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GBBP 73: Reiner Knizia

GBBP 73: Reiner Knizia

This week, we get our game on with none other than Reiner Knizia. We chat about his games, the importance of awards (he was just nominated yet again for the children’s version of the Spiel des Jahres), the balance of theme vs mechanics, whether playing games is essential to human nature, and what he thinks epitomizes a Reiner Knizia game. Read More

The Dice Section #29: Let Me Tell You About My ‘Shadowrun’ Character

The Dice Section #29: Let Me Tell You About My ‘Shadowrun’ Character

In this episode, our first after a long summer vacation, we discuss those moments in role-playing games—video and tabletop—that made us stop and think. As young players, the idea of character dilemmas and a satisfying story were the stuff of gaming legend. Now that we’re all growed up, we realize that it can happen, but it takes a special group and a GM willing to let go of a little control. Read More

Adventure Scents Will Add Another Level of Realism to Your Next RPG Campaign, Board Game, Book, or Movie

Adventure Scents Will Add Another Level of Realism to Your Next RPG Campaign, Board Game, Book, or Movie

If you’re like most gamers, you’ve been waiting patiently for a way to make your game room smell like a fetid swamp or a moldy crypt. Well, good news, gamers–the long wait is finally over. Read on to find out about a way to add environmental smells (both good and bad) to your next campaign. Read More

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

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

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. Read More

Make Your Own Board Game Cafe

Make Your Own Board Game Cafe

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). Read More