Tagged gaming

At a Crossroads between Art and Science, GLITCH Finds a Place to Thrive

At the corner of Riverside and 19th Avenue in Minneapolis, nestled above the recently reopened Viking Bar, sits the center of operations and home of the GLITCH family. Ascending the steps into the newly renovated suite housing the organization, I was instantly greeted by the cozy and open space comprising hardwood floors, brick walls, large windows, comfortable furniture, and scores of games—both digital and hobby—stacked on shelves surrounding a large television and entertainment center. I was then welcomed by...

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...

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...

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...

Switching On to Nintendo’s Newest Console

I’m not sure what it was exactly that flipped my internal “switch” about the Nintendo Switch console, but at some point between when they became available to preorder and the release date, the Switch went from a curiosity-piquing concept to something I needed to seek out and purchase. It might have been the parent in me thinking about how useful the parental controls may be, now that my geekling is showing an interest in video games. It may have...

Beat the Heat and Play Games at Your Local Library This Summer!

For years, gaming has served as a bridge between libraries and the community, attracting underserved populations and drawing in people who might not normally frequent their local library. This summer, Twin Cities libraries have come up with some exciting and innovative gaming programming; in almost every corner of the metro there is a gaming event to attend. There are many different options—video games, board games, card games, and role-playing. Whatever your interest, there is a game for you! The...

The Player One Podcast Is for the Gamers

Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep up with gaming news, and out of the hundreds of them that litter the Internet, the Player One Podcast is one of the most polished. Each week, former game journalists Chris, Greg, Phil, and Mike team up to (as they put it) “talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.” Clocking around an hour each episode, they go over news, talk about what games they have been playing,...

Win a FREE Ticket to Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016!

Gamer’s Rhapsody is a weekend-long video game convention and concert series held in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is all about celebrating the artistic and engineering beauty of video games and their creation, and includes: Live performances of video game music! Panels and workshops on video game art, music, and development! An entire room dedicated to local indie developers! Exhibitors and artists showing off their creations! The mission of Gamer’s Rhapsody is to create a unique experience where games, music,...

A Death at Zee: Sunless Sea Reviewed

The first expansion for Failbetter Games’ Sunless Sea will be here on October 11. The 2015 game was free on Steam recently, and it’s a terrifying wonder to behold. Though this roguelike game (or perhaps rogue-lite, if we’re splitting hairs) encourages you to “Lose your mind” and “Eat your crew,” its appeal is not in its difficulty but in its rich and haunting world. Sunless Sea draws rough poetry out of the code and is a worthwhile experience in spite of its flaws. In Sunless...

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...
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