Tagged board games

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...

5 Board Games Guaranteed to Ruin Your Valentine’s Day Romance

Valentine’s Day is the most divisive Hallmark holiday in terms of public opinion. For those who do have someone to share the day with—be it a special someone, good friend, or family member—the day can be a cheery experience full of lighthearted candy exchanges, kisses, or even candlelit dinners. But for those who (like me) haven’t tricked someone into loving them, the day can leave a bitter taste in their mouth, with its only solace coming from the discount...

Commerce, Bluffs, and Bribery in Sheriff of Nottingham

A pleasant day for merchants selling apples, cheese, bread and chickens at the market turns into an event filled with corruption, bribes, and deceit. Merchant beware: a simple day at the market can come with a few knives in the back! As a lover of all things medieval, I was immediately drawn to Sheriff of Nottingham as soon as I had heard about it. The game itself has a very strong theme of medieval England, and I was ecstatic...

Hunters: Enter the Darkness Is a Gothic Fantasy Board Game Created by Twin Cities Talent

I was introduced to the realm of tabletop gaming relatively recently, and I fell in love. Of the board games I’ve played, Eldritch Horror from Fantasy Flight Games, perhaps the best-known board game company based in Minnesota, is my all-time favorite due to its cooperative gameplay and Gothic elements. I was intrigued to learn another Minnesota company, Kid Loves Tiger Games, is currently promoting a new Gothic-influenced tabletop game on Kickstarter titled Hunters: Enter the Darkness. It has artistic...

Do You Want to Be a Knight or a Dragon? Exploring Trove: The Crystal Caverns

I recently sat down with local game publisher Patrick Leder, who’s currently working on a new asymmetric dungeon crawler entitled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, to find out what it takes to come up with a new and unique board game. I asked him a lot of questions and took a lot of notes, and our conversation flowed back and forth with a lot of fun. I could tell right away that he is a passionate gamer. For those of...

Board Game Review: The Doom that Came to Atlantic City

When cultists finally summon the Great Old Ones from their slumber, it only makes good sense that they would descend upon Atlantic City, NJ in order to begin their inevitable eldritch destruction of the world. That, at least is the premise of The Doom that Came to Atlantic City, a cute roll-and-move style game set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. The basic premise is a pretty straight-forward take on Monopoly, where you’re bloody well encouraged to be cruel...

Board Game Review: Machi Koro

Did you know that in Japan, a mayor can start a city with nothing more than a wheat field and a bakery, create a bustling empire for his constituents, and ensure that her rival shichou can’t get their cities up to snuff all in 30 minutes or less? This is your goal in Machi Koro, one of the latest quirky, short-form Japanese games to finally get an English translation in 2014. Machi Koro is a deceptively simple card and...
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