Yesterday one of the regular members of my Dungeons & Dragons group had to cancel, so the rest of us decided to roll some new characters for a one-off campaign. Shortly before our gathering, one of them texted to ask if it was alright if we all played as bards. “We’ll be like a traveling pop punk band!” they said. As…
The thick, black-and-white rulebook packaged with every copy of the 1979 war-game The Campaign For North Africa is full of obtuse decrees, but the tabletop community always had a special appreciation for entry 52.6 - affectionately known as the “macaroni rule.” The Italian troops in World War II were outfitted with…
Scythe is one of my favourite board games of the last few years, and having missed its first expansion I was super excited to drop back into the game to test out its second, the airship-based Wind Gambit.
It’s hard work, turning a video game into a board game.
Fallout: The Board Game is as faithful an adaptation of the source material as you could possibly hope for.
Anyone who owns a lot of board games will know that storing them isn’t that hard. Storing them nicely, though, is almost impossible, which is why BoxThrone is trying to change that with a modular shelving system designed to accommodate any game, no matter how weird or heavy it is.
In 2011, the board game Letters from Whitechapel put detectives on the hunt for Jack the Ripper. In 2017, that game has been stripped down to all but its most essential systems, and has become better for it.
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is already one of the best tabletop experiences around, but it looks like the game’s upcoming app release is going to make it even better, allowing for stuff like fog of war and true cooperative play, as the AI takes control of the Empire.
Taking its inspiration from LA Noire, The Big Sleep and LA Confidential, Detective: City of Angels is a board game about a team of detectives working to solve crimes and bust mobsters.
Misspent Youth is a tabletop RPG about young people fighting against authority. Unfortunately, it has a lot of rules, many of which get in the way of the freedom that serves as its core.
The next time you’re playing board/tabletop games, or even just working or playing a grindy kind of video game, consider firing up Tabletop Audio, a website that loops ambient background noise for situations ranging from “Lunar Outpost” to “Medieval Library”.
Magic: The Gathering has issued a rare emergency card ban effective today. One card in a popular but dramatically overpowered two-card combo is now illegal in Standard play. Publisher Wizards of the Coast announced Felidar Guardian’s emergency ban two days after they put out their April “Banned and Restricted” cards…
Getting into Dungeons & Dragons can be intimidating. You need maybe three or four other nerds to play with, some pricey tomes full of numbers and tables, ample free time and several dice with as many as 20 sides. It’s a lot to fathom, and even more to set up. How will you find D&D-curious friends? How will you…
My mom loves mystery stories, but I’ve never really seen the appeal. While we both love reading, she likes to puzzle out the mystery as she reads along. I can’t help myself from flipping to the back of the book. Now that I’ve played Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, however, I finally understand the thrill of…
GKR: Heavy Hitters is a new board game up on Kickstarter. If you like robots and turn-based combat it might be worth a look, if only for the incredibly cool design of the game’s miniatures.
I never thought we’d get a faithful board game adaptation of Doom, of all things, but here we are: Fantasy Flight’s latest dungeon crawler plays just like the heavy metal first-person shooter, only without all the blood.
This is a massive and elaborate GM screen for your Dungeons & Dragons (or any other role-playing game) adventures. For those who want to flex on their tabletop crew.
I got around to playing the classic German board game Power Grid (aka Funkenschlag) on the weekend, and absolutely loved it.
Game of Thrones is not like other board games. While there are plenty of strategy games out there, and plenty of games where people have to be dicks to each other, none walk the line between them as well as Fantasy Flight’s classic. Which can make it tough to get your head around. So I’m here to help.