Aug 112014

In this Box Breaking Matt takes a look at Templar from Queen Games.  Templar is a board game that focuses on hiding treasure from the king.



My first box breaking on a Queen Games Product – how awesome!  I hope to have a written review up shortly after I return from Gen Con



Jun 192014

folkloreWhile at Origins I took some time with TwinFire Production and looked in  detail at Folklore the Affliction.   Folklore the Affliction is a Kickstarter project scheduled for the fall of 2014.   The game is a classic horror storytelling game that uses nuances of table top role playing with board game mechanics.   We did this from the Crown with only natural light, I think it kind of adds to the theme of the the game.


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Oct 302012

3 New Pathfinder Source books From Paizo Publishing

All Release Dates: Nov 2012

Pathfinder RPG: Skull & Shackles Pawn Collection

$ 15.99

Key monsters and NPCs from the piratical Skull & Shackles Adventure Path come alive on your tabletop with this collection of more than 100 creature pawns for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or any tabletop fantasy RPG! Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn contains a beautiful full-color image of a monster or NPC from the Skull & Shackles campaign, including pirates, sea monsters, cyclopes, merfolk and dozens of unique NPCs that are also suitable to represent player characters. Each cardstock pawn slots into a size-appropriate plastic base from the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary Box, making them easy to mix with traditional metal or plastic miniatures. With multiple pawns for commonly encountered creatures and tons of distinct creature images, the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path Pawn Collection brings the friends and foes of Pathfinder’s pirate campaign alive like never before! Note: This product does not include bases. It is intended for use with the bases found in the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary Box.


Pathfinder Adventure Path: Shattered Star: Beyond the Doomsday Door

$ 19.99

Chapter 4: “Beyond the Doomsday Door” by Tito Leati The hunt for the seven shards of the Shattered Star leads the heroes back to the western coast of Varisia, to the multifaith monastery known as Windsong Abbey. The next shard of the Shattered Star appears to be hidden somewhere within the dungeons below the abbey. But when the PCs arrive, they find the monastery in ruins and held by savage giants and twisted fey! An ancient terror has returned home, and now dwells within the deep dungeons below—a terror who hopes to open the dread Doomsday Door deep within! “Beyond the Doomsday Door” is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for 10th-level characters. This volume continues the Shattered Star Adventure Path, in which players explore dungeons and wilderness in search of a powerful artifact. This volume offers an examination of the monstrous proto-demons known as qlippoth and an essay on Groteus (god of oblivion and ruins). New monsters fill the Pathfinder Bestiary, while Bill Ward’s Pathfinder Journal fiction explores the seedy underbelly of the scoundrel haven of Riddleport! Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to giveGame Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.


Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Bestiary

$ 19.99

You can never have too many monsters! This book contains 46 new monsters found in the Inner Sea region—all invented specifically for the Pathfinder Campaign Setting! Some, like the gearsmen of Numeria or the moth-like star monarchs who serve the goddess of dreams, have been mentioned many times in Pathfinder Campaign Setting books, but others like the alien vespergaunt or Rahadoum’s desert-dwelling whirlmaws have only been obliquely illustrated or mentioned before. And some make their appearance for the first time in print after debuting in Paizo’s office campaigns (like the mysterious and ancient veiled masters, or the disturbingly alluring fungus queen). With monsters ranging in challenge rating from 1/2 (such as the capering monkey goblin or the enigmatic lashuntas) all the way up to beyond CR 20 (including two immense spawn of Rovagug and three powerful outsiders with sinister agendas for the Inner Sea region, like the exiled infernal duke Lorthact), along with three new monstrous templates (the exotic mind-draining vetala vampire, the blighted fey of Fangwood, and the twisted mutants of the Mana Wastes), the 64-page Inner Sea Bestiary is set to add a host of new favorite beasties to any Pathfinder game! By Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, Greg A. Vaughan.

Check out these and so mush more from Paizo Publishing today and make your own adventures with friends soon.


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Oct 172012

Bolt Action: Assault on Normandy

Coming Soon

$ 92.00

Bolt Action: Assault on Normandy gives you everything you need to pit your tactics and wits against your opponent as you recreate the great battles of World War II on the tabletop! In addition to the glorious Bolt Action rulebook and eight Orders Dice, you will find forty hard plastic, multi-pose 28mm miniatures as well as terrain for them to fight over. This is a great starting point as you seek to defeat your foes and bring an end to the greatest conflict in history. Bolt Action: Assault on Normandy contains:

Full-colour 216-page hardback Bolt Action rulebook

40 multi-pose, hard plastic 28mm miniatures:

20 US Army infantry

20 German Heer infantry

1 hard plastic Ruined Farmhouse

8 Bolt Action Orders Dice.

Go check out Warlord Games and rewrite history with you friends this weekend.

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Oct 052012

Dust Tactics: Operation “Hades”

$ 44.95

The fifth campaign expansion for Dust Tactics, Operation “Hades” permits dynamic new play experiences. It introduces rules for subterranean warfare, superhuman soldiers, new skills, and richly detailed information about the city and battleground of Zverograd. It also offers players thirty-one tiles, a Zverograd city poster, a map of the Zverograd metro, six scenarios, and over two dozen objectives to serve as the basis of their own scenarios. Finally, Operation “Hades” marks the arrival of Winter Child, the game’s first superhuman soldier.  Key Selling Points • The fifth campaign expansion for Dust Tactics • Introduces new rules for tense and dramatic underground fighting • Brings to life the war-torn city of Zverograd, the campaign’s setting • Offers six new scenarios and presents players with tools to build their own • Marks the arrival of Winter Child, the game’s first superhuman.

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Aug 262012

We had the chance to talk with Lyle from Privateer Press about Level 7, and the Gargantuans.  Level 7 has some interesting twist as a semi-cooperative board game.   And he answered all of my questions about Gargantuans.





It is going to be interesting to watch the level 7 IP unfold.

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Apr 102012

It has been just over a week since Wil Wheaton aired the first episode of TableTop on Geek and Sundry.



I have spent a lot of my time since I watched it the first time being busy with many things, all the while my thought have been turning, thinking about what and how I want to say it.  Let us see if I can do this in 100 words.


When I found out about TableTop I was pretty excited.  My mind ran wild with crazy scenes of Celeberties using, plastic chainsaws, and rubber duckies.  I really couldn’t wait to see the first episode.  Then it came.  I watched it and I was happy with it and I am looking forward to the next episode of Tabletop.

In the first  episode they (Wil, Grant Imahara, Sean Plott, and Jenna Busch) played a game called Small World by Days of Wonder.  It is a Risk style game of conquering in a fantasy setting.  The show starts with a game demo, and then moves to introducing the celebrities.   Which at first I really didn’t like, now I am torn.  After Wil’s demo of Small World I was ready to see the game played.  But no he went to introductions.  Which is equally important, and after some considerable thought it makes sense that the demo is first.  The only other gripe have is that there was no primer for the episode to air on the 20th.

I really liked the way Wil approaches the game and the show.  It isn’t about him or Geek and Sundry, it is about demonstrating how to have fun.  fun with a group of gamers that have different levels of skill.  I rally liked the game demo at the beginning of the show and the between round updates were appreciated.  But my favorite part was the trophy.  Not so much the trophy, but the engraving process.  You will have to watch the show to see it, you just won’t appreciate my words.

TableTop has captured a unique perspective of gamers, that allows gamers to see iconic figures be seen doing reallife things and having fun.  Cheers to a job done.




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