2013 Holiday Gift Guide—Kids Games!

2 12 2013

Whether you have kids of your own, know someone with kids, or were a kid once yourself, it can be hard to find just the right game for the tiny little snot factories in your life. So as we continue our gift guides, we’re going to

give you some of our favorite new and old games you can pick up for the kiddos—all of which are in print. And on a few of them we’ve linked to our review of the game, so you can investigate yourself if it’s a game you’d be interested in. We’ll give you the MSRP, and age/audience as it’s appropriate. So without further ado, here’s the list!

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A Podcast Update!

23 09 2013

RailwaysCoverHey gang!

In case you missed it, last week we uploaded our second episode of the Theology of Games Podcast! In this episode we talk about the spectacle that was GenCon, a few games we’re looking forward too, and we do our first ever Double-Take review on the podcast! Our featured review game for this episode is Railways Express, from Eagle Games!

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Railways Express—A Double-Take Review (Plus a Video Review)

17 09 2013

RailwaysCoverWhen a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. ~Corrie Ten Boom

Today we’re taking a look at the new game from Eagle Games, Railways Express, which is a stripped-down version of the Railways of the World series. So what do we think? Let’s find out…

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Kickstarter Weekly – May 13, 2013

13 05 2013

This week we’re starting off with a Kickstarter Weekly! So let’s get rolling!

The fine folks at Game Salute/Springboard are currently running two campaigns right now:

Alien FrontiersAlien Frontiers 4th edition –
This edition of the Kickstarter classic is being packed out with new game components, some new promo cards, and a new double-sided game board! $50 gets you a copy of the game and some cool promo goodies! Check out the campaign here!

 

 

 

epic death boxEpic Death! –
In this card game players control a party of adventurers seeking the glory of battle and attempting to achieve the most “Epic Death” to create a great legend for themselves. Of course, their opponents are trying to kill them off in the lamest way possible. The campaign funded in just one day, so you can bet they’re gonna smash some stretch goals! You can score a copy of the game for a pledge of $35, and secure yourself all of the stretch promos as well!  Check it out here!

stgorytellerStoryteller Cards – Buttonshy

As we said in our last Kickstarter Weekly piece, Jason Tagmire of Buttonshy has launched the first campaign under the Buttonshy brand. Storyteller Cards are a creative tool for writers, teachers, game masters, game designers, etc. If you’re looking for a cool tool to get your creative juices flowin,g this is it! The campaign is halfway funded and it only takes $10 to get yourself a deck of the cards! You’ll find all the details here!

Going Once…

Francis DrakeFrancis Drake – Eagle Games
The campaign for Francis Drake has been a smashing success and is going to fund! There is still time to jump in on this one but it closes this evening! $59 scores you a copy of the game and helps them hit another stretch goal before the clock runs out! Check it out here!

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Kickstarter Weekly—May 4, 2013

4 05 2013

It’s another Saturday edition of Kickstarter Weekly! This week we feature white whales, a new iteration of LARPing, and some railway dice rolling fun. All that and much more, so let’s get started!

The RatRace Board Game – Innov8Seven Design

Ratrace

Rat Race – Game board and player pieces

RatRace is an interesting take on a board game. In a sense it’s a type of LARP game. The game board is a calendar, and the events you face in life become allies or foes you defeat. Twenty British pounds will get you a copy delivered to your door. Find out more here.

 

Moby Dick, or, the Card Game – King Post Productions

Moby Dick - Example of the three different decks used for the game.

Moby Dick – Example of the three different decks used for the game.

Great literature translated into a game? Apparently so! Moby Dick is a card game for up to 4 players. Players are embarking on the epic voyage to find the elusive white whale. You can get in on this campaign for $30, which will score you a physical copy of the game and a print-and-play pre-release version. Check out the details here.

Canterbury – Quixotic Games

Canterbury - Tons of game bits included with the game!

Canterbury – Tons of game bits included with the game!

Canterbury, is a civilization building board game. Players take turns building different structures in the medieval town of Canterbury. Each structure supplies different needs to the town, and scores points.  The game looks cool, but it’s a little pricey, with a $60 price point to get a copy of the game. But you will get your name on the box at that pledge level as well! Check out the campaign here.

Railways Express – Gryphon and Eagle Games

Railways Express - Prototype map and tile pieces

Railways Express – Prototype map and tile pieces

An express, dice rolling version of Gryphon and Eagle Games’ Railways of the World board game. The game feature lots of dice-rolling, and tile-laying as up to four players compete to finish their railway routes. The game play looks fun and fast. You can still get in on a few remaining early bird pledges for $38 after that it will cost you $40 for a copy including free shipping. The details lie on the other side of this link.

Funded!

fox and chickenFox & Chicken – Michael Fox
A few weeks ago we told you about Michael Fox’s Werewolf interpretation, Fox & Chicken. The campaign closed this week and it is fully funded and all of the stretch goals were unlocked! Congrats, Michael! Check it all out here!

 

Coming soon!

