Thundergryph Games has just launched Dead Man’s Doubloons, a simultaneous action pirate adventure by Geek Fever Games‘ Jason Miceli.

This is an exciting project for me, as I played an early version of the game some time ago with Jason and absolutely loved it. To see it picked up by Thundergryph and already doing so well has me drooling to get my hands on the finished product.

The game involves a land race for treasure while pirate ships battle around the central island. For more info on the game, check out the Kickstarter campaign.

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ThunderGryph Games has just announced their latest title headed to Kickstarter soon, Dead Man’s Doubloons. To celebrate the announcement their holding a giveaway on the game’s page.

Dead Man’s Doubloons has players’ ships skirmishing in the water while their captains scour a central island for map fragments and booty. In the end they battle it out to see who’s got the most riches.

I’ve actually had the chance to play an early prototype of the game over Tabletop Simulator with the game’s designer, Jason Miceli of Geek Fever Games. The game is pretty sweet, and can handle 2-5 players in roughly 45 minutes. It’ll be great to see this hit Kickstarter soon and finally come out in its final form!


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287ded728b0e5afd244bb33d40629404c679915aYou may remember me posting about Avoid the Void, Geek Fever Games’ chaotic sci-fi game, shortly after PAX East this year. It ended up falling a bit short on its Kickstarter campaign, but Geek Fever has another way to get the excellent game into players’ hands. Avoid the Void is now currently up for Crowd Sale on The Game Crafter. For the next 7 days you can pre-order the game starting at $42. The more people who pre-order it, the lower the price gets. If 100 people pre-order, the price will only be $30.

I’ve enjoyed all the games I’ve played from Geek Fever, but Avoid the Void is one of my favorites. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, so I’m hoping more people will to knock my out-of-pocket down a bit.

If you’re on the fence you can check the game out for free on Tabletop Simulator. Just head on over to the Steam page to subscribe to the module.

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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!

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12705169_151308598584453_2493438227099948849_nUPDATE: The venue has changed since the original posting. The new venue is now:

Elm City Games

756 Chapel St, New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Taking place on International TableTop Day, April 30th, the Inaugural Connecticut Festival of Indie Games will be held in New Haven, CT. The festival, as its name suggests, is all about independent games, designers, and publishers. Backed by Geek Fever Games, they hope to draw independent games from all over the northeast US.

If you’re interested, you can snag tickets here. There’s also a Facebook page setup for the event here.

I’ll be there for sure!


Second Look—Mars vs Earth

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.Martians are attacking an alternate-reality 1950’s Earth, and it’s up to you to stop them…or is it?

Mars vs Earth is a 3-10 player cooperative game where you’re trying to stop aliens from invading and taking over Earth. The thing is, the Martians have replicated human DNA, and their clones walk among us. In traditional cooperative game fashion, that means there may be one or more traitors in the midst.

Over the course of several rounds new challenges will arise and players must pool their resources to stop them. The game has a cool mechanic where players can only play so many cards to a challenge depending on how far they’re sitting from the current mission leader. Players directly to the left and right of the leader can play more than those sitting 2 or 3 seats away on either side.

Mars vs Earth

The game ends when the humans foil a pre-determined number of Martian threats, or the Martians deplete all the human resources. It’s a relatively fast paced card game, playing in 30-60 minutes. Having played with a max of 4 players, our games tended to run 30-40 minutes. All my game-age kids tested this one with me, and had a great time with it. My 5-year-old needed a bit of help with text, and when he turned out to be working against the other players, but still really got into it. We actually ended up taking the game camping with us, and it worked out really well as a portable game without the board.

Overall this is a great co-op that I can enjoy with my kids. The 1950’s sci-fi feel, and the tense nature of the challenges make this a fantastic game in a short amount of time.

You can snag Mars vs Earth from The Game Crafter for $38.99.

Geek Fever Games is actually located near me in CT, and I’m hoping to get a chance to play the game with the designer soon.

A copy of Mars vs Earth was provided free for review by Geek Fever Games.

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