Tabletop Games  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tabletop Games  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Stardew Valley Board Game Brings Farm-Fresh Goodness to Your Tabletop https://www.gameskinny.com/2skwk/stardew-valley-board-game-brings-farm-fresh-goodness-to-your-tabletop https://www.gameskinny.com/2skwk/stardew-valley-board-game-brings-farm-fresh-goodness-to-your-tabletop Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:54:27 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone (ConcernedApe) recently revealed there's a Stardew Valley board game in the works. It's a tabletop take on the popular farm-sim game meant for up to four players. It's available now for $55, though it only ships to the U.S. at the time of writing.

The Stardew Valley board game replicates a regular game of Stardew Valley. Players need to save the valley from the nefarious Joja Corporation, which means restoring the Community Center through completing a set of random goals and making friends along the way.

Time passes and weather patterns change as players draw a card from the season deck each round. Just like regular Stardew Valley, forging friendships with the town's various characters unlocks new Community Center bundles, and players upgrade their various skills, such as fishing and mining, by completing challenges.

The biggest challenge, though, is coordinating actions each round to get the maximum amount done and push towards completing one of the required goals. Barone said the Stardew Valley board game's "depth and complexity" means it's intended for those experienced with tabletop games already. He also provided the game's full rule book so players can see for themselves whether it's the right choice before purchasing.

It sounds as if the Stardew Valley board game is a separate project from the other two new SV games Barone is working on, which means there's even more Stardew Valley in store aside from the recent 1.5 update.

[Source: Stardew Valley Developer Blog]

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Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter Build Guide: How To Make The Best Fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/rnjzz/baldurs-gate-3-fighter-build-guide-how-to-make-the-best-fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/rnjzz/baldurs-gate-3-fighter-build-guide-how-to-make-the-best-fighter Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:23:54 -0400 David Jagneaux

I know what you might be thinking: Fighters are boring. Warrior-types are often portrayed as vanilla introductory characters that lack nuance and never evolve beyond just wanting to bash things. In some respects, that holds true in Baldur's Gate 3, but it doesn't have to be the case.

The fact of the matter is that in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (5E), which Baldur's Gate 3 is directly based on, Fighters are essential. They dish out tons of melee damage, are great at keeping enemies occupied, and can usually serve as the stone wall at the tip of the spear in a big fight.

Good fighters can be the difference between life and death on the unforgiving battlefields of the Forgotten Realms.

After spending lots of time with Baldur's Gate 3, I've rounded up these tips on creating the best Fighter build, whether that be your own custom creation or Lae'zel, the Companion character fighter you can recruit early on.

Baldur's Gate 3 Best Fighter Build Guide

When making a character in Baldur's Gate 3, you have to make six basic core choices outside of their physical appearance:

  • Race/Subrace
  • Class/Subclass
  • Origin + Background
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Feats

Sometimes a build will include Spells too, but in the case of a Fighter, probably not  at least not at first.

The most important thing to keep in mind when playing a D&D 5E game like Baldur's Gate 3 is that there is no wrong way to play it. It's entirely possible to get through much of the game without even engaging in combat if you're good enough at stealth and charismatic enough to beguile NPCs.

Treating it like a tabletop RPG is a great mindset for success and the same applies to building a character.

That being said, Fighters tend to excel primarily at, well...fighting. They're named after the concept, after all. 

Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter Class Tips

When it comes to playing a Fighter, the best advice is to keep it simple and not overcomplicate things. Other classes might be flashier with spells, fancy moves, or bursts of damage here and there, but Fighters are all about reliability and consistency.

Position your Fighter between the enemy and the rest of your party and focus on dolling out reliable damage. Make enemies focus on you so the Rogue or Ranger can slip around behind for backstab damage. Shove enemies off of cliffs using your high Strength or jump up onto ledges to chase down and pressure ranged enemies.

Strength-based Fighters should be aggressive and relentless, whereas Dexterity-based Fighters can fight from afar when beneficial or get up close as needed relying on high Dexterity to avoid damage.

This class isn't very exciting at first, but once you hit Level 3, it starts to get a lot better. This is when you get your subclass and can start attacking more than once per turn and using special class abilities. 

Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter Starting Class Features

In Baldur's Gate 3 (and by extension, Dungeons & Dragons 5E), each class has a starting set of proficiencies and skills known as Class Features. Your Race and Background (and in the future, Origin) will include specific Features as well.

