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Victoria B

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Described as 'a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats', it was inevitable that I'd be buying this game (they had me at kittens). After a massively successful Kickstart...
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Bryce Whitacre

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https://www.facebook.com/events/424531501086330/ Hey guys. You've all been super supportive of Baker Street. If you have wondered about the rules and want to see a play through, please come and ask questions. I'm doing a Q&A while the game is happening. The show will be available to stream afterwords but the running commentary during the live show should be fun!
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Christian Petrie

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Great news for Ticket to Ride fans. One of those wondering why they had not done a UK before. At the same time curious to see how the technology aspect will play. Also the Pennsylvania map is a curious addition as well.
The fifth volume of the Ticket to Ride Map Collection makes its debut in early October at the Essen Game Fair in Germany. Ticket to Ride United Kingdom features two different maps on a double-sided board. With the United Kingdom Map designed for 2 to 4 players, players will need to develop their ...
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Oh, might be time to get hold of this finally!
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Dave Shapiro

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"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” - Cersei Lannister


There are four areas of the world where Risk games are designed: Argentina, Brazil, Italy and the United States. In the US there are two companies who produce Risk versions: Hasbro and USAopoly. Most of the games published by USAopoly are single print runs and connected to a particular (popular) theme. They have offered two Halo games, Plants versus Zombies, The Walking Dead and others. Their latest entry is Risk: Game of Thrones.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the production values in the game. I have played games on paper maps with cardboard chits, games where the generic pieces had to be marked as the shapes were identical and the colors impossible to differentiate; I have even played games on maps that were pieced together from different games and the units were taken from a variety of other games. Then there are the games from Fantasy Flight, Ares and Asmodee - some of their products include the best components ever included in board games. The Game of Thrones from USAopoly can join this elite group. Everything is top notch. 

There are two boards, components for seven players with unique sculpts for each player and individual plastic containers to hold the units. Each of the seven ‘families’ has a small deck of character cards specific to their family. In addition to the quality of the components, the quantity is more than I have seen in any Risk game with the exception of possibly Godstorm. Note: there is a board specifically for 2 players and then the second board for 3 to 5 players. When playing with 6 or 7 players, bothe map boards are used.

(There are two odd things I noticed. First the game is listed for ages 18+. I cannot fathom why that should be. Second, there is a map of the world of Game of Thrones printed on the inside of the box cover - something I don’t think I have ever seen.)

Components can make the gaming experience more pleasurable but it is the game play itself that is critical. This is a ‘Risk’ game so does it play like Risk? In short: yes and no.

The instruction manual provides the rules to play classic Risk on these maps. Doing so results in a Risk version that is extremely fluid. On the 3 to 5 player map there are ports that ring the land mass. All ports on the east side are ‘adjacent’ and all ports on the west side are ‘adjacent’. (They are color coded.) This provides the opportunity for many surprise attacks. Playing this version allows for a complete domination game (as in the classic version) or the tournament type game where at some point a special card is revealed in the territory deck and players score points according to the total number of territories and continents they control. Because the map is so very fluid, fortunes can change rapidly. For those who enjoy the classic game, Game of Thrones in this mode will be familiar but challenging. This is not typical strategic warfare, this is guerrilla warfare. If you enjoy the classic game, the fluidity of the map will require new strategies, new challenges.

There are additional rules that encompass all of the (many) components and the Game of Thrones theme. In this version players are attempting to gain 10 victory points by completing objectives worth 1 to 4 points each. These objectives range from accumulating a specific amount of gold to controlling castles and ports. It is in this version that the Maester cards and Character cards are used. Though the mechanics for combat and reinforcements are from classic Risk, the game does not play like Risk - and this is not a bad thing.

When played in this manner, Game of Thrones plays like a giant version of Nexus Ops. (Note: I enjoy Nexus Ops and wondered why similar games were never released.)  It appears much more chaotic as the objectives are so varied. There is less combat than in the classic game and rarely will a single player be targeted for multiple attacks. The nature of the objectives, as in Nexus Ops, forces players to slither around the entire map. For example, one objective is to control 9 ports. As the ports are spread along the outside edges of the map and only ports of the same color can be used for invasions, this requires players to traverse the interior of the map to reach the ports needed. Reaching the ports on the opposite side may require attacks on all other players depending on who controls the intervening territories.

There is an option to include as much or as little of the ‘chrome’ such as the Character or Maester cards. There are fewer battles than found in a classic game and because a single player is rarely targeted repeatedly, it is less ‘offensive’, more girlfriend friendly than classic Risk. 

Of the two versions of play in the rules, it is the classic version that feels more like Game of Thrones than the version that includes all of the chrome. In the classic version, you are attempting control of vast areas; attempting to dominate the other players - attempting to sit on the Iron Throne. In the second/chrome version, you are scoring points - it is similar to Nexus Ops or even a touch of Small World. 

