More Mini Deck-Building in ‘Valley of the Kings: Afterlife’

Valley of the Kings: Afterlife

Last year one of my favorite games was Tom Cleaver’s ‘Valley of the Kings,’ a deck-building game that required you to weed things out of your deck in order to score points. This year, AEG published a stand-alone sequel to the game, ‘Valley of the Kings: Afterlife.’ Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Smash Up Munchkin


I don’t get to play ‘Munchkin’ as often as I’d like to, but I’m a big fan of the writing and artwork that goes into every version and expansion of the game. And since I’d never played AEG’s ‘Smash Up,’ the opportunity to play this year’s new combination of the two–‘Smash Up Munchkin’–was one of many Gen Con 2015 treats. Continue reading

The Getting Excited for Gen Con 2014 Super-MEGA Post


One of the best things about going to a big gaming convention is, of course, all the cool new games you get to try out (and buy). And another is fun events that are made possible by large groups of people in one place. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Valley of the Kings: A Minimalist Deck-Building Game

Valley of the Kings setup

I love the deck-building mechanic. I know some people have gotten tired of it, but I really enjoy seeing the variations on the theme that people have come up with. Tom Cleaver’s Valley of the Kings is a particularly fascinating example of the genre—it involves the least building that I’ve seen in a deck-builder. Continue reading

Smash Up Expansion: Science Fiction Double Feature

Smash Up Sci Fi Expansion

Since the first time my robot dinosaurs systematically devoured my son’s zombie wizards, quickly followed by his robot tricksters eradicating my pirate ninjas, I’ve been a fan of Smash Up. When I heard there were going to be Cyborg Apes in the Science Fiction Double Feature Expansion, I really couldn’t resist. Cyborg Apes, people! What am I, made of stone? Continue reading

Cheaty Mages Is a Good Bet

Cheaty Mages

From Seiji Kanai, the designer of Love Letter, comes another small game that packs a big punch. Cheaty Mages, released this fall by AEG, is about arena battles between mythical creatures: dragons and minotaurs, ghosts and goblins. But you don’t play these fighters; instead, you play the mages who bet on the fights … and cast spells as insurance against your wagers. Continue reading

Love Letter: Now Available in Kanai Factory Limited Edition

Love Letter Kanai Factory Limited Edition

Love Letter is a clever little game that consists of nothing more than 16 cards and a few tokens for keeping score. When AEG released it last year, it was part of their Tempest line of games which have a shared storyline and cast of characters. They’re now re-releasing the game in a Kanai Factory Limited Edition which reproduces the look of the original design by Seiji Kanai, with artwork by Noboru Sugiura. Continue reading

TableTop Finally Plays a Deck-Building Game with the Totally Awesome Smash Up


Wil and friends take on “the shufflebuilding game of total awesomeness”, Smash Up, in this episode of Geek& Sundry’s TableTop. Ninjas, robots, wizards, pirates, and more do battle in this hilarious episode of the tabletop game show. Continue reading

The Game Night Invitation I Wish I Could Write

You’re invited to game night! When: Friday March ______, 7 PM to 11 PM If I meant for this to say 7PM to Just Before Dawn, it would say so. It says 11PM. Thus 10:30 is not an appropriate time … Continue reading