Tag Archives: board and card games

Confusion Reigns! Total Confusion XXV is rapidly approaching – get registered!

Total Confusion XXV , New England’s largest gaming convention, will kick off on Thursday, February 24th and keep the gaming going through Sunday the 27th.  If you’re anywhere near the New England area you should stop in and check it out, even if it’s only for a day.  There are tons of events going on and pre-registration is open now! …

Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Vassel and his family

Some sad news today.  Jack Vassel, son of Tom Vassel has passed away. Tom does lots of good gaming work with The Dice Tower and is also slated to be a fellow guest at Total Confusion XXV . You can read a bit about his son here . My heart goes out to the Vassel family.  As a father myself, I can only begin to …

Convention Report: MarsCon 2011

I’ve had the misfortune of not getting around to much in the way of gaming lately.  I started a new job which changed my schedule pretty dramatically.  I run and play in a few play by post games, but my in person games went on hiatus for a while and are only now starting back to their…

Anyone know what this is?

No?  Well you will soon! Take a quick gander at my latest project. It’s not Aruneus.  It’s not Palladium. It’s not even an RPG.  It is quite fun, humorous, involves spy satellites, BBQ grills and flaming cats, and will in no way get a file opened on you by the FBI. Although I can’t honestly vouch …

Troll’s Guide to Gifting Geeks for under $20

I get it.  Like nights in Arabia of old, there are 1001 shopping guides out there this holiday season that focus on squeezing the last dollar bill out of your pocket in the name of saving a buck to purchase that thing you never thought you needed until now.  This list is a little different.  There will be no iPods….

Old-School Unboxing: TSR’s Dragon Dice circa 1995

Not to long ago I came in to a neat find (and by ‘came in to’ I mean Chris Hopper sent ‘em to me).  Eleven still sealed boxes of TSR’s collectible dice game and answer to Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Dragon Dice .  These eleven boxes were still factory sealed in slightly dusty cellophane …

Salad Bowl! The game you don’t need to buy to play

Here’s a fun game to play with 8 or more of your closest friends.  It won’t cost you much more than your time provided you own all of the components, which you probably do. Salad Bowl! Required to play: 1. A salad bowl. 2. Paper. 3. Pens. 4. An egg timer, or stop watch. Preparing to play: 1. Set up teams. To make things more fun, put SO’s on…

Castle Ravenloft (the Boardgame)

Do you like boardgames with a lot of pieces?  Do you like D&D?  Do you like Ravenloft?  Then you will probably be pretty pleased with this board game! In case you don’t know, Castle Ravenloft is a board game produced by Wizards of the Coast, the same guys that bring you Dungeons & Dragons.  The game is loosely based on an old AD&D module of the same name…

Fantasy Flight’s Talisman 4th Edition Massive Review – Base Game, Reaper, Frostmarch, Dungeon, and the Highland

What started in 1983 as an interesting idea in board games has become one of my all time favorite games to play in that or this century.  I love Talisman (well, all but the 3rd edition).   I’ve played the 1st edition once or twice, owned everything for the 2nd edition and logged hours upon hours of play, but passed on the 3rd edition to keep…

Audio Blitz! People and Interviews from GenCon

I already linked you all to my time talking to Keith Baker at GenCon , but there are a lot of other great people that I talked to, and the audio is ready to go, do why not put the links down so you can feed your ears? The audio this time around was all processed by Ethan Parker of Gamer’s Haven fame. I …

Get Ready to Throw Some S*#t – Poo Reviewed

When I was at Origins a couple of months ago, one of the highlights of the convention was getting to play with Poo . I was hoping that I could come away from that convention with Poo in hand, but sadly, that was not to be. Poo had won the Origins Award for Best Card Game, and Sandstorm, the publishers, had…

Blood Bowl Team Manager – the card game

In a bit of a surprise, at least to me, Fantasy Flight Games have announced  a new Blood Bowl based card game called Blood Bowl Team Manager.  I’m thinking they’re aiming for the fun of the BB universe without the setup, game board and statistics keeping required to field a league on your own.  Since Fantasy Flight Games took on the …

GenCon 2010 – Retrospective

I’ve had at least a full 24 hours to think about my time at GenCon, and I still don’t know if I am able to sort through everything properly. Given the scope of the show, that’s not terribly surprising. GenCon is the biggest gathering of gamer and gamer-related awesomeness that I have ever seen. I guess, for me, the best place to start with with my …

GenCon 2010 – Day 1

Well, I arrived safe and sound in heat wave that is Indianapolis. I found my hotel with no problem, met one of my two roommates, railed in vain against the amount that the hotel charges for parking, and then walked my way over to the Indiana Convention Center to find out what this GenCon thing was all about. So, far, it has been…

KantCon 2010 – Retrospective

If you’ve spent any time on TC in the last few weeks, then you are probably aware that I spent some time in Kansas City this past weekend. The reason for this trip was KantCon . KantCon is a convention by gamers, for gamers. If you missed Ben’s interview with KantCon founder, Ethan Parker of The Gamer’s Haven , then you can find it here . That interview cover’…