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November 2020

6 Board Games for True Terror Fans

2020-11-10T17:10:23+00:00

An essential part of scary cinema and literature - terror is a core part of the greatest ‘scary’ games.   Experienced as the spine-tingling sensation of knowing you’re about to undergo something awful, terror rachets up the tension and dread for every gaming session. When deployed correctly, this can make a game electric and give stories to last.   So, here are some of our favourite games for players searching out scares.  Starting with-  The Shining (2020) A masterpiece of the genre, The Shining combines art, the epic, and ‘elevated’ horror forever. While the game doesn’t quite reach those heights, the use of tone to generate unease is exceptional. Described as ‘impressionistic terror’ the game replicates the experience of caring for the Overlook in the wake of the Torrance Rampage, with the hotel trying to break your minds and add you [read more]

6 Board Games for True Terror Fans2020-11-10T17:10:23+00:00

7 Redesign Tips for Your Game Room

2020-11-09T17:04:44+00:00

Let’s be honest. Right about now, a lot of us have some extra time on our hands. While that can mean having a little extra time to play a game or two, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to make some changes to your setup. This can be as simple as decluttering your space, upgrading your table, or finally making your gaming area truly shine. So, here are seven essential things that you can tweak to make your gaming room sing during lockdown. Starting with- 7. Considering your Lighting Often overlooked, being able to see your board can be a massive plus. While an overhead light can be enough, thinking about the quality of [read more]

7 Redesign Tips for Your Game Room2020-11-09T17:04:44+00:00

September 2020

10 Amazing Games for Liars that Lie

2020-09-28T11:58:38+00:00

Sometimes, the greatest pleasure in the world is lying to your best friend’s face.   An essential part of many games, bluffing and treachery adds spice to every session. But for those that are looking for extra duplicity, here are 10 essential games for tricksters of all stripes.   So, here are some of our favorite games that make a dishonest player out of all of us. Starting with-  Perudo (1800) Famously played on screen in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, liar’s dice (Perudo) asks players to match wits in a bluff-off for the ages. Played using a cup and dice, participants bet on the combined value of a single face number amongst the cups – raising [read more]

10 Amazing Games for Liars that Lie2020-09-28T11:58:38+00:00

10 Conflict Free Games that are still Phenomenal Fun

2020-09-28T07:40:37+00:00

Sometimes, it’s worth avoiding a massive scrap during your games evening. Whether you choose a classic euro, a masterpiece of negotiation, or something that pushes the limits of what a game is (spoilers: Fog of Love is on here) – going “conflict free” is a great way to try something new. And avoid having your head kicked in by turn three. So, here are ten of our favourite games that avoid the stress of direct conflict and offer something special instead. Starting with- Targi (2012) 10.Targi: The living definition of a brain-burner, Targi is a taut two-player masterpiece that rewards as much as it asks. Easy to learn, players [read more]

10 Conflict Free Games that are still Phenomenal Fun2020-09-28T07:40:37+00:00

5 Ways to Deal with Troublemakers at your Table

2020-09-28T07:29:45+00:00

While we may love our friends, some can be more disruptive than others. Whether managing a lack of attention and engagement to bullying other players and acting inappropriately – it’s important to be able to step in and resolve the situation before it escalates.    So, here are five simple steps to help directly address issues with problematic players derailing the evening for you and your players. Starting with-   5. Setting up Rules in Advance There is absolutely no need to enforce a draconian series of regulations, but agreeing to set of shared house rules and expectations can help nip issues in the bud. This can be as simple as having no phones out during play, avoiding overly aggressive tactics, or letting people stop play when they’re feeling confused or tired stupid questions. While it may not be necessary to explicitly write [read more]

5 Ways to Deal with Troublemakers at your Table2020-09-28T07:29:45+00:00

5 Great Tips for a Horrifying RPG Session

2020-09-28T07:38:40+00:00

Being terrifying is tough. For every spooky story, film, or video game you play, there are hours of effort that go into crafting the perfect narrative. One that scares, captures an audience’s attention and gives a bunch of memorable frights that they’ll be talking about for weeks to come. So, here are five of our favorite tips to ensure that you end up with a night that’ll stay with your group for years to come. Starting with- 5. Reading the Source Text No matter the system you are playing, it will have been inspired by something. This can be the phenomenal (and politically conscious) horror of George Romero, the creeping dread of [read more]

5 Great Tips for a Horrifying RPG Session2020-09-28T07:38:40+00:00

10 Conflict Free Games that are still Phenomenally Fun

2020-09-09T11:21:53+00:00

Sometimes, it’s worth avoiding a massive scrap during your games evening. Whether you choose a classic euro, a masterpiece of negotiation, or something that pushes the limits of what a game is (spoilers: Fog of Love is on here) – going “conflict-free” is a great way to try something new. And avoid having your head kicked in by turn three. So, here are ten of our favorite games that avoid the stress of direct conflict and offer something special instead. Starting with- Targi (2012)   The living definition of a brain-burner, Targi is a taut two-player masterpiece that rewards as much as it asks. Easy to learn, players take [read more]

10 Conflict Free Games that are still Phenomenally Fun2020-09-09T11:21:53+00:00

5 Key Qualities to Look for in a New Game

2020-09-28T07:42:38+00:00

With so many reviews and new releases trickling out day-by-day, it’s easy to be swept up in the hype and pick up a game that looks fantastic…but rarely makes it off the shelf and onto your table. However, taking the time to look for some key attributes can make all the difference when it comes to ferreting out a classic or ending up with yet another dust collector. So, here are five essential characteristics to seek out in games, new and old. Starting with- 5. Real Depth One of the greatest joys in gaming is discovery. Of new tactics, mechanics, or tricks that you can use to win. Picking up a game [read more]

5 Key Qualities to Look for in a New Game2020-09-28T07:42:38+00:00

August 2020

5 Great Dungeon Crawls to Embark on Today

2020-09-28T07:43:46+00:00

While board gaming lets us manage WW2 armies, explore the depths of space, and just be downright weird; sometimes you just want to hit something over the head and get points for it. A staple of the genre, dungeon crawls are tremendous fun for groups to work their way through – with many of the best options giving players a campaign, tactical play, and the potential of a player-led big bad to defeat. So, here are five of our favorite series’ that aren’t solely swords, sandals, and stabbing. Starting with- Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2014)   Aside from skeletons, Stormtroopers have to be among the most satisfying enemies to [read more]

5 Great Dungeon Crawls to Embark on Today2020-09-28T07:43:46+00:00

10 of the *Weirdest* Games You Can Play Today

2020-09-28T07:45:21+00:00

One of the great pleasures of collecting board games is the exposure to themes and gameplay that are just…strange. And some are much stranger than others. Here are ten of our favorite odd games that play brilliantly…while still being weird as all hell. Starting with- Vast: The Crystal Caverns (2016)   Playing out a dungeon crawl is far from new…except when everybody’s playing an entirely different game. Released in 2016, Vast quickly became famous as the game with a mass of asymmetric roles with different goals and playstyles. This lets players pick characters ranging from a vanilla dragon-slaying knight to a goblin horde who want to pull off [read more]

10 of the *Weirdest* Games You Can Play Today2020-09-28T07:45:21+00:00

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