As it stands, every Fighter in Baldur's Gate 3 regardless of race gets:

  • Strength Saving Throw Proficiency
  • Constitution Saving Throw Proficiency
  • Light Armor Proficiency
  • Medium Armor Proficiency
  • Heavy Armor Proficiency
  • Shield Proficiency
  • Simple Weapon Proficiency
  • Martial Weapon Proficiency

Best Races for Strength-Based Fighter Builds

There are lots of races and subraces in Baldur's Gate 3 already, even in the very first chunk of Early Access, with 16 options. Notably, an obscure race not listed in the base Player's Handbook is already available, the Githyanki, whereas well-known default races such as Gnome and Dragonborn are not  yet.

When picking a race for a Fighter, the most important stat to look for is Strength, in almost all cases. This is the stat that affects your damage with most melee weapons, specifically the more powerful martial class of weapons.

A Strength-based Fighter will likely use heavy weapons, or one-handed weapons with a shield, while wearing either medium or heavy armor. Strength-based Fighters can also carry more weight and jump further.

The best races to pick for a Strength-based Fighter build are:

Shield Dwarf

If you intend on being a very tanky, up-close Fighter that uses a shield and one-handed weapon, Shield Dwarf is a great choice. You'll get +2 Strength as your subrace bonus, as well as +2 Constitution for being a Dwarf in general, which increases your hit points.

There's also Dwarven Resilience, giving advantage on saving throws for poison and resistance to poison damage, darkvision to see in the dark, and proficiencies with:

  • Battleaxes
  • Handaxes
  • Light Hammers
  • Warhammers
  • Light Armor (already included as a Fighter)
  • Medium Armor (already included as a Fighter)

Githyanki

Githyanki is another solid race choice for a Strength-based Fighter build because it includes a base +2 Strength bonus, +1 Intelligence bonus, which is helpful if you get Spells in the future and for saving throws, the nifty Mage Hand cantrip, and adds proficiencies with:

  • Shortswords
  • Longswords
  • Greatsword
  • Light Armor (already included as a Fighter)
  • Medium Armor (already included as a Fighter)

Anything other than those two races puts you at a disadvantage with a Strength-based Fighter build.

Best Races for Dexterity-Based Fighter Builds

Alternatively, you may not want to play a Strength-based Fighter. Instead, you might want to be a bit lighter on your feet with more versatility while still being able to dish out big damage.

Dexterity-based Fighters aren't as tanky and usually have lower AC (Armor Class, which determines the chance of you getting hit by most melee attacks). But they can make great bow users that also know their way around simple melee weapons up close, like a more durable Ranger or Rogue.

Dexterity-based Fighters also typically go sooner in the turn order due to a higher initiative modifier.

The best races to pick for a Dexterity-based Fighter build are:

Drow (either subrace)

The Drow make excellent Dexterity-based Fighters because both subraces have the same Race Features. You get +2 Dexterity, +1 Charisma, superior darkvision, Fey Ancestry granting advantage against being Charmed, and Sleep-magic doesn't work on you. Plus, you have the following proficiencies:

  • Rapiers
  • Shortswords
  • Hand Crossbows

Wood Elf

Of the two types of pure Elf races, the Wood Elf is the best Dexterity-based Fighter build option. Not only does it get a +2 Dexterity bonus and +1 Wisdom bonus, but it also has Fey Ancestry just like the Drow, Keen Senses granting proficiency in Perception, darkvision, Fleet of Foot increasing movement range by 5ft., Mask of the Wild granting proficiency on Stealth checks, and additional proficiencies with:

  • Shortswords
  • Longswords
  • Shortbows
  • Longbows

Anything other than those two races puts you at a disadvantage with a Dexterity-based Fighter build.

Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter Primary Abilities

You can manually allocate your Fighter's starting abilities out of the following:

  • Strength
  • Dexterity
  • Constitution
  • Intelligence
  • Wisdom
  • Charisma

Your two most important stats as a Fighter in Baldur's Gate 3 are first and foremost either Strength or Dexterity  whichever path you decided for your Race earlier since that determines your damage and chance to land attacks followed by Constitution second, which determines your amount of hit points. 

Focus your stats that way so you won't accidentally "break" your Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter build and render them useless in combat.

