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.

Locally Developed Arcade Game Galactic Battleground Comes to Can Can Wonderland

In 1981 the world was introduced to Galaga. The game is synonymous with the classic arcade setup: the flashing lights, the adrenaline, the 8-bit music, the euphoric trance of just one more game. Understanding and craving that nostalgia were the local developers of Slackerz Inc., who created an homage to Galaga called Galactic Battleground—fittingly housed in full arcade-cabinet glory. The key difference, though, is the way the game is played through its core PvP mechanic. “Galactic Battleground is best...

6 D&D Meetups for Twin Cities Role-Players

I’m the first to say that I’m a noob when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons. I have only participated in one one-shot campaign, which allowed me to create Mr. Waffles the ultimate cat/lion killing machine. But I’m always looking for new opportunities to participate in a another one-shot or play D&D weekly, so I’ve put together this guide of local meetups for anyone else who’s trying to find the perfect role-playing group. Before I get into the Twin Cities D&D...

Saturday Night Space Opera Expands Twin Cities Sci-Fi Gaming with a Mini Convention

When someone picks up a 12-sided die, the popular imagination generally links it with a Dungeon Master’s Guide and tales of swords and sorcery rather than spacesuits and starships, an image crystallized among the general public by Weezer, Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, and more. But science fiction has been a part of role-playing games since the 1970s with James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha, among other systems, and local group Saturday Night Space Opera has been providing a space...

Get Ready to Relive the Survival Horror in Resident Evil 2: The Board Game

Despite my love of games, I’ve been on zombie burnout for the better part of a decade. I feel like if I were to blindfold myself, spin around three times, and throw a dart from the middle of a tabletop game shop—not that I would ever think of doing such a horrendous thing—if I didn’t hit a game about dueling wizards, it would probably be some kind of zombie-themed game. That market saturation has left me feeling worn out...

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...
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