Tagged board games

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...

Byte Brings Geekery and Social Justice to Downtown Minneapolis

In the food-service industry, it’s well known that you can have either a job you enjoy or a job that pays well—almost never both. But a new geeky restaurant seeks to change that dilemma and make restaurant work a practical and realistic career choice for folks in the Twin Cities. Byte, open March 1 in Minneapolis’s Warehouse District, is the brainchild of longtime chefs Travis Shaw and Mark Lowman and combines three core themes: geek culture, social justice, and...

Twisty, Turny Board Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Geeks of all sizes tend to enjoy games, but the trick is finding games that everyone can play together and enjoy. Many games aimed at children consist of rolling a die (or flicking a spinner) and moving, which can get pretty old before too long. Why not look for games with mechanics simple enough for the younger geeklings to grasp, but still allow for a bit of choice in what the player does each time? Last time, I focused...

The Gaming Goat’s Got the Goods

Imagine going to college, plotting your course in life, and setting down the river to find what lies ahead for you. Now imagine that shortly down the river, you come to a fork—not a large one, just small enough to paddle into. There is no telling just how big that stream can become, where it leads, or how rough the waters are. Now imagine you had the courage to take that path anyway. That is exactly what Andy Sherrill...

A Look at Vast: The Crystal Caverns and a Chance to Win Your Own Copy!

A little over a year ago, I got to take a peek at an upcoming game that would be hitting Kickstarter, and then hopefully stores. That game was originally titled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, but due to another game having a similar name, it ultimately became Vast: The Crystal Caverns. I backed it on Kickstarter and was even able to get a test run of the game under my belt with publisher Patrick Leder before the campaign launched. Happily...

Beyond Candy Land: Two Great Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Candy Land is an enduring game. My daughter has a copy, I had a copy when I was her age, and if neither of my parents had a copy as children, I’m sure they knew someone who did. It’s not hard to see why the game has stuck around for generations, since it has pretty much anything you can ask for in a game focused at the under-six set. It’s easy to play (draw a card/spin the spinner, move...

Day-Drink and Game at Up-Down Minneapolis

Minneapolis is known for its craft beer. That’s a fact. Nothing is more refreshing on a beautiful, breezy day in the Twin Cities than enjoying your favorite brew. And earlier this summer, a new bar opened in Uptown that combines that refreshment with something else I love: casual gaming. Up-Down Minneapolis has only been open for a couple months, but it’s my new favorite place to meet up with friends. A photo posted by Up-Down MPLS (@updownmpls) on Jun...

River Quest: A Welcoming Environment by the Beautiful Mississippi

Last summer, I evolved from a console gamer to a dabbler in table top gaming; this is due to discovering River Quest Games. There are plenty of small comic book shops and board game businesses in the Twin Cities, but I want to direct your attention to Winona, two and a half hours southeast of Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you haven’t been to this beautiful town, I recommend making the drive, particularly in the summer. Located in the heart of...

Leprechaun Assassin: Following the Clues in Codenames

Codenames, designed by Vlaada Chvatil and published by Czech Games Edition, is a wordplay game for two to eight players. Like Smash Up, which I reviewed in January, it’s on Popular Mechanics’ list of the 35 Best New Board Games to play. I recently got a group together for it—we started with five players since we are quite an odd bunch. No one in the group, which ranged in age from 12 to 39, had played the game previously, so we...

From the Stands: The Source and Uncle Sven’s Aren’t Going Anywhere

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. People tend to be pretty specific in their likes and dislikes; nerds doubly so. Tell a nerd her favorite comic-book character is getting retconned or her favorite show has been cancelled and you might want to let the dust settle a bit before you ask her to help you move. Nerds, more than...
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