That said, these stats aren't the only "flavor" of interaction outside of combat, and you should absolutely grant extra points to other abilities based on the type of character you'd like to roleplay.

If you want to be fearsome and intimidating, or persuasive, beefing up Charisma can help for conversations for example. 

Best Fighter Skills

Baldur's Gate 3 Fighters can manually choose two skills that they are proficient with, in addition to any proficiencies given by their chosen race and background. Those are a darkened orange color to show they're locked in already.

All Fighters should strive to take Athletics as a proficiency to complement their role in the party, but everything else is mostly up to you. These are the skills you have to choose two additional proficiencies from; I've bolded some of the options I'd consider taking personally:

  • Acrobatics
  • Athletics
  • Deception
  • Insight
  • Intimidation
  • Investigation
  • Perception
  • Performance
  • Persuasion
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Stealth

Proficient skills gain bonuses that scale with your level. At first, this equates to a direct +2 modifier in that skill, making skill checks much easier in dice rolls. 

Skills automatically receive a +1 modifier for every two points allocated to their corresponding ability, with 10 (+0) as the baseline. Skills also receive a -1 modifier for associated skills whenever an ability stat decreases to 9 or lower.

For example, a Fighter who has 9 points in Charisma has an immediate -1 modifier to Intimidation, whereas a Fighter who has 16 points in Strength has an immediate +3 modifier to Athletics.

Note that Githyanki can choose up to three skills instead of two and can become proficient in skills that are normally unavailable to Fighters.

Best Fighter Backgrounds

When choosing a background, you're basically choosing a starting point for your Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter's story, including two extra skill proficiencies.

Best Strength-Based Fighter Background

Soldier is an excellent choice for a Strength-based Fighter with proficiencies in both Athletics and Intimidation, likely skill checks you'd want to excel at here.

Alternatively, Sailor grants Athletics, too, but swaps Intimidation for Perception

Then there's Outlander, granting proficiencies in both Athletics, once again, and Survival.

Best Dexterity-Based Fighter Background

Urchin is a great option, with proficiencies in both Stealth and Sleight of Hand, if you want to go a sneakier route with your Fighter. 

Criminal is another decent option for this type of fighter because it also grants proficiency in Stealth and includes Deception as well.

Best Well-Rounded Fighter Background

Fighter is a flexible class, and there are some Origins that would work well for either a Strength-based Fighter or a Dexterity-based Fighter, such as the Guild Artisan. This background gives you proficiency in both Insight and Persuasion.

There's also the Folk Hero background, which provides proficiencies in Survival and Animal Handling.

Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter Subclasses

The Fighter in Baldur's Gate 3 has two subclasses to pick from at Level 3, which each offer very different paths for your character. They may as well be two entirely different classes in and of themselves.

Battle Master

First up is the Battle Master, my preferred option personally. If you intend on staying a melee Fighter, then this is the best choice to make.

The Battle Master gets a new feature called Superiority Die. You can "spend" these during combat to use unique, special abilities that can heal, do extra damage, and more. At first, you get four Superiority Die, which recharge after a Short Rest.

You get to pick three options out of four choices to take as your Superiority Die actions:

  • Rally: Grants 8 temporary hit points to yourself or a target.
  • Menacing Attack: Adds frightening the opponent on a successful hit.
  • Pushing Attack: Shoves an enemy after doing damage on a successful hit.
  • Riposte: If an enemy misses a melee attack, you retaliate with bludgeoning damage. 

Eldritch Knight

The other Fighter subclass is squarely on the opposite end of the spectrum: Eldritch Knight. If you imagine Paladins (not a class in the game yet, but will presumably be added) as a combination of Clerics and Fighters, then think of the Eldritch Knight as a combination of Wizards and Fighters.

You get to choose from a small selection of Level 1 Cantrips (unlimited uses, just like any other base action) and spells (each spell spends a spell slot). Adding magic spells to a Fighter can be very powerful, depending on the route you take.

If you're a Dexterity-based ranged fighter, then offensive ranged spells might make sense. But a melee fighter might prefer defensive spells or up-close offensive spells.

You can see a full spell list here, but my suggestions would be definitely selecting Dancing Lights to help when enemies are obscured in darkness and then picking another Cantrip, such as True Strike to get advantage on attack rolls more often, Blade Ward for added resistance, or Fire Bolt since lighting things on fire is always useful.

