table top tagged posts

Mangaka

Mangaka is billed as “The fast & furious game of drawing comics” from Mock Man Press. Manga is Japanese for comics, and a Mangaka is a comic artist. In the game you, and up to 8 players, are comic artists vying for fame and fortune.

Over the course of four timed rounds, players will draw ever more challenging comics using three Theme Cards that stay with each player throughout the game and an increasing number of Trend Cards that changes each round.  In the first round players draw two panels, then four, six, and finally eight in the final round. Here’s the best part: the scoring is largely objective. It isn’t all about how well you draw, but how well you express your individual Theme Cards and challenges presented by the Trend Cards...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Gloomhaven (Second Printing)

It’s so fun when you can come together and geek out on things like comics, games and movies with other people. When it’s your boss and fellow geek who introduces you to this week’s feature, Gloomhaven, that’s a pretty cool thing most wouldn’t expect. This looks like an absolutely amazing game, so much so that he already backed it, and you can also go to the Kickstarter to join the campaign.

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Tak

“My next several hours were spent learning how to play Tak. Even if I had not been nearly mad with idleness, I would have enjoyed it. Tak is the best sort of game: simple in its rules, complex in its strategy. Bredon beat me handily in all five games we played, but I am proud to say that he never beat me the same way twice.”

-Kvothe, The Wise Man’s Fear

Tak is called “A Beautiful Game” and it’s true. Simple to learn, easy to play, and challenging to master, it has all the hallmarks of a classic game. In fact, it is as classic: it is ancient, IF you happen to live in the Four Corners of Civilization, the world created by Patrick Rothfuss in his Kingkiller Chronicle books...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Rolling Empires

Recently, fellow Geek-o-Rama staffer Scott and I had a chance to sit down with our friends at Fongomongo Games to look at their new dice building game, Rolling Empires.

In Rolling Empires, players each take control of one of six different races.  Each race has its own semi-unique set of dice representing different classes within that race.  There are standard resource dice, and several different types of character dice of varying cost and power.

You can use combinations of magic and your starting resource dice to buy cards for points, more dice to expand your options, or to take control of an area on the board. With multiple ways to earn points, the tide of victory can shift quickly and fiercely.

I was lucky enough to try this game early on in its development phase, as well as just prio...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Portals of Pangaea™ – A Tabletop RPG-ish Adventure!

There are so many tabletop games that I see which I truly want to play but never do. This week we feature another great example with the RPG-ish adventure Portals of Pangaea. Make sure you do the smart thing and check out the Kickstarter page to help this adventure come to life.

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