreciate Mayfair even more since then. What was that? “But what about the Booty,” you say? I’m a full grown man, […]

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  • Games For Lovers Who Love Games

    Games For Lovers Who Love Games

    Looking for ways to have an inexpensive, yet intimate evening with your Valentine? Then you should consider these tabletop games to get you in the mood – aka “nerdplay.” This list includes games that are either specifically designed for, or work great as, two player games. Let’s get it on! 1) Lost Cities – Kosmos, 2 Players, 30 minutes Can’t afford a trip to an exotic destination? Lost Cities gives you the opportunity to get your Indiana Jones on for […]

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  • FOUNDING FATHERS: Make America Fun Again (Please)

    FOUNDING FATHERS: Make America Fun Again (Please)

    If you are like me, you’re probably sick of the current state of the political landscape. It exhausts me. So why in the world would I be intrigued with a board game about the forming of the U.S. Constitution? Maybe it’s the remnants of my political science major bleeding through, hoping I’ll glimpse a clue of how we got where we are today. Maybe it’s a desire to return to a seemingly simpler time, where names like Franklin, Hamilton, and […]

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  • Tabletop Review: What Would You Give FOR CROWN & KINGDOM?

    Tabletop Review: What Would You Give FOR CROWN & KINGDOM?

    As a game store owner, I spend a lot of my time looking through distributor sites looking for games that my customers may have missed or not found yet. Sometimes when I’m researching reviews and such, I’ll discover one that gets me excited enough to grab a demo copy. That’s how I discovered For Crown & Kingdom, designed by Dave Mansell and published by Rio Grande Games in 2016. RELATED: My Tabletop Game To-Do List For 2017 For Crown & Kingdom […]

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  • My Tabletop Game To-Do List For 2017

    My Tabletop Game To-Do List For 2017

    Happy New Year, nerds!  2017 is upon us and that means another year of board gaming goodness has begun.  During the holiday season I secured a nice hoard of board game treasure, including some titles I had never heard of that slipped past my nerdar.  I figured I’d list them here in case they slipped past yours, too. 1) Raiders Of The North Sea – Garphill Games, 2-4 Players This is the next game in my queue.  I’ve prepared myself […]

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  • Rob’s 12 Games of Christmas

    Rob’s 12 Games of Christmas

    Christmas is usually the most wonderful time of my year. The weather’s a little cooler, the Vince Guaraldi Trio is in full swing, and I have fantasies of having plenty of time to sit with friends, grab an ale, and play some games over the holiday season. This year fantasy has become reality, and I’ve had the chance to get some quality tabletop time in. I have “randomly” decided to share twelve (or a baker’s dozen) of games that I’ve […]

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  • My Favorite 2-Player Card Games Of 2016

    My Favorite 2-Player Card Games Of 2016

    As the holiday season rocks along and 2016 comes to a close I thought I would share my favorite 2-player card games of the year in case you need any last minute gift ideas for your nerd people. 1) Thunder & Lightning (ZMAN Games) Thunder & Lightning is a two player card game where one player is Loki and the other is Thor. Each player has her own deck of cards from which to draw. The art on the cards […]

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  • 3 Table Top Games to Get You in the Holiday Spirit!

    3 Table Top Games to Get You in the Holiday Spirit!

    Hey folks! It’s my favorite time of year. The weather is getting cooler, the music is getting nostalgic, and the families are getting ready to annoy the hell.. I mean… share precious moments together around the table. What better way to avoid talking about politics and other uncomfortable topics than pulling out a seasonally themed game to play? If this sounds good to you, then you should seriously (or humorously) consider these games: 1) Letters To Santa (AEG, 2-4 Players, […]

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  • Check Out The Latest STAR WARS Offering from Fantasy Flight Games – It is your DESTINY

    Check Out The Latest STAR WARS Offering from Fantasy Flight Games – It is your DESTINY

    Recently Fantasy Flight has produced two epic Star Wars titles, Imperial Assault and Rebellion. These games have rightly received critical acclaim for their implementation of squad combat (Imperial Assault) and tactical strategy (Rebellion). But while both of these games focus on the grand scale, neither focuses on 1 vs. 1 combat between iconic Star Wars characters. Enter Star Wars: Destiny, a two player dice/card game designed by Cory Konieczka and Lukas Litzsinger and published by Asmodee/FFG. Destiny pits two main […]

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  • Tiny Epic Western: She’s A Root Toot Tootin’ Knee Slappin’ Hoot, Ya’ll

    Tiny Epic Western: She’s A Root Toot Tootin’ Knee Slappin’ Hoot, Ya’ll

    I really dig the Tiny Epic series designed by Scott Almes and published by Gamelyn Games. I’ve played Tiny Epic Galaxies a lot, Tiny Epic Kingdoms a few times, and now I’ve gotten the chance to play the latest – Tiny Epic Western – a couple of times, so it’s time to share my thoughts on this little feller. TEW places 1-4 players in an 1800’s western town. Each player has his or her own character they will play during […]

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  • Timeline: American History – Learning CAN Be Fun!

    Timeline: American History – Learning CAN Be Fun!

    I’ve had Asmodee’s Timeline: American History in my possession for months now, but I’ve been staring it down like Greg Focker with his Speedo in Meet The Parents, afraid to try it out. Well, as has been proven many times, I’m a dummy. At the office yesterday my co-workers and I had a rare birthday lunch together and out came Timeline. I figured it was simple and quick and could appeal to a wide swath of interests. It worked out […]

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  • A Halloween Table For Two? Make Mr. Jack Your Third Wheel

    A Halloween Table For Two? Make Mr. Jack Your Third Wheel

    Everyone knows that Halloween is the most romantic holiday and Valentine’s Day is for posers. I think John Mayer even wrote a song about that. Or maybe that was St. Patrick’s Day. Hell, I don’t know. Anyways… If you find yourself in an intimate setting this Halloween, why not try the new anniversary edition of Mr. Jack, a two-player mind-melter published by Asmodee and designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc. In Mr. Jack one person plays the investigator and […]

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  • Last Will – A Game That Bequeaths Fun and Humor

    Last Will – A Game That Bequeaths Fun and Humor

    Czech Games’ Last Will, designed by Vladimir Suchy, is a game that I’ve had my eye on for a while. The premise of the game is that we are all nephews of a rich uncle who just died and left us each a sum of money, with one requirement – that we spend it as quickly as possible. The person who gets rid of all of his money first gets the real inheritance (winning the game). During the course of […]

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  • Arcane Wonders’ Royals – No Tigers On A Gold Leash, But Still A Great Game

    Arcane Wonders’ Royals – No Tigers On A Gold Leash, But Still A Great Game

    I had heard some buzz from my “in the know” gamer buddies about a game called Royals, and I became intrigued (pun intended). I love deep strategy, I love rules that make sense, and victory conditions that are not mind boggling. Word on the street was that this game brought all of those to the table in a pretty, Euro-style package. So, when I heard Royals’ second edition was coming out this year, it was on my short list of […]

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