Fri

30

Aug

2013

Critical Plays - Pathfinder Adventure Card Game - The Finale

In which we slay a dragon... or not!

 

If you have come this far, I thank you.  If you have not, then I suggest checking out part one of our Critical Play, which was actually inside our Critical Review.  Then, head over here to see part two and gaze in amazement at my tremendous dice rolling skills!

 

Don't become bewildered too quickly though, as the epic rolls may just continue in this, our final installment of Sellah's solo scenario, taking on Black Fang's Dungeon!  Can our heroic Paladin lay waste to the terror of the Temple?  Or, will she succumb to falure and demise at the hands of the beast?

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Wed

28

Aug

2013

Critical Plays - Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

In our last Critical Review for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we attempted a Solo run, using Seelah the Paladin, against the Black Fang's Dungeon Scenario.  We left off after having closed the Temple and having encountered Black Fang himself twice, and quite honestly, being beaten around a bit by him!  

 

Now, part 2 is online for your enjoyment, and as a precursor, this is not the ending!  Part 3 will be online soon, but for now, let's venture back to Black Fang's dungeon and see if we can succeed, or succumb to the perils of the Perilous Coast.

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Mon

26

Aug

2013

Critical Review - Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

It is not often I am floored.  The concept of taking a role playing game, removing, what most people consider to be the lynch pin (the dungeon master) and making it work seems fraught with danger, perils, and sheer idiocy.  Yet, here I sit, on the floor... floored.

 

Mike Selinker, who may be one of the nicest designers we've had the pleasure of meeting, and his team have put together a game for the ages. Pathfinder, one of the most beloved role playing games of all times, is now playable in card form, sans said DM.  I dare you not to like this game. I double dog dare you not to like this game.  Even if you don't like role playing games, the sheer mechanics they've been able to pull off are astounding.  Venture forth dear hero... loot awaits you!

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Fri

23

Aug

2013

Critical Plays - Gravwell

Every once in a while a game comes along that is so simple, and so straight forward, you scratch your head and think, "why didn't I think of this?".  Then you realize you're laughing so hard from the resulting actions players take in the game to care and you just enjoy the ride for what it is!

 

Gravwell, from Cryptozoic entertainment, does just that.  It's a simple game to learn and to teach, but it will take you on a wild, fun filled, treacherous ride!  And a ride you soon won't forget!  We say it a lot in this video, but we'll say it one more time, this is the gem of Gen Con 2013.  It's beautiful, it's simple, it's fun, and it's original.  So why should we say anything else... let's play some Gravwell!

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Wed

21

Aug

2013

Critical Interviews - Ben Stoll; Cryptozoic

Hex. It's pretty much Latin for Success at this point!  Hex: Shards of Fate, was a wildly successful kickstarter from Cryptozoic Entertainment recently, hauling in over 2 Million on Kickstarter alone!  It's the world's first TCG and MMO combination, and looks, if what we saw at Gen Con is an indication, that it will be at, if not on top of, the mountain top for a long time coming.

 

But, Hex isn't all that Cryptozoic showed off at Gen Con this year.  New releases like Gravwell and the Hobbit were on stage, as well as some glimpses into the future with the newest DC Deck Building Game set as well.  Cryptozoic is a company that prides itself on "live the dream" moments, and whether you want to be a super hero, a space explorer, a zombie killer, or now, an online TCGMMO Player, they seem to have all your bases covered!

 

See our interview with Ben Stoll, lead designer for PVP in Hex, from Gen Con 2013 below, and check out more about Hex and Cryptozoic online!

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Wed

21

Aug

2013

Critical Interviews - Justin Gary; Stoneblade Entertainment

Justin Gary has had a heck of a career and life in the gaming industry. He's a Magic Pro Tour World Champion, he's designed numerous famous games, and now owns his own company, Stoneblade Entertainment, formerly Gary Games.

 

If conquering the tables wasn't enough, Justin, and his dedicated team, launched SolForge, a digital card game, on Kickstarter last year, which was met with resounding success from the gaming public!  A year later, SolForge is a reality, but it's not stopping this "king of cards" from both supporting the table top franchise, Ascension, he's built, as well as looking to the future for the next big thing in gaming.

 

We stopped in to the Stoneblade booth at Gen Con 2013 in Indy and caught a few minutes with Justin.  If you are interested in learning more about Ascension or Solfroge, we highly recommend it!

