Amazon Lightening Deals – Smash Up! – Rise of Augustus!

12 12 2013

As an act of public service we’re giving you a quick update!

Today at 3:00 PM EST Amazon is running a lightning deal for two popular board games!

smashcoverFirst is Smash Up! The shuffle-building game that started it all! On Amazon the price is only $22.99, but when the clock strikes three, Amazon will knock off even more from the MSRP. So clickety-click RIGHT HERE!
To see what you can save!

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AEG Announces the Next Smash Up Expansion

4 12 2013

SmashUpSciFiThe suspense was killing you, right? Well it’s all over now. Following up on the heels of the semi-controversial Obligatory Cthulu Set, AEG has announced the next expansion for their hit shuffle-building game.

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Awesome Level 9000—A Double-Take Review (Plus a Video!)

26 07 2013

SU2-BoxWelcome to Theology Of Games’ very first Double-Take Video Review! We’re still going to do the written review, but we’re experimenting with some video reviews and previews. Yes, we know this video is raw—and we made lots of mistakes and have lots of things to learn. But we’re going to get better!

So check after the jump for the written and video review…

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A Double Take Interview with Paul Peterson and Todd Rowland

27 06 2013

cthuluGame designer extraordinaire Paul Peterson is at it again with yet another expansion for the smash title Smash Up! Paul, being the friend of the blog he is, agreed to once again have a cyber chat with us about Smash Up, and he brought along Todd Rowland, Director of Marketing and Senior Brand Manager for Alderac Entertainment Group.

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What You Missed…

24 05 2013

HanabiIt’s been another busy week here at TOG! Here’s a quick look at the week that was:

To start the week off we brought you some info on new expansions from games by Eagle/Gryphon and Cryptozoic.

Later in the week the Spiel des Jahres were announced.

Firestone warns us: Don’t believe the hype about Love Letter.

And AEG’s plans to keep the next Smash Up expansion under wraps were thwarted—but we didn’t spill the beans! We just reported on it, post-spillage.

We’d also like to give you a heads up about a few things we have in the works!

We’ve got a TON of interviews in the works, including Paul Peterson, who will discuss that new Cthulhu Smash Up expansion. We’ll also be chatting with Jamie Stegmaier, designer of Viticulture, about his latest Kickstarter campaign for Euphoria, and we’ll check in with David and Fred Mackenzie of Clever Mojo Games about the epic board game Princes of the Dragon Throne! (And that’s just for starters!)

Also be on the lookout for our newest delve into social media as we introduce out newest feature: The 6-Second Review via Vine! Don’t wanna miss this!

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The Great Old Ones Won’t Stay Hidden—A Cthulhu Smash Up Expansion!

23 05 2013

cthuluWell, AEG was hoping to keep the secret until June 1, but you know ancient evil: It just won’t stay hidden! The Obligatory Cthulhu Set is the third expansion for the popular Smash Up game. According to AEG “this set features crazy Cthulhu cultists, fishy Innsmouth locals, horrifying Elder Things, and good old Miskatonic University members (the Fightin’ Cephalopods). To be certain we got it right, this set also includes a new card type fittingly known as “Madness”, that each of these groups use to various effects. But remember that Madness brings you power but at a price.”

Since this was outed earlier than they’d wanted, AEG doesn’t have a page up or previews yet, but they promise more next week.

You can read our interview with designer Paul Peterson right here.

There are already some complaints in the Twitterverse that people aren’t really excited about an expansion that’s all under the same broad theme. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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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!








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