January 8, 2008

Cursor*10 - Play with Yourself

Play the game here.

We could tell you what Cursor*10 is, but that would be ruining the surprise. What we can say is that Cursor*10 is a classy piece of Flash gaming who's underlying 'thing' is almost as witty as the 2007 hit Portal. And the graphics are old school - no glitz.

A noble garage-game with a form-follows-function style. We like that.

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January 2, 2008

Grapple This!

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Hats off to this gentleman who has dared to dream that little dream, and who is more diehard than we. For you, we right a Haiku: *ahem*

Flex My Strong Dice Arm
Grimace in Pain I Bite Down
Long Sleeves in Summer

Via Hipster Please!

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December 21, 2007

Heroes of Might and Magic Kingdoms - Move over Travian

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If you're addicted to Travian like we are then Ubisoft might have just the thing for you. Their classic strategy game series Heroes of Might and Magic is getting a next installment, and it's entirely browser based against 1,000 other players.

Sweet Mamma Jamma.

The game is slated for a early 2008 beta. Checking our calendar it seems that early 2008 is just a few weeks away. We'll keep you posted on when it launched. Until then check out the Heroes of Might and Magic Kingdoms Official Website which includes feature previews and visual tutorials of what you should expect from the game.

Originally written for our friends at MonkeyGames.org by CriticalGamers staff
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December 5, 2007

Travian - A Slick Little Massive Web Game

We want to take a break from the normal board game news to talk to you a bit about one of our new vices: Travian. When we first fired up this online web-based game and connected to Server 5 we expected another drab turn-based, and dry economic simulation. Instead we've been treated to a colorful, slightly addictive, social and fun online experience of carving little empire out of a much larger world.

Travian reminds us of a mix between the Settlers of Catan and an old BBS game from our youths: Solar Realms Elite. If you've played SRE then consider Travian a modern revamp of those same mechanics that kept you coming back for more.

Players start a village in "ancient times", which are loosely defined and include different civlizations including Romans, Gauls and the Teutonic Order. There are also some fantasy themed sects as well. As the day ticks on (in real life) your town produces resources which are placed in your warehouse and granary. You can use those resources to better your fields, clay pits and iron mining operations, or to upgrade your town with barracks, armories, embassies - the works.

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December 1, 2007

November 2007 Roundup - Holiday Gift Guide, WoW TCG News, and Board Game News

Roundup2.jpgWe've been really busy this month putting together our Holiday Gift Guides - as you probably well know - and we hope you're enjoying them as much as we had fun compiling the lists of killer games of 2007. And as the lasso draws tight around another month of gaming news, we see another pack of games appear off the December horizon, too. Things are only going to get better.

Expect a WoW TCG March of the Legion review in the next few weeks, and a continuing mega horn of sweet shopping deals as we approach the final Holiday shopping crunch. Everyone hold on to your hats, December is going to be a sweet ride of gaming madness!


What We're Playing:

  1. World of Warcraft TCG March of the Legion
  2. Illuminati
  3. Pillars of the Earth


Gift Guides:

  1. Critical Gamer's Holiday Gift Guide Index
  2. Family Board Games and Card Games
  3. Strategy Board Games
  4. Wargame Board Games and Card Games
  5. Party Games
  6. World of Warcraft TCG Gift Ideas


Holiday Sales

  1. Cyber Monday and Holiday Puzzle Game Discounts: Bits and Pieces
  2. Cyber Monday and Holiday Board Game Discounts: Buy.com
  3. Cyber Monday and Holiday Board Game Sale: BoardGameUSA.com Free Shipping


November's Gaming News:

  1. Starcraft the Board Game
  2. WoW TCG Release Dates Shift: Feast of Winter Veil and March of the Legion in November, Maghteridon's Lair Delayed
  3. Axis & Allies Guadalcanal: Near Release Preview Blitz
  4. Settlers of Catan 4th Edition Released
  5. Cold War: CIA vs KGB Card Game
  6. Starcraft the Board Game Video Overview
  7. Games Magazine's Top 100 Board Game Awards 2008
  8. Catan 4th Edition Expansions: Seafarers and Cities & Knights
  9. WoW TCG Feast of Winter Veil
  10. Axis and Allies Guadalcanal
  11. World of Warcraft TCG: March of the Legion
  12. War on Terror Board Game
  13. Milton Bradley Board Games - A Blast from the Past

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November 30, 2007

Milton Bradley Board Games - A Blast from the Past

Here’s a blast form the past for all you old-school board game players. Elbow patches and Geritol not included.