 

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Mon

19

Aug

2013

Critical Plays - Dungeon Roll

Gen Con may be over, but the spirit still lives on in our hearts... and our dungeons!  One of the highlights of my week was being able to meet Michael Mindes, Owner of Tasty Minstrel Games, in person for the first time.  If you have never met Michael, I highly suggest to take advantage of the opportunity if it presents itself.  He is very connected with his community and is a very approachable and friendly guy!  If you aren't familiar with his game line, I 2X highly recommend to check out Tasty Minstrel's line of awesomeness!

 

As most of you know though, Dungeon Roll was an extremely wild success on Kickstarter recently.  It brought thousands of backers together for a dungeon delving, press your luck dice game, in a way none other had done before.  We recently received our kickstarter copy and decided to dust off the recording devices for a long awaited new Critical Play, and start diving deep into our own dungeon.  Because you know, that's how we roll. (Insert the "boo-hiss" noises here)

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Mon

12

Aug

2013

Critical Strikes - Thunderstone, Castellan and Guildhall Job Faire

Last week we provided a quick Critical Review of Alderac Entertainment Group's Trains; a game we think is sure to be a Crit at Gen Con and for the rest of the year!  This week, in our Critical Strikes, we have two more entries from AEG, Thunderstone the Starter Set and Guildhall Job Faire!

 

In addition, we take a look at a new game from Steve Jackson Games called Castellan, which is an area control game, involving cards, castle walls, and towers! Steve Jackson, most notably known for Munchkin and other loved games like Car Wars and Ogre, may just have something special on their hands with Castellan in this outing!  

 

Whether you like set collecting, deck building or abstract area control there is a lot of theme, and lot of gameplay and a lot of choices for almost everyone inside of this week's Critical Strike!

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Sun

11

Aug

2013

Austin Board Game Bash 2013

Every year in Austin Texas, downtown hosts the Austin Board Game Bash! Hundereds of central Texas, and some not so texan, boardgamers come to play, trade, theory craft, and above all else, have fun!  This year we had the opportunity to hang out once again, taking pictures, videos, and having some great conversations with everyone we had the chance to meet.  

 

As such, we wanted to share the experience with you, our critical fans.  If you made it, we hope these images and videos remind you of all the fun you had, and if you couldn't join us, we hope it makes you consider possibly joining us here in the future!

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Wed

07

Aug

2013

Critical Review - Trains

I love being proved wrong.  Next to failing at something and learning how to be better, being proved wrong is probably one of the most exhilarating experiences in life.  When it comes to gaming, trends start, build big early, and continue in the same pattern more so than we'd like to admit. Deckbuilding games are a great example of that.  Dominion, Ascension, Eminent Domain... each one got a bit better at the formula, but none seemed to ever perfect it.

 

A few months ago, AEG announced they were reprinting Trains which was a Okazu game in the Asia Pacific region.  Color me underwhelmed.  A deckbuilding game about being an owner of a train company.  Not even being a conductor?! We all know being conductor is the most fun right? How can a game about deckbuilding to be a corporate "manager" be fun?

 

I'm wrong.  I am so wrong! And I'm SO happy to be... 

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Mon

05

Aug

2013

Critical Review - Gearworld: The Borderlands

Some games are deceiving.  The look like one thing, even act sometimes like that one thing, but then after a full sit down, you realize they aren't anything like that thing at all!  Gearworld the Borderlands, which is a re-themed reprint of the Borderlands from years ago, attempts to stylize the area and resource control concepts with an infusion of Steampunk, Skyworks, and a lot of boats and guns.

 

Several people always ask me what theme hasn't been done justice in the gaming world and I continue to say "steampunk".  There's a lot of "good" games about Steampunk, but nothing that has ever wowed me or blown my doors off.  Does Gearworld do that to me?  Come along with me and let's see how this world of guns, horses, resources, and ships plays out... 

 

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Sun

04

Aug

2013

Critical Components - Rule and Make

In our series, Critical Components, we attempt to highlight and showcase some great, unique, and well designed accessories to enhance your gaming experience.  If you're like me, you have a lot of cards around. You have a lot of games and a lot of cards, and in many cases, you yearn for a storage option to secure them; in style.

 

Thankfully for those of us in the gaming world, there's companies like Rule and Make!  Rule and Make have a new card storage system that is both customizable and stylish.  It's slick, it's unique, and it offers many variations for almost any card game based needs you may have.

 

In the below video, we show you both the case as well as some of the variable design options you can customize it to fit.  Whether you are a Sentinel's player, Eminent Domain, or traditional a M:TG player, your cards will thank you.  If you are interested in learning more after watching our video, you can check our Rule and Make on their homepage.

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