table top tagged posts

Lost in R’lyeh


The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.

— H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu” (1928)

In the card game Lost in R’lyeh, from Atlas Games, players are stuck in H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional lost city of R’lyeh. To escape, all you need to do is empty your hand, as well as playing your six “Escape” cards. Sound easy? Well, it’s not.

At the end of your turn, you replenish your hand until the draw pile is gone.  If you can’t play, or choose not to, you pick up the entire stack of cards that have been played before you...

Read More

The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming


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 ...

Read More

Pathfinder Core Rulebook & Bestiary Pocket Editions


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...

Read More



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...

Read More

Get Lucky


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...

Read More