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1d4Con Debriefing

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The fourth annual 1d4Con struck Martinsburg, West Virginia a little more than a week ago. 1d4Con is an event filled with tabletop role-playing games, card games, board games, miniatures, and yes even LARPing. Many folk likely attended one or more of the previous years, and as such, returned again for their fill of Pathfinder or Dungeons & Dragons. And yet, among their number still rose those who attended for the first time.

In full disclosure I’ve been gaming for over 20 years. Yet, this was my first convention. I set out to attend the entire weekend with other Lodge members attending throughout the event, and this is a telling of our adventures. Read more

Board Games Based On What?

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Every so often there’s some form of tabletop game released based on a movie, or movie franchise. For example we’ve seen some great ones released over the years based on the Star Wars series. However, what I find most interesting is when films that you wouldn’t think warrant a game have one released such as the Iron Sky board game from Revision Games, and Devious Devices’ forthcoming Sharknado board game. While I’ve never played the Iron Sky game, or even heard of the Sharknado one until yesterday, I do find the idea of their existence curiously interesting. Most would agree that the films aren’t award winning quality. However, I personal found them entertaining and an enjoyable watching experience. Bring on Iron Sky: The Coming Race and Sharknado 4!

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Budget Bucket – “Risk Battlefield Rogue”

About two years ago on the PC gaming front, Electronic Arts (EA) released the videogame Battlefield 4 on the market. It came mostly in direct competition with the ever-popular Call of Duty franchise at the time. I’ve been a PC gamer at heart for a long while, but this is a boardgame and role-playing game website, so I’ll do my best to skirt around that mindless nerdrage and instead focus on something that came out around the exact same time as the BF4 release: Risk Battlefield Rogue.

What is it with Battlefield and soldiers sprinting at the camera while on fire?

 

On the surface, a gamer would be forgiven for mistaking this game as a blatant piece of piggy-back marketing. And that gamer, for the most part, would be absolutely correct. This game has very little in common with its boardgame namesake, Risk, to which I’m rather partial given that (aside maybe from Monopoly) Risk was probably the very first bona-fide board game I played with my father that had tactics stretching beyond Chutes and Ladders.

Given these reasons, I’m sure most would forgive me if I approached this game with a roll of my eyes while thinking, Good God, Hasbro, what have you done?!

So. Risk Battlefield Rogue. Now that you can find it for eight bucks on Amazon or in the budget bin at your local Target, is it any good whatsoever? Or should it be left in the Budget Bucket?

Let’s find out!

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6SI: Mixtape Massacre from Bright Light Media, plus Mistress of The Dark Giveaway

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Welcome to the the first of many Six Shot Interviews.

These interviews will consist of six questions and will feature people from various areas of the tabletop gaming industry. Some of the future interviews you can look forward to will feature two different seasoned writers of role-playing games, the woman behind a fun cryptozoology based card game, and the guy responsible for a series of highly successful, yet tiny, epic games.

For the launch of this series I wanted to go with something that hasn’t proven itself yet. So, I reached out to Bright Light Media about their Kickstarter project which is currently underway and they responded positively. Their project is called Mixtape Massacre and it’s looks fantastic. The game is built upon the solid foundation of 80s horror and unlike current horror games it doesn’t focus on zombies. As both a Kickstarter addict and a fan of 80s horror, having grown up on a steady diet of horror, I immediately fell in love with the concept of this game and backed it on it’s launch day.

For this Six Shot Interview I had the chance to correspond with Freddie Carlini, Founder and Creative Director of Bright Light Media, about Mixtape Massacre. After the video you’ll find the interview, and at the conclusion of the interview you will find out more about our first giveaway.


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