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.

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...

Channel A: The Anime Pitch Party Game Is a Delight for Anime Fans of All Levels

The more I think back on my life as a gamer, the more I realize how much that identity has interacted with—and even informed—my other hobbies. Even as recently as when I discovered Call to Adventure (which I wrote about earlier this month), my excitement and anticipation from that game has rekindled my interest in fantasy novels, and that’s had me reading them a lot more lately than I had been. Similarly, my entry into the trading-card-gaming scene in the...

Call to Adventure Is the Hero’s Journey in Card-Game Form

The games I most enjoy playing are the ones that can inspire players’ imagination with a story that unfolds over the course of a session. Quality and consistent artwork, thematic gameplay, and resonance with the audience’s pop-culture experiences are all elements through which a game can deliver a story experience in which the players feel they are a part of the fictional world where the game takes place. Role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder are the most straightforward example of this,...

Hush Hush Is a Kickstarter-Funded PC Game about Girls with Secrets

As Western appeal toward visual novels, the traditionally Japanese genre of interactive electronic stories, continues to grow, so too do Western developers’ interests in bringing these kinds of games to their fans. Canada-based Sad Panda Studios, creator of the popular visual novel Crush Crush, is currently raising funds via Kickstarter for the production of a “bigger, bolder, bustier!” follow-up game, Hush Hush. Crush Crush is an irreverent, popular-culture-riffing romp through the world of the dating sim, a visual-novel subcategory in which...

In Gamifying the Language of Chemistry, CompoundIt! Is a Minnesota-Born Winner

In CompoundIt!, a board game created by Minneapolis science teacher Andrew Lyman-Buttler, chemistry and Scrabble-like mechanics join hands to create a uniquely geeky experience. The game—which is running a crowdfunding campaign through May 2, 2018—is billed as a “chemistry formula word game in which the ‘letters’ are chemical elements and the ‘words’ are compounds.” It challenges players to build binary compounds and polyatomic ions on the board from tiles representing individual elements. Lyman-Buttler describes his game as a “great new...

Magic: The Gathering Celebrates Its 25th Birthday with a Year of Special Releases

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, which was first revealed at the 1993 Origins Game Fair, held on Independence Day weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. For an entire generation, the trading-card game has kept a huge following, and now it’s time for veteran players to relive the fond memories they’ve had surrounding Magic and for new players to join the Magic community and see what all the fuss is about. It’s been known for a while now...
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