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League Of Legends' New Board Game Is Pretty Basic

League Of Legends' New Board Game Is Pretty Basic

The last official League of Legends board game was a pretty lavish affair, a tower defence experiment with nice miniatures and some cool ideas. The second, Tellstones, is...less ambitious.

Tellstones: King’s Gambit is a simple game of memorisation and bluff, for 2 or 4 players, that only takes around 10 minutes to play (and sometimes a lot less).

The game takes place on a small piece of...

Sep 17, 2020 . 1 comments

Creators of Combat Wheelchair Miniatures on the Challenges of Pushing RPGs to a More Inclusive Future

Creators of Combat Wheelchair Miniatures on the Challenges of Pushing RPGs to a More Inclusive Future

There’s a popular saying in the cosplay community: “

Cosplay is for everyone .” This expands to nerd culture as a whole, but sometimes fandoms need a boost. This is where designer Sara Thompson’s The Combat Wheelchair Dungeons & Dragons mod comes into play. io9 has an exclusive look at two miniatures created in tribute to her mod , as well as a talk with the designers about how this is only...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 07:30.

Disney Enters a Silent Shadowed Kingdom and Fallout Adds the Enclave in Gaming News

Disney Enters a Silent Shadowed Kingdom and Fallout Adds the Enclave in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This week, we’ve got a creepy Disney game where players can’t talk to each other, a Mariposas promo pack to honor a young girl, and the arrival of the Enclave to Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. Check it out!

News and Releases Disney Shadowed Kingdom Now Available

Mondo Games has ventured into the Disney...

Sep 02, 2020. 6 comments

Metal Gear Solid Sees Another Delay and Trivial Pursuit Embraces Horror in Gaming News

Metal Gear Solid Sees Another Delay and Trivial Pursuit Embraces Horror in Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. In this latest edition, we’ve got a board game about gods celebrating the wonder of dinosaurs, some awesome roleplaying dice inlaid with (fake) mosquitos, and another delay for one of IDW’s most anticipated games. Check it out! Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in...

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Sep 01, 2020.

The Umbrella Academy Card Game Is Punishing

The Umbrella Academy Card Game Is Punishing

The Umbrella Academy has already jumped from the comic book panel to the small screen, with season two of Netflix’s show now streaming. Now, it’s The Umbrella Academy Game thanks to Studio 71 Games. We had a chance to test out an early version of the card game and it’s off to a promising start, but there are some issues that risk making it being borderline impossible to enjoy.

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Aug 19, 2020. 10 comments

Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in the Latest Gaming News

Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in the Latest Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games, RPGs, and tabletop gaming news. There have been plenty of exciting announcements following the online-only GenCon 2020, along with some really intriguing new Kickstarter campaigns. These include new miniatures based on the Dungeons & Dragons wheelchair combat ruleset, Wyrmwood’s latest convertible gaming table, and a

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Aug 04, 2020. 3 comments

Umbrella Academy Does Card Battles, and D&D Gets a Board Game in Gaming News

Umbrella Academy Does Card Battles, and D&D Gets a Board Game in Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. Gen Con Online has come and gone, along with San Diego Comic-Con —but they weren’t the only sources of games announcements this time around. We’ve got a new card game about The Umbrella Academy , along with a tabletop roleplaying game about Nordic mythology. Come on in and discover what gaming...

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Jul 22, 2020.

Steven Universe Rocks Out and Hello Neighbor Does Hidden Identity in the Latest Gaming News

Steven Universe Rocks Out and Hello Neighbor Does Hidden Identity in the Latest Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. San Diego Comic-Con at Home and Gen Con Online 2020 are right around the corner, and with those events we might see some new announcements and releases. In the meantime, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the horizon, including a Steven Universe musical battle game, a new Boss Monster expansion, and...
Jul 21, 2020. 7 comments

Assault On Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back: The Kotaku Review

Assault On Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back: The Kotaku Review

Let’s go back in time. Not to 1980, when Empire Strikes Back came out, that’s too far. We’re going to 1988, when West End Games, a company famous at the time for its RPGs and hardcore wargames, released a two-player board game called Assault on Hoth, which I have just played in 2020 and will now tell you is surprisingly good!

Assault On Hoth wasn’t West End’s first or only Star Wars game. The...

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Jul 08, 2020. 3 comments

Travel to the Golden Age of The Witcher and See Pandemic's Newest Legacy in Gaming News

Travel to the Golden Age of The Witcher and See Pandemic's Newest Legacy in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This week, Gen Con Online gets things in full swing with its events schedule for the digital convention experience. Plus, a look at Pandemic Legacy’s upcoming season and a special anniversary edition for The Lord of the Rings: The Board Game. Check it out!

