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

The Dice Section #27: Social Games

Trust the lies. Not the truth. Social games, ladies and gentlemen.

In this episode, Dave and Michael talk about social games like ‘Apples to Apples’, ‘The Resistance’, and ‘Dead of Winter’. Michael also attended Unpub Mini event in Durham, NC, and has a report on the prototype games he played there. Continue reading

Make Your Own Board Game Cafe

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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

The Dice Section #25: ‘Wrath of Ashardalon’ and the Perfect Dungeon Crawl

Dungeon crawling with The Dice Section

This week on the podcast, we talk about the perennial geek favorite: the dungeon crawl. Why does the lure of loot always get us back down into those dark, dank catacombs? What makes the perfect dungeon crawl experience, and why do so many games fall just short of what we’re hoping for? We play Wrath of Ashardalon, one of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games, and talk about everything from Descent: Journeys in The Dark to Diablo III. Continue reading

The Dice Section #24: ‘A La Kart’ With Daniel Solis

The Dice Section: A La Kart by Daniel Solis

In the latest episode of the GeekDad gaming podcast The Dice Section, Dave and Mike take a spin around the karting course with Daniel Solis and his new game ‘A La Kart.’ They also wax nostalgic about ‘Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,’ which just may be the best video game ever made. Continue reading

Munchkin Treasure Hunt Is Munchkin for Munchkins

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Steve Jackson Games has unveiled its first product aimed to include players of single-digit age — six and up: Munchkin Treasure Hunt. GeekDad received one of a very few advance review copies, and now that we’ve played a few games, we’ve got good news for Munchkin fans with young kids: it’s really fun. 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

10 Tips for Teaching Younger Gamers More Complex Games

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Yesterday, Jonathan offered up 10 reasons to play board games with your kids… and today I’d like to offer up 10 tips for teaching your young children to play more complex board games. These tips are reprinted (with permission) from an article I wrote for the Winter 2014 issue of Casual Game Insider, a magazine dedicated to casual board gaming. Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Play Board Games With Your Kids

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If you still think of Chutes & Ladders and Candyland when somebody mentions playing board games with their kids, then you should know that the world of board games has changed a lot since you were a kid. Heck, it’s changed a lot even since you’ve been an adult. There are so many great reasons to play games, particularly if you’re a parent, though some of them work better in theory than in practice. Continue reading

Run Your Own Craft Brewery in Brew Crafters Board Game

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In this new board game from Dice Hate Me Games, players strive to manage ingredients, brewery equipment, and staff, all in the name of bottling and shipping new and unique beers to their thirsty customers. We had a chance to demo the game and see how a real world brewing operation translates to cardboard. Continue reading

Games Parents Play

Agricola Family Growth

My wife and I just welcomed our third baby last month, and since it’s been several years since the last time, I’m becoming reacquainted with the lifestyle of a new parent. One thing I quickly realized was that I haven’t had as much time lately for playing games—and that the games I do have don’t really seem very relevant to my day-to-day obligations. Here are a couple of games inspired by real-life parenting. Continue reading

Zooreka and the Odds of Winning

Zooreka

I thought about that this week when I made a bet with the twins as we played Zooreka. If either of them won, they could both stay up 15 minutes later that night. If I won, they would go to bed five minutes earlier. The odds were in their favor as there were two of them and only one of me, but they still agonized over whether to accept the bet. Simple math, I explained to them: they could win more than they could ever lose. Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Create a Great Board Game

Overview: Each player controls several generations of a family in a 1700s-era village, but in addition to managing workers and resources, players must also consider time. In Village, the actions you take with your workers are important, but the legacy … Continue reading