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  • morels cover.jpg Morels is a tasty find

    At first glance, it might seem that Morels falls into the category of “They can make a game out of anything.”

    Morels is a game about collecting mushrooms and then cooking or selling them. It is a game for two players and plays in about 30 minutes.

    August 1, 2012 3 Photos

  • SWrealms-front-box.jpg Small World getting larger

    Someday, this era of tabletop gaming will be held in special esteem by people who will be left to chronicle this hobby.

    When that happens, products like Small World Realms will be among the examples used to define this productive and enlightened era.

    July 25, 2012 3 Photos

  • Atlantis_Rising_cover.jpg Z-Man Games heading to Indy

    trip to Indianapolis for the biggest gaming convention in this country.

    For those who don’t know, GenCon starts Aug. 16 at the Indianapolis Convention Center and runs for four days. Last year over 36,000 different gaming enthusiasts attended and this year the pre-registrations are up significantly from a year ago.

    But more about the convention next week in an overall preview.

    One of the more interesting companies who will be attending is Z-Man Games.

    July 12, 2012 4 Photos

  • cthulhu box.jpg Fluxx nearing milestone

    Fluxx is one of the greatest gateway games into this wonderful and rich hobby and it is now ready to reach a milestone.

    For those who aren’t acquainted with it, Fluxx is a card game where the rules change at the drop of a card. As a result, games can be 10 minutes or 45. There is no long-term strategic planning, but rather short-term tactics because the goal of how to win might change several times between your turns.

    June 21, 2012 3 Photos

  • Nefarious-top.png Creating a very good game

    Designer Donald X. Vaccarino as a mad scientist, brewing up outstanding tabletop games isn’t a stretch at all.

    Now gamers can become the mad scientist in Vaccarino’s new offering, Nefarious, from Ascora Games.

    June 18, 2012 4 Photos

  • kingdom-builder-cover.jpg Kingdom Builder: building a following

    Donald X. Vaccarino has been thrust into the forefront of the tabletop gaming community as a designer and that stature is on the verge of getting even larger.

    Vaccarino designed the hugely successful Dominion from Rio Grande Games, which won the 2009 Spiel des Jahres Award as game of the year. That award is to game designers what the Oscar is to people in the film business.

    June 9, 2012 4 Photos

  • OriginsLogo.png Origins haven for serious tabletop gamers

    Today marks the start of the Origins Game Fair excursion here to find the latest news, sample games as well as work for one of the top companies on the planet.

    Origins, along with GenCon in August, is one of the premier places for devotees of tabletop gaming to gather to get in games, sample new and existing product and have contact with some of the industry leaders.

    May 30, 2012 2 Photos

  • RW&B coverALT.jpg Stock car racing gets championship treatment

    Let’s get this out of the way right at the drop of the green flag – auto racing is one of the most difficult of all sports to simulate.

    February 20, 2012 2 Photos

  • box cover.jpg Nightfall ventures into Blood Country

    Nightfall has always been one of my favorite card building games because it has the most player interaction and the best theme.

    Fortunately the game just continues to get better, as has been proven by the most recent expansion, Blood Country, and by the first bit of news from next month’s expansion, The Coldest War.

    January 5, 2012 4 Photos

  • TS-HoD.jpg Thunderstone expands with Heart of Doom

    Thunderstone, though one of the earliest games in the deck building series, hasn’t lost any steam at all through the recent release of the game’s fifth expansion, Heart of Doom.

    Heart of Doom adds well over 200 cards to add to the stockpile of options players have when adventuring with Thunderstone. There are a couple of new rules as well. But this expansion, more than anything else, feels like an ending of sorts to this first section of what I’m sure will be a continuing saga.

    December 27, 2011 6 Photos

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