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.

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....

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...
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