Modern board games are games created after 1900 or so, including early games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, to the latest games from Europe and around the world.

paxeast2Every year I go to PAX East I make sure to stop by the Geek Chic booth to torture myself. Their tables are absolutely gorgeous, and way out of my price range. That is, until now. Their latest table, The Drop Ship, is a pre-made budget table in their line of wondrous gaming tables. While still a good amount of money ($1600 + $200 shipping), the Drop Ship falls in line with a lot of dining room tables I’ve seen.

The tables features include:

• Choice of Hardwood (Cherry, Maple, or Walnut)
• Game Vault System
• Lightweight Vault Lid (dual sided)
• Geek Chic Roll-Out Game Layer
• 29 ½” leg height
• Rail System
• 4 Locking Cupholders (with new solid brass slide-lock mechanism!)
• Suction cup to lift the vault lid and clear acrylic layer

There may just be a Geek Chic table in my future after all!

Drop Ship

Pax East 2016 – Catalyst Game Labs

paxeast2Catalyst always has a table full of amazing looking books, miniatures, and games. This year there were several new products they were showing off. Three Shadowrun 5th Edition sourcebooks, and three tabletop games. Dragons, Deckers, Vikings, and more.

Shadowrun: Hard Targets

Hard Targets is a book about death. It’s got wetworks, gear, and tactical info. It also contains adventure hooks for an in-depth look at the city of Havana in the Caribbean League, a political and criminal hotspot that lends itself to all sorts of wetwork jobs.

Shadowrun: Data Trails

Decker’s delight in this sourcebook. Technomancer’s too. This book is all about the Matrix and the flow of information. There’s even a section in here for non-Matrix users, and how their actions can effect the digital world.

Shadowrun: Rigger 6.0

Vehicles. Jets, boats, and hot rods. This book is jam packed with everything a Rigger could desire, including detailed rules on vehicular combat.

Wrath of Dragons

Forget resource management. Wrath of Dragons is a resource destruction game. Players each control a dragon that constantly pillages and destroys various regions every century. The game features resource destruction, card drafting, and dragon leveling. I had a chance to play this one, and it was a ton of fun. I’ll have a more detailed review in the near future, but for now you can check out the rules here.


Based off the hit show on The History Channel, Vikings is a game of pillaging and plundering with all your favorite heroes from the show. Gather your resources in the Winter for your Summer raids.


Another game in the Vikings universe, Jarl is a tile laying, strategy game where the goal is to capture your opponent’s Jarl. Pieces move as indicated on their tile, and every time you move a tile it’s flipped, revealing a different move set.

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Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTwo earlier Torg deals have returned to Bundle of Holding, Torg 1 for rulebooks and “essential guides”, Torg 2 for worldbooks and adventures.

Lots and lots of D&D 5e products are on-sale 25% off at DriveThruRPG.

I just learned that GMT has a Specials web page where the company lists sale prices on overstocked games. Check out Blackbeard at 42% off and Manoeuver at 47% off.

Club Fantasci is giving away a card carrying case from Quiver Time.

Columbia Games is offering free shipping with orders over $99.


DiamineBarnes & Noble will be running a Tabletop Gaming Meet Up event at all 640 stores on Saturday, April 30th, starting at 4 pm. This follows last month’s weekly “game gatherings” that were held at 57 of the chain’s stores. “Barnes & Noble is already a place to meet up, socialize and spend quality time together. Our Tabletop Gaming Meet Up is designed to do all that and more,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble.

The event will feature five games available to play at 4 pm: Machi Koro, Munchkin, Qwirkle, Superfight, and Ticket to Ride. Prizes to participants will be awarded, including promotional cards for Machi Koro and Superfight, and a Qwirkle brainteaser book. Additional prize support varies by store.

paxeast2I love Wormwood Gaming, and I especially love my Purpleheart Dice Tower and tray from the company. Excited to see what was new this time around, I headed to their booth. Along with some amazing looking wood, they had new deck boxes, and a leather gaming mat (my favorite item at the booth!)

The new deck boxes are both beautiful and functional. Each one also has a secret compartment to store a bluetooth tracker, so you’ll always know where you favorite deck is. Below is a selection of boxes in different types of wood.

Wyrmwood Deck Boxes

The leather mats I saw were absolutely amazing. They’re larger than your standard gaming mat, and have the Wyrmwood logo embossed on them. They’re made from premium stone-oiled Water Buffalo leather, and can be engraved for an extra fee. My picture below really doesn’t do it any justice.

Wyrmwood Mat

Crowdfunding Highlights

The Unknown Armies RPG kickstarter drags the classic urban occult game kicking and screaming into modernity and is already funded. (Disclamer: I’m doing the layout on the books.) The roleplaying game will be delivered in three hardcover books with a wraparound GM screen that doubles as a slipcase for the set. The project has already funded and there are three days left in the campaign. Get digital versions of all three books for $30, physical+PDF+epub books at $99.

takTak is a two-player strategy game from Patrick Rothfuss’ novel The Wise Man’s Fear, part of the Kingkiller Chronicles. In the book series, the game “is supposed to be my world’s version of Chess or Go or Mancala,” Rothfuss writes. James Ernest of Cheapass Games went off an developed a playable version of Tak, and “it was amazing.… It’s more elegant than chess. It’s more enjoyable than Go.” If you like scalable abstract strategy games, you can get a copy of Tak for as little as a $25 pledge.

