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Jul
8

Quick Chits: Holy Grail games

As I get more and more involved with the board game hobby, I get a better appreciation for some of the games that laid the foundation for all of the great games that are available today. Because of this I have been starting to come across a few older titles that would really be special additions to my ever growing collection. Either because they finish a set of similar games, they are actually better than the newer version or simply because there has been nothing like it since. Here are a couple of those games that I would love to have in my collection.
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Jun
24

The Industrial Revolution and Aliens: Game night summary

My faithful gaming buddy, Mike, was the last man standing after trying to assemble a game night this week. So we decided to change things up a bit and dig into more heavier fare. He was fortunate to receive a copy of Brass just in time and since it has been on my list of games I needed to try at least once, it made the decision of picking our first game pretty easy.
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Jun
5

Game Convention Report: Kublacon 2011

Author ianoble    Category Board Games     Tags

Day 1: Where are we and what is this all about?

Without ever going to a board game convention I, naturally, didn’t know what to expect. Weeks before it started I went through the events catalog and marked down a bunch of events, listed on the Kublacon website, that I wanted to take part in. When we first arrived it was pretty obvious that the heart of the convention was just finding an open table, some friends (or strangers) and playing whatever game you happened to have with you at the time. By the time we arrived, at 11:00AM on Saturday, just about every table designated for open gaming was full of people rolling dice, flicking discs or shuffling cards.
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May
28

Kublacon 2011 Live Blog

Author ianoble    Category Board Games     Tags

Today I will be attending my very first board game convention. Kublacon is a 4 day convention held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA. Pretty stoked to be going, so I wanted to be able to share my experience with everyone who is unable to attend. Throughout the weekend I will be posted updates to this space, along with photos and maybe even a video or two. So bookmark this page and check back often!!

01:42 pm:

Happy! Got a game of Through the Ages in. I even won, so that was a bonus. Time to head home. Thank you #Kublacon!

08:47 am:

Monday We are up! The only thing I have planned is a game of Through the Ages. Might check out the flea market, too.

08:54 pm:

Finished up Mansions of Madness. Investigators won, but we messed up a rule. So, officially it was a draw. Fun play, though!

05:37 pm:

So far a pretty fun day. Played a couple of prototypes, Eminent Domain and an adventure game with @gfbrobot. Good times!

08:56 am:

Forgot to mention…got another game of Pergamon in as well as Blue Moon. #latenightgaming @ #Kublacon

08:48 am:

Sunday Awake and ready to game! Meeting up with Seth (representing Tasty Minstrel Games) to see about playing some prototypes.

11:50 pm:

Busted out in poker. My AQc got beat by 10s. Had fun, though!

09:08 pm:

About to start my No Limit poker tournament. I’ll let you know when I bust out…

06:27 pm:

Currently listening to Aldie talk about BoardgameGeek. Interesting stuff!

06:02 pm:

Just finished the 8 player Heroscape game. Came in 5th. :(

02:32 pm:

Playing some BattleCON while @geekinsight and @gfbrobot playing Mansions of Madness behind us.

11:19 am:

Just arrived at the Hyatt! We’ll get our bearing and report back if we see anything cool.

May
18

Interview with Dyad Games: designers of Kamakura

Board/card game projects on Kickstarter seem to be all the rage these days. Not that I’m complaining! The more games to get published the better, in my book. But because of this, I find myself needing to browse the Board and Card Game section on Kickstarter.com rather frequently, looking for something that might catch my attention. Kamakura was one that fit into that category. I’ll let the guys over at Dyad Games describe the game for you:

Kamakura is a card game of feudal Japanese warfare in which you attempt to defeat an opponent by taking their territories before they take yours. This is done by carefully choosing combinations of weapons, soldiers, and arrow barrages to attack with while defending your own territories with a myriad of defensive techniques. Strategy, deception, and bravery will be your most valuable assets in the complex and varied game of Kamakura.

Since this was Dyad Games first venture into the analog gaming realm, I thought it might be nice to find out a little bit more about who they are and how they ended up creating a card game. Alex Montgomery was gracious enough to answer a few of my questions.
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