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The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming

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In The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming, author Teri Litorco gives a wealth of information on everything from playing games to simply not being a dick. In her chapter on Writing About Games Online she mentions that there is no such thing as an objective review and that your personal tastes will always colour your opinions. So with that in mind, I’m going to preface this by saying that I like Teri Litorco. I have known and worked with her in a variety of both personal and professional circumstances, but oddly never at the game table. When I found out this book was coming out, I immediately preordered it, and excitingly burned through the first half before the real world put my binging reading on hold.

While it took me some time to finish, one of the wonderful things about this book is ...

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Pathfinder Core Rulebook & Bestiary Pocket Editions

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Most people reading this are probably already familiar with Pathfinder or at least role playing games in general but, for those who are not, Pathfinder is what I call a Big Box, Big World, or simply Big RPG. This type of game requires anything more than two rule books to play past a basic game, one for the Game Master and one for the player(s). More complex games require more books, such as adventure modules or specific monster manuals.  These books themselves are often a serious obstacle to playing the game. The books can be expensive and take up a fair bit of space to store and transport. Paizo, the makers of Pathfinder, have addressed both of these issues with the release of their new Pocket Editions...

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Hounded

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Hounded is a modern fox game from Atlas Games.  Fox games are a category of board games for two players, where one player controls one, or sometimes two, fox pieces, and the other player has multiple pieces representing either prey, or hunters, of the fox. Variants of the game date back as far as the 14th century, with historic links going back even farther than that.

In Hounded, the first player controls a hunting party consisting of the Master of the Hounds, three Foxhounds, a Bulldog, and a Terrier.  The second player controls the Fox. Each different piece has it’s own unique movement and special abilities.  Similarly, 23 of the 49 hidden tiles that make up the 7×7 play space also have special bonuses on them when revealed.

There is a pair of reference cards to help learn what eve...

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Get Lucky

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What do you get when you combine a mansion, a dinner party, and murder? No, not the 1985 cult classic film Clue! Well ok, not JUST the 1985 cult classic film Clue. I mean, who doesn’t love some Tim Curry? It is also not Kill Doctor Lucky, although that’s closer and I did make this exact joke in that review as well. (Go look it up elsewhere on this site).  Get Lucky is the answer this time and I’m sure that’s a shock, given the title of this review.

Get Lucky is card based version of Cheapass Games’ classic, and recently re-released, Kill Doctor Lucky.  The premise is the same, the characters have all been invited to a dinner party at Lucky Mansion, and each want to kill their serendipitous host.

Each player controls two characters at a time, with three characters hanging out in the Draw...

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Kill Doctor Lucky

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What do you get when you combine a mansion, a dinner party, and murder? No, not the 1985 cult classic film Clue! Well ok, not JUST the 1985 cult classic film Clue. I mean, who doesn’t love some Tim Curry? In fact, when you are done reading this go watch it.  You’re welcome.

The answer I was going for with that question, is Kill Doctor Lucky.  The first game published by Cheapass Games and arguably it’s most popular, having spawned nine separate sequels, spin offs, and expansions prior to this release.

The good doctor’s last major incarnation was licensed and produced by Paizo Publishing, and released in full glorious colour.  With Paizo’s licence expired, Cheapass Games has rolled out a new edition just in time for the game’s 19...

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