Tag Archives: Gen Con 2014

Jerk—A Game of Quick Reflexes

Jerk—A Game of Quick Reflexes

Sometimes you don’t want an hour-long game with lots of decision trees and strategic options. If you want a game that requires split-second reflexes and causes your fellow gamers to twitch when you yell “SEVEN!!” then you need to try Jerk. Read More

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ZOMG! Zombies Invade Gen Con

ZOMG! Zombies Invade Gen Con

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for zombies. But, hey, apparently so are lots of other gamers. There are tons of zombie-themed games (Last Night on Earth was one of my first and still one of my favorites) and more coming all the time. Here are just a few that I saw at Gen Con this year that I think are worth mentioning. Read More

A Small Taste of D&D – Attack Wing

A Small Taste of D&D – Attack Wing

If you’ve been waiting for a tabletop aerial combat game that includes more shimmering scales and fewer S-foils — more actual fire power than, you know, “firepower” — you’ll probably be interested in WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing, set for release next month. I had a chance to play a short demo at this year’s Gen Con, and it sure seems like fun. Read More

The Shiny, the Weird, and the Neoclassic: Role-playing at Gen Con 2014

The Shiny, the Weird, and the Neoclassic: Role-playing at Gen Con 2014

I scheduled a trio of role-playing sessions for my trip to Gen Con this year: a custom Firefly adventure, Monte Cook Games’ “Into the Violet Vale,” a Numenera convention event, and a one-hour Dungeons & Dragons encounter, “Defiance in Phlan.” The Shiny: Firefly This was my introduction to Margaret Weis Productions’ Cortex Plus System, as… Read More

Die Fighter: A Great New Way to Play Space Cadets: Dice Duel

Die Fighter: A Great New Way to Play Space Cadets: Dice Duel

One of my favorite games from last year’s Gen Con was Space Cadets: Dice Duel, a real-time team-vs.-team shootout between two spaceships. You’re moving your ship around the board, loading torpedoes, energizing shields, setting target locks and jamming your opponent’s locks… all while rolling dice frantically. This year at Gen Con, Stronghold Games released an expansion: Die Fighter. Read More

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: Gen Con Edition

Kickstarter Tabletop Roundup: Gen Con Edition

You know how much I love Kickstarter board games, and Gen Con was a great opportunity to sit down and play a lot of prototypes with designers and publishers. Some are on Kickstarter now, and some will be launching later this year (or even next year). I’m sure there are plenty that I missed, but here’s a quick run-through of the current and upcoming Kickstarter games I saw last weekend. Read More