Table Top Gaming tagged posts

Terra Mystica

I have to be honest.  I don’t understand Terra Mystica.

When I went into my friendly local games café to meet an out of town friend for some “light gaming,” little did I know I’d be playing a hardcore pure strategy game.  One of the other regulars suggested it, and I’m always up for learning a new game, so into the world of Terra Mystica we went.

The basics of the game are actually quite simple.  Build stuff, expand your territories, get more points then the other guys.  But once you get playing there’s much more to it. There are multiple build options, each simultaneously increasing and decreasing a different resource.  Of course in order to build, or take any action really, you need resources so you need to find a balance between what you build, and when.

The game last ...

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Till Dawn

I have a confession to make.  Sometimes, when I watch Buffy, I find myself cheering for the vampires.

I mean who wouldn’t want to be a vampire on the prowl?  Battling slayers, and pushing your luck against the rising sun?  That’s the premise of Till Dawn.  The players are a coven of vampires on the hunt for 3 nights.  During the night you will face slayers, vampire elders, and if you are really unlucky a werewolf.  Oh, and you’ll feed.  Oh, how you will feed.  You’ll feed until you decide to retire to your coffin, belly full.  The longer you stay out the more you feed, but if you get caught in the daylight… Well let’s just say these vampires don’t sparkle.  (I can neither confirm nor deny rumors of a future glitter expansion however)

The mechanics are extremely simple, ma...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: No Thank You, Evil! a Game of Make-Believe for Families

I have a confession to make.  As much as I enjoy RPGs, I’m not very good at them. There is volumes upon volumes of information to be assimilated.  Basic rules, advanced rules, rules for the different character types, rules to create your character. That’s just what the players need to know, nevermind the theoretically all-knowing GM! Why can’t it be simpler? So simple a child could run it.?

Ladies and Gentlemen: allow me to present No Thank You, Evil!

The latest offering from Monte Cook and Shanna Germain, of Monte Cook Games, is described as “a tabletop game of creative make-believe, adventure, and storytelling.” It’s not aimed at the hardcore gaming audience, but more towards their kids and families, or anyone’s family for that matter...

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BONUS Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight/Review: Aftermath: The Beginning

We finally got play the pre-production version of Aftermath: The Beginning, but it was well worth the wait. Developer and creator Nicholas Fong of FongoMongo Games out of Edmonton sat down with us and we were able to play a few games to try out some different gameplay options.

In short you’re helping rebuild an isolated country after a disaster, and the role you play gives you abilities that can define your approach. You want to gain influence and control to help you with the rebuilding, but there are many roads to the endgame, some more morally…questionable…than others.

Aftermath is quick to pick up, and moves rapidly around the board. There is always interaction, even when it isn’t your turn...

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King of Tokyo

Richard Garfield’s King of Tokyo –
published by Iello Games

We went looking for a new game and these are the criteria we gave the staff at
our FLGS, Kapow Games in Lethbridge, AB.

1) Fast – under one hour.
2) Fun – decent chances for any skill level to win.
3) Enjoyable by kids as young as seven through adults.
4) Expandable, in case we have friends over.

After discussing how some of the other games that they have suggested went
over, they pointed us right at King of Tokyo. “You get to play a movie monster
smashing Tokyo!” was about all it took to get us interested, and sure enough it
went over like a ton of bricks.

King of Tokyo is a intended for 2-6 players/monsters, ages 8 and up. They claim
30+ minutes on the box and we found that about right for 2-3 player games, with
4+ pla...

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