Kickstarter Weekly–April 4, 2014

4 04 2014

Hey everyone! We have some exciting news for you all! But we can’t tell you just yet! Such a let down, right?

Anyway, we’re going to jump in with this week’s Kickstarter Weekly, and there’s some cool stuff to check out from some of our favorite publishers and designers, so let’s get crackin’!

 

Featured Campaign!

storytellerStoryteller Cards: Fantasy – Jason Tagmire

Our good friend Jason Tagmire is back with another deck of Storyteller cards. Storyteller cards serve as a regular deck of playing cards, a creative tool, and a way to teach creativity to young gamers – think story dice. Along with the cards, your pledge will score you the Storyteller Manual–in PDF form, or as an add-on–that will have games designed by some fantastic designers specifically for the deck of cards you’ll be getting. The first game announced is Divvy In The Dungeon by the one and only Jason Kotarski, you may know him as the guy who designed a TOG favorite The Great Heartland Hauling Co. And who has a few more games hitting the market this year with Crash Games! With more to come, this campaign is super inexpensive to get into and packs a lot of potential; we think you should jump on board!

The campaign ends on April 24, and a pledge of $10 will get you a deck of your own! You can find all of the details right here!

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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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What You Missed…

26 04 2013

MontrealThanks for joining us this week at Theology Of Games. Here’s what you might have missed…

We had a chock-full Kickstarter Weekly post.

Then we got word that the worker-placement game Tzolk’in is getting an expansion.

Then Jeremiah took us on a trip to his adolescence, and the joys and pains of Doctor Who.

Then Firestone talked about his love of expansions, and whined about bad expansions.

Then we brought you a review of the game Coup, which is up on Kickstarter, cheap, and lots of fun!

And finally, we shared the latest episode of TableTop, where they play The Resistance.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next week!





TableTop Joins The Resistance!

25 04 2013

ResistanceBy Firestone

A number of months ago we told you about TableTop, Wil Wheaton’s Internet board game show. Well, the latest show has them playing my favorite game: The Resistance. If you’ve wondered what is so great about this game, this is a great chance to watch a group of people actually playing. You’ll see paranoia, accusations, mistakes, subterfuge, and all of the others things that make me love this game so much—and they aren’t even particularly good at it! Be aware: They do occasionally curse. Some of the “big ones” are bleeped out. Others aren’t.





A Review. Of Coup. For You.

25 04 2013

coupcoverBy Firestone

Lately I’ve found myself getting completely hooked by small games with big gameplay. The Resistance. Hanabi. And now Coup.

Components

  • 15 cards—five characters (Duke, Assassin, Captain, Ambassador, Contessa) repeated three times.
  • Summary cards
  • Money

Now, there are a few different printings of this. The components might be slightly different—and the art is certainly different—but that’s what you’ll be playing with.

Setup

  • Place the pile of money in the center of the table.
  • Give each person two dollars.
  • Have each person draw two cards, look at them, and place them facedown in front of them.

Gameplay

Coup is a game where you’re influencing important people to help you do your bidding, and decrease your opponents’ influence, until you’re the last person standing. It’s a little tricky to explain (those summary cards that come with the game are really necessary), so stick with me. On your turn you can do one of four things—the last thing has some sub-things…

  1. Collect Income—which means taking one coin from the bank. Nothing can stop you from doing this or affect this in any way.
  2. Collect Foreign Aid—which means taking two coins from the bank. Why would someone Collect Income when they can Collect Foreign Aid? I’ll tell you in a minute.
  3. Coup—Pay seven coins and launch a coup against an opponent. That opponent chooses one of their facedown character cards and discards it faceup. Nothing can stop you from doing this or affect this in any way.
  4. Use the Special Power of a Character—Each character has a special power, and you just do it.

The Duke allows you to take three coins from the bank.

The Assassin allows you to pay three coins to kill another player’s character card.

The Captain allows you to steal two coins from another player.

The Ambassador allows you to draw two character cards from the deck, exchange one, both, or neither of the drawn cards with the character cards you already have, and then put two cards onto the deck.

The Contessa doesn’t get an action. (But she gets other stuff. Hang on.)

coupcardsWhat’s interesting is that you don’t have to actually have that character card to do the Action… You can bluff your way into any action. So maybe I have the Assassin and the Contessa in front of me. When it gets to my turn I can say, “I’m going to take three coins, because I have the Duke.” And that’s just what I do. Unless…someone calls my bluff. Anyone at the table can say that I’m lying. If that’s the case, one of us is losing a card. If I’m bluffing, I have to admit it, turn one of my character cards faceup, and I’m down to one “life.” (You’re out of the game when you have to ditch both characters. You’ve essentially lost your ability to influence people anymore, so you’re thrown out to the dogs. Or something.) If I was telling the truth, I show that do actually have that character, the person who wrongly accused me has to ditch a character card, and then I get a new one: You place the card on the pile of remaining cards, shuffle them up, and draw one. It might be the one you just got rid of, and your opponents have no idea. That’s one of the great things about this game.

