‘Storm Hollow': A Storytelling Game for the Whole Family

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‘Storm Hollow’ is clever in a child-appealing way, without being adult-alienating. In other words, it’s a great game for parents who enjoy roleplaying games to enjoy with their children. Continue reading

Build Your Own Treasure Hoard With Fantasy Coins and Bars

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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’

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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

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

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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

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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

‘Darkest Dungeon': Early Access Gaming at Its Brightest

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In Darkest Dungeon‘s most interesting take on the dungeon crawler, you’ll find that your heroes are anything but the indefatigable barbarians and wizards of high fantasy. These warriors, rogues, and priests are fragile creatues of limited health and sanity. Continue reading

‘Skylanders’ Releases Love Potion Pop Fizz for Valentine’s Day

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‘Skylanders’ has released another great holiday character. This time it is Love Potion Pop Fizz. Rumor is he was working on a raspberry soda when his recipe backfired and what you see is the result. A raspberry pink Love Potion Pop Fizz, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #3: Board and Tabletop Games

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It matters little if the games are made of cards, paper, cardboard, or just imagination. What matters are times spent together as a group and memories formed of those times. We seem to have a difficult time getting together to play games, but when we do we always have fun. Here are a few of the games we’ve all enjoyed playing. Some take tens of minutes, and some take many hours. Whatever your time schedule, there’s sure to be a game in here that you can enjoy with your family and friends.
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Holiday Gift Guide #4: Video Games and Apps

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Games made of pixels have been a favorite of mine since the Atari 2600 hit the streets. Today’s games are barely recognizable by those standards, with more realistic graphics, multi-player modes, and advanced stories. In this guide we take a look at some of our favorite games. Many of these are rated Teen, or Mature, so be sure to check the ratings before buying them for your younger kids.
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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

Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun is an illustrated tour through cultural freak-outs. The book is a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids activities, from comics, games, technology, play, and thought. It’s a fun, surprising and biting survey. GeekDad has an interview with authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #3: Those Glorious Games!

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With Black Friday just around the corner, here are some ideas to think about. And all are available online, so you can avoid being trampled. This edition of the GeekDad holiday Gift Guide examines games, both tabletop and videogames. Continue reading