Weekly Spotlight: Lost in R’lyeh

 

I know, I know — another Cthulhu game. I realize I just talked at length about one, but I do have something of a confession to make. I’m a sucker for Lovecraft, well… anything… but especially games. I know they spawn like flies in the realm of tabletop, and I know not a single one truly encapsulates the gloom and doom of inescapable horror. The theme is getting close to the point of supersaturation, and yet the Mythos’ rate of use continues to grow. Even as I saw this game at Origins Game Fair, I rolled my eyes and let out an audible sigh… but knew deep down that I was going to play it. And I did. Because of course I did. What I didn’t expect was this particular game stands out not for its theme, but for its twist on a familiar mechanic. Continue reading Weekly Spotlight: Lost in R’lyeh

Has Cards Against Humanity run its course?

These days it is hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of the card game Cards Against Humanity, whether it is from playing the game or the moral objections based on the cards within its box. It hit at the “right” time and now it is almost everywhere. It all started on Kickstarter and now another company has a replacement product for those tired of their friends suggesting to play CAH.

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Origins: Blood Rage Tournament Results

 

 

Amongst the greatness that is wandering the Main Hall and Expo Hall of Origins Game Fair 2016, there are tournaments. When you aren’t busy demoing games, buying games, or checking out accessories, you can jump into one of their many tournaments if you have the tokens!

CJ and I decided to partake in a Blood Rage Tournament since he mildly likes it. And what happened?

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I Can Deal #018: Origins 2016 Retrospective

Adam and CJ sit down with a friend after Origins to talk about the game fair. Hear some stories and experiences with some of the games that were played/demoed/shown off. There was a lot of cover and we only scratched the surface!

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Origins and NTBG!

NonTraditional Board Games will be at Origins this year. Myself, CJ, and friends will be roaming around Thursday through Saturday checking out games, playing games, and talking about games. So if there is anything you want us to check out for you or think we should pay attention to, let us know in the comments or send an email out to us.

The next episode of I Can Deal will be recorded during that time as well, please forgive the wait.

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT: The Stars Are Right

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Looking at The Stars Are Right on the shelves, you’d notice a few things: it’s a Steve Jackson game (maker of Munchkin), the shape of the box is oddly familiar (same box shape as other Munchkin boxes), and the creatures depicted on the box are Lovecraftian(ish) cartoons by Goomi (artist for Munchkin Cthulhu). So it’s a Munchkin game! YAY!!! (or BOO!!! whichever way you tend to lean).

Except, it’s not a Munchkin game. In fact, I’m a little pressed to call it a game at all. Strictly speaking, while The Stars Are Right fits the textbook definition of a game, at its core, it’s really little more than a spatial puzzle– one you try to solve faster than everyone else at the table with strategic placement of cards. 

You play the role of a cultist– as you do in any Cthulhu inspired game where you aren’t playing one of the hopeless saps (aka investigators) trying to keep the ancient beasties from inevitably waking. And your goal as a cultist is to invoke the power of said indescribable horrors to manipulate the night sky, aligning the stars to summon more and more powerful tentacly critters. Except you have rival cultists trying to wrest control of the night sky from you to raise their own servitors and elder gods. Continue reading WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT: The Stars Are Right

Welcome to The League!

The first Session of the League for NonTraditional Board Games has begun! The League is a little something extra for MeetUp meeples to freely participate in at the Library events. It is 100% free like all of the gatherings but you can only sign up between Sessions.

Be sure to check out the League page for updates on each week of the Session. Hit the jump for more details.

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I Can Deal #017: Greenbrier Games

Adam and CJ are joined by special guest Walter Barber from Greenbrier Games. Learn about how he got picked up by the company, his insights in the industry of board games and thoughts on matters in the hobby today.

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Weekly Spotlight: Blood Rage

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At first glance, Blood Rage– a game that consists of highly detailed viking and monster miniatures– might be assumed to be a highly aggressive meat grinder of a war game, where you battle against your opponents in bloody duels for the glory of your clan. It’s practically right there in the name! Plus vikings! I mean, come on! But if that’s the impression you walked away with after taking a look at the game box, you’d be wrong. Well, mostly wrong.

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I Can Deal #016: Components Part 3 – Pricings & Inserts

Back to talking about components! This time Adam wants to share his thoughts on pricing of certain games while CJ is curious about a potentially less important aspect of board games, the insert. Do you have any thoughts on pricing and inserts of board games?

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