A New Type of Tabletop Gaming: ePawn Arena

ePawn Arena

I love the mash-up of digital and analog, particularly when it comes to games. It hasn’t always been done well, but I love to see the ways that people are experimenting to combine the fun of playing board games with the powerful capabilities of smartphones and tablets. The latest device to come across my radar is the ePawn Arena. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Grain Audio OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

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If you follow the world of Kickstarter campaigns, you’ve probably heard of Grain Audio. The brainchild of “two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert,” Grain Audio raised over $155k (well over the $120k goal) to produce a line-up of premium audio gear featuring solid wood design. I was sent a pair of OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones featuring FSC certified walnut ear cups to try out. The wood certainly makes for an attractive set of headphones, but does it make them sound better? Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert and Interview: Yan Egorov’s ‘Swords and Bagpipes’

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Freeeedom! As someone with a background in Scottish medieval history, ‘Swords and Bagpipes’ seemed like a game meant for me. Yan Egorov has made a great, fun game where you and your friends take on the role of Scottish lords trying to gain independence from England using might, strategy, and treachery. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Timing Is Everything in ‘Loop, Inc.’

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Working at a time travel agency isn’t always glamorous, but it has its perks. At the end of the day, if you didn’t hit your numbers, you can just go back and do it again. And at the end of the day, if you didn’t hit your numbers, you can just go back and do it again. And at the end of the day … Welcome to ‘Loop, Inc.’ Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Tiny Epic Kingdoms: Heroes’ Call’

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Gamelyn Games started its ‘Tiny Epic’ series of games by Scott Almes just a year and a half ago, and it has already funded three different games. Now Almes and Gamelyn are revisiting the world of ‘Tiny Epic Kingdoms’ with an expansion: ‘Heroes’ Call.’ Continue reading

If You Want Awesome Rolls, You Need Awesome Dice

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Gaming may be mostly about getting together with friends and family and having a good time exploring strategy, role-playing, wit, and wordplay, but for the dedicated player, it can also be about the tools you use to play. And what tool is more important to a gamer than dice? Along comes this Kickstarter campaign for Awesome Dice. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Apotheca’

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The Apothecaries have invited you, the apprentices, to join their secret potion society. Stash ingredients in the marketplace, and use apothecaries you’ve recruited to manipulate the ingredients. Be the first to craft three potions, and you’ll gain entry to ‘Apotheca.’ Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Monstrous’

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Do you ever get so mad that you want to just throw your cards across the table? I’ve got just the game for you: ‘Monstrous.’ You get to play as a wrathful Greek god, throwing your mythical beasts down at those puny mortals below. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Cosmic Kaboom’

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The thing about interstellar travel is that it always seems to lead to war—in this case, four factions have discovered how to make a giant, planet-destroying bomb (not a Death Star) and are using it to attack each other. Time to brush off your flicking skills and cause a ‘Cosmic Kaboom.’ Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Pedion Modular Terrain System

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The Pedion Modular Prepainted Terrain System for RPGs and Wargames appears to be a beautiful solution for anyone looking for a flexible and interesting battlefield for miniatures. Continue reading