IOS Board Games: One on Sale, and One Free!

23 10 2013

kingdomApple announced some new iPads yesterday. What better way to celebrate buying one than by getting some cheap games for it?!

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Get Your Game On! June 21-2013

19 06 2013
Come play games with us at the Root!

Come play games with us at the Root!

This Friday, June 21st from 7-11 will be a night of tabletop gaming at the Root Cafe, hosted by me: Jeremiah Isley.

This will be our second monthly meeting and I’m working away in the background for a few special surprises, so stay tuned for more information there!

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Board Game Night—At the Root!

16 05 2013
Come play games with us at the Root!

Come play games with us at the Root!

We’re super excited to be able to announce that Jeremiah is hosting our first ever Board Game Night, at the Root Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. (Click here for directions)

Join us Friday, May 17 from 7:00-11:00 PM. Jeremiah will be there with a nice collection of games, some old favorites, some new prototypes, and a few fun party games. There will be games for newbies curious about the games we play, as well as the seasoned gamers.

Here’s a few games that will be on hand:

Carcassonne—A fun tile-placement game; this is a staple for any gamer’s collection!

The Great Heartland Hauling Company—A fun quick-playing game of cards and cubes!

Kingdom Builder—Easy to learn, but ever-changing!

DC Comics Deck Building Game—Use your cards to gain other cards and defeat the super villains!

The Resistance—There are no words!

The Agents—A prototype card game.

Princes of the Dragon Throne—Another prototype game from our friends at Game Salute.

Looking forward to see you all there! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details!!





The Weirdness of the Origins Award Nominees

8 04 2013

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By Firestone

On Thursday we were excited to bring you the newly released list of nominees for the Origins Awards. But as I looked over the list, I couldn’t help but wonder what in the world they were thinking…

Let’s start with Best Board Game. We have understandable nominees, such as Kingdom Builder, Lords of Waterdeep, and Mage Knight. Then there’s Hot Rod Creeps from Cryptozoic Entertainment. “That’s weird,” I thought. “I’ve never even heard of that game. Maybe it just flew under the radar.” So I went to the Geek and saw that it had flown under everyone’s radar. The game has only 57 ratings. It’s ranked 3656. Why would that game make the short list of best of the year? And speaking of year: Kingdom Builder and Mage Knight are both from 2011. So are these the best games of…recent years?

And then we have Best Gaming Accessory, which includes things like Dungeon Tiles, miniatures, cool dice, and…The Wizard’s Tower from Castle Panic? What?! It’s not an accessory; it’s an expansion. The Tower isn’t even a…thing! It’s a deck of cards. And it came out in 2011!

And there seem to be an inordinate number of Cryptozoic games. I’m not saying they’re not good games, but where are games from some of the other publishers—like Rio Grande and Z-Man and Fantasy Flight? Does Origins only nominate games that were sent to them by the publishers? That seems like a crazy way to determine the best games of the year. Or of recent years…





2013 Origins Awards Nominations Announced!

4 04 2013

The Nominees for the 39th Annual Origins awards have been announced via the GAMA Web site.

Making a HUGE showing in the list of nominees is Wizkids Games, with 5 titles up for an award! Not bad for a company who just several years ago had shut down operations. Wizards of the Coast, also with 5 nominations, continues to make an impact on the gaming industry. While Catan moguls Mayfair Games make a showing with Catan Junior and Clash of Wills. And we can’t forget AEG bringing 3 nominees to the table this year including Love Letter and the much beloved Smash Up!

Here are some quick highlights of the games nominated:

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 Best Board Game –

Hot Rod Creeps – Cryptozoic
Kingdom Builder – Queen Games (Read our Review)
Lords of Waterdeep – Wizards of the Coast
Mage Knight – WizKids (Read our Review)
Mage Wars – Arcane Wonder

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The nominees for Best Traditional Card Game are –

Doctor Who the Card Game – Cubicle 7 Entertainment/Treefrog Games
Legendary – Upper Deck
Locke & Key – Cryptozoic
Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’lyeh – Cryptozoic
Smash Up – AEG (Read our review)

catanjrBest Family, Party or Children’s Game –

Catan Junior – Mayfair Games (Read our Review)
Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Queen Games
Love Letter – AEG
Once Upon A Time 3rd Edition – Atlas Games
Quarriors! Dice Building Game – WizKids Games (Read our review)

For the complete list of categories and nominees you can visit the GAMA website by clicking right here.

Feel like a game got slighted? Are you pulling for a favorite to win? Let us know! Sound off here in the comments, or shout out on Facebook and Twitter!





What You Missed…

8 02 2013

quartifactcoverIt’s been a busy week for us here at TOG! Here’s a quick look at what you missed—or what you may want to take a look at again!

We took a quick look at some news about the newest Kingdom Builder Expansion.

Z-Man Games also released information regarding reprints of Carcassonne, and the new edition of Pandemic.

Firestone reviewed the new and very cool board/gear game Tzolk’in.

And don’t forget the news about a new Quarriors expsansion!

We’re still getting warmed up! Thursday we unveiled our awards for the Best Games of 2012!

dragonAnd today’s Kickstarter Weekly featured Dragon Whisperer, a very cool trick-taking card game.

Believe it or not, we’ve got another week’s worth of excitement coming on Monday that is just as awesome as this week! So check back in, tell your friends about us, and as always…don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!





More Kingdom Builder on the Way

4 02 2013

CrossroadsQueen Games has provided some previews of the games they’ll have at the upcoming Spielwarenmesse…the toy and game fair in Nürnberg, Germany.

Probably the biggest news is that they’re unveiling a new expansion for the Spiel des Jahres winner Kingdom Builder—Kingdom Builder: Crossroads “New locations and new challenges are what the land needs! Kingdom Builder: Crossroads includes four new landscapes with two different location spaces to offer new options to shape the kingdom. The task cards challenge players to build their settlements in a certain way in order to gain even more gold at the end of the game.”

Not much to go on, but for Donald X and Kingdom Builder fans, it’ll be an instant buy.

In related news, Queen is coming out with a Big Box version of Kingdom Builders, set to release in October. It’ll have the base game and all current expansions—including the Nomads and Crossroads expansions, and the Capitol and Caves mini expansions








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