Days of Wonder Offers Cargo Noir Replacement Token Bags

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If you own Cargo Noir and your Token Bag has shredded or torn, Days of Wonder has offered to replace your bag with a stronger, reinforced bag at no cost. If this is you, then head over to Days of Wonder Contact Page and request your replacement.

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April 14, 2011

A Blood-Red Banner: The Alamo Now Released


Victory Point Games announced today their latest release in the Battlesson solitaire line, A Blood-Red Banner: The Alamo. This historically inspired title, designed by Richard Trevino, pits the player against the Mexican Director, General Santa Anna in the famous Battle of the Alamo. The player controls a ragtag band of besieged Texians defenders fighting for their new republic against five converging Mexican attack columns. Remember the Alamo, withstand the onslaught, and raise your Blood-Red Banner!

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April 13, 2011

Play Cosmic Encounter Online for Free!


Cosmic Encounter has been around since 1977 and has existed in many incarnations from many different publishers, Fantasy Flight Games being the most recent. What is interesting is that it also exists in an online format and while this may not be news, I don't believe that it is widely known. Launched by one of the original designers, Peter Olotka, the site uses a free-to-play model where you can play the game for free in a limited capacity as long as you would like, but must pay in order to access the additional content. I think this is a fantastic business model for the online game as it allows players to try, as much as they want, before buying and they can choose what level of buying they wish. Also, if you have never played Cosmic Encounter before, don't fret, there is an excellent tutorial that will teach you the basics. So if you love Cosmic Encounter, enjoy free online games, or have always wanted to play, check out the Cosmic Encounter Online website and give it a play!

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April 11, 2011

Kickstarter Projects Worth Backing! Pt. Deux


Go figure, as soon as I post about some great Kickstarter projects, three more pop up that have many people excited. I can't say that I am surprised, really, as the amount of unbelievably creative people in our industry is nearly unrivaled. So if you enjoy being the first one on the block to have the latest products, I highly suggest that you check out the following projects.

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April 8, 2011

Kickstarter Projects Worth Backing!


If you have never heard of Kickstarter, then let me give you a quick rundown. Kickstarter is a web based funding project that allows creative individuals the opportunity to pitch their products online in an attempt to get their product published. The project will be posted and different levels of commitment are offered, which also determines what the supporter receives if the project is funded. This allows the individual to fund the design or publishing of their product, create a fan base and hype, and keep the copyrights to the property all in one fell swoop. It is a fantastic website and has already helped many inventors, designers, and others seek their dreams of publication. The following list are some of the awesome projects that can be found on Kickstarter that are looking for your support to bring to fruition and, honestly, we love the little guys.

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April 7, 2011

Farmville's Got Nothin' on Agricola


Released in 2007, Agricola, which is Latin for "farmer", has quickly become one of the greatest board games around. It ranked as the number 3 top board game on the massive board game database and community site Board Game Geek and won the prestigious Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year in German) "Complex Game" Winner in 2008. In Agricola, you start out as a farmer in a small wooden shack with you and your spouse. It is up to you to plow and sow your fields, grow your crops, add and tend your livestock, collect resources, while upgrading your house and producing children. With all of the deck expansions, the Farmers of the Moor expansion, and all of the meeples that you can buy, there is a lot of replayability and customization that comes along with the game. This game is a blast to play and is a staple for many board gaming conventions and gatherings.


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April 1, 2011

Mansions of Madness - It's a Mad House With a Few Squeaky Floorboards


Designed by Corey Konieczka (Battlestar Galactica, Runewars, Middle-earth Quest) Mansions of Madness, the latest blockbuster hit from Fantasy Flight Games, takes H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos into a living, creepy, haunted mansion located in Arkham, Massachusetts. Filled with macabre, Mansions attempts to engross the player in mystery, terror, insanity, and pain as they endeavor to unlock the secrets of the house. Will the walls run red with blood or crumble under the pressure?

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March 29, 2011

New Twilight Imperium Expansion Announced by Fantasy Flight Games


As if 2011 couldn't get any better, and if we didn't have enough on our want list here at Critical Gamers, Fantasy Flight Games announces an expansion to Twilight Imperium. In Shards of the Throne players will be able to control three new races, the Arborec, the Nekro Virus, and the Ghosts of Creuss. The expansion will also introduce a host of new options for your galactic conquering needs, from new alternate strategy cards, new units and technology, to the new races. With the new Political Intrigue mechanic, players have the option to try and control the Galactic Council or undermine the opponents. Fantasy Flight does not seem to be holding back any punches on Shards of the Throne and we cannot wait to get our hands on a copy later this spring. Check out their website for more details.

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March 27, 2011

Rio Grande Games Provides Insight into 2011 Plans


Rio Grande Games has released their first newsletter of 2011 and has some great news for us gamers. Here is the latest information about what we can expect in 2011:

Dominion continues to grow in popularity and size: by the end of 2010, we had sold over one million copies of Dominion in its various langauges and expansions. And, we have two more expansions and another promo card planned for this year.

In 2011, we plan to begin releasing our line of new designer games. These are the result of several design contests we have sponsored in the past few years and our attempt to encourage new game design in the US. Of course, we will continue to support our existing game lines and partnerships with new products. For example, this spring we will release Dominion: Cornucopia, Carcassonne: 10 year edition, Carcassonne Dice game, and Carcassonne translucent follower pack (with rules for their special use). We are also very close to completing Arctic Scavengers, our second deck-building game. In the next few months we will release Rails of New England, Heavens of Olymous, Cavemen, Airlines: Europe (Alan Moon's latest take on Airlines/Union Pacific), Carcassonne: the Castle Falcon expansion, Carcassonne: City 2 (same insides as Carcassonne: the City, but in a cardboard box), Those Pesky Garden Gnomes, Rattlebones, Credit Mobilier, Mogul, Monster Factory, and several others.

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March 21, 2011

Legions of Darkness - Can You Hold Off the Legion Until the Final Twilight?


Legions of Darkness is the new 8th installment in the States of Siege solitaire line from Victory Point Games. Designed by Chris Taylor, Legions looks to take the series into the fantasy realm with a small rag-tag band of defenders and heroes trying to hold off the advancing fronts of the greenskin or undead armies. Will Legions of Darkness hold off the adversary or will the walls crumble under the pressure?

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