From the Spells list, Magic Missile is a great choice since it can't miss and the rest is entirely up to you.

Regardless of which subclass you pick, you'll also get a three-times distance transmutation Jump spell as well.

That wraps up our guide on how to build the best fighter in Baldur's Gate 3. There are lots of ways to play a Fighter, but these are the suggestions we feel work the best. If you'd like more insight into playing Baldur's Gate 3, take a look at our other tips and guides content for other class build guides and more. If you found this build guide helpful, please consider giving it a share! 

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Will Take You to School https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:11:02 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) has evolved into a powerhouse since it first appeared in the late 1990s, and like all long-lived card games, it can be tough to jump into. But The Pokemon Company says it has a solution to help introduce new players to the game: Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy.

Battle Academy is actually a board-game version of Pokemon TCG, and it's set to launch at Target starting June 21 and everywhere else from July 31.

The Pokemon Company International's Senior Director of Consumer Marketing, J.C. Smith, said:

Battle Academy is designed to be easy to learn and fun to play for all types of Trainers, including children and parents that may be new to the Pokmon TCG.

Battle Academy introduces new players to the game by walking them through the basics with tutorials and guides. So if you or anyone you know has ever wondered how to play the game, this is a great place to learn the rules. 

But there's also advanced rule books and deck advice for veteran players, as well as a number of as-yet-unannounced "accessories" to help you expand your experience. However, details on that last bit are currently sparse.

In addition to those guides and accessories, Battle Academy comes with three decks of 60 cards each and a board that can accommodate two players. It's not certain yet what each deck consists of, but from the game's promo site, it seems they'll be a Pikachu GX deck, Charizard GX deck, and Mewtwo GX deck.

Finally, there's a code card that lets players enjoy the Pokemon Trading Card Game app download on iOS and Android.

And if all this sounds very appealing indeed, make sure to check out our starter guide for the Pokemon Sword and Shield trading card game expansion sets. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it develops.

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Blood Rage: Digital Edition Review — Valhalla and Glory Await https://www.gameskinny.com/9yr5x/blood-rage-digital-edition-review-valhalla-and-glory-await https://www.gameskinny.com/9yr5x/blood-rage-digital-edition-review-valhalla-and-glory-await Wed, 27 May 2020 12:00:01 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

In the age of social distancing, tabletop gamers have to find creative ways to partake in their favorite hobby. That's why it's so nice to see digital releases of some of the best tabletop games around. Blood Rage: Digital Edition is the latest, and the source material is a big timer. Blood Rage is a highly-rated Kickstarter darling from designer Eric Lang and publishing company Cool Mini Or Not (CMON).

It's a Viking-themed strategy game with plenty of different mechanics, including drafting, area control, and hand management. The actual tabletop game's big draw is its eye-catching miniatures of Vikings, gods, and monsters. The big question here, though, is: does Blood Rage: Digital Edition replicate the feel of the tabletop version?

Grab your drinking horn and let's dive in. For Odin!

Blood Rage: Digital Edition Review — Valhalla and Glory Await

Let's start with the basics of how Blood Rage: Digital Edition goes down, as it's essentially a direct, digitized version of the tabletop game with some fancy visual effects.

A game of Blood Rage takes place over three rounds, called ages, and there are multiple steps to each. At the start of each age, two to five players draft their hands. The cards you take fall into a few different categories:

  • Combat tricks and strength boosts
  • Upgrades for your units or overall clan
  • Quests that grant you bonus points or powerful, recruitable monsters

The drafting phase will help you formulate your strategy moving forward.

Once every player has a hand of cards, the age begins. Each player can take as many actions as they have "rage," but you only take one action at a time before passing to the next player.

You can increase your rage as the game moves forward, granting you a major advantage in later ages as you'll be able to perform several actions in a row while other players run out (it's an amazing detail that your Viking army is only allowed to act as long as they are pissed off). Once you're out of rage, you have to wait until the next age to act.

Your actions might involve summoning units, playing cards, pillaging spaces on the board (which could instigate battle), and a few others. Thinking ahead about how best to combine your cards and most effectively utilize your limited actions is key to succeeding in Blood Rage: Digital Edition.

