Dead Man’s Doubloons on Tabletop Simulator

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Tonight I had a chance to play Geek Fever Games’ upcoming game, Dead Man’s Doubloons. The cool part? I got to play over Tabletop Simulator and Skype with the game’s designer, Jason Miceli. For those who are unfamiliar, Tabletop Simulator lets you play tabletop games over the internet. It’s all manual, with very little bookkeeping built in. Jason spent a …

Pokemon GO Launched

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Last night Pokemon GO was released in the US for iOS and Android. The eagerly awaited game lets you explore the real world for Pokemon that you can use to battle at Gyms and try and win control of them for your faction. Various real-world landmarks will host Pokestops where you can replenish items for free, or as previously mentioned …

Discovering Tak – Part 3

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Continuing my earlier Tak posts, I figured I’d look into some Tak bots. Sometimes it’s nice to practice against an AI, and i’ve played with 3 pretty good ones. The first one I tried, and it’s actually a newer AI, is Takkerus by cdbfoster. It needs to be compiled in Rust of OSX and Linux, but there’s also Windows binary …

Unboxing Grimslingers

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Grimslingers just arrived in the mail yesterday, and I just had to crack it open. Everything from the box to the cards is beautiful, and I can’t wait to get this one to the table! I love the fact that it can be played quickly in versus mode, or can be played as a longer, 4 session co-op story mode. …

Unboxing Wrath of Dragons

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I first played Wrath of Dragons at PAX East this year. The giant fire-breathing dragon kind of caught my eye while at the Catalyst Game Labs booth, and I just had to request a demo. The game is a Resource Destruction game where you’re trying to destroy the most stuff by the end of 6 centuries. It’s a fairly standard …

Kickstarter – Gamer Deck 1

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Though not what I plan to normally do, I’ve made a 2nd Kickstarter pick this month. Gamer Deck 1: Mechanics is a card system/poker deck highlighting different game mechanics. It’s a standard card deck featuring game mechanics as a theme. The four suits are: Cards, Meeples, Hexes, and Pawns. Each card in a suits has a game mechanic that relates …

Unboxing Kodama

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Daniel Solis is an amazing game designer. I haven’t played a game of his that I didn’t like. A while ago Daniel had created a card game called Kigi, a beautiful game about painting the most lovely trees. It was self-published and sold through DriveThruCards. A while later Action Phase Games picked up the game, rethemed it, and had Daniel …

Card Master Preview

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Having already signed up as an early backer for Card Master on Prefundia, I was excited to get a prototype in today to preview. For those unfamiliar, Card Master is basically Triple Triad, a popular card mini-game found in Final Fantasy 8. Not collectable, it’s a deck of 81 cards with the numbers on the sides only ranging from 1-3. …

Unboxing Mystic Vale

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Back during Toy Fair 2015 I saw an early set of notes for Mystic Vale at the AEG booth. To be more specific, it was rough information about the Card Crafting System, as the game was still early in development and didn’t even have a name or specific theme. Ever since that day I’ve been waiting for AEG to announce …

Review – VA-11 Hall-A

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To be honest, I almost passed on the opportunity to review VA-11 Hall-A – Cyberpunk Bartender Action, a new game by Sukeban Games. Something about the logo caught my eye, and a quick lookup of the game had me hooked at the music. After that, I figured it couldn’t hurt to request a review code and give the game a …