Now We don’t quite go this far back ‘cause we’re all pretty young in the whole scheme of things (early to mid 30’s) and that’s why it’s even more unfathomable that most of these old school American games from Springfield Massachusetts are still on the market. We still prefer the more evolved gameplay design of modern family-friendly Eurogames and American Strategy / Party games, but sometimes it’s nice to go back to the American classics with the younger generations.

Here are all the games mentioned in their modern American glory (where applicable):

  1. Easy Money [Amazon]
  2. Park and Shop [Ebay]
  3. Chutes and Ladders [Amazon]
  4. Racko [Amazon]
  5. Pirate and Traveler - Discontinued . No booty for you!
  6. Uncle Wiggly [Amazon]
  7. Go to the Head of the Class [Amazon]
  8. Game of the States [Amazon]
  9. Candy Land [Amazon]

Sure, we've heard of and played almost all of these games, but we had no idea that they all went back that far. The 1950's were literally a completely different age! Today there are some timeless modern classics like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and maybe now Pillars of the Earth, but in 60 years will they all still be around, too?

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November 25, 2007

Critical Gamers 2007 Holiday Gift Guide - Board Games and Card Games Galore

HolidayBuyersGuide.11.15.06.jpgWelcome to the one-stop index page for all of our Holiday Gift Guides for 2007!

We know how important it is to find the right game for the right person and so we're kicking things up a notch this year by crafting up individual guides centered around particular genres of gaming. Here you'll find links to all of our artilcles, so rest assured that you'll find the right game for the right person for some unwrapping goodness in December.

Critical Gamers' 2007 Holiday Shopping Guides

If you haven't found exactly what you're looking for then please also check out our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. It's also chalk-full of great game ideas with staying power, many are still being played on our gaming nights even late into this year.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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November 20, 2007

Critical Gamers 2007 Holiday Gift Guide - Party Games

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For more great gift ideas across all genres of games please see our
Holiday Gift Guide Index

Sometimes a gamer only shows their true colors in a group. These are the exhibitionist folks who like the social elements of gaming far more than the cerebral head game of strategy games and wargames. And sometimes the night dynamic doesn't present itself well to static boards, either, so even the social elements of family board games seem too dull and mundane for the midnight oil.

In our continuing series of 2007 Holiday Gift Guides we dive into the world of party games and arm you with the best suggestions for giving that party gamer the best gift this December. And for those of you who are also looking to host a bitchin' Holiday / New Years Party: we also have something for you, too.

We have to warn you though: even though we're mainly a board game site, some - but not all - of these party games require electricity from the magic wall holes.

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November 15, 2007

Games Magazines Top 100 Board Game Awards 2008

Games Magazine has released their choices for the 100 Best games of 2007, which has been named "2008 Games of the Year and Other Awards". That seems a bit odd since none of the games came out in 2008, and the top games of 2007 can't yet be settled since the year isn't over. But hey, we can’t really complain because Games Magazaine has been doing this for so many years we can hardly say they're misguided, and we won't.

Especially since they’ve given Game of the Year to The Pillars of the Earth, which is easily one of our favorite games of this year, too. Maybe cross media adaptations ( in this case book->boardgame) aren't so bad afterall.

The main selections listed below are just the tip of the iceberg. FunagainGames.com has been kind enough to list all of Games Magazine’s selections from 1->100 including brief snippets of the games descriptions, which can be found on this page here. It’s the one-stop top 100 game shop for 2007/2008/Last 365 days.

Here are the top title awards:

Here's a link to the official story, though all 100 games are not listed.

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November 11, 2007

Critical Gamers 2007 Holiday Gift Guide - Wargame Board Games and Card Games

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For more great gift ideas across all genres of games please see our
Holiday Gift Guide Index

In our third installment of our series of 2007 Holiday Gift Guides we take a look into the titles the wargamers will eat-up this December. 2007 has a been a great year for some blockbuster wargame releases, and as usually they're centered around the great WWII. One - Tide of Iron - is our latest favorite wargames becuase it's a complete system, so its the gift that keeps on giving.

But we realize that it - and other war games - are more complicated than others, and a player usually is interested in a particular level of complexity when they sit down to capture that hill. So to that end we made our selections ascend a ladder of complexity. Titles at the top of list will fit those interested in the lighter side of war gaming - like Risk fans - and those at the bottom of the list have no qualms about slapping down a ruler to determine unit line of site, or checking for artillery hit effects in a 2d6 dice chart.

Enough talk, here are our selections for Best Wargming gifts for the 2007 Holidays:

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