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.

Can Can Wonderland Highlights the Artistic Value of Retro Gaming

The Twin Cities has so many unique bars, and I wanted to check out a retro gaming bar that has been drawing lots of traffic since it opened in 2017: Can Can Wonderland. At first, you might not suspect that Can Can truly fits this category, but the arcade portion, which sits adjacent to its famous minigolf, has attracted the local Twin Cities crowd, similar to other retro gaming locations in the market. I wanted to delve deeper into...

Afropunk Tabletop Game Swordsfall Hits Crowdfunding Success

Sci fi and fantasy have a long history of trying to nudge humanity toward a better version of itself. Whether by cautioning us about possible futures or putting current issues on display through direct allegory, such media helps us explore our problems and our potential. In particular, tabletop role-playing games offer a chance to engage these narratives in a uniquely direct way, which can be a fantastic opportunity for players to expand their horizons and experience new ideas in...

Chatterbox Pub Is the Perfect Retro Gaming Haven for a First Date

While I was doing research for my last article, I reached out to Steven Miller, who is the owner of Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the retro gaming scene in the Twin Cities, especially since his pub was one of the first to service the local retro gaming community. I walked into the bar and was instantly taken back to my childhood as I noticed the vintage Nintendo Power...

Humblewood Is Bringing Avian Adventure to D&D 5th Edition

When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, I’m always on the lookout for twists and deviations from the game’s default setting—I’ve played in that setting a number of times, and variety is the spice of life. For a long time I have wanted to play and/or DM a campaign set in a world inspired by Aesop’s Fables or Redwall, with talking animals and woodland adventures and such, but it seemed like a ton of work to put the races...

Video Games Come to the Science Museum of Minnesota in the Game Changers Exhibit

The Science Museum of Minnesota has transformed its US Bank Great Hall into a 10,000-square-foot educational video game experience. Game Changers, the museum’s newest exhibit, takes a hands-on look at some of video games’ most important and groundbreaking creations and the minds that spawned them. Visitors can learn about the creators of some of the industry’s most influential characters, concepts, and ideas, all while having a chance to play a wide variety of games that span the vast history...

Up-Down Minneapolis Bottles Gaming Nostalgia for Twin Cities Millennials

When I first walked into Up-Down a few years ago, around the time it opened, I felt an instant nostalgic attachment. I noticed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and nearby, an unused X-Men arcade cabinet. Both sat beckoning me to reclaim my youth. I was flooded with memories of a local pizza shop and arcade in Appleton, Wisconsin, where I spent birthdays, Friday nights, and the celebrations after stellar report cards. I would rapidly scarf down the...

Twin Cities Players Take Magic Events outside the Game Store

Many local game stores hold regular Magic: The Gathering game events. These certainly can be a great deal of fun, but the stores can be intimidating spaces for some, and a player may like to have food and drink choices beyond just convenience-store snacks and drinks for more socialization. One of the virtues of a game like Magic is that it can be an opportunity to get out into the community and socialize on a regular basis. Addressing the...

Try Out the Global Game Jam Creations of 2019 at the GLITCH Play Plarty

At the end of January, Minneapolis-based nonprofit GLITCH hosted the local site for Global Game Jam, a yearly hackathon taking place at 860 different locations all over the world in 2019. The participants, called “jammers,” form teams and work to create a video game—from start to finish—over the course of 48 hours. Jammers include musicians, voice actors, narrative designers, and artists. This year, for the first time ever, jammers could participate remotely instead of only in person. On February...

Star Wars: Outer Rim Takes Players to a Less Civilized Region of Space

In 2011, Roseville-based Fantasy Flight Games announced that they had acquired the rights to create Star Wars tabletop gaming experiences. In the years since, we’ve seen tremendous offerings for just about any type of gamer, from the tactical skirmishes of the X-Wing Miniatures Game, to the story-building nature of FFG’s Narrative Dice System utilized in their line of Star Wars role-playing games. Now, with more successful Star Wars tabletop properties in their library than you can shake a gaffi...

Minnetonka Modern Magic Players Raise Funds for Charity with Weirdcards

Over the weekend of February 2, 2019, the Twin Cities metro experienced a break in the dangerously freezing polar vortex temperatures that had closed schools and forced postal delivery to a halt during the week before. It was a balmy 30-some degrees outdoors, the perfect weather for a groundhog to poke its head out of its burrow as well as for 28 Magic: The Gathering players to stay indoors and raise $600 to help prevent suicide in LGBTQ teens....
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