June 4, 2011

Tasty Minstrel Games Pre-order Bundle Sale


If you are like us at Critical Gamers then finding good deals on awesome games is an important part of keeping our finances and respective spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc., happy. It's almost as if the crew over at Tasty Minstrel Games heard our internal plea for great deals and has set us up with some great bundle deals. They currently have two bundles available that include both the upcoming hits Belfort and Homesteaders at a discounted rate and then they will throw in either Jab or Train of Thought for free. Either deal ends up being just shy of 50% off the MSRP of the titles. The catch is that they will be shipped in August and are only available in limited quantities at this price; after all the cheap bundles have sold, the price will go up. Also while you are there check out Eminent Domain, the highly anticipated deck building game due out in August as well.

At Tasty Minstrel Games

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June 2, 2011

Talisman Expansion 'The Dragon' Announced


In other Fantasy Flight Games news, of which there is no shortage of, an expansion for Talisman called, The Dragon, was announced yesterday. Fantasy Flight must have realized how quick this game is to play that they needed to add even more content! (*sarcasm*) Still, we love playing Talisman regardless of the play time required and are super excited about kicking some dragon tail, go check it out!

At Talisman: The Dragon

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May 31, 2011

Small World Underground Available for Pre-Order


Days of Wonder announced today that Small World Underground is available for pre-orders. My guess is that if there is a limited availability, they won't last long. Remember that Underground is a stand alone title that can be played outside of the base game or can be played in conjunction to give you the flexibility of size and scope of your play experience. The expansion takes players into the underground and includes new terrain types, races, powers, and maps. In addition, the neutral monsters now guard places of power and artifacts that the players can use to their advantage. Head over to the Days of Wonder store and pre-order your copy!

At Small World Underground

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May 30, 2011

Kickstarter Projects Worth Backing! - 5/30/11

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One of the greatest things about our society is that there is always fresh content and ideas being put out there for the world to enjoy. The analog gaming industry is no different in this aspect The industry has a long and storied history that has given our and many other generations the creativity and drive to turn ideas into products that have brought families and friends closer together, and sometimes even farther apart (sorry about that John). With Kickstarter the power has been put into the hands of the common man, check out some of the latest and greatest submissions and decide whether you want to be a part of bringing these ideas to life!

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May 29, 2011

Twilight Imperium: Shards of the Throne Expansion Released


Shards of the Throne [Amazon, Funagain], the latest expansion for Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition, is now on sale. The latest expansion includes three new races: the Ghosts of Creuss, beings made of light and energy; the Nekro Virus, a machine whose sole purpose is to destroy biological life forms; and the Aborec, a plant based sentient ecosystem. Also included are new alternate Strategy Cards, units, and the Political Intrigue option which allows you to influence the Galactic Council; however, be warned that your enemies might try to undermine you. Want even more? Not a problem with Shards of the Throne as it comes with a scenario that allows one player to take on the role of the Lazax, Race-Specific Technologies, Preliminary Objectives, new Domain Counters, and new System Tiles, there is tons of new content to conquer and control the galaxy with.

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May 28, 2011

Wargaming Fans Rejoice at the Latest Death Ride Kursk Release from Grognards


From the Grognard's release announcement -

Death Ride Kursk - 11th Panzer (DRK-11Pz) expands on the DRK series and will be released by 28 May. This game covers the operations of the 11th Panzer Division, as part of the XXXXVIII Panzer Korps, as the right flank of Gross Deutschland during the Battle of Kursk. Players do not need to own the DRK-GD game to play this as it uses different maps. 11th Panzer parallels Gross Deutschland north toward Oboyan and Kursk. The division ran into 31st Tank Corps and elements of the 309th Rifle, 52nd and 13th Guards Rifle Divisions. The game features such rules as Overwatch, Patrols, Reserves, and uses obstacles extensively. Elite forces in this game include the Red Army Guards (52nd and 13th GRDs) that are shoved into the battle.

Head over to the Grognard's Simulations, Inc. website for more details - GSI Death Ride Kursk - 11th Panzer

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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.

At Funagain Games Cleaning Sale 2011

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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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