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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 03, 2019 at 07:30. 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 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 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 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 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 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 Nov 21, 2018. 20 comments

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

New Card Game Keyforge's 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...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Nov 20, 2018. 20 comments

KeyForge Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

KeyForge Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

KeyForge is a card game for people who would love Magic: The Gathering, but who run screaming into Mommy’s arms upon hearing the words “deck building.” It’s a game for the most doe-eyed of card-game beginners and the most seasoned fans alike, in part because of its winning gimmick: There’s no booster packs, drafting, or deck building. Players purchase whole decks, each of which is completely...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 07, 2018. 16 comments

Star Wars' Board Game Miniatures Are Out Of Control

<i>Star Wars'</i> Board Game Miniatures Are Out Of Control

If there’s one thing repeated Kickstarter successes have proven, it’s that board gamers love little plastic miniatures . And if there’s one thing they love more than little plastic miniatures, it’s bigger plastic miniatures.

Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars: Armada has made its money appealing specifically to that sentiment , with the quality and scale of its model starships making them as fun to...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 02, 2018. 16 comments

X-Wing Miniatures Game Gets A Reboot

<i>X-Wing</i> Miniatures Game Gets A Reboot

Fantasy Flight’s money-printing X-Wing, which has been killing it for a few years now , is getting a reboot with a new Second Edition of the game.

X-Wing: Miniatures: The Kotaku Review

Lucasarts seems intent to never release another game in the X-Wing (video game) series so long as I …

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Announced today by Fantasy Flight, it makes a number of changes to the way the game’s played,...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 19, 2018. 14 comments

Mansions Of Madness Is Being Turned Into A Video Game

<i>Mansions Of Madness</i> Is Being Turned Into A Video Game

Fantasy Flight’s excellent Arkham board game Mansions of Madness is getting the video game treatment, and interestingly, it’s not a direct adaptation. Instead it’s a more hands-on take, maintaining the same basic premise while making everything more video gamey.

While you’ll still be taking a team of investigators inside a very haunted house, the video game is singleplayer, with just one...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 31, 2017. 16 comments

Fallout: The Board Game: The Kotaku Review

<i>Fallout: The Board Game</i>: The <i>Kotaku</i> Review

Fallout: The Board Game is as faithful an adaptation of the source material as you could possibly hope for.

There have been other good video-to-board games, sure—Doom most recently —but its similarities were merely thematic. Fantasy Flight’s Fallout game, on the other hand, has been built from the ground up to play the same on a tabletop as it does on a computer screen.

This is what the start of...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 29, 2017. 13 comments

Whitehall Mystery: The Kotaku Review

<i>Whitehall Mystery</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

In 2011, the board game Letters from Whitechapel put detectives on the hunt for Jack the Ripper. In 2017, that game has been stripped down to all but its most essential systems, and has become better for it.

Whitehall Mystery is the name of the new offering. Made for 2-4 players, it puts one person in control of Jack the Ripper, while everyone else takes charge of London cops running around the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 22, 2017. 10 comments

Star Wars Rebellion: Rise Of The Empire: The Kotaku Review

<i>Star Wars Rebellion: Rise Of The Empire</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

Star Wars Rebellion is an excellent board game that manages to capture the feel of the entire classic trilogy inside a single tabletop experience . Rise of the Empire is a new expansion for the game that does the same thing, only for Rogue One.

Star Wars: Rebellion: The Kotaku Review

Most Star Wars games put you in command of a few brave heroes of the galactic struggle. Star Wars:…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 21, 2017. 21 comments

The Star Wars Board Games Just Keep Getting Better

The<i> Star Wars</i> Board Games Just Keep Getting Better

Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Armada are two of the biggest and best board games around at the moment. Both have had recent expansions that shake things up, and both of those expansions have been terrific.

If you’re just joining us, both are games from Fantasy Flight. Imperial Assault is a turn-based tactical war game (think XCOM) , and Armada is a game where you control battles...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 17, 2017. 13 comments

The New Doom Board Game Looks Hot

The New <i>Doom </i>Board Game Looks Hot

There was a Doom board game released in 2004. This isn’t it. This one is brand new.

Made by the same company (Fantasy Flight) behind the original, 2016's Doom is based on the look of the new game, and is modelled a lot more closely on Fantasy Flight’s Imperial Assault (right down to the games sharing a designer). With Imperial Assault being awesome , this is good news.

Star Wars: Imperial...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 17, 2017. 8 comments

Great, Another Promising Star Wars Board Game

Great, Another Promising <i>Star Wars</i> Board Game

Fantasy Flight has a pretty good track record with its Star Wars tabletop games, with two of them—X-Wing and Imperial Assault —in my crew’s regular rotation. They might soon be joined by a third.

Star Wars: Rebellion is a new game just announced by the company, and while the name and basic look may remind of a forgotten video game classic, this is trying to do its own thing.

Rebellion is a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 16, 2017. 15 comments

Star Wars Armada: The Corellian Conflict: The Kotaku Review

<i>Star Wars Armada: The Corellian Conflict</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

Star Wars Armada is a great game to play every once in a while. But committing to play a lot of it in the name of an organised campaign is another story.

Star Wars: Armada: The Kotaku Review

If there’s one thing you do more than anything else while playing Star Wars: Armada, it’s shout…

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The Corellian Conflict, released last year, is an attempt by Fantasy Flight to add a bit more...

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