Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Fall of Magic’ Storytelling Epic


Our family really enjoys great storytelling games. ‘Fall of Magic’ not only has a novel and beautiful game mechanic but also brings a fresh yet familiar fantasy setting and theme to the storytelling genre that we thoroughly enjoyed. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Cunning Folk’ Keeps You Guessing

Cunning Folk

The village of Ipswich is overrun with witches, both good and evil—can you expose the witches? But be careful: if you’re caught lying, the townsfolk will suspect you’re a witch, too. Here’s a clever little game for ‘Cunning Folk.’ Continue reading

New Vice Short Explores ‘The Mystical Universe of Magic: The Gathering’


When it comes to compelling documentary programming, Vice have really stepped up into the spotlight as one of the most interesting, thorough and investigative news sources out there. Now, they’re taking on geek culture with a look into the mystique of and obsession with Magic: The Gathering. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘4 the Birds!’

4 the Birds

It’s tough being a bird. You’re just trying to find a nice perch on the tree with the rest of your budgies, but you gotta watch out for those nosy crows and the cantankerous hawks, not to mention a bunch of other birdbrains who think it’s their tree. I tell ya: all this competition is ‘4 the Birds!’ Continue reading

Developing Young Social Entrepreneurs in Africa Through Gaming

Village Roleplaying Project

With the Village Roleplaying Project a huge success, let’s take a look at another of The Butterfly Project’s crowdfunding campaigns: the Village Boardgame Project. Continue reading

Build Your Own Treasure Hoard With Fantasy Coins and Bars

Fantasy Coins and Bars

Dwarven coins emblazoned with anvils and the stoic bearded faces of kings-beneath-mountains. Egyptian specie adorned with Osiris and pyramids. Multicolored hexagonal gems reminiscent of Hyrulean rupees. Every single piece is highly detailed and has the heft of real coinage. Continue reading

The Dice Section #28: ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’

Temple of Elemental Evil board game

Haircuts. Boxing. Sword and sorcery and dungeon crawls, including a revolutionary occurrence in our 5th Edition ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign and a review of the new ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ board game from Wizards of the Coast and WizKids. We reminisce about childhood games like ‘Hero Quest’ and ‘Dragon Strike’, and (spoiler alert) decide that we could all do a lot worse than ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ as an introduction to the dungeon crawl genre. Continue reading

2015 Mensa Select Games Announced

Castles of Mad King Ludwig wide

Every year, members of American Mensa gather for a long spring weekend of tabletop gaming at an event called Mensa Mind Games. And every year, at the end of the weekend, the participants vote for the top games they played. Votes are quickly tallied, with the top five games declared Mensa Select games for that year. They are allowed to carry the Mensa Select seal, and are generally fantastic games. Here are the winners for 2015. Continue reading

Celebrate ‘Roaring Skies’ With a Dragonite Distribution


With the latest card game expansion, ‘Pokémon TCG: XY—Roaring Skies,’ now available, tabletop gamers have yet another way to enjoy their Pokémon. Fans of the video game will be able to get in on the fun next month with a special Dragonite distribution event at GameStop. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Adventurous Storytelling With ‘The Siblings Trouble’

The Siblings Trouble

You’ve got your lucky penny in your pocket and your siblings by your side as you sneak out to the abandoned junkyard—looking for adventure, danger, mischief, or mayhem. What will you find around that pile of rusted cars? Who knows what treasures are hidden just around the bend? Play ‘The Siblings Trouble’ and find out! Continue reading

‘Legendary’ Brings Marvel Superheroes to Your Tabletop

Legendary Marvel

It’s a great time to be a Marvel fan: ‘Age of Ultron’ in theaters, ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on TV. But if that’s not enough, there’s another way to get your Marvel superhero fix: the ‘Legendary’ tabletop game. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics’


‘Mangaka’, Kickstarting now, is a great game for drawing-enthusiasts and storytellers alike. No great skill in either is required to do well in this game that gives players a 60-minute window of focused drawing fun. Players’ comics, drawn in four 5-minute rounds, are guided by random themes provided by the game. Continue reading

‘D&D’ Encounters DM Report: Elemental Evil Session 7

Elemental Evil

Over the last week (since the party returned from defeating the evil necromancer), small tremors have been felt — driving animals crazy (“barking horses”) and causing all sorts of unrest in the town. Just as the party was starting to get restless and considering moving on, a large sinkhole opened up in the center of town — four young children dropped down into the opening. The adventurers wasted no time in mounting a rescue — Goliath Tom lowered down Gnome Krieger with a rope, and they group proceeded to bring the children up, two at a time. As the rescue was going on, Krieger took a moment to examine his surroundings… a natural cave with two exits… one to the north and one to the east. The one to the north was a natural fissure, but the east passageway was obviously (to a Deep Gnome) carved/chiseled into a hallway. Continue reading

Review: ‘Dragon in the Doghouse’ by Brandon Draga


Kobolds and gnolls and owlbears! Oh my! ‘Dragon in the Doghouse,’ written by Brandon Draga and illustrated by Deanna Laver, is a beautiful and funny introduction for kids to everything we love about fantasy RPGs. Continue reading

Passing the Everburning Torch

Photo courtesy Russ Linton.

Recently my son and his friends sat down to play ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ This isn’t a new thing–they’ve played before. And these aren’t new friends–these kids have known each other since elementary school. They joined Cub Scouts together, and, when they were old enough, decided against joining one of the larger troops in the area and asked me to help them form their own troop. They also, in the past, have asked me to be their Dungeon Master. Continue reading

Make Your Own Board Game Cafe

Image: Peddhapati via Flickr

Part of the allure is the fact that you have access to hundreds of games you don’t own, which means that they’re all new and exciting. The other allure is that you’re out and about, eating junk food while discovering that Professor Plum did it in the dining room with the candlestick. But it would be easy enough to recreate the board game cafe with friends for free (or, at least, less than the $20 rate per 4 people). Continue reading