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Jun 11, 2020. 24 comments

Board Gaming's Industry Body Refuses To Say A Word About Black Lives Mattering [Update]

Board Gaming's Industry Body Refuses To Say A Word About Black Lives Mattering [Update]

An increasing number of prominent board game industry and community members have pulled out of an upcoming show over The Game Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) continued silence over Black Lives Matter.

UPDATE 6:53am, June 11: GAMA has since released a statement on their Facebook page, cancelled Origins Online and offered to “match, dollar for dollar, any exhibitor, sponsor, advertiser, or...

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Apr 15, 2020. 3 comments

Wolfenstein Is Now A Board Game

Wolfenstein Is Now A Board Game

Now that the recent Wolfenstein games have fleshed out the series’ canon and roster of characters, it’s time for a board game to come in, promise some plastic miniatures and, as they always do, ask for money on Kickstarter.

it’s a co-op dungeon crawler, so anyone who has played anything from Space Hulk to Imperial Assault will know how this goes down, as 1-4 players go on secret missions to...

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Apr 06, 2020. 14 comments

Board Games Are Having A Bad Time

Board Games Are Having A Bad Time

As we’re only now starting to see in video games,

with The Last Of Us 2 being the most high profile casualty (so far) , global Covid-19 lockdowns are wreaking absolute havoc on the ability of companies to make and sell games. But if you think it’s bad for video games, spare a thought for anyone involved in board games.
The Last of Us II Delayed Indefinitely

The much-anticipated...

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Apr 01, 2020. 14 comments

Gloomhaven's Sequel Raises Over $4 Million In One Day

Gloomhaven's Sequel Raises Over $4 Million In One Day

Gloomhaven, one of the most popular board games in years, launched its big new campaign Frosthaven today on Kickstarter. Things are, uh, going well.

At time of posting, with less than 24 hours gone on the game’s Kickstarter campaign, it has raised over USD$4 million. Watching the page at any time looks a little something like this:

Frosthaven is a stand-alone campaign for Gloomhaven that can...

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Feb 21, 2020. 10 comments

The New Batman: The Animated Series Board Game Is A Big Box Of Bat Action

The New Batman: The Animated Series Board Game Is A Big Box Of Bat Action

While DC handles Batman’s comic book adventures, the folks at IDW Games are in charge of turning the caped crusader’s animated adventures into tabletop crimefighting (or crime doing) for one to five players. There is a whole lot going on inside the box of Batman: The Animated Series—Shadow of the Bat.

Packed with miniatures, cards, tokens, map pieces, and thick manuals, Shadow of the Bat looks...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 18, 2019. 5 comments

Unsettled, A Board Game About Dying In Deep Space

Unsettled, A Board Game About Dying In Deep Space

Unsettled is a new board game where teams of 2-4 players work together to try and stay alive in a universe where the hostile alien environment, not the bad guys, is trying to get everyone killed.

The game’s brief says “every step, breath, and particle around you could mean immediate, terrifying death”, and has players working to complete sets of small goals like repairing the water system on...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 16, 2019. 6 comments

Pipeline: The Kotaku Review

Pipeline: The Kotaku Review

Pipeline is a board game about buying cheap crude, pushing it through loads of pipes then selling it for cash. It’s clean, it’s stressful, and I’m still not 100% sure whether I like it or not.

It’s a Euro-style game, which means that it’s abstracted to an extent from its subject matter and interested more in mechanics than theme, which is both a blessing and a curse for Pipeline. It’s a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 03, 2019. 11 comments

Arkham Horror's April Fool's Gag, Barkham Horror, Becomes Real Game

Arkham Horror's April Fool's Gag, Barkham Horror, Becomes Real Game

Earlier this year, Fantasy Flight’s April Fool’s joke was to announce an expansion to Arkham Horror’s card game called The Dogwich Legacy, in which the human heroes were replaced by dogs and the Lovecraftian horrors by cats. The joke came and went, but people loved it so much that it’s now an actual game.

Barkham Horror: The Meddling of Meowlathotep is its name, and it’s a standalone adventure...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 27, 2019. 21 comments

Look At This Beautiful Game Of Pathfinder

Look At This Beautiful Game Of Pathfinder

A group of Australian friends just wound up an epic game of tabletop RPG Pathfinder, and I mean, I already said this in the headline, but just look at the thing.

Overseen by DM Paul Houlihan, who also did all the painting (the terrain is a mix of stuff, most of it from Dwarven Forge), the party (Persimmon’s Hate) can be seen here wrapping up a 15-hour session to conclude the second of six books...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 29, 2019. 7 comments

Arkham Horror: Final Hour Is A Terrible Introduction To Lovecraftian Board Gaming

Arkham Horror: Final Hour Is A Terrible Introduction To Lovecraftian Board Gaming

I wrote about Mansions of Madness last week , because it’s a great game and I loved every second of it. This week, I’m writing about a different, newer Arkham game from Fantasy Flight, and yikes, this one I don’t like anywhere near as much.