Sharpen the Axes

Combat is interesting in Blood Rage: Digital Edition. There are several different areas on the board, each with spaces for three to five total units. When a player tries to pillage an area  gaining a reward  other players have the option to move units in to contest it. Once every player has declared which units are part of the fight, they each select a card from their hand to add before comparing total strength.

Cards can be wildly different. Some cards are just massive strength bonuses. Some cards are extremely tricky, forcing opponents to destroy units or play a new card instead. Some cards actually reward you for losing the battle!

Once all cards have been revealed, the player with the most strength wins. Every other unit that participated in the battle is sent to Valhalla; they cannot be resummoned until the next age. If the final score strength is a tie, everybody loses. Classic Vikings: if they aren't the strongest, they'd rather be dead.

At the end of an age, one of the areas on the board is destroyed by Ragnarok, constricting how much space players have to work with and destroying all units inside that space. Players reveal their secret quest cards and gain points if they achieved the criteria on the cards, all dead units return to the supply, and the next age begins. At the end of three ages, the highest point total wins.

Board Game Battles

If all you want is to play the tabletop version of Blood Rage on your computer, then look no further. Blood Rage: Digital Edition is exactly that. The ability to play against AI players is nice  I've played dozens of games of tabletop Blood Rage — and the hardest AI players in the digital version are extremely difficult to beat. Obviously, you can take it online as well, where you can match up against friends and play ranked games to climb the leaderboards.

There's a tutorial mode that teaches you the basics of Blood Rage pretty darn well, too. You'll still probably feel the wrath of Thor a few times once you jump into the actual game, especially if you square off against someone who is familiar with the game already, but the tutorial is a great starting point. There's a lot of intricacy to Blood Rage: Digital Edition, despite the "big, loud berserker" look of it.

One thing that might be tough to newcomers is being able to figure out exactly what is what at a glance. Modern tabletop games, especially ones like Blood Rage that boast detailed, extravagant miniatures, try to be identifiable at a glance. Blood Rage: Digital Edition looks great (and faithful to the tabletop game) when you get up close. Zooming in to admire the detail makes it impossible to see the big picture of the board, however, so a lot of the visuals get muddled.

Blood Rage: Digital Edition Review — The Bottom Line

Pros:
  • A faithful recreation of the popular game
  • Looks good up close
  • AI can be challenging, even for experienced players
  • New, exclusive monsters not found in the tabletop version available as DLC
Cons:
  • Can be tough to gauge the big picture of the board at a glance
  • Not many bells and whistles
  • Can be tough to learn why things happen if you don't already know the game

Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a really strong port of a popular tabletop game. It's a great way to play Blood Rage with friends who you don't get to physically be around very often, or for people who want to play the game but have trouble getting a group of people together.

What you might have trouble with, however, is learning the game completely if you don't already have a grasp of the rules. The tutorial is fine, but figuring a board game out with friends is often the best way to learn the individual rules and strategies. Blood Rage: Digital Edition may also have trouble holding your interest if you aren't already a fan of the game, as the tactile aspect of tabletop gaming is one of its central draws.

Overall, Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a great way to try the game if the cost of the tabletop version scares you. It's significantly cheaper to buy it digitally. From there, you'll probably be able to determine whether you want to battle for Yggdrasil with the big boys.

[Note: A copy of Blood Rage: Digital Edition was provided by Asmodee Digital for the purposes of this review.]

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Magic: The Gathering Meets Pokemon: Planeswalkers as Gym Leaders https://www.gameskinny.com/r7fnk/magic-the-gathering-meets-pokemon-planeswalkers-as-gym-leaders https://www.gameskinny.com/r7fnk/magic-the-gathering-meets-pokemon-planeswalkers-as-gym-leaders Sat, 08 Feb 2020 14:00:02 -0500 Jason Coles

Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon have, unfortunately, never met. Too long has that been the case, and here, right now, I shall force them together in an act of stunning hubris. I alone will decide how to do so. I promise not to let this go to my head, although the use of the word hubris probably means it already has. 

Not to belabor the point, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if you took key Planeswalkers from Magic: The Gathering and made them Pokemon Gym Leaders? I bet you have because that's probably why you're here.

If not, I've been thinking about it, and I've decided to put this little list together to explain my thinking. If you disagree or have other ideas, feel free to put them in the comments down below. 

