A Kickstarter Feature: Two Rooms and a Boom!

1 11 2013

Two RoomsIt’s not a secret that we here at TOG we are HUGE fans of The Resistance, and every once in a while there is a game that comes along claiming to be able to topple The Resistance from its pedestal. In recent months Two Rooms and a Boom has been getting a ton of social media, podcast, and bloggy love, and while it has many similarities to games like Mafia, Werewolf, and The Resistance, there are some very intriguing differences that could make this one stand out from the crowd!

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What’s Better Than New Board Games?

17 08 2013

Resistance

UPDATE: It’s over now. That’ll teach you not to read our emails right away!

Cheap board games!

Today’s Gold Box Deal from the folks over at Amazon features a number great board game titles, and a number of well…not-so-great board game titles.

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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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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.





When Expansions Go Bad…

24 04 2013

MontrealBy Firestone

I love expansions. LOVE THEM. Sometimes they can “fix” some of the problems that emerged in a game when it first came out. Sometimes they can just breathe some new life into a game that has grown a little stale. Sometimes they allow more players to play the game (although this is rarely a good thing, IMHO).

Age of Steam is a good example of a game ripe for expansions. Awesome base game, and the expansions are just maps. Maps of new areas—real and imagined—with new and interesting rules and mechanics. Does it always work? No! (cough*Golden Spike*cough). But when it does (Montréal Métro, for instance), it makes me love the base game even more… (Power Grid also benefits from more maps.)

Card games are a natural fit for expansions. Thunderstone, Nightfall, Netrunner, and Lord of the Rings all benefit from just more awesome stuff to add!

Pandemic’s On The Brink added some significant gameplay changes—including someone playing as the baddie! Those are the most risky expansions, because they have the potential to be awesome or terrible.

PrincesBut sometimes expansions are just…awful. The first one that springs to mind is the expansion for The Princes of Florence. Now understand: For years and years and years Princes Of Florence was my very favorite game. It was only recently eclipsed by The Resistance, due to the sheer amount of fun I’ve had with it. So I was excited to play with the expansion that came in the Treasure Chest (one box that had 10 expansions for six games). It. Was. Horrible. Our one and only game using the expansion took 4 hours. 4 HOURS!! Toward the end of that game, the expansion made me hate Princes Of Florence. Any expansion that makes me hate my favorite game is bad, bad, bad.

Another bad one was the Necromancer Island expansion for Small World. This was a freebie giveaway promotion, so I think they felt they could experiment a little. It’s lame. It forces the players to cooperate against the Necromancer player—which doesn’t really work well in the framework of the game. But beyond that, those who do work to fight the Necromancer are in a worse position that those who don’t. Blech. It’s going for ~$30 on the secondary market, thanks to completists who didn’t get it when it was free and want a copy now. I’ll happily part with my copy for that price…

So what are some of your favorite expansions? And what are some that fell flat for you?

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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.

 

 

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