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CT FIG Winners and More

CT FIGYesterday I had the pleasure of attending, and judging at, the first annual Connecticut Festival of Indie games, hosted by Geek Fever Games at Elm City Games in New Haven, CT. Jason Miceli of GeekFever served as MC and organizer, while Matt Loter of Elm City Games (and Prettiest Princess Games) was the overly enthusiastic, yet charming, host.
The day was full of gaming, with loads of indie game developers showing off their designs to a building full of attendees. Every nook and cranny was filled with booths, and a lot of laughter good times were had all around. It was hard to believe when 4:00pm rolled around and it was time for the judges to meet and pick their favorite games in each category. It took about an hour of deliberation, but the winners were announced shortly after 5:00pm.

Best Artwork:
Dragoon, Lay Waste Games

Best 1st Impression:
Moon Quake Escape, Pair of Jacks

Most Innovative:
Depths of Durangrar, Creative Cove Games

Most Spirit:
Oh My Gods, Gameworthy Labs

Best in Show:  
Dragoon, Lay Waste Games

Best in Show runner-up: Guardians of AsunDur, DPH Studioz
Best in Show runner-up: Grab the Booty, Counter Meta Games
Best in Show runner-up: Originz the Superpowered Card Game, Flavor Faction

I’d like to congratulate all the winners. Competition was tough, and there was a lot of great games shown at the festival. CT FIG was a huge success, and I can’t wait until next year’s festival to see what it brings.

I’ll have some more coverage of what I saw at the show soon, so keep a look out.

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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.


FEAT20150901_Key-ArtRemember back in August when Wizards of the Coast released The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Zendikar? Apparently it felt very similar to a D&D campaign setting book. Now, Wizards has released Plane Shift: Zendikar to supplement Art of Magic and allow you to turn everything into a D&D 5th campaign.

The free PDF is 38 pages long, and really gives you everything you need to play. The Art of Magic: The Gathering-Zendikar will help you flesh out the world, but you can also get most of the details you need on MagicTheGathering.com and the Zendikar plane profile.

It seems like it’s been a long time coming. I’m surprised there haven’t been any other official Magic/D&D crossovers until now.

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

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.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesColumbia Games is offering free shipping worldwide on all orders over $99 through the end of April.

BoardGameTables.com has a few sample and prototype tables available at discount.

Post a review to Wargame Vault of Ganesha Games’ Four Against Darkness and be entered in to a giveaway of free lifetime supplements.

Dale McCoy, president of Jon Brazer Enterprises, is getting married, so he’s put all Pathfinder and 5e products on-sale at Paizo.com for 50% off.

Bundle of Holding’s latest deal is for Mongoose Traveller—the last edition, not the brand new one.

Some Amazon deals:

BoxFirst off, let me just say that I hadn’t heard of Card Hunter until today. That’s really a shame, because I gave it a shot and it’s pretty awesome. It’s a free-to-play card-based RPG battle game with micro-transactions, though the creators strive to keep it from becoming a “pay to win” game. Blue Manchu Pty Ltd has done a really nice job putting together a pretty sweet game with lots of RPG nostalgia feel.

Anyway. Penny Arcade’s Acquisitions Incorporated,  a fictional adventuring corporation developed by Penny Arcade initially as a promo for a the D&D 4th Edition release, has come to Card Hunter for $5.99. This price includes the AI characters Omin, Jim and Binwin figures as well as one month’s Card Hunter Club membership.

Mensa Select Winner SealFor those who don’t know, Mensa Mind Games is an annual tabletop competition open to games that are new to market within the last two years. Today they’ve announced the winners for 2016.

Sadly, the only game I’ve only played on the list The Last Spike, though I’ve heard good things about the rest.

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