31 03 2013

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee (Luke 24:1-6 ESV).”


Today is International TableTop Day!

30 03 2013

tabletopThe popular Wil Weaton-hosted YouTube board game show, TableTop, has declared today TableTop Day. That’s just an excuse to play games all day, but there are some corporate sponsors for the day, who have partnered with some game stores for giveaways and promos. For instance, some stores will be getting promo cards for The Resistance that have the science fiction spy images along with the words Merlin and Assassin on them, so you can easily add those roles to the original game.

I’ll (Firestone) be joining in on the fun with some guys from my game group. You should, too. You can go here to find out if your Friendly Local game Store is hosting an event. And then go down for a few hours and support this day of gaming! Or just play some games at home with your family!

Have a great Easter weekend!

What You Missed… What’s Coming Up…

29 03 2013

HeartlandThis week has been a crazy/busy/fun/hectic week for us here at TOG (and that’s both on the site, and in our lives), and we’re not done yet!

First let’s take a quick look back at the week that was…

First, if the question is “ARE YOU ASKING FOR A CHALLENNNNNNGE??” Pixel Lincoln’s answer would be “Yes.”. As Jason Tagmire has issued a game design challenge!

We brought TWO, yes TWO, Double-Take Reviews! One for the upcoming Emperor’s New Clothes (which is still Kickstarting, until Monday. And the second for Jason Kotarski, and Dice Hate Me’s, The Great Heartland Hauling Co. We both had awesome things to say about each one; go read all the words!

Mayfair is making an even bigger name for Catan, and now it’s showing up in classrooms!

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And Thursday we brought you TWO, yes TWO, Kickstarter Weekly Features.
Relic Expedition which looks AWESOME (look for an interview with the Foxtrot Games guys soon!).
And our good friends over at Game Salute are funding a cool accessory for your sci-fi themed games – Rocket Dice!

And we’ve asked folks to chime in on our Facebook page and tell us who your favorite A-Team member is!

Crown-of-ThornsToday on Good Friday, we take pause to remember the impact of the greatest act of love we have ever known.

As we push forward into the weekend, we will celebrate with friends and family, and maybe even play some games on International TableTop Day tomorrow! (Ok, Scott will for sure!)

Check back with us this weekend as we continue to celebrate!

Thanks so much for reading our posts we hope you find them 3 F’s – Fun, Factual, and inFormative!

Good Friday…

29 03 2013

Crown-of-ThornsOur old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.
~Watchman Nee


Rocket Dice—Bonus Kickstarter Weekly

28 03 2013

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time/‘til touch down brings me round again to find/I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket dice
Rocket diiiiice, rolled some snake-eyes and now I am hosed

(With apologies to Sir Elton John)

diceGame Salute has launched a cool new Kickstarter campaign for Rocket Dice—rocket-shaped dice perfect for any space game. Prices start at $5 for one die of any color, all the way up to $120 for 31 rocket dice and a bunch of Alien Frontiers stuff.

In addition to the “normal” pip dice, you can also get Fudge style, which have two sides with a “+”, two sides with a “-” sign, and two blank sides. Or dice with numerals instead of pips. And Game Salute helpfully did the homework on a bunch of spacey games—such as Star Trek Catan and Eclipse—so you’ll know just how many Rocket Dice you’ll need is you want to replace the dice in those games.

They’ve already hit their goal, so it will fund. Check them out on Kickstarter. And thanks for reading!

Relic Expedition—Kickstarter Weekly

28 03 2013

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Today’s Kickstarter weekly features a cool-looking game of exploration and adventure.

Relic Expedition is a game that features a variable board that grows as the game progresses. Players are treasure hunters searching for treasure in a deep and vast jungle. The game looks to be packed full of great strategic decisions, lots of variance, and a good mix of surprises.

Relic Expedition will be (should it get founded) the inaugural title for Foxtrot Games, which is a couple of guys who are off to a good start with this one!

The only down side to this Kickstarter is the price tag to get a copy of the game is a tad on the high side at $49. But judging from the images, you’re going to get some really quality components!


You can check out the campaign here, including a PDF download of the rule book! Are you backing this? We’d love to hear what pushed you off the fence! Or you still on the fence? Tell us why! Leave it in the comments below!
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Move Over Monopoly—Catan in the Classroom

27 03 2013

– by Jeremiah

image from BGG user kilroy_locke

image from BGG user kilroy_locke

For years, math, stats, and economics teachers have been trotting out the Monopoly board in their classrooms to help give students some hands-on, applicable life lessons. While the game is horrible, the idea is sound. From the get-go, gaming with my children has been chock full of teachable moments; at their current ages those lessons have been more about sportsmanship, being gracious while winning or losing, and learning to operate within the rules (or NOT cheating). As they grow older you can bet the lessons at the game table will grow with them.

A middle-school history teacher in Franklin, MA, has gone Euro with this concept in his classes. Teaching the struggles of early civilizations, and the conflict that can arise over scarce resources through The Settlers of Catan. A recent article in a local paper featuring the teacher and his students has caught the attention of Mayfair Games, and has gained some traction across the gaming community.

From the article:

“We can’t bring them back to Mesopotamia, Egypt or Greece, but this (Catan) brings it alive,” Brady said. “One student was so frustrated because he was winning at one point, and the other kids froze him out and wouldn’t trade with him. He said flat out, ‘I now understand why people go to war.’ ”

This is yet another step in not only promoting a great hobby, but also in breaking new ground in teaching future generations. So let’s have a discussion here about it! What games do you think should end up in the classroom? and Why? We would LOVE to hear your thoughts. And who knows…you just might inspire someone to break new ground in their classroom, too!

Thanks for reading, and leave your suggestions in the comments!

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