Looking for whimsical artwork for your adventure or fantasy roleplaying game? Justin Nichol is currently funding Horde of Cuteness on IndieGoGo. His goal is to create a large enough art collect to illustrate a card game with this campaign, but he’s releasing the artwork in this campaign for free use. Check it out at his IndieGoGo page.

Evil Hat Productions is publishing The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, where you take on Harry Dresden’s cases with a variety of heroic protagonists. A $10 pledge grants you access to digital preview of the game with $39 getting you a copy. Shipping is interesting in this campaign: the more money raised, the cheaper shipping becomes. Currently, shipping to the UK is $15, but as the campaign continues to grow, that could drop to as low as $5.


not cahThis week in Marketplace Confusion/Parody/Coattail Riding, our spotlight is on Diabolical Kittens, a game that is presented a lot like Exploding Kittens, except without the art and name recognition of The Oatmeal. $30 gets you one copy of the game. $60 gets you one copy of the game and a 36-card “booster” if the $15,000 stretch goal is reached. You can do the math on that one.

Q: Did last week’s Cards Against Humanity-knockoffs succeed? A: Oh, you sweet child, no. Deck A Celebrity wound up at $2,502 of $15k and Cards Against Technology Trademark Symbol only got $429 of their $1,500 goal. And that was Canadian dollars, too.

PAX East 2016 – Dragon Dice by SFR, Inc

paxeast2I always love visiting SFR‘s booth at PAX, as Dragon Dice is one of my favorite games. This year it was great seeing so many demos being played by people using the new two player starter set I reviewed earlier this year. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything new to see in the area of dice.

There was, however, a paper play mat hiding under one of their premium play mats. A paper mat that had a brand new design on it.

Dragon Dice New Mat

The new mat should go into production soon, and will be the 3rd design available to purchase.

After staying and talking for a bit, I found out that the 3.0 Dragon Dice rules are currently in the works, and we may be seeing an all black terrain die in the future, possibly with a reprint of the Undead.

paxeast2Avoid the Void is a new game being Kickstarted by Geek Fever Games designed by Tim Mierzejewski. The game is a crazy sci-fi race to stay on the board, always avoiding the void and trying not to becoming a Void Beast.

I had a chance to sit and play the game, and had a blast with it. I always love a game where I can destroy half the board on the first turn. Each turn you’ll draw cards, play half your hand, rounding up, and the move. If at any point you run out of cards or can’t move, you’re out and become a Void Beast. Then you’ll draw a Void Beast card each time it’s your turn so you can wreak havoc on the players still in the game.

The rules are super simple, and the cards give you a lot of depth. They also produce some pretty crazy results.


The picture above is of the prototype for Avoid the Void, which was fully playable at the show. All those blue Void tiles? That was me, destroying the board on my first turn as I stated before. Through some lucky draws and card play, I came out the victor of this particular play.

The game is a lot of fun, especially when you’ve got a bunch of players at the table. A pledge of $5 will get you the print and play version of the game, while $25 will guarantee you a physical copy. There’s 16 days left in the campaign, so if it sounds like something you’d be interested then head over and help the campaign out!

Tabletop Season 4 Lineup Released

GS-Tabletop-LogoWil Wheaton posted the game lineup for Tabletop’s season four, which begins filming in a few days. Filming of past seasons have taken approximately two weeks. On the list are:

  • Champions of Midgard, a Viking-themed worker placement game.
  • Codenames, a party game. This will be played with six players instead of the normal four players on Tabletop.
  • Dragon Farkle, a variant of the popular dice matching game.
  • Eldritch Horror, the world-spanning Cthulhu game.
  • Fate Core, a roleplaying game.
  • Flash Point: Fire Rescue, a cooperative game of firefighting.
  • Fury of Dracula, the third edition of the game featuring hunters chasing Dracula through Europe.
  • Harbour, a worker placement game set in a seaside city.
  • Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, a tile-laying game. This was a 2015 Mensa Select Winner.
  • Misspent Youth, a roleplaying game about teenage rebels.
  • Monarch, a set collection game centered around heirs to the throne.
  • Mysterium, the cooperative game of a ghost communicating to the living via dreams.
  • Star Realms, a deckbuilder about starship combat.
  • Star Trek: Five-Year Mission, a cooperative dice placement game.
  • Steam Park, a create-your-own steampunk amusement park game.
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies, a very small galactic empire area control game.
  • Welcome To The Dungeon, a push your luck dungeon delve.

Season 4 of Tabletop will be released starting in June or July.

On a break from playing Arya Stark, Maisie Williams took on the role of Lorraine to work the counter at Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica and hand out Game of Thrones swag.

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