Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Clairvoyance’

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‘Clairvoyance’ is a fast-paced, psychic card game from Eye4Games studio, creators of ‘AlakaSLAM.’ Based around a unique mechanic of turning the die rather than rolling it, it’s a humorous contest of furniture tossing with a lot of character. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: It’s Tile-Laying With a Twist in ‘Between Two Cities’

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Stonemaier Games returns to Kickstarter with a new project that features an easy to play tile-laying game that pits you against your partners as you compete to build cities. Continue reading

Original ‘D&D’ and 5th Edition, Some Side-by-Side Comparisons Part II

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In the previous post in this series, I began a comparison of elements from the Original Dungeons & Dragons (OD&D, 1974) boxed set to today’s 5th edition D&D (2014). For Part I, I selected elements for comparison from the 35-page Volume 1: Men & Magic relating to character classes, races, experience and spells. Let’s now jump to the challenges and rewards that those early OD&D players faced. For this, an examination of the OD&D monsters and magical items is needed, and that information was found in Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure. Let’s take a look at this 40-page booklet and see how it compares to today’s 352-page 5th edition Monster Manual. Continue reading

TableTop Guests Battle Zombies – and Each Other – in “Dead of Winter”

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Dead of Winter pits players against the elements, zombies, and each other. On this week’s episode, Wil and guests Dodger Leigh, Grant Imahara, and Ashley Johnson see who has what it takes to survive. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Imperial Harvest’

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Imperial Harvest is a 2-player strategy game about a great conflict: the Imperial Servants and the Northern Raiders use their abilities to maneuver through the Imperial Gardens, avoid attacks from the Hydra, and collect—wait for it—strawberries. Continue reading

‘D&D’ Encounters DM Report — “A Bright Light,” Part II

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Last night, my six players wrapped up the second-half of my latest mini-adventure titled “A Bright Light.” Now that it’s over, I can share many more details than I was able to share last week. Please keep in mind that if you’re a player looking for something different, you might want to ask your DM to read this post (and Part I) and see if he or she is willing to run it. Reading any further will spoil some of the surprises, so consider yourself warned. Continue reading

Original ‘D&D’ and 5th Edition, Some Side-by-Side Comparisons Part I

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing some investigations into “classic” Dungeons & Dragons for an upcoming Adventurers League three-week (six hours) session. Way before Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, and even before the Basic Set (1977) that was my starting point with the game. I’m talking about what many folks refers to as Original D&D or OD&D. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup

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There are plenty of board game Kickstarter projects that look intriguing to me but that I’m not able to review in full—usually because I wasn’t able to acquire a demo copy before the campaign, but sometimes simply because there are just so darn many of them. Here are a couple that have caught my eye in the past month. Continue reading

‘Hoyuk': Expand Your Neolithic Clan

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10,000 years ago in the region of Anatolia in what is now the Middle East, early civilizations began to take root—hunter-gatherers settled down and started farming. Clans came together and built settlements. But life was not without disasters: floods, droughts, earthquakes, and famines had sometimes devastating consequences. In Hoyuk, you play a Neolithic clan, eager to establish your family in this emerging community. Continue reading

Giocomics: A Webcomic for Gamers

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If you love tabletop games, here’s a webcomic worth checking out: Giocomics. Created by Alan D’Amico and Stefano Castelli, Giocomics runs on the Italian website Gionomicon, but is now available in an English translation as well. Continue reading

D&D Encounters DM Report — Sholla’s Dream Part I

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Wednesday nights are D&D Encounters sessions (for novice and veteran players) at Titan Games & Comics in Atlanta, GA (and at other locations around the globe), and for the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed my return to the role of Dungeon Master. Last week concluded a two-part adventure that had the players encountering a group of cultists hiding out in a cavern beneath a crypt where they were performing a dark ritual to strengthen a young black dragon. The players were successful in defeating the dragon and collapsing the only escape from the cavern after narrowly escaping a chase around a circular four-level ramp that led to the bottom of said cavern. RIP cultists.

This week, the players found themselves in the city of Elturel, hunting down Leosin, a monk who had given them an earlier mission to try and discover information on this new dragon cult. The players made their way into the city where they would need to find Leosin as well as the Order of the Gauntlet to receive the reward that was promised them when they defeated the black dragon and cultists. Continue reading

Prepping for D&D With Obsidian Portal Campaign Wiki

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Prepping for a roleplaying game doesn’t have to take hours. With the help of Obsidian Portal, I only spend about half an hour a week on mine. Here’s how to use campaign wikis to up your Dungeon Mastering game. Continue reading

Reaping the Rewards: A Year of Kickstarter Tabletop Games

Here are, as far as I can recall, all of the tabletop games I acquired in 2014 that were funded on Kickstarter. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Here’s a quick run-down of the Kickstarter-funded board games that I actually received in 2014. Some of them I’ve opened and played; some I’ve opened and looked at all the shiny bits; and some, sadly, are still in shrink wrap, waiting for the day when I don’t have a long queue of new prototypes to review. Continue reading