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Quick Hit: Geek Itinerary

Lots to do this weekend, my friends. Lost to do. I have before me a rare weekend that presents to me no extraneous “to do” list. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to do yard work. I’m not being called into the office. To my knowledge, the wife does not have any surprises to drop on me at the last minute. This means that I can get…

Review: Monster Slayers – The Heroes of Hesiod

Today I’m reviewing a game that I’ve had on my “to do” list for more than a month but held off reviewing until I had a chance to play it with my son. Monster Slayers – The Heroes of Hesiod (referred to as just “Monster Slayers” from here on) is an adventure/game by Susan Morris, …

How "Red Dead Redemption" Could Kill Tabletop Gaming

No D20s required Let’s be honest. I’m not about to run out and play Red Dead Redemption, even though it looks amazing. I literally just completed Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which most of you probably had long since sold back to GameStop by Christmas of 2006. I’m behind, I know. The next games on my list are Force Unleashed, BioShock, and Fallout 3. I consider myself to simply be “fashionably …

Book of Dead Characters to Celebrate Your Gaming

My Book of Dead Characters from 1985 A friend I once gamed with was awesome at celebrating gaming. He made sessions into special events. He had props. He talked about games in a special way, like a sports fan does about when their team won the championship that year. He celebrated the details and told stories about special session moments. It was infectious and …

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a card game attributed to Michael Tummelhoffer, a pseudonym for German board game publisher Hans im Glück’s lead developer Bernd Brunhofer. Set during Peter the Great’s effort in the 17th and 18th centuries to modernize Russia, Saint Petersburg is about the construction of the titular city — meant to be the future capital of Russia – from nothing. The players are movers…

Enter "The Gamers Realm"

Color me surprised. No, you’d better make that “shocked.” When I first decided to check out a new gaming store in my little burg, it was at the suggestion of a potential gaming buddy. We’ve been trying to figure out when and where to host a game for months now, and he told me that an acquaintance of his stumbled across…

iDuel Online

iDuel Online by Namazu Studios is a recently released, free game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. In it, players create and equip avatars that they use to battle other players via WiFi, 3G or Edge. In duels, players earn credits and Match Points for upgrading their characters, and have the option to buy “Potions of Specialness” that allow the player access to…

Shenanigans on the 8th Sea

There are two signs of a golden age: quality and quantity – and as I’ve said before , we most definitely are living in a golden age of board games. A few great games does not a golden age make: you need a tsunami of great games, which in turn demands a tsunami of games in general, good and bad. In…

War for Edadh

War for Edadh is a card game for two players – with variants for solitaire and group play – that depicts skirmishes and battles from a guerrilla conflict on the eponymous fantasy world of Edadh. Each player has one or more units, made up of several troop and leadership cards, and they each try to leverage their units’ strengths while out-thinking…

Middle-Earth Quest

Middle-Earth Quest is the latest in a long line of games that let fans participate in Tolkien-based adventures, though this is a little different. There’s still a Sauron player intent on conquering everything, but everyone else portrays second-string heroes, cinematic extras who fill in the setting’s historical blanks by forestalling the villain’s ascendancy until the events of …

Tara

Tara , developed by Murray Heasman and distributed by Tailten Games, is an abstract strategy game inspired by the Book of Kells . Players place red and blue “ring forts” onto the board, and link them together with bridges. By the end of any given game, the board looks more like a piece of Celtic knotwork art than a game. Tara is for two players, ages…

Issue 478 – Take Ten: Heal

This Week’s Tips Take Ten: Heal Game Master Tips & Tricks Session Planning Alien or Fantasy Race Inspiration Run Silverado As A Campaign HackMaster Critical Hit Utility Whimsy Cards Campaign Mastery Blog

Issue 472 – 9 Things Dragon Age Taught Me About Running a Better Game

This Week’s Tips 9 Things Dragon Age Taught Me About Running a Better Game How Players Can Create Their Own Item Cards Game Master Tips & Tricks How To Get New Ideas For Adventures More Hex Mapping Software Naming A Campaign Name Your Adventures And Sessions Too Campaign Mastery Blog

The Dragon #3 part 1

My epic trek continues, with a foray into The Dragon #3. As usual, I’ll begin with a brief description of those articles which have no bearing on my mammoth project. Dragon Rumbles starts the issue with an eloquent editorial defense of the use of fiction in the magazine. Does Anyone Remember War of the Empires sees Gary reminiscing about an early play-by-mail sci-fi wargame. The Adventures of …