Gaming

Coverage of current events and announcements in the world of board games, card games, RPGs, miniature gaming, video games, and any other kind of gaming, with an emphasis of focus on the local MN gaming scene.

The Concepts of Ravnica Brings Original Magic: The Gathering Artwork to Lodestone Coffee and Games

At the beginning of 2019, The Concepts of Ravnica launched at Lodestone Coffee and Games. This show, on display until March 1, showcases original Ravnica concept art for Magic: The Gathering. It will display a total of 75 pieces by Tomas Giorello and Wayne Reynolds over the course of its run, rotating three guilds at a time. The show is a product of the work and generosity of Magic art curator Mike Linnemann, otherwise known as Vorthos Mike. He used his personal...

Distant Worlds 2, the 18-Week Expedition across the Elite Dangerous Galaxy, Gets Underway

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy On January 13, 2019, a group of nearly 12,000 explorers in Elite Dangerous embarked upon an 18-week voyage to the other end of the galaxy in an expedition known as Distant Worlds 2. It is...

Why Kairi Will Be Playable in Kingdom Hearts III

Note: At the time of this writing, Kingdom Hearts III is an unreleased game. However, this article discusses content found in trailers and interviews with the game’s director. Fans avoiding these may wish to skip this article. One of the most anticipated video game releases of the new year, Kingdom Hearts III, will return fans to the imaginative universe conceived by Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura, which juxtaposes characters of Nomura’s own design with those of other Square Enix games and of Disney motion...

5 of the Best Gaming Moments of 2018

Video games aren’t perfect. Bugs can break an immersive experience, 13-year-olds can wreck a 20-player kill streak, and one small line of code can disrupt an entire sequence that a developer worked for years to get just right. Video games aren’t perfect, but moments can be. When done right, moments can provide perfect windows into exactly what a developer was trying to accomplish and turn a good video game into something transcendent. And 2018 was filled with a few perfect...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2019

Minnesota has a great history of gaming, both tabletop and electronic, and conventions are a key place to pick up some gaming with friends old and new. Here are the cons you can look forward to in 2019! Some of these events are dedicated gaming cons, while others have a different focus but feature enough gaming that we thought they were worth telling you about. As always, check out the event’s website for more specific information about what they...

Twin Cities Gamers Celebrate the Release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

On the night of December 7, 2018, Level Up Games South St. Paul hosted a midnight release party for the latest installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game, highly anticipated within the Nintendo community, was first announced last March. Although it was late, the store was packed with people wanting to get playtime with the new game. It was clear some had been camping out for the entire evening. Backpacks and jackets littered...

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Lives On After Death

One of the feelings familiar to anyone who is invested in a customizable card game (other than Magic: The Gathering, perhaps) is the fear of their favorite game being discontinued and the player base subsequently drifting off, their investment becoming all but worthless. But some CCGs persist afterward, sustained by strong communities not ready to drop their hobby. As one example, I recently joined a local play group for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, a game that like its namesake...

Raise Money for Kids through Games with These Minnesota Groups on Extra Life Game Day 2018

In November every year, awesome people converge to game during a 24-hour period known as Game Day. Not only do they get to play games of all kinds, but they also get to raise money to help out sick and injured kids. The movement behind this combination of playing games and raising money for a good cause? Its name is Extra Life. Full disclosure: I am a volunteer with the Twin Cities Extra Life guild. Learn more about what they...

An Open Letter From the Shieldmaidens Regarding Source Comics and Games

On October 8, 2018, Lisa Olson, a former employee of Roseville’s Source Comics and Games, published a Facebook post about her experience as an employee that went viral and elicited many comments from both customers and other former employees about their experiences in the store. Below is an open letter that was sent to Twin Cities Geek this week by the game masters who run the Kattakemeros and Kosnos games at the store on Sundays. Shieldmaiden Sundays are a casual meetup in the...

Casual Grinding Is Now Possible with Magic: The Gathering Arena

For me, it all started six years ago when a Canadian sketch comedy team called Loading Ready Run (LRR) was hired by Wizards of the Coast to produce an online web series. Called Friday Nights, the series instantly became a fan favorite with the LRR audience, even those people like me who had heard about Magic: The Gathering but never played it before. A year later, I found myself at Universe Games in Minneapolis participating in my first ever Friday...
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