June 20, 2011

The Struggle for Catan Card Game is Now Available in Stores


Courtesy of the Catan Newswire released today -

The Struggle for Catan™ is now available at your local retailer. This is a fast-paced game between the 2-4 factions developing newly settled Catan.

Manage your resources to build settlements, cities, city expansions, knights, and roads that generate victory points or special abilities. While your settlements, cities, and city expansions remain yours, valuable roads and knights change hands. Varied expensive city expansions give you additional victory points and lasting advantages, so they're generally key to victory. As in The Settlers of Catan® board game, you win by being the first to acquire and play 10 victory points.

The Struggle for Catan™ is the perfect way for 2-4 players to swiftly and casually explore, settle, trade, and build on the beautiful and ever-changing island of Catan.

Ages: 10+
Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 45-60 minutes
Designer: Klaus Teuber
Art: Michael Menzel

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June 19, 2011

Review: City Square Off - If You Build It, Fun Will Come


City Square Off is a recent release from Gamewright that was showcased during the New York Toy Fair back in February. Designed by Ted Cheatham, City Square Off is a spacial recognition, tile placement, and puzzle game (ala Tetris) that puts 2 players against each other to plan and build their city in the most efficient manner possible. Each game takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes with very little setup required and is meant for ages 8+, however I think with a little guidance a 6 year old could grasp the concepts. Critical Gamers would like to extend a special thank you to Gamewright for providing the copy we used to review this game.

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RoboArena - The Greatest TDTTBCSMAG You Will Ever Play!


RoboArena is a currently in development "Top Down Tactical Turn Based Casual Strategy Multiplayer Action Game", or TDTTBCSMAG for short, for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad by Bravado Waffle Studios. Imagine the classic RoboRally mixed with X-Com and RoboSport where players program moves for a robot or team of robots to complete the level objectives. The game will come with both single player and multiplayer modes. The single player mode consists of 30 levels of robot destroying, puzzle solving challenges as the player attempts to escape from the evil robot factory. Multiplayer is made up of a variety of different game modes like free-for-all, capture the flag, and Robo Hunt. There are already plans for an expansion so there will be plenty of content to enjoy. Also as another added bonus, if they can fund up to $2000 USD on their kickstarter campaign, they will also release a limited first edition board game version for backers. Pretty sweet deal.

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June 17, 2011

AEG Brings Us One of Our Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan


In advance of GenCon 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Alderac Entertainment Group has announced what has now become one of Critical Gamers most anticipated board games of 2011. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan marks is set in the Legend of the Five Rings and marks a major milestone in the L5R property. This game looks and sounds amazing and instead of trying to paraphrase the awesomeness, we'll just let the announcement prove it to you -

The game centers around one very dangerous night at a castle in the provinces of the Lion Clan. Honorable Lion samurai stand vigilant watch around the castle, protecting it from harm. The Scorpion Clan sends one well trained ninja to infiltrate the castle for nefarious purposes... it may be to assassinate an imperial guest under the Lion's protection, or poison the well, or steal the daimyo's war plans for the coming season. Whatever the goal, the ninja has vowed to accomplish it, or die trying. Worse yet for the Lion Clan, the ninja has an accomplice: a traitor among the ranks of the Lion samurai whose true loyalty lies with the Scorpion.

Designed by the prolific Fréderic Moyersoen (Saboteur, Nuns on the Run), Ninja is a game of stealth, bluff, guile, and critical thinking for 2-4 players that has a different setup 2, 3, and 4 player games to create their own set of challenges and benefits. Ninja will have a special preview at GenCon and is expected to hit shelfs in October, which can't come fast enough now.


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June 14, 2011

Columbia Games is Your Solution for Father's Day


Looking for a good Father's Day gift? A gift to show your Dad how much you appreciate him getting you into all these awesome board games? Well, Columbia Games has provided a solution for you, awesome games at an awesome shipping rate. They are offering flat rate shipping charges until June 19th for any sized order to both US/Canada at $4.99 and International at $9.99. I would think this applies more for the international folks as we know how expensive shipping can be across the pond. Now is your chance to stock up on some games for yourself and treat your Dad to something nice.

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June 13, 2011

Victory Point Games Gives Us "The Horror! Pack"


Victory Point Games has just announced the release of The Horror! Pack. A two game package that includes both Forlon: Hope, a Space Hulk-esque space marine vs. alien scenario game, and the unreleased Dawn of the Zeds: The Battle for Farmingdale, an undead themed horror survival solitaire title in the States of Siege line. Dawn of the Zeds is currently only available in The Horror! Pack and is not for sale individually. In addition the pack is a 25% savings over purchasing both titles individually. For more information about these titles and to purchase this awesome deal, head over to the Victory Point Games website.

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June 11, 2011

Newsapalooza - Critical Gamers 6/11/11


Dear fans, it has been 4 months since my last newsapalooza and for this I apologize. These last few days in June has been big for newsletters and announcements and in order to get them in, I feel that a newsapalooza is in order. There's lots of news to cover, so we may as well get started.

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June 9, 2011

Tabletop Gaming Q1 Best Sellers


Thanks to some market research by ICv2 (original article) that was released at the end of May, we get a good look into the successes of the analog gaming industry for the early part of 2011. Some general statements from the research points to a nice upswing in sales for a majority of publishers. ICv2 has broken up the lists into multiple categories including separating card games into multiple collectible and a non-collectible to help differentiate the growing deck-building genre. Continue reading for the all of the lists compiled in the research.

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June 8, 2011

AEG's Big Box of Free Stuff


Between Legend of the Five Rings, Thunderstone, and Nightfall, Alderac Entertainment Group have done nothing short of making a great name for themselves among gamers. Now AEG is taking it further by looking to support friendly local gaming stores and retailers that have supported them by offering up free swag for their three major titles previously listed. In the next week to 3 weeks, they will be sending a big box of free stuff that will include the following -

  • Nightfall- Promo card packs - Lisaveta Florescu and Shadow Seven
  • Thunderstone- Promo Pack #2- Guardian of Strength, Stormhold, and Dragon Humanoids
  • L5R - War of Honor - Ronin Tile Set

Also included (U.S. and Canada stores only) will be one GENCON PASS which will be redeemable for a 4-day Gencon Badge that will let gamers into one of, if not THE largest, analog gaming convention in the U.S. It is up to the store what they wish to do with it, but expect raffles, giveaways, or other contests.

To find out if a retailer near you qualifies (must be a ranked 1 or higher store) head over to their website and do a quick search - http://www.l5r.com/stores/. If there isn't a store near you, don't fret, as the items will be available on their website a short time after for a nominal fee.

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June 5, 2011

Conquest of Nerath - The Latest in the Dungeons & Dragons Board Game Lineup from Wizards of the Coast


Recently announced, Conquest of Nerath is the latest in the successful Dungeons & Dragons line of board games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon) from Wizards of the Coast. Conquest takes players out of the dungeons and into some large scale open terrain battles as the Dark Empire of Karkoth march against the League of Nerath. Simultaneously, to the south, the elves of Vailin are in the midst of trouble with the goblin hordes of the Iron Circle. Players will be able to summon together their soldiers, siege engines, dragons and other monsters in attempts to thwart their enemies advances all while scouring dungeons and ruins for the magical artifacts and treasures that will help turn the tide of battle. Grab three of your friends and get ready for an epic battle of these four great powers from the coasts of ancient Vailin to the snow laden Winterbole Forest.

Conquest of Nerath will be available June 21st, 2011 and head over to Amazon to place your pre-order.

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