Game Conventions on a Budget

Game Conventions on a Budget Attending a game convention is a fantastic opportunity to play the newest games, get cool exclusives and meet others with the same gaming passions. Many have successfully used networking opportunities to break into the industry. With all these swanky-cool elements why don’t more people attend game conventions? The sad reality is that attending game conventions are expensive and time-consuming. A single day’s badge might be $50 or more--not to mention the transportation...

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Sandbox Campaigns: The Do’s and Don’ts

Sandbox Campaigns: The Do's and Don'ts Hey folks, it's me, Jasmine, and today I want to talk about a particular style of Dungeons & Dragons campaign that dungeon masters really seem to love: the sandbox. The theory of Sandbox games applies to other tabletop role playing games as well! Yes, a sandbox campaign can be built in any game system, it simply refers to a style of game where the player characters drive the story.  They can travel...

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4e Rules To Enhance Your 5e Game

4e Rules To Enhance Your 5e Game Dungeons & Dragons has been the most popular tabletop RPG in the world for decades, and in that time it has reinvented itself several times with complete reboots of the rules. Put a few longtime fans in a room together and they'll launch into debate about which edition is the best faster than a feral manticore launches its tail spines into your marching order. However, no edition of Dungeons...

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Gryn and Grump Review Santorini

 Santorini by Game Designer Gordon Hamilton Hey Grump! Gryn. What are we doing today? You’ve forgotten already, haven’t you? We’re supposed to talk about Santorini … You know, the game we just finished playing 30 minutes ago.... We played seven times in a row …And somehow you won all of them.... And then you said you had to go and get something out of your ear … What? I can’t hear ya real well, Grump. I got something in my...

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5 games you can learn in 5 minutes

5 games you can learn in 5 minutes From the open ended fantasy world of Talisman, to the meticulous sci-fi strategy of Twilight Imperium, I’m always ready to throw down on longer running games. Sadly, there isn’t enough time some nights to crack into a 4 hour game. Sometimes all we’re looking for is a game we can teach quickly and pick up and go, so I’m highlighting some smaller games that can all be learned...

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Special Education Through Game Play

When teaching special needs students, flexibility is key. The best Special Education (SPED) teachers are adaptive and intuitive, anchoring their students with both support and a malleable lesson plan. When they see a safe place to teach a valuable lesson, they go towards it. I never had a full appreciation of what they do until I stumbled into teaching life lessons through board games in a public school. Years ago, I had the absolute pleasure to work...

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Gryn & Grump Review Res Arcana

Res Arcana by Game Designer Tom Lehmann In a high tower, an Alchemist prepares potions, using vials filled with otherworldly fluids. In a sacred Grove, a druid grinds herbs for a mystical ritual. In the catacombs, a necromancer summons a bone Dragon… Welcome to the world of Res Arcana! In it, life, Death, elegant, calm, and gold are the essences that fuel the art of magic. Choose your mage, gather essences, craft unique artifacts, and use...

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7 Steps to Starting a College Board Game Club

If you’re a student, particularly in higher education, it can be very difficult to find the communities for you. If this is the case, consider creating your own tabletop gaming club! Board games are a fantastic way to meet people and build lasting friendships. While it might seem intimidating to begin such a process, I can attest ​​ that it’s an incredibly rewarding experience. I’ve founded three successful gaming clubs and am excited to share...

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8 Gateway Games to Play Instead of the Classics (part 1)

  Part 1 Joining the modern board game hobby is intimidating. Every year several thousand new games are released and finding an entry point is increasingly difficult. In the face of this mass of cardboard, classics like Monopoly or Scrabble seem more and more appealing. “Gateway games” are the key to the brave new world of modern board games. These titles are intuitive and approachable and perfect for newer players. Whether...

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8 Gateway Games to Play Instead of the Classics (part 2)

Part 2 Welcome to part 2 of our list of awesome gateway games to play with non-gamers. Each item in the list includes a short blurb with the basic idea of the game, as well as the titles it can knock off your shelf. Without further ado, let’s get back to the games. Munchkin For fans of Sorry.   Fans of ruby slippers might remember...

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