February 24, 2011

Feast & Famine - Does it Serve Up a 4-Course Meal or Will it Leave You Starving?


Feast & Famine: Joseph in Egypt is the first unplugged game produced by Good Knight Games in early November of '10. It was designed by Jason Conforto and illustrated by Ryan Braman and after opening the box, you can tell immediately that these two gentlemen cared about producing a quality game. This game is meant for 2-4 players and, depending on if you play feast, famine, or both, game time could range from 10-60 minutes.

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February 16, 2011

Newsapalooza - Critical Gamers 2/16/11

With the 2011 Toy Fair in New York nearing its end, news abounds among the analog gaming and toy industries. Instead of devoting an individual entry per news article, we are just going to give it to you lottery style, one lump sum (minus the ridiculous taxes). Please feel free to comment about the articles in the comments fields below. We are looking for input on the types of articles you are interested in so we can keep the content relative and fresh. Any input would be greatly appreciated and we at Critical Gamers thank you for your patronage.

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February 14, 2011

Design Your Own Ticket to Ride Map and Win $10,000

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In preparation for their 10 year anniversary, Days of Wonder (DoW) has announced a $10,000 design contest. Contestants must design their own Ticket to Ride map and DoW will select the best fan-made map to win. The winner will receive $10,000 and the map will be added as part of a Ticket to Ride Map Collection to be revealed at Essen Spiel 2011, alongside new maps designed by Ticket to Ride creator Alan R. Moon. For official rules and entry form, visit the Days of Wonder design contest page.

At Days of Wonder $10,000 Map Design Contest

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February 13, 2011

Be the Envy on the Block with Laser Cut Catan Tiles

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It's pretty cool to own Settlers of Catan, one of the games that began the Eurogame craze in the United States but it's pretty amazing to own a version with laser cut tiles. Thanks to jmne over at Thingiverse, you can make your own set. You supply the material (wood, acrylic, aluminum, etc.) and the laser cutter, they supply the printer files. Check out the red acrylic version, pretty sweet.

At Thingiverse

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February 11, 2011

We Must Tell the Emperor: Can You Help the Red Sun Rise to Victory?


Japan: the land of the rising sun, a nation of proud and industrious people, and the main focus of the game We Must Tell the Emperor, published by Victory Point Games (VPG) in the later half of 2010. In this 7th installment of the States of Siege solitaire series, players must control Japan during the Pacific Theater of World War II, from 1941 to 1945, and protect it on multiple fronts from advancing Allied forces, all while balancing resource consumption.

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February 9, 2011

Select Queen Games on Sale at Funagain Games


Funagain games is currently offering a fantastic promotion on Queen Games - Robber Nights, Airships, and Thebes. You can purchase them in a bundle of all three for $49.99 which is 62% off the list value. Already own Airships and don't need the whole bundle? Not a problem. They are also on sale individually; you can buy Robber Knights for $10, Airships for $20, and Thebes for $30!. Head over to Funagain games and find out why Thebes won the 2008 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Best Family Game.

At Thebes
At Airship
At Robber Nights

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February 8, 2011

Serge Laget's Cargo Noir is Available for Pre-order

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Cargo Noir, the latest highly anticipated release from Days of Wonder, is now available for pre-order. Designed by Serge Laget, Cargo Noir is a game of trading smuggled goods where each player represents a "family" in a 1950s noir setting. Each turn, the player will head to a different port city - Hong Kong, New York, Rotterdam, Rio and more - and bid on goods that were "lost". If there are other "families" present in the same port city, prepare for a bidding war, but find yourself alone, you can make off with the goods cheap. The goods are used to purchase more ships for your fleet, scout for wares in more locations, purchase Victory Spoils, or perform actions. The player who accumulates the most spoils wins!

Check out the Official Game Teaser from Days of Wonder -

At Cargo Noir

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February 6, 2011

Bananagrams - A Quick, Exciting Take on an Old Classic


Most board gamers in this world have heard of Scrabble, and most of those have played. And if you are like us at Critical Gamers, then there is nothing more frustrating than having an amazing 6-letter word and triple word score space lined up only to get it stolen by Uncle John and his 3-letter, 12 point word which took 20 minutes to play! Well, if you love the creativity of producing your own words and anagrams but don't want to worry about bonus point spaces or waiting a long time for your turn, then check out Bananagrams.

Bananagrams has all the fun of Scrabble but less of Uncle John's bad plays and a game can be as quick as 5 minutes. It comes in a fun banana pouch that is great for travel. No pencil, paper, or board is required to play; all you need is a table. It is recommended for 2 or more players ages 7 and up. It features 144 letter tiles that are face down in the middle, from which players choose their tiles. The first person to use all their tiles wins, pretty simple.

At Bananagrams

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February 5, 2011

News, News, and More News - Critical Gamers Feb 5, 2011

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Coming off the great success of 2010 such as Forbidden Island, Rory's Story Cubes, Hansa Teutonica, Washington's War, and Dominion: Prosperity, 2011 is also off to a great start for the analog gaming industry. With New York Toy Fair, Game Summit '11, and PAX East just around the corner, us fans of the gaming space can be sure to catch plenty of release announcements, prototype demonstrations, and product releases in the next coming months. To help get the ball rolling on all the awesomeness that is bound to hit us, here is a sample of what to expect in 2011.

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February 3, 2011

Conquer the West with Dakota from Nexus Games International


Conquer the Wild West in Nexus Games Internationals' latest release of Dakota. Created by author Piero Cioni, Dakota is meant for 3-5 players, aged 10 and up, and will take approximately 60-90 minutes to colonize the west. Dakota is now available in Europe and will be available mid to late February in the states.

Here is the official press release:

Take part in the epic history of the Wild West colonization, leading a group of settlers or a tribe of natives: NG International announces the release of Dakota, an "euro-style" board game for 3 to 5 players with linear mechanics inspired to the conquest of the West, created by Piero Cioni and published by NG International in Italian and English languages, with partners for the German (Heidelberger) and Japanese (Hobby Japan) editions. Dakota is now available in Europe and will arrive in America by the end of February.

In Dakota, each player belongs to one of the two factions, settler or native, and tries to achieve his objectives by making alliances from time to time with the others, independent of their parties, thanks to a game mechanic that allows to play in a balanced way even with a different number of settler and native players. The settlers try to exploit the territory in order to make it productive for industry and agriculture, while the natives must make all efforts to keep the territory virgin as long as possible, while at the same time using its resources for the prosperity of their own tribe.

Nexus Games International is most known for their Wings of War series which ran from 2004-2007 and their award winning War of the Ring game, based off the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, where you could play as the Free Peoples or the Shadow Armies.

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