We're only going to talk about key Planeswalkers, the ones who have been prominent in the MtG story for years: Nissa, Chandra, Jace, Liliana, and Gideon. Although, to keep things fair and balanced, we'll also be talking about Nicol Bolas, a living embodiment of evil who straight-up murders basically everyone all the time.

Fair. And. Balanced. Because there are good people on both sides... apparently. 

Magic: The Gathering Planeswalkers as Pokemon Gym Leaders

I think it's fair I quickly explain my process. While each Planeswalker does have its own color of magic, it has occasionally changed depending on the story. I think it's better to focus on the kind of magic they use, rather than the color.

That way, you get closer to the core of who they are, rather than simply which box they fit into. That, in turn, makes it easier to put them into a different box. After all, why would you put something in a box if it's already in a box? 

Nissa

Nissa is a green mage, apart from that one time where she was a blue-green mage. She specializes in listening to the worlds to which she planeswalks and has a deep affection for nature. Many of her spells involve bending the Earth to her will, but she tends to use a lot of vines and trees to do her bidding, too.

As a result, it's not much of a stretch to think she would be a grass-type Pokemon Gym Leader much like Erika from the Celadon Gym back in Kanto. Both of these characters are deeply in touch with the natural world and just want to help it grow. As such, her team would probably look a lot like this: 

  • Venusaur
  • Torterra
  • Tropius
  • Tangrowth
  • Roserade
  • Victreebel
Chandra 

Chandra is, and will probably always be, a red mage. At a young age, she discovered a propensity for fire magic, and she's never looked back. She has the temperament to match, too, always charging in headfirst with a firm belief that anything in her way can be removed by simply adding more fire.

Red isn't just about fire, though: it's also about dragons. As such, she's a fire-type Pokemon Gym Leader like Raihan from Hammerlocke in Galar. I like to think she'd be snapping selfies if she could too, and they share a burning passion as well. Here's her team: 

  • Haxorus
  • Garchomp
  • Hydreigon
  • Salamance 
  • Kommo-o
  • Dragapult
Jace

Jace is a blue mage; he is often seen using countermagic and messing with people's heads instead of fighting things head-on. While blue often represents water in MtG, that doesn't fit Jace at all.

Instead, given his love of mind magic, he's clearly a psychic-type Pokemon Gym Leader like Sabrina of Saffron City in Kanto. They're both incredibly talented psychics, so I think they'd get on. Here is his team: 

  • Alakazam
  • Gardevoir
  • Metagross
  • Mr. Mime
  • Beheeyem
  • Hypno
Liliana 

Liliana wields powerful black magic to summon the undead and drain the life from the living. She has a rather tragic backstory, is genuinely ancient, and also makes a lot of bad deals.

Her love of undeath definitely puts her firmly in the category of a ghost-type Pokemon Gym Leader like Fantina of Hearthome in Sinnoh. Not only do they both share a love of the afterlife, but they both have great style too. Her Pokemon would be: 

  • Gengar
  • Banette
  • Mismagius
  • Dusknoir
  • Cofagrigus
  • Sableye
Gideon

Gideon is one beefy boi. He's a white mage, which is all about order. However, his magic is almost entirely just making himself invulnerable so that he can fight on the front lines.

I initially considered him as a fighting-type trainer, but I actually think he'd fit better as a steel-type Pokemon Gym Leader like Byron of Canalave Gym in Sinnoh. Both of these burly men have honed their bodies to peak condition, so they'd probably end up in a fanfic involving wrestling. And no, I'm not going to write it. Here is his team: 

  • Lucario
  • Aggro
  • Scizor
  • Aegislash
  • Bisharp
  • Escavalier 

Each of the Planeswalkers could easily find a friend in the many Pokemon Gym Leaders we've had throughout the decades. Some of them have characters who feel incredibly similar, like Nicols Bolas and Giovanni, while others just make sense thematically, like Nessa and Kiora going surfing together.

Who would you pair up, and which ones do you think would work best as a team? Sound off in the comments and tell me why I'm right or wrong. 

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Wizards Of The Coast Launches Narrative-Focused RPG Studio With Ex-Bioware Devs https://www.gameskinny.com/05qzr/wizards-of-the-coast-launches-narrative-focused-rpg-studio-with-ex-bioware-devs https://www.gameskinny.com/05qzr/wizards-of-the-coast-launches-narrative-focused-rpg-studio-with-ex-bioware-devs Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:33:57 -0500 Ty Arthur

A crop of narrative-driven RPGs are in the works from a newly-launched development studio based in Austin, Texas. Tabletop roleplaying giant Wizards Of The Coast recently announced details on Archetype Entertainment, which is led by Head Of Studio James Ohlen and General Manager Chad Robertson. Both formerly worked with Bioware.