Final Hour is a new game that massively strips back the Arkham experience, usually one full of interesting characters, creepy lore, and a desire to kick a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 22, 2019. 11 comments

Mansions Of Madness Is Still One Of The Best Co-Op Board Games Out There

Mansions Of Madness Is Still One Of The Best Co-Op Board Games Out There

After somehow avoiding it for over two years, I finally got the chance this week to sit down with the second edition of Fantasy Flight’s Mansions of Madness, easily my favorite of their line of Lovecraftian games. The big difference between this version and the first is that it gets rid of the role of the “Keeper” (basically a dungeon master) and replaces it with an app.

The heart of the game,...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 10, 2019. 6 comments

Detective: City Of Angels: The Kotaku Review

Detective: City Of Angels: The Kotaku Review

It was raining a hell of a storm outside, windows rattlin’ so hard I thought my teeth were gonna’ shake out. I was halfway through a whisky, thoughts spinnin’, when my office door creaked open. It was her. The dame. The trouble. “Luke,” she said huskily, “I need your help.”

Oh. Sorry about that. I was feeling very noir for a minute there, but then, that’s what happens when you play Detective:...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 29, 2019. 6 comments

The New Sonic The Hedgehog Monopoly Game Is About Going Fast And Battling Bosses

The New Sonic The Hedgehog Monopoly Game Is About Going Fast And Battling Bosses

Debuting in 2017 with a

Mario-themed set , Monopoly Gamer combines Hasbro’s classic real estate board game with iconic video game characters and unique game mechanics. Now it’s Sonic’s turn to race around the board, collecting rings, fighting for chaos emeralds, and investing in property, just like he does in his video games.

Monopoly Gamer: Sonic the Hedgehog Edition’s currency is rings. Its...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

Some Of Our Favorite Board Games Have Employee Cameos On The Cards

Some Of Our Favorite Board Games Have Employee Cameos On The Cards

Fantasy Flight, the publishers of some of the biggest and best board games around (from Star Wars to Arkham to Game of Thrones), have a little tradition going among staff: Once you’ve worked there for five years, you get to appear as a character in one of their games.

While this might sound like the same kind of thing you see in video games, where some random NPC is named after a developer,...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 09, 2019. 8 comments

One Of The Best WW2 Board Games Is Now Even Better

One Of The Best WW2 Board Games Is Now Even Better

Memoir 44 was already one of the great tactical board games, stripping the rules of war down to their barest bones and emphasising speed and fun over rulers and fine print. Now, with the release of an expansion that adds aircraft miniatures to the game, it’s even more fun.

If you’ve never played it (and

we’ve been recommending it for years now ), it’s a hex-based wargame where two players...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 02, 2019. 3 comments

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

As I’ve recently put on record here , I think Tokaido is the best digital board game. Its stay at the top might be short-lived, though, because Raiders of the North Sea, out this week on PC, Switch and mobile, is very good. The Best Board Game You Can Play On Your Phone

Phones are of course great to play actual video games on, but they’re also quietly one of the best…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 26, 2019. 13 comments

Gloomhaven's Video Game Version Is, So Far, Just Fine

Gloomhaven's Video Game Version Is, So Far, Just Fine

Gloomhaven, the biggest board game (both literally and figuratively) in years, is coming to the PC, and is currently playable in a limited form as part of an early access deal.

With only a few options presently available to players (in terms of both gameplay and party composition), Gloomhaven is not really interested in making the most of the medium and venturing out into video game territory...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 09, 2019. 17 comments

Star Wars: Outer Rim: The Kotaku Review

Star Wars: Outer Rim: The Kotaku Review

When I was a kid, I had a dream video game. It was basically “Wing Commander: Privateer”, only bigger, and it was set in the Star Wars universe. I’m still waiting on the video game, but Fantasy Flight have this year delivered much the same experience, only in board game form.

Outer Rim is the company’s latest licensed offering, and as the name suggests, it’s set on the fringes of the Star Wars...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 20, 2019. 6 comments

Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Jason Rohrer (Passage, Sleep Is Death) thought it’d be fun to train an AI to create fake Magic: The Gathering card names. It was a good hunch.

To do it, he created a database of 18,978 card names, which the AI would then use to jumble all the words up and come up with new stuff. Amazingly, aside from simply offering up combinations of existing words, it also learned to create new words like...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 17, 2019. 4 comments

Cities: Skylines Is Becoming A Board Game

Cities: Skylines Is Becoming A Board Game

Last year, Paradox announced that a range of board game adaptations were on the way for some of their biggest titles.

The first is Crusader Kings II , and the second will be Cities: Skylines.

While you’d expect a Skylines board game to be all about plastic buildings, that’s actually not the case; like the underlying design of the video game itself, this is going to be all about zones, with...

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