May 26, 2011

Funagain Games Huge Cleaning Sale!


To say this sale is huge is an understatement. As of this posting there are approximately 1300 different toys, puzzles, book rpgs, board games, and card games on sale from about 30-50% off the regular price. They have even included a filtering system to help sort through all the goodness. There is one catch though, some of the items on sale are in limited quantities, so you have to get them quick! They promise to update the site every 5 minutes so the games that are out of stock should be removed from the list. Head over to the site and check out all the amazing deals. Now is a great time to catch up on some titles you may not have been able to afford the first time around.

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May 24, 2011

Forbidden Island Nominated for Spiel de Jahres 2011

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The 2010 hit game Forbidden Island, designed by Matt Leacock (Pandemic) and published by Gamewright, has been nominated for the prestigious Spiel de Jahres (Game of the Year) award for 2011. The nominations were released earlier today and Forbidden Island is nominated among two other greats in Qwirkle and Asara.

Here is the full list of Spiel de Jahres Nominees for 2011 -
Forbidden Island

Kennerspiel de Jahres -
7 Wonders

Kinderspiel de Jahres -
Da ist der Wurm drin
Die kleinen Zauberlehrlinge

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May 23, 2011

Review: Magestorm - It's Raining Mediocrity


Magestorm is a 2010 European release by Nexus Games (NG) International and was designed by Piero Cioni. Earlier this year, the game saw a North American release and Nexus Games was kind enough to send a review copy to us here at Critical Gamers, to which we would like to thank them. Magestorm is a 2 player head-to-head fantasy wargame that marries the excitement of spell casting with the strategy of army unit coordination. Magestorm is meant for players aged 12 and up and takes about 60-90 minutes to setup and play.

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May 21, 2011

Fantasy Flight Games to Bring Gears of War to Your Table


Fantasy Flight Games has announced the plans to bring the hit 3rd person shooter Gears of War, from Epic Games, to shelfs and tables across the land. Designed by Corey Konieczka (Mansions of Madness, Battlestar Galactica), Gears of War will pit the COG against the hordes of the Locust in memorable battles from the first two games of the series. We know what Corey is capable of and we know how awesome Gears of War is, so we are super excited about what this could be. However, there are not a lot of video game to board game adaptations out there so this could mark a start of a new genre cross-over or deserve to be at the chainsaw end of a Lancer. Head over to the Gears of War product page for more details.

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May 19, 2011

Ticket to Ride Steams It's Way Onto iPad


Days of Wonder have announced the release of Ticket to Ride for the Apple iPad, the fastest growing mobile and gaming device on the market. This release puts Ticket to Ride on at least four different types of media including the original board game, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and online. Ticket to Ride has been called one of the best gateway games for families and the fact that it exists now in multiple forms only serves to expand the success of Euro Games. Ticket to Ride will be available for $6.99 from the iTunes App Store for the base game and for a short time offer, the additional maps of Europe, Switzerland, and USA 1910 will be available as in-game purchases for an introductory price of $0.99 per map.

For additional information check out the official announcement over to the Days of Wonder website.

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May 16, 2011

Victory Point Games Announces Battle of 4 Armies


Courtesy of Victory Point Games release announcement -
From designer Nathan Hansen comes a quick paced, deep decision rich, abstract strategy BattlessonTM game, Battle of 4 Armies.

Match your skills against up to three opponents, for your goal is the Crown of Chip! Through the judicious used of unit placement and maneuver, you struggle to capture opposing units to knock them out of play, or hold the majority named spaces on the board.

With pressure for the center of the map and maneuver around its edges, players have myriad ways to approach every turn of this absorbing game!

Make your move and be the one to restore the crown in the Battle of 4 Armies!

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May 15, 2011

Pastiche is a Mensa Select Winner for 2011


Members of Mensa get together at the Mensa Mind Games and announce 5 titles that earn their prestigious Mensa Select award. The award is given to games that are "original, challenging and well designed" and that is exactly what you get with Pastiche. An innovative title that takes the players into the world of art, which is seldom traveled in our industry. Players must combine primary colors to create the appropriate palette required for one of 34 of the most exquisite European artworks of the last six centuries. This beautiful game has been heralded by many to be one of the best family gateway games since Alan Moon's Ticket to Ride.

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May 14, 2011

Celebrate the Release of Pergamon With a Discount and Free Shipping from Funagain Games


Pergamon is the highly anticipated new game from designer Stefan Dorra (For Sale) and Funagain Games is letting us get in on the action by providing a discount and free shipping until midnight EST on Monday May 16th. Pergamon is an archeological expedition title where players must secure funding to begin excavation on the ancient ruins of Pergamon. Depending on how fast you get funding and how much funding you can get, will determine if the players are able to secure lucrative dig sites. Head over to Funagain Games and get in on this sweet deal before time runs out!

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May 12, 2011

Castle Panic is Fraught With Danger From All Sides


Castle Panic was released by Fireside Games back in 2009 and is the type of story that I personally enjoy; seeing a small unknown designer/publisher produce a title that makes a big splash in the industry and that is exactly what you have here. Meant for 1-6 player and takes about an hour to play, Castle Panic puts the players in the center of the board trying their their hardest to defend off waves of monster attacks from all sides of the board. What is great about this game is that it is cooperative but still competitive. Players must work together to defend the castle, but the person who has the most victory points from the battle is declared the Master Slayer. If you enjoy fast paced, frantic games, that build up suspense but require cooperation and coordination (think Pandemic), then Castle Panic will be right up your alley.

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May 11, 2011

Gamewright Announces New Port-a-Party Game Line


Gamewright (Forbidden Island, Rory's Story Cubes) has recently announced a new game line that focuses on portability and quick fun. Dubbed the "Port-a-Party" line of games, this month will see Joe Name It and Who Would Win titles released. Joe Name it features a fast-playing "name it to claim it" quiz game that will find out if you are smarter than the average Joe. Who Would Win looks to take that age old question and twist it around a bit. Like "who would win a shuffleboard match: Bob Marley or Confucius?" Players must convince the judge their answer is the best.

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