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 5, 2011

An Early Look at Conquest Tactics Collectible Card Game


The team over at Zeitgeyser LLC has graciously given Critical Gamers an early peak at their new collectible card game called Conquest Tactics. 2 years in the making, Conquest Tactics is looking to combine the card aspect with miniatures and grid-based movement while utilizing hand management, resource allocation and battlefield strategy to outwit each other. Players will lead their army across the battlefield and use tactical points to move, attack, or cast spells against the opponent. One major difference between Conquest Tactics and most conventional CCGs is that spells and skills are not consumed upon use but are added to your Knowledge Pool. This allows a new level of depth as a well filled Knowledge Pool can and will be very intimidating to an opponent. Another new concept being added to CCGs by Conquest Tactics is Victory Conditions. Victory Conditions are similar to quests that you can do during the battle, for example you might choose to invade and occupy your opponent's side of the field, destroy their base, challenge troops that are stronger than your own, or upgrade a troop to it's highest potential. If you are able to complete the Victory Condition, then you are given a Trophy which will grant a special bonus such as the ability to draw extra cards, deal additional damage or search for the perfect troop you need at the moment. Check out their website for information about the game and stay tuned to Critical Gamers for announcement information!

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April 4, 2011

AEG Announces War of Honor the Next Legend of the Five Rings Release


Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) announced War of Honor, the latest in the Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) CCG line. War of Honor will include four pre-built decks for the Dragon, Lion, Phoenix, and Scorpion Clans and will be ready to go for 2-4 players right out of the box. The game will contain the four decks, a scoreboard, markers, movable tiles that bring that help bring a different game to each session, and tiles for the other five Great Clans making War of Honor compatible with any existing L5R cards. War of Honor will hit stores in June 2011.

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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 2011 Monthly Round Up for Critical Gamers


Board Games

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Collectable Card Games

Gaming Culture

Gaming News

Monthly Round-Up

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March 31, 2011

AEG Announces Expansion for Nightfall


Hot on the heels of the release of Nightfall, the highly received card game, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced a stand-alone expansion called Martial Law. Martial Law will bring an additional 300 cards of new spell powers, vampires, werewolves, hunters, and ghouls. The expansion also adds the new "Feed" mechanic adding new tactics and strategies. Martial Law looks to continue the story as well as expand the game and will contain the great art we have come to expect from Nightfall. Expect Martial Law to be available for purchase in July 2011.

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March 30, 2011

Can You Be the One to "Spot It" First?


While at PAX East, I was fortunate enough to play Spot It, from Blue Orange Games. This extremely fast paced matching game was a total blast to play. There were 3 of us playing at PAX and 2 more joined later, but the game is meant for 2-8 players and a round can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes to play. The game comes with 55 cards with 8 images on each card, and according to the publisher, "there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards." While I haven't spent the time to verify this, there was never a time where there wasn't a match somewhere. Each of the 4 different game variations will have you testing your visual perception and matching skills, while also verifying that you can be quick on the draw. The game comes in a small cylinder that is great for traveling and is a great way to have some family fun with the kids. For $10, it makes a great gift, stocking stuffer, or reward for a good report card.

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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

Gary Games Announced June Date for Ascension:Return of the Fallen


Gary Games has announced a June store date for the Return of the Fallen expansion. Return of the Fallen is the first expansion for the hit deck-building game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. The expansion will add 65 new cards to the Center Deck, the new Fate mechanic, and adds expanded gameplay for 1-6 players when added to the base set. With deck-building card games gaining more traction and additional titles in 2011, Gary Games is looking to get a head start on what appears to be an expanding market in the near future.

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