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Afropunk Tabletop Game Swordsfall Hits Crowdfunding Success

Sci fi and fantasy have a long history of trying to nudge humanity toward a better version of itself. Whether by cautioning us about possible futures or putting current issues on display through direct allegory, such media helps us explore our problems and our potential. In particular, tabletop role-playing games offer a chance to engage these narratives in a uniquely direct way, which can be a fantastic opportunity for players to expand their horizons and experience new ideas in...

The Midgard Worldbook Offers a Unique, Detailed World for Pathfinder and D&D Players

The best tabletop games come packaged with a great setting. Dungeons & Dragons’ original setting, Greyhawk, is a timeless world that any seasoned player would find familiar. The more modern Forgotten Realms is also comforting to anyone who has read fantasy books since the ’80s. Paizo’s Pathfinder borrowed familiar themes and ideas from both but created its own multiplanetary realm in the Pathfinder campaign setting that I still enjoy to this day. With all that being said, sometimes it’s...

Star Wars: Outer Rim Takes Players to a Less Civilized Region of Space

In 2011, Roseville-based Fantasy Flight Games announced that they had acquired the rights to create Star Wars tabletop gaming experiences. In the years since, we’ve seen tremendous offerings for just about any type of gamer, from the tactical skirmishes of the X-Wing Miniatures Game, to the story-building nature of FFG’s Narrative Dice System utilized in their line of Star Wars role-playing games. Now, with more successful Star Wars tabletop properties in their library than you can shake a gaffi...

Shadow of the Demon Lord Is Innovative, Twisted Tabletop Fun

I distinctly recall the moment that Shadow of the Demon Lord hooked me. My players had penetrated a thick magical mist, venturing out to the island lair of an evil hag. After defeating her minions, they reached her inner sanctum, intent on defeating her and taking a powerful artifact for themselves. They faced off with the evil faerie in a tense battle, and for the first few turns, things seemed to be going their way. But she had a...

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...

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...

Anvil Industry Offers Tabletop Models for All

In 2011, Anvil Industry joined the crowded market of selling conversion bits for 28-millimeter scale models, aiming particularly at the Warhammer 40,000 range. They produce two main ranges—Exo-Lords and Regiments (power-armor-equipped soldiers and standard infantry, respectively)—selling both full models and individual sprues of bits for conversion work on other models. Anvil Industry also found success in its own tabletop game, Afterlife, which raised over $50,000 via Kickstarter in 2014. The company’s latest release, the Trench Fighters range, consists of...

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...

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...

Clockwerks, Minneapolis’s Steampunk Brewery, Opens for Business

The Twin Cities have no shortage of breweries—we are lucky enough to live in a city where it seems as if a new brewery or taproom opens around the corner every day. But when I learned that one of these new openings involved a steampunk-themed brewery, I needed to know more. The cofounders and co-owners of Clockwerks Brewing, Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, were kind enough to sit down with me to answer my questions, tell me their origin...
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