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.

6 New and Upcoming Releases to Watch for in the Expanding Final Fantasy XV Universe

Final Fantasy XV is rapidly approaching its first year anniversary, but that hasn’t prevented Square Enix from releasing more and more content under the umbrella that is the Final Fantasy FFXV Universe. So far the list is impressive in size, if not necessarily in quality. There’s a feature film, an anime series, mobile games, and even a novel. There’s pretty much something for everyone, which after all seems to be Square’s goal. In an interview with Engadget, game director Hajime...

Honor What Has Come Before in Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Last month, the annual gaming convention, Gen Con, celebrated its highly anticipated 50th anniversary, which brought with it a host of all-new games and revived classics. One of the returning games, Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, is the Minnesota-local Fantasy Flight Games’ reimagining of a popular collectible card game by Alderac Entertainment Group. Legend of the Five Rings, or L5R as it is known in shorthand, is a samurai fantasy in which the seven Great Clans of Rokugan...

Local Podcast Radio TCX Crushes the Star Wars X-Wing Market

On a cloudy Wednesday evening, while most of America is busy choosing the right Netflix show, I find myself seated in the bustling event hall of the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville. Attached to the gaming center are the manufacturing and development buildings that house workers producing tabletop favorites such as Battlestar Galactica and Android: Netrunner. There is a palpable energy in the air, perhaps due to the knowledge that future Fantasy Flight games, which will undoubtedly be...

6 Reasons You Should Be Playing HeroClix by WizKids

HeroClix is a tactical-combat collectible miniatures game that is centered around comic book characters, mostly from the DC and Marvel universes. Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, or Iron Maiden? Yes, Iron Maiden—they have all those too. New sets are released on a regular basis, so there’s always a chance to add fresh characters to your team. Some people may be intimidated by the...

AbleGamers Is Working to Make Gaming Open to Everyone

AbleGamers is a charitable organization that helps people with disabilities play video games. It was founded by Mark Barlet, who was inspired when his best friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis to start a blog on how to play video games with a disability. Then Steven Spohn, now the chief operations officer and community outreach director for AbleGamers, came on board and turned it into a charity. What’s so important about video games, you might ask? Don’t disabled people...

The Rick and Morty Card Game is Totally Rickdiculous!

The wait for season 3 of Rick and Morty—the highlight of our lives—has moved so slowly, the clocks have practically started going backwards. But hey, at least we discovered time travel, right? So many rumors had floated around about the date the series would continue, and they all ended in heartbreaking, world-spiraling depression. Luckily, it’s only a couple more weeks until new episodes begin, but in the meantime I am back with another solace for you waiting fans—this time...

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...
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