Despite the Wizards Of The Coast connection, the team's first game won't involve Magic or D&D 5th edition. Rather, the game will take place in an original sci-fi world. 

The development process seems to be in the very early stages, as Archetype Entertainment is still looking to fill these roles in the coming weeks:

  • Art Director
  • Lead Character Artist
  • Lead Environment Artist
  • Lead VFX Artist
  • Lead Gameplay Engineer
  • Senior Gameplay Designer
  • Senior Level Designer
  • Gameplay Engineer
  • Technical Animator

While Archetype puts together a standalone sci-fi RPG that "puts the player at the center of an epic personal narrative with impactful choices," there are still multiple D&D games set to arrive soon.

We already know that Baldur's Gate 3 and co-op action title Neverwrinter are supposed to launch later this year. Wizards Of The Coast President Chris Cocks also recently divulged that additional D&D video game adaptations are due to be announced soon.

What are you looking forward to seeing from Wizards Of The Coast, and are you stoked for a new narrative RPG studio arriving? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Archetype Entertainment and upcoming D&D games as news develops.

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DC Comics to Release The Last God D&D Sourcebook https://www.gameskinny.com/0zpt0/dc-comics-to-release-the-last-god-dd-sourcebook https://www.gameskinny.com/0zpt0/dc-comics-to-release-the-last-god-dd-sourcebook Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:00:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

Thanks to the open game license, an unexpected name is about to release a Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook. DC Comics decided to dip into the pen and paper RPG realm with a book of rules covering the city of Cain Anuun.

The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages is scheduled to drop on April 29. The 40-page one-shot 5th Edition supplement will set you back $4.99 and will make its appearance at local comic shop retailers, as well as digital storefronts.

DC Comics commented on the release, saying:

In Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Riccardo Federici’s The Last God, the city of Cain Anuun serves as a rich and layered backdrop to a story of fantasy, adventure and horror. The evil armies of the Last God are marching across the mythical city, laying waste to everything in its path and a group of unlikely allies are the last line of defense against absolute destruction.

DC isn't the only company to unexpectedly get into tabletop RPGs lately, as fast-food giant Wendy's released the free Feast Of Legends PDF back in October.

In addition to new primary and third-party book releases, D&D is set to make a major digital return with at least eight games currently in various stages of production.

Right now, the 4-player co-op hack 'n slash Dark Alliance and long-awaited return to roleplaying roots Baldur's Gate 3 are the next video games in the franchise slated for release.

Wondering what current D&D video games are worth your time? We ranked every single one of them in the franchise's 30+ year history from best to worst here!

Back on the tabletop side, Wizards Of The Coast recently confirmed that Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is the next campaign setting hardcover. That tome will bring the homebrew world of the popular Critical Role series into official D&D canon.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Dungeons & Dragons as it develops. 

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Magic: The Gathering to Release Year Of The Rat Limited Time Set https://www.gameskinny.com/hd5lq/magic-the-gathering-to-release-year-of-the-rat-limited-time-set https://www.gameskinny.com/hd5lq/magic-the-gathering-to-release-year-of-the-rat-limited-time-set Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:11:16 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Secret Lair Drop Series is set to go live once again, offering Magic: The Gathering fans a (very) small chance to order unique cards not available in any other set. This time around, the limited-time set is called Year Of The Rat and will go for $39.99 on January 27.

That will be the one and only day these cards can be ordered. This particular collection is based around utilizing art that never made it into other sets for one reason or another.

Four artists all give their renditions of rodent-themed cards with diverging art styles. Year Of The Rat features eight foil cards, as well as a special sleeve, and it will be printed on-demand based on the number of orders received.

Head over here and sign up to be notified when the sale goes live, or just return to the site on January 27 to place your order. Remember: this is a 24-hour only event! The series goes live at 9 a.m. PT on January 27, and it ends at 9 a.m. PT on January 28. 

