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 Gods Battle It Out in Magic: The Gathering’s Hour of Devastation Prerelease

Magic: The Gathering fans waited with bated breath leading up to last weekend: it was the prerelease event for Hour of Devastation, their first chance to get their hands on the newest Magic card set. Hour of Devastation features planeswalker Nicol Bolas, the most powerful of the five Elder Dragons to have survived the Dragon War. Basically, Bolas comes to the party, looks around, and says, “Nope!” According to lore he has an “obsessive need to regain his god-like...

The Planes of Magic: The Gathering Come to Life in VIZ Art Books

As I’ve described in an earlier article, Magic: The Gathering has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. The story of the game has moved front and center on the cards themselves, depicting key moments in the plot via the cards’ art, gameplay mechanics, and brief lines of story text in a concerted effort to deliver a cohesive narrative to all players. Lately I’ve put off reading the online fiction in order to see for myself how well this process is...

The Gaming Goat Is Coming to Eagan!

A few months ago, I spoke with the owner of a shop called the Gaming Goat that would be opening in my hometown of Woodbury. This chain of stores sells board games along with products for other hobbies like Magic: The Gathering and even accommodate to roleplaying gamers as well. Recently, I caught wind of another shop in the chain opening in Eagan, so I looked up the owner of the new store, Dino Minutolo, to ask him about...

Sixty Mile Sky Is a Minneapolis-Based Sci-Fi RPG Project Raising Funds on Kickstarter

People play tabletop role-playing games for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy the social and creative atmosphere. Others love rolling up bad-ass, nigh-rule-breaking characters. Still others play as a way to escape from the stress and ennui of everyday life. There are a lot more, and if we’re being honest, most people play for multiple reasons—and there’s no right or wrong way to draw enjoyment from role-playing as an activity. But lately, as I’ve been role-playing more regularly as...

Beat the Heat and Play Games at Your Local Library This Summer!

For years, gaming has served as a bridge between libraries and the community, attracting underserved populations and drawing in people who might not normally frequent their local library. This summer, Twin Cities libraries have come up with some exciting and innovative gaming programming; in almost every corner of the metro there is a gaming event to attend. There are many different options—video games, board games, card games, and role-playing. Whatever your interest, there is a game for you! The...

Celebrate 30 Years of Zelda with Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum

Quick: name a few iconic tunes from video games. There is a good chance that one of the songs you conjured was the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, right? The music from the Zelda series has been part of pop culture and an imperative staple in gaming history since the game debuted on the Famicom system in 1986. (Even Trent Reznor did a tribute!) The Legend of Zelda was released in North America on the NES a...

An Introduction to the Galaxy of Star Wars Tabletop Games

If you love games and you love Star Wars, you’re probably already aware of this—but just in case you’ve been off training on Dagobah or something, local publisher Fantasy Flight Games holds the license to publish Star Wars tabletop products. Since obtaining the license in the summer of 2011, they have released a variety of games set in the galaxy far, far away, and at this point there are so many Star Wars games to choose from that it can be almost daunting...

Fans Who Want to Cook Like Iggy Create a Final Fantasy XV Cookbook

“That’s it!” is a phrase that Final Fantasy XV fans know very well. And fittingly, it’s also the name of a FFXV fanmade cookbook. Final Fantasy XV came out in November 2016 to an array of eager fans. The game, 10 years in the making, has an epic plot line familiar to longtime players of the series, but the main draw of this installment is the four main protagonists and the bonds they strengthen over the course of the...

Watch the Skies! Brings Sci-Fi Roleplaying on an Epic Scale to the Twin Cities

I’ve always felt that the greatest strength of gaming is how easily it can function as a framework for social interaction, especially between total strangers. As so many of us geeks are introverts by nature, starting a conversation with someone new can be more than a little intimidating: you want to say the right thing, but how do you know what that is when you’ve never met them before? The party-game phenomenon Cards Against Humanity built its name on the concept...

Mass Effect: Andromeda Releases Today, but It’s Already Well into Controversy

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the highly anticipated latest installment in Bioware’s Mass Effect series, is officially out today, with some gamers and media outlets having recently previewed the game before launch. Critical response so far has been mixed, but before it was even out, players had picked up on some bizarre features in the game—specifically the awkward facial animations of the characters. Rather than chalking it up to an overeager release or a case of game preview gone awry (and...
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