The MSRP for the game is $75 (US) which seems heavy for a Risk game. However, you really are getting two, good games for that price. These actually could have been released as two separate games.  I found both versions enjoyable. Depending on the group, I would be willing to play either version and (most important), have a good time while playing. 

Note: At times we found the 'chrome' version ended too quickly so we often play to 15 or 20 points.
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You do know that there's an actual 'game of thrones' boardgame ?
It's not as easy to teach as Risk, but if you're a fan it might be worth it for the backstabbin' potential

https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition/


and a few useful hints :
http://kotaku.com/how-to-win-at-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-1679583371
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SFB Addict

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SFB Cadet scenario  # 4 learn to play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znUvk0Ha5bQ
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ron d

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The guys at the Beasts of War website are doing a 'Dungeon Saga' themed weekend. The game is inspired by the classic 'Heroquest'

This is their attempt at the first (tutorial) scenario from the game.
It also shows how much more fun a boardgame like this can be if you do a bit of roleplaying instead of just rolling dice ...

Unboxing :
http://www.beastsofwar.com/dungeon-saga/unboxing-the-dungeon-delve/

The game :
http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/dungeon-saga.html

#dungeonsaga #unboxing #tutorial #demo
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check deviant art for that big one
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Jason Katke

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Classic Munchkin for less than 10 dollars. This was one of the first games that got me into the hobby.  It definitely has it's place in the tabletop gaming pantheon.
 
Love it or hate it, Munchkin is currently 69% off at $7.79 (FS with Prime, MSRP $24.95) A remarkably low price for this devisive card game classic.

Store Link: http://goo.gl/8Z0TID
BGG Rated: 6.0 BGG Link: https://goo.gl/h0A60F
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chuck yanosky

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Damn man. You're leading the pack on Zombicide minis these days. Your pacing is really impressive 
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Star Fleet Battles Lyran ESG rules.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuwbuDis-8
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VANGUARD RPG out now
The core rule book is finally here on pdf. After the successful kickstarter the first book is now released.
128 full-colour pages of sci-fi awesomeness
These core rules cover:
Character generation (6 unique species, 16 vocations, pages of talents, assets and cool gear)
Core rules (task resolution, combat, damage and what happens if you get spaced)
Droids (use a template or make your own)
Vehicles (with pages of standard vehicles in the VANGUARD galaxy just waiting to be tailored to suit your character’s needs)
Hacking (easy to learn, fast to play, rules for hacking anything; data nodes, droids, security doors – you name it)
Esperence abilities (master the power of the universe itself through your mind and will. Melt metal with a thought, influence another’s thoughts and emotions, protect yourself and your friends with the power of the elements and even command technology without any tech know-how!
The Varmisk Fallen galaxy, a ready to play galaxy, just waiting to be explored by your intrepid adventurers – and a galaxy wide alien threat to keep them on their toes!
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+Kevin Flynn thanks :) I accept Jeff's criticism; excitement did get the better of me.
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chuck yanosky

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These are Zombie Dogz from zombicide season #2
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Nice!
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Nicholas Smith

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I've just launched my first game, Deadville, on Kickstarter. Deadville is a dice game in which the players compete against each other to capture various city locations that were overrun with zombies.  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/29553289/deadville/

Check out the game, share with your friends, and offer your support. With your help, I know the campaign will be a success.
Snake Eyes Gaming is raising funds for Deadville on Kickstarter! Deadville is a dice game in which the players take on the roles of survivors trying to reclaim their city from the zombie horde.
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James Mathe

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New micro-game from Minion Games: Sun, Moon & Stars. Only $10 shipped! 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/sun-moon-and-stars-a-micro-card-game
Minion Games is raising funds for Sun, Moon & Stars - A Micro Card Game on Kickstarter! A fast playing, easy to learn game of deduction. Rotate cards around the table until the ones in front of you match your role card.
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Anyone have anything Heroscape that they would be willing to trade for a board game or two? I'm looking for figures and or terrain. Anything really would be great!!! :) 
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That stuff is so hard to come by, cheaply. I have my family check rummage sales.
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Jay Exonauts

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Backed this one. Beautiful, high quality game mats. Already funded with first stretch goal reached. I'm looking forward to replacing the felt one I've got, which is just waiting to get ruined. You can also put a logo on these, so I just may do that for my gaming group!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/517343559/promatz-industrial-grade-gaming-mats-by-game-matz#
GameMatz is raising funds for ProMatz - Industrial Grade Gaming Mats by Game Matz on Kickstarter! The worlds first customizable industrial grade gaming mat for boardgames, card games, and tabletop miniatures - ProMatz™ tabletop armor
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Not for sure about the ones on the right but the ones on the left are xwing miniatures
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Jason Katke

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As a heads up, Carcassonne: New Edition is currently less than 20 bucks on Walmart.com and Amazon.  Great chance to pick it up if you don't have it already!
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Link to walmart, already gone on Amazon: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Carcassonne-Game-New-Edition/43252471
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chuck yanosky

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Nice paint job 
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