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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 14, 2019.

Architects Of The West Kingdom: The Kotaku Review

<i>Architects Of The West Kingdom</i>: The <i>Kotaku</i> Review

Architects of the West Kingdom is what you get when a designer takes a very good board game they’ve already made and figures, you know what, I’ll now do something similar, only better.

I reviewed Shem Phillips’ Raiders of the North Sea earlier this year after absolutely loving it . A simple worker placement title, it took a couple of very strong mechanics, layered an appropriate theme over the...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 14, 2019.

Bloodborne Board Game Is Making Millions On Kickstarter

<i>Bloodborne</i> 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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 14, 2019.

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

<i>Lord Of The Rings: Journeys In Middle Earth</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 14, 2019.

Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Fake <i>Magic: The Gathering</i> 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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 14, 2019.

Maybe Board Game Rules Can Suck Less Now

Maybe Board Game Rules Can Suck Less Now

The best thing about playing board games is sitting around a table with some beers and playing board games. The worst part is having to learn the rules beforehand.

Video: Shut Up & Sit Down

Unnngh, even writing about rules makes my eyes roll over. A good rule book is as important a piece of design as a game mechanic, seeing as it’s vital to the speed and smoothness of a group’s first...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 13, 2019.

New Card Game Keyforge's Decks Contain "Unfortunate" Words

New Card Game <i>Keyforge's </i>Decks Contain "Unfortunate" Words

Keyforge is a big new card game where every $40 starter set contains randomised cards, meaning no two players will have the same experience. Publishers Fantasy Flight say this results in “104 septillion possible deck combinations”, which might explain why some of the first batch contained some words they maybe shouldn’t have.

See, the reason each deck is unique is that each deck name is...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 13, 2019.

The Game Of Thrones Board Game Is Now Bigger And Better

The <i>Game Of Thrones</i> 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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 11, 2019.

Fan Creates Smash Bros. Board Game

Fan Creates <i>Smash Bros.</i> Board Game

Libertalia is a good board game about duelling pirates. It can also, with a bit of fiddling, be turned into a recreation of Super Smash Bros.

This is Super Smash Brothers: TableTop, by jowhee13, where players assemble teams of Nintendo characters then go at it, hurling items and dealing damage while trying to avoid having their own guys K.O.’d.

It’s not as literal a recreation as we’ve seen in...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 11, 2019.

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

The Classic <i>Dune</i> 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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 10, 2019.

Zelda Fan Creates Their Own Tabletop RPG

<i>Zelda</i> 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...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 10, 2019.

Terraforming Mars: The Kotaku Review

<i>Terraforming Mars</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

Mars is inhospitable. Let’s change that.

Terraforming Mars is not a new game, having been released in 2016, but I still thought it was worth reviewing here in 2018 because a) I just played it and b) it’s so damn good.

A game for 1-5 players, Terraforming Mars puts players in control of futuristic corporations who are all working at the same time to alter the climate of Mars, and in doing so make...

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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Jul 08, 2019.

XCOM: The Board Game Works – You, Your Friends and a Table vs the UFOs

<i>XCOM: The Board Game</i> Works – You, Your Friends and a Table vs the UFOs

In real life Toby's a database guy for Goldman Sachs. Tonight, he's XCOM's Chief Scientist and he's spending worryingly large amounts of our money.

This post originally appeared on Kotaku UK.

As Commander, I should be restraining his spending – after all, we'll need that money to pay for Skyranger and Interceptor flights, to hire troops and to keep our satellites in the air – but it's taking...

Jul 05, 2019.

Five New Board Games You Should Play

Five New Board Games You Should Play

In the board game world, the North American convention season is mostly over. Gen Con saw a unique attendance of almost 62,000 people and had slightly over 400 new games. The upcoming convention at Essen, Germany in October already has a list of almost 600 new games, and it is not done yet. With so many new games, how do you, the discerning reader, know which games are good? Let me share with...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 05, 2019.

Captain Sonar: The Kotaku Review

<i>Captain Sonar</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

Captain Sonar is a board game about submarines, but it’s also so much more than that.

There are boards (several, in fact), and rules and competition and cooperation, but to call Captain Sonar a board game would be to massively undersell the experience.

It’s a crucible for friendships. It’s a drunk gamer’s worst nightmare. It’s ridiculously simple while also being insanely complex. It’s...

Patrick Klepek Patrick Klepek Jul 05, 2019.

Crowdfunded Dark Souls Board Game Raises $200,000 In Less Than Two Hours

Crowdfunded <i>Dark Souls</i> Board Game Raises $200,000 In Less Than Two Hours

In less than two hours, an amazing-looking board game based on Dark Souls has raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter. They were only asking for $70,000, and it was funded in three minutes.

Dark Souls: The Board Game comes from Steamforged Games, developers of the medieval football game Guild Ball, and it’s officially licensed. Described as a 1-4 “combat exploration” game, here’s how...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 02, 2019.

World Record Carcassone Game Used 10,000 Tiles

World Record <i>Carcassone </i>Game Used <i>10,000 Tiles</i>

Well, this is just ridiculous.

A group playing at GothCon in Sweden earlier this year set a world record for the biggest ever game of Carcassone, assembling a board made out of 10,007 tiles.

10,007.

The game was put together by Paul from Carcassone Central, and was inspired by a digital mock-up he made showing hahaha a game with 10,000 tiles hahaha as if that would ever happen.

Until, you know,...

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. 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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