In addition to Actions, some of the characters have a Blocking ability.

The Duke blocks someone from collecting Foreign Aid. (Which is why you might want to just Collect Income rather than Foreign Aid.)

The Captain blocks someone from stealing coins from you.

The Ambassador also blocks someone from stealing coins from you.

And the Contessa blocks someone from Assassinating you.

Again, someone can claim they have a blocking character even if they don’t. And again, unless someone calls the bluff, the block happens. The last person with influence (a character) wins. The game is layered and tense and…poker-like, in a way. It’s also very simple and elegant.

Recommendations

Family Game? Maybe! Certainly not until they’re older. Even then, I’m not sure this is something my wife would want to play.

Youth Group Game? Possibly! It would depend greatly on the group.

Gamers’ Game? Definitely! Coup is a terrific gamers’ game—especially if your group likes games such as The Resistance.

Final Verdict

The first time we played this, we played it five times in a row. And that was in less than an hour. I will say that this wasn’t good with six players, IMO. There was too much information on the table toward the end–because so many characters were discarded–so it slowed down as people tried to figure out who their opponents might still have. Four players felt good, and some people said they thought it might be best with five.

We also had a situation where three people were left, and all three had one character left. On one person’s turn he was going to Coup someone, but whichever opponent he didn’t kill would just kill him. So he was essentially in the position of deciding who won. Blech. That was my only complaint.

I like Coup a lot, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. It’s not going to replace The Resistance, but for a change-of-pace filler it’s just completely awesome.

So where can you get your own copy? Well, Indie Boards and Cards has a Resistance-themed Coup up on Kickstarter right now! It ends in two weeks, and it’s way overfunded. And the best part? It’s only $15 shipped. Check it out.

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Kickstarter Weekly

20 04 2013

Welcome to Kickstart Weekly! We’re toying around with the schedule for this post so today, you get it on a Saturday! Enjoy!

coupCoup – The Resistance – Indie Boards and Cards is currently launching a Resistance themed version of Coup, a card game of bluffing, and deception! If you’ve been reading TOG for any amount of time you know that we’re big fans of The Resistance titles and are looking forward to yet another addition to the franchise! Check out the campaign here, you can jump in and get a copy of the game fairly inexpensively!

 

 

galactic strikeGreater Than Games – Galactic Strike Force: The Cooperative Deck Building Game
The same folks who brought you Sentinels of the Multiverse are bringing you another deckbuiler, this one is set in a sci-fi universe in which players are working together towards a common goal. The game looks cool, and GTG has a great track record of bringing quality games to market. Follow this link for their Kickstarter Campaign.

 

 

galaxy def gameboxAres Games – Galaxy Defenders, a co-op miniatures game.
Another sci-fi co-op game, this time using miniatures players will fend off an intergalactic invasion! The miniature prototypes displayed on the campaign are looking slick! We don’t usually cover miniatures games, but this one looks like it breaks out of the typical genre box. You’ll find out more right here.

 

 

 

PL-Bicycle1Pixel Lincoln Playing Cards Funded!!
Our good friend Jason Tagmire and his pixelated pal along with the good folks over at Game Salute, have done it again, the Pixel Lincoln themed Bicycle deck has funded and they managed to knock off a few stretch goals along the way! Congrats, to Jason, Game Salute, and Pixel Lincoln! Find out more here! And read our most recent interview with Jason here!

 

 

52529401f6037bebd4868af5a457e719_largeFollowing up: Machine of Death –

This game crushed it’s campaign bringing in over half a million! A big congrats to David Malki and the gang for hitting another home run with their twisted concept of fate, and death. Best of luck! See what the hub-bub is about right here! And read our interview with David right here.

 

 

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great weekend everyone! If you want more fun and info from TOG check us out on Facebook and Twitter!





We’re Back! Plus, International TableTop Day…

7 03 2013
Resistance at the hotel Starbucks...

Resistance at the hotel Starbucks…

Well, we’re back from Indiana, and trying to put out fires and get caught up. It was so busy that we only had time to play a couple of games of The Resistance: Avalon—at 1 in the morning at the hotel Starbucks. But at least we got to play!

Anyway, the big news in the gaming world is that Geek & Sundry’s hit YouTube show TableTop has announced International TableTop Day, on March 30, 2013. This seems like merely an excuse to get together and play games—which we’re fine with. It’s a celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the show. Some big publishers are offering promotional materials for the event, so hit up their Web site for the details and to find an event near you…

 








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