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.

12 Predictions for E3 2019

It’s that time of year again. Christmas for video-game nerds. You can almost smell it in the air—the crappy convention food, cheaply made swag, and all the beautiful sweaty hype that surrounds it. That’s right folks: it’s E3 time, and even though big publishers such as EA and Sony have pulled out of this year’s expo, gaming fans have plenty to be excited about before the show floor even opens. And while most of the excitement is found in...

A Tour of the War of the Spark Prerelease at 3 Twin Cities Game Stores

It’s been over a month since War of the Spark (WAR) debuted to the general public. On the last weekend of April 2019, both online players through MTG Online and MTG Arena and flesh-and-blood players at their local game stores were finally able to purchase and play with the latest Magic: The Gathering expansion set for the very first time. With the fun of an event where no one knows for sure what the cards do and each pack...

Minnesota-Made Game HyperDot Is Coming as an Xbox Exclusive

The first time I played HyperDot, it was sweaty-palms, button-mashing fun. In this fast-paced action arcade game, your only task is to “dodge everything.” Play and navigate a tiny triangle through a myriad of colored shapes flying at you on a circular field. The games comes with an entire slew of modifiers and ways to play. I didn’t win very many times, but that didn’t stop me from playing round after round. Developed by Twin Cities–based Tribe Games, a...

Game of Thrones and the Gamers Who Play It

As HBO’s Game of Thrones reaches its final episodes, with the series finale airing May 19, 2019, it’s a great time to appreciate how far the George R. R. Martin franchise has come from its humble beginnings. My first encounter with A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which the TV show is based, came about the same way as many of my favorite fandoms: through my love of gaming. In 2003, my friends had just...

A Minnesota Game Creator Brings Card-Based Space Battle Dreams to Life

Creating a new game can be as easy as grabbing some index cards and a pen. It’s how some of the most popular card-based games got their start, including Magic: The Gathering. Through numerous playtest sessions, a game can go from being just an idea to a finished, enjoyable product. It’s a long and arduous process, and not every game creator has the fortitude and determination to see it through. At a playtest session in the beginning of March,...

Magic: The Gathering’s Planeswalkers Go to War

While Marvel fans are anticipating the theatrical premiere of Avengers: Endgame, that film is not the only superpowered showdown geeks can look forward to this weekend. April 27–28, 2019, is also the prerelease weekend for War of the Spark, the newest expansion set in the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. In a story that has been slowly unfolding over the course of several years of storytelling and gameplay, the city-plane of Ravnica becomes the battlefield for the final confrontation...

7 New and Upcoming Video Games to Be Excited about in 2019

Hosted iatn the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the largest event for video-game industry professionals and brings together around 28,000 attendees each year. GDC is home to a packed expo floor, summits that feature talks by industry professionals, networking events, and an awards show. As you might expect, GDC is a great place to get a whirlwind tour of up-and-coming games. Having so many on display together makes it a little easier...

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...
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