Gen Con Online Shares Events Schedule

Gen...

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Jun 10, 2020. 6 comments

Nemesis, set in a universe that’s basically Alien without the license, is a very good and popular bo

Nemesis, set in a universe that’s basically Alien without the license, is a very good and popular bo

Nemesis, set in a universe that’s basically Alien without the license, is a very good and popular board game about escaping a bug-infested ship while also fucking over your friends. It’s now also becoming a video game.

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Jun 10, 2020. 2 comments

Game Companies Address Black Lives Matter, The Shining Gets an Escape Room, and More in Gaming News

Game Companies Address Black Lives Matter, The Shining Gets an Escape Room, and More in Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. The past week of protests against racism and police brutality had a huge impact on the national conversation, and that’s not expected to change anytime soon. We’ve provided a few resources for game companies that are helping out during the protests, plus some free gifts for folks staying at home.

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Jun 05, 2020. 4 comments

Undaunted: Normandy: The Kotaku Review

Undaunted: Normandy: The Kotaku Review

Undaunted: Normandy is a World War Two game about combat on a very small scale.

While there are loads of WW2 board games, too many to count really, this one somehow manages to find room to stand out from the crowd thanks to its elegant game design and focus on the war’s smallest battles.

A game for two players, Undaunted has one person taking control of a single US infantry platoon, and the...

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May 13, 2020. 6 comments

Talisman Finds the Force, a D&D Online Summer Camp, and More in Gaming News

Talisman Finds the Force, a D&D Online Summer Camp, and More in Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. There are a lot of exciting crowdfunding campaigns out right now as developers try to prepare for life after the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, we’ve got the new Arkham Horror: The Card Game campaign and a creative way Spin Master is repurposing Hedbanz.
News and Releases Spin Master Hedbanz...

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May 07, 2020. 4 comments

How to Keep the Fun (And Work, Ugh) Going During a Power Outage

How to Keep the Fun (And Work, Ugh) Going During a Power Outage

In today’s world, a power outage is like a death knell for your sanity. Many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future, and even those who decided being a couch potato is a more noble living, what are you going to do when the power goes out? Nothing—everything’s closed! That’s why we’ll prepare ahead of time.

Picture this: You’re sitting in your jammies watching Martha Stewart and...

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Apr 29, 2020. 8 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Has Its Biggest Year Yet, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

Dungeons & Dragons Has Its Biggest Year Yet, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. The covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the industry but there are folks stepping in to help local game shops. We’ve profiled a few below, along with a new Harry Potter -style roleplaying game and some exciting news for Dungeons & Dragons  fans.News and ReleasesCompanies Helping Local Game...

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Apr 24, 2020.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Battle Racers: The Kotaku Review

Sonic The Hedgehog: Battle Racers: The Kotaku Review

One of the bright spots of being locked in my house for four weeks (and counting) with my kids is that we have played a lot of board games. One of them, involving a hedgehog and his mates moving rather quickly, that I thought I’d write about here.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers is, somehow,

the second Sonic racing board game I’ve reviewed in the last year, and they’re not even related !...
Mar 25, 2020. 12 comments

The Best Solo Board Games

The Best Solo Board Games

Despite them normally being very much a stay-at-home thing, it’s going to be difficult to play board games over the next few months because they tend to involve getting people over and getting social. Unless, that is, you’re playing one of these very good solo board games.

Over the last couple of years the more general board games boom has seen a lil’ boom emerge alongside it: an increasing...

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Feb 21, 2020. 17 comments

Dune: The Kotaku Review

Dune: The Kotaku Review

Dune is an experience so broken I don’t even know where to begin. Except to say it’s the best board game I’ve played in a long time.

While coming out in time for a new movie later this year, this isn’t a new game. It’s actually a reprint of a classic, dating all the way back to 1979 (so even before David Lynch’s movie), and like many classic board games, it has some rough edges.

The Classic...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 20, 2019. 7 comments

Crusader Kings: The Kotaku Review

Crusader Kings: The Kotaku Review

Crusader Kings the video game is a massive, unwieldy thing that can’t possibly be crammed into a 2-3 hour board game experience . But developers Free League, bless them, have certainly given it a shot. Crusader Kings II: The Kotaku Re-Review

When I first reviewed Crusader Kings II in 2012, I called it “one of the most challenging,…

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Crusader Kings the board game tries to take pretty...

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