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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I Can Deal #015: Board Game Groups & You

Board Games are a very social hobby so Adam & CJ discuss board game groups. Where do/should you look to find a group? What are vital parts of a good group? Also, what about digital games? These are briefly touched upon and what type of games are not conveyed properly in digital form.

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Weekly Spotlight: Red November

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Just when you thought being a gnome in a creaky submarine was bad, everything that could go wrong is about to happen! On the bright side, help is on its way. Will they arrive in time to save the crew or will the forces of nature and decrepit sub spell doom for everyone?

Go under (the post) for a look at Red November.

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I Can Deal #014 – Ameritocracy and Strategies

Adam and CJ are joined by Shane to talk about the game he helped design, Ameritocracy. Currently on Kickstarter, hear about the game, some of the the insight behind it, and the process of running a Kickstarter.

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