2013 Holiday Gift Guide—Stocking Stuffers

10 12 2013

coupcoverThis section of of our Holiday Gift Guide is for small games that can fit inside a stocking. Most of them fall into the “filler” category, but some of them have deep gameplay that belies their simple packaging.

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Kickstarter Weekly, Oct. 21, 2013

28 10 2013

Last week was a busy one here at TOG! Essen was in full swing (and we weren’t there), but there have been lots of goings-on over on Kickstarter, and we’re here to highlight a few campaigns this week, and also hear from you about the games you’re backing! So let’s get started!

Featured Campaign!

Brew CraftersBrew Crafters: A Board Game About Making Beer – Dice Hate Me Games

There are some games that thematically aren’t what you’d call my (Jeremiah’s) cup of tea… or beer, wait, how does that work?
Anyway, we’ve been blown away by some great games that didn’t necessarily have a theme that we fell in love with. (Heartland Hauling, and Viticulture come to mind) But at the end of the day, superb gameplay won us over. The buzz around Brew Crafters has been solid and positive for months now, and it’s finally on Kickstarter. This Euro style board game packs an American theme, and the classic Dice Hate Me Games visual design that we’ve grown to love.

They should hit their funding goal TODAY they’re so close!

A $60 pledge get’s you a copy of the game sent to your door and the campaign closes on Nov. 24. You can get more details about the game, and upcoming stretch goals, right here!

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Kickstarter Weekly—July 25, 2013

25 07 2013

Hey everyone! Welcome to yet another installment of Kickstarter Weekly! There are a lot of projects on Kickstarter asking for your hard-earned dollar—some are good, some are great, and others… We write this piece every week to let you know which ones we’re excited about and hopefully give you some useful information along the way!

Let’s get started –

pack of heroesPack of Heroes – Adventureland Games

Set in an alternate vintage comic book universe (that totally doesn’t exist) Pack of Heroes is a 2-player head-to-head card game battle. Using your heroes and their abilities the goal is basic: Defeat your opponent! If nothing else this game looks super stylized and has awesome fake retro art! $20 gets you a copy of the game and all unlocked stretch goals. They’ve already funded so every backer will push them onward toward those stretch goals. Plus there are some sweet add-ons including T-shirts and action figures! You can find the campaign here.

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Kickstarter Weekly—July 11, 2013

11 07 2013

Hey! Kickstarter Weekly is back! And boy is there a ton of stuff going on in Kickstarter Land, so let’s get started!

vivajavaVivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game – Dice Hate Me Games

The follow up to Dice Hate Me’s coffee game, the dice game appears to be more than just a dice version of the original VivaJava, but introduces new game play themes and concepts. The campaign funded super fast and they’ve already knocked down a couple stretch goals, with plenty of time left! $30 gets you the game and any stretch goals as well! You can check it out here! You can also check out our interview with designer TC Petty III right here!

the agentsThe Agents – by Saar Shai

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We Have a Winner—Blogiversary Giveaway #1

6 07 2013

HeartlandDid we say 7 ET? We meant 8… The response to our contest has been great so far! We appreciate you joining the crew. Our first giveaway was graciously donated by Jason Kotarski, designer of The Great Heartland Hauling Company, and all-around super-nice guy! So who won? Read on…

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Happy Independence Day! Want Free Stuff?

4 07 2013

fireworks– by Jeremiah

For those of you who are reading from the US we don’t need to tell you that today is the day we celebrate our independence as a country. We are grateful for a country where we have the freedom to write our thoughts, speak our minds, and worship our God! So what better way to celebrate than to eat delicious food, and watch flashy explosions in the sky!? Well blowing up stuff of your own would be fun, except the state of Ohio is one of the few states in America’s heartland that doesn’t allow its citizens to set off fireworks on their own.

Heartland

Speaking of the heartland… You can celebrate our country’s independence yet another way: by entering to win a free

copy of Jason Kotarski’sThe Great Heartland Hauling Co.” from Dice Hate Me Games. We couldn’t be more excited about that—we really LOVE this game!! How?? I’m glad you asked!

It’s simple: This month, as we celebrate our blogiversary, we’ll be giving away as much stuff as we can get our hands on! And as our way of thanking our readers, we’re giving them away to the folks who have subscribed to the blog.

So, get yourself entered by typing your email address into the box over on the right ——>

And then tell your friends and family about our contest and have them do the same; yes, this does lower your chances of winning yourself, but it makes our little marketing scheme a success and will enable us to keep doing cool stuff like this in the future! (Plus, if your mom wins, she’ll probably just give it to you anyway…) If you’re already subscribed, then you’re already entered; thank you for supporting us during our first year!

Thanks as always for reading! If no one read, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, so we truly do appreciate it. And best of luck in our contest!

Don’t forget you can find us all sorts of places on the interwebs: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!!

Happy 4th of July!





It’s Our 1-Year Blogiversary!

1 07 2013

HeartlandBy Firestone

Jeremiah and I met nearly two years ago. He was at my company to attend a mini conference with some youth ministry luminaries. I can’t even remember how it came up that we were gamers, but it did. Then, a few months later we met up again at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, where Jeremiah and his wife introduced me to Quarriors. Once they went home, his wife said, off-handedly, “You guys should write a blog together…”

We thought that was a great idea.
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