What Makes a Game Great?

26 03 2014

Gold DiceWe spend a lot of time here on TOG critiquing games. Every day brings a new batch of games to this great hobby, and we get to analyze what’s good and what’s not. We’ve spent the last nearly two years telling you what we like about games–well, at least Jeremiah has, anyway… Now we want to hear from you.

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Kickstarter Weekly Jan. 24, 2014

24 01 2014

Things are finally getting back into gear for us with the new year. We’ve launched two new episodes of our podcast, we’ve got a ton of new reviews that we will be publishing very, very soon. And there are a bunch of new and exciting projects that we are working away at in the background with much fervor and gusto!

While all of that is going on, the Kickstarter Community is alive and doing well, and, as usua,l we’re here to point you towars a few that we think are interesting enough to write about! So here we go with this week’s Kickstarter Weekly!

Featured Campaign

scovilleScoville— Tasty Minstrel Games

Tasty Minstreal Games has been incredibly busy over the past few months bringing a lot of highly anticipated games to Kickstarter and proceeding to completely smash their funding goals and about 4,729 stretch goals along the way—okay, that might be an exaggeration… Anyway, Scoville is a farming game designed by blogger extraordinaire Ed Marriott of Boards and Barley. Players will be bringing the heat to a small town by planting and harvesting exotic peppers. We know Ed’s been hard at work on this project for some time, and we wish him —and Michael Mindes of TMG— all the best with this campaign!

You have until Feb. 22 to help fund Scoville, and a  $40 pledge will score you your very own copy. Check out all the details right here!

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Kickstarter Weekly—August 1, 2013

1 08 2013

Well it’s Thursday and you know what that means… It’s not yet Friday. But never fear because we’re here with another installment of Kickstarter Weekly, the place where we make our recommendations and let you know what’s a poppin’ over on Kickstarter. Let’s jump in, shall we?

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers!

11 12 2012

Today we’re completing our gift guide with a list of things to get that gamer who has EVERYTHING! These little trinkets are fun, add something to your favorite game, or just add a little geeky Christmas cheer!

Catan Ornament 2012Catan Ornament – For the serious Catan fan, this cut-brass beauty will help you celebrate the season while settling on the newfound island of Catan. The third in the Catan Resource series, this year’s ornament features wool.

Cost: $48.00

Available from: Mayfair Games

Pirates of the Spanish Main card game – Wizkids Games’ latest reboot of their former titles, turns their classic consrtuctable strategy game, into a single-deck card game, perfect for the nostalgic Pirates player, with lots of art that has been re-purposed for the game.

Cost: $10.60

Available from: Amazon, or your local game store

Ages: 8 & up

When Zombies AttackWhen Zombies Attack – Because Attack Dice (makers of When Zombies Attack), isn’t Steve Jackson Games, this fun little dice roller has been somewhat overlooked. Unlike Jackson’s “Zombie Dice”—which is basically a re-themed version of Farkle—When Zombies Attack is a competitive dice game that has players trying to eliminate not ALL of the zombies, just ones attacking them! Totally worth picking up and stuffing someone’s stocking with this one!

Cost: $14.99 (And they’re running a special Christmas deal 2 for $25.00!)

Available: Right here!

Ages: 8 & up

Alvin and DexterAlvin and Dexter: A Ticket to Ride Monster Expansion – By far one of the coolest mini expansions for a game to come along in a while! This was released last year and is becoming harder to find! They’re out there, so grab a set for your gamer and become the hero of the day! It’s like a Godzilla effect for Ticket to Ride! ‘Nuff said!

Cost: $15.00

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store.

LOTR SleevesLord of the Rings card sleeves – Fantasy Flight released a series of card sleeves featuring art from LOTR: the card game, every gamer wants to sleeve their cards, but most of the time they buy the cheap clear sleeves because that leaves more money for more games. So a couple packs a snazzy LOTR sleeves is sure to make the yuletide gay! (Note- there are Star Wars sleeves available now too!)

Cost: $5.00

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store

IronDieIronDie – I saw these at Origins this year and HAD to buy one. Simply because they are so cool! There is a game that is played with them if you choose to buy the whole set, but if you play any game that requires a 6-sided die, pick up a couple of these to replace them! There are now also polyhedral designs for that role player on your list!

Cost: $5.00 (6-Sided) $25.00 (Polyhedral, 7 die set)

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store.

Thanks so much for reading and being a part of Theology of Games; we hope this guide has been helpful to you during this wonderful season!

As always stay tuned for more great features from the gaming world!

Merry Christmas, everyone!








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