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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. 2 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. 2 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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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 05, 2019. 9 comments

Zelda Fan Creates Their Own Tabletop RPG

Zelda Fan Creates Their Own Tabletop RPG

Nintendo’s idea of role-playing is pretty light, so if fans want something with a bit more substance, it’s up to them to make their own fun. Like Elemental Knight has with Reclaim The Wild, a complete RPG system they’ve created so that folks can have their own adventures through Hyrule.

While it’s based mostly on the structure of Breath of the Wild, there’s scope to draw influence from across...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 05, 2019. 7 comments

Company Of Heroes Is Now A Board Game

Company Of Heroes Is Now A Board Game

Relic’s classic Company of Heroes is, on the PC at least, the perfect RTS . It’s now trying to do something similar on a tabletop, with the impending release of a board game version of the game.

Company Of Heroes Was The Perfect RTS

Our list of the best strategy games on the PC contains only three RTS titles. And none of them are…

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Currently up on Kickstarter, and already 2x over...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 07, 2019. 21 comments

Magic: The Gathering Star Disqualified From Tournament For Alleged Cheating [Update]

Magic: The Gathering Star Disqualified From Tournament For Alleged Cheating [Update]

Japan’s Yuuya Watanabe, twice player of the year and a member of Magic’s Hall of Fame, was kicked out of Mythic Championship II in London over the weekend after judges found markings on the back of some of his cards. UPDATE, May 6: Watanabe and his sponsors, Team Cygames, are now disputing the allegations.

This story was originally published on April 28, 2019.

Shortly after the discovery was...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 07, 2019. 15 comments

The Best Board Game You Can Play On Your Phone

The Best Board Game You Can Play On Your Phone
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Phones are of course great to play actual video games on, but they’re also quietly one of the best platforms around to play digital adaptations of board games as well, whether you’re after traditional fare like Monopoly or something more recent, like Pandemic.

And like video games, these adaptations run the gamut from...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 06, 2019.

Guild Master, A Board Game Where You're Giving Out The Quests

<i>Guild Master, </i>A Board Game Where You're Giving Out The Quests

Guild Master is an upcoming fantasy board game where, instead of playing the hero, you’re playing the guys handing out the quests and contracts.

Currently taking orders on Kickstarter, it’s for 2-4 players, with everyone taking control of an adventuring guild. Each person is trying to recruit heroes to their guild, send them out on jobs and use the gold they bring back to upgrade your digs,...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 03, 2019. 7 comments

Dungeons & Dragons & Cats

Dungeons & Dragons & Cats

Following on from their very successful Kickstarter for Dungeons and Doggies , Animal Adventures are back with a new line of miniature companions for your D&D adventures. Only this time they’re cats.

Dungeons & Dragons & Dogs

Dungeons and Doggies is a miniature release from Animal Adventures that lets anyone who plays…

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Cats and Catacombs is a set that includes 13 fantasy cat...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 01, 2019. 14 comments

Lord Of The Rings: Journeys In Middle Earth: The Kotaku Review

Lord Of The Rings: Journeys In Middle Earth: The Kotaku Review

I’ve been playing a few board games that use an app lately, but Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth is the first one I’ve played that’s been designed from the ground-up with a digital companion in mind.

Funnily enough it’s published by Fantasy Flight, source of most of the other app-based games I’ve been messing with. Descent and Imperial Assault, for example, have in recent years had...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 26, 2019. 15 comments

Bloodborne Board Game Is Making Millions On Kickstarter

Bloodborne Board Game Is Making Millions On Kickstarter
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The easiest road to millions on Kickstarter is to release a board game based on a popular property and fill the box with miniatures. Latest case in point: a Bloodborne game has raised almost $2.5 $1.6 million in just a few days.

EDIT: OK I’m in Australia and the price defaulted to AUD$2.5 million for me, for Americans...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 02, 2019. 9 comments

The Game Of Thrones Board Game Is Now Bigger And Better

The Game Of Thrones Board Game Is Now Bigger And Better

Game of Thrones was already one of the best board games around , but the release of the game’s third expansion—Mother of Dragons—changes everything. It’s enormous, and adds so much cool and interesting stuff to the experience that it almost feels like an all-new (or at least third edition) of the classic.

The Terrific Game of Thrones Board Game is Full of Violence and Betrayal, Void of Sex...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 29, 2019. 15 comments

District 9 Is Getting A Board Game [Update]

District 9 Is Getting A Board Game [Update]
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Fresh off their success with last year’s GKR , Weta are now working to turn the studio’s 2009 sci-fi classic District 9 into a board game as well.

Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters: The Kotaku Review

I’ve played plenty of board games that are better than GKR, but I don’t think I’ve ever played one…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 27, 2019. 20 comments

RPG Publisher Says Chinese Government Burned Every Copy Of Their Latest Book

RPG Publisher Says Chinese Government Burned Every Copy Of Their Latest Book

Sons of the Singularity, a small publisher of RPGs, ran a Kickstarter last year for a Call of Cthulu sourcebook, successfully raising over $20,000. Called The Sassoon Files, it was finally printed last week, only for the publisher to claim that the Chinese government then stepped in and burned every copy.

Via Boing-Boing, here’s Sons of the Singularity’s Jesse Covner explaining what happened:

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 20, 2019. 11 comments

The Classic Dune Board Game Is Coming Back After Over 30 Years Out Of Print

The Classic Dune Board Game Is Coming Back After Over 30 Years Out Of Print

With a new Dune movie on the way , it’s time to start digging up the property’s old tie-ins, and there’s no better place to start than the critically-acclaimed—and long out of print—board game.

Designed by the same team behind Cosmic Encounter and first published in 1979, Dune would be re-released in 1984 alongside David Lynch’s movie, and then it just faded away. Despite being loved by...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 31, 2019. 9 comments

One Deck Of Cards That Can Play Loads Of Different Games [Update]

One Deck Of Cards That Can Play Loads Of Different Games [Update]

Anton Ödman has done a cool and very space-conscious thing: he’s designed a single deck of cards—known as a “multideck”—that can play a wide variety of different types of games, not just those reliant on Kings and Queens and an eight of clubs.

Though not a professional designer (nor the first person to try this), his work is nice and clean, and easy to parse at a glance. A traditional 52-card...

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