Buttonshy's upcoming Kickstarter

Buttonshy’s upcoming Kickstarter

Storyteller Cards – Buttonshy

Jason Tagmire of Pixel Lincoln fame is launching his first product under the Button Shy brand. Look for the Storyteller Cards project to launch on Kickstarter May 5th.

Thanks for checking in with us this weekend! Are you backing any of these projects? We’d love to hear which ones, and why!  And don’t forget to look for us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram! Have a great weekend everyone!





What You Missed…

19 04 2013

What more could you ask for in a week of posts? Three reviews, an interview, and a ton of news! #boom

Specifically…

spacesheepcoverWe shared news of the interesting-looking Space Sheep, a real-time customizable cooperative game from Stronghold Games.

Then I talked about Grail games a little bit—and how I was recently able to snag one of the games at the top of my Grail list. Update: I talked about moving to the next game—Magic Labyrinth—and I found a copy of this out-of-print gem for $34 shipped. Awesome!

Then we talked about yet another expansion for the hit game Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak.

Review #1 was a Double-Take Review of Reverse Charades. Spoiler Alert: We loved it.

Then we broke some news about another Smash Up expansion, sweet tiles for The Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game, and Mayfair’s Facebook contest—which we didn’t win… 😦

Then we interviewed Randy Hoyt and Tyler Segel from Foxtrot Games about their upcoming game Relic Expedition.

Review #2 was The Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom.

And finally, Jeremiah gave us his first impressions of the print-and-play copy of Relic Expedition. Once I get a chance to play it (I’ve been ridiculously busy!), we’ll have a proper back-and-forth on our thoughts.

Have an awesome weekend. We’ll see you next week!





Kickstarter Weekly—A New Look

11 04 2013

There has been such an increasing amount of activity on Kickstarter over the past few weeks, that we’ve decided to put a newer spin on our Kickstarter Weekly features. You’ll still get them on Thursdays, but instead of piecing them out we’re going to feature several projects, and give some news about them as we go. So welcome to the new Kickstarter Weekly here at TOG!

Francis Drake componentsOur first project this week is from Eagle Games: Francis Drake, a game designed by Peter Hawes, puts players in the heart of Spain’s new world as they sail the Caribbean, buying, selling, trading, and raiding ports for goods to return home with and sell for profits! The gameplay looks well-thought-out, and there are some customized aspects, giving it a higher replayability factor. The board and components look gorgeous as well!

The campaign has 32 days left and they’ve already blown past the funding goal, so it shouldn’t be long before the stretch goals start getting knocked off. The only downside is the game is a little pricey, but if you’ve got your eye on a few other titles from the Eagle/Gryphon catalog, they’ve thrown together some really nice bundle packages.  Check out the campaign here, and consider getting in and helping them reach the stretch goals!

Paradise Fallen boxOur next campaign is Paradise Fallen from Crash Games, a card-management game game set in a modern post-apocalyptic island setting. Crash Games plans on setting up an entire series of games, using this title as a launching point, to create a deeper universe for games and expansions to live in. Players control tribes trying to survive while placing obstacles in the paths of the other tribes. You’ll strive to survive, find food, and and explore the fallen paradise.

Canoe meeplesYou can grab a copy of the game for a $25 pledge, and there are again some nice bundles available for higher price points. The campaign has 27 days left and is still $10,000 short of their funding goal, so they’ve got a ways to go before it funds—let alone hitting stretch goals. I’m loving the artwork so far, and they’ve come up with some great outrigger canoe meeples as well! (What meeples will they come up with next!?) If card management, and post-apocalyptic island survival are your thing(s) then head on over and check out the campaign here.

TeramyydUp next is Teramyyd: Earthsphere a steam-punky, monster-fighting sky pirate, questing game.  I (Jeremiah) am very intrigued by this game. The game appears to have multiple scenarios for players to embark on, and within those scenarios lie different quests to complete on their way to victory. Let’s not forget the cool sky pirates flying machines that you can upgrade and add to while trying to defeat sky monsters!

IO Worlds has blown past their funding goal by $40,000 with 32 days remaining on the campaign. And have already unlocked a new baddie and a new ship as the first two stretch goals. And the 3rd one looks way cool too! The bad news is, all of the early bird pledge levels have been devoured! So it will take a pledge of $75 to snag a copy of the game, but as the stretch goals pile up, the box you get will be stuffed with more and more cool little miniatures! You can check the campaign out for yourself, right here.

PL-Bicycle1If you haven’t done so, your window of opportunity is closing to get in on the Pixel Lincoln: Bicycle Playing Card campaign! There are two inexpensive options for jumping on board, a $10 pledge will get you a 21-card expansion for Pixel Lincoln the deck building game. Or a $12 pledge will get you a deck of PL playing cards! There’s just 5 days left, so best hurry on over!

Smallworld2And finally we want to extend a congratulations to Days of Wonder who CRUSHED their campaign to bring Small World 2 to the tablet realm (including PCs through Steam, android and iPad). They blew past their $150,000 goal, pulling in almost $400,000! This unlocked ALL of their stretch goals! Congrats to DoW, and the over 7,000 folks who backed the campaign!

Have you backed any of these projects? We’d love to hear what pushed you off the fence, and what you’re excited about!

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