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Hero Forge 2.0 Blows Through Kickstarter Goal in 20 Minutes https://www.gameskinny.com/hh5pe/hero-forge-20-blows-through-kickstarter-goal-in-20-minutes https://www.gameskinny.com/hh5pe/hero-forge-20-blows-through-kickstarter-goal-in-20-minutes Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:16:22 -0500 Ty Arthur

The age-old tabletop dilemma of finding the perfect mini for your Pathfinder or D&D character was tackled through the advent of 3D printing via sites like Hero Forge.

While the service has offered customization of various fantasy and sci-fi miniatures for years, a horde of additional options lies on the horizon with Hero Forge 2.0.

The next iteration of this popular mini customizing tool will add pre-colored figurines, as well as an option to have individual minis hand-painted based on your own color scheme.

The new color selections are coming via a crowdfunding campaign, which immediately blew past the original funding goal of $42,000, hitting 2000% of its goal in less than an hour.  As of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign sits at $1.2 million.

That amount has already unlocked 19 stretch goals, including a portrait studio, glass effects, earrings, new magic items, makeup, and other options for customizing minis like tattoos, decals, and clothing patterns. The next stretch goal features tights and masks for superhero-themed units.

Are you planning on funding the campaign, and what customized mini are you going to build? Sound off in the comments below!

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It's Official: The Next D&D Campaign Setting is Coming From Critical Role https://www.gameskinny.com/ix84j/its-official-the-next-dd-campaign-setting-is-coming-from-critical-role https://www.gameskinny.com/ix84j/its-official-the-next-dd-campaign-setting-is-coming-from-critical-role Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:33:49 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ever since Wizards of the Coast drastically cut back the physical release schedule of 5th Edition D&D, players have been wondering what campaign setting book would be next. If you were expecting a return of famous settings like Dark Sun and Planescape, you're in for a surprise. It turns out that the next official Dungeons & Dragons setting is the homebrew campaign from the Critical Role web series!

An early Amazon pre-order listing page let the cat out of the bag before official confirmation arrived from Wizards Of The Coast today.

Explorer's Guide to Wildemount will arrive March 17 and follows other unexpected forays from D&D lately, like a Magic: The Gathering crossover with the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica hardcover release.

Here's what Wizards Of The Coast had to say about the upcoming expedition into Wildemount:

A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them.

Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace —or burn the world to a cinder.

The campaign book will include subclasses like the Echo Knight option for the Fighter class, as well as new spells, magic items, and monsters set in Critical Role's second main campaign. 

The tabletop role-playing phenomena is about to see a resurgence on the digital front as well, with the long-awaited Baldur's Gate 3 and the hack 'n slash Dark Alliance coming soon. 

Are you planning on picking up the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, and was this the D&D 5th Edition campaign setting you were hoping would arrive next? Sound off in the comments below!

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Dark Alliance is a Waste: There are Better Routes for D&D https://www.gameskinny.com/irezg/dark-alliance-is-a-waste-there-are-better-routes-for-dd https://www.gameskinny.com/irezg/dark-alliance-is-a-waste-there-are-better-routes-for-dd Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:59:59 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ever since the dark days of 4th Edition, D&D hasn't been very prolific on the video game front. Decidedly, it dropped the mantle carried in decades past that saw multiple games saw release every year. Consequently, we're long overdue for a D&D video game resurgence — that's finally about to happen.

There's no question that the Baldur's Gate 3 announcement in June 2019 started the hype train, but that long-awaited sequel has no release window at this time. Barring any sudden surprise developments, the next game fans will most likely see is Dark Alliance, due to arrive in Fall 2020.

The Dark Alliance announcement at The Game Awards in mid-December garnered a mixed reaction to be sure. The teaser has an odd Go Pro camera style applied to it and the slightly off-kilter character models have left more than a few long-time Forgotten Realms enthusiasts scratching their heads.

Considering we underwent the monumental task of ranking every single D&D game from best to worst awhile back, it should be clear we've been fans of the system through its various incarnations over the decades. Whether it's "garbage" or not, we're going to play Dark Alliance. But only a few days after the title reveal, there's already a nagging feeling that this isn't the direction in which the franchise should go. 

Why Action Hack 'n Slash isn't the Way to Go

       We've been here before, and it wasn't pretty.

Frankly, the latest D&D game reveal felt a bit like if Bethesda decided the next Fallout game should be Brotherhood of Steel 2 (ugh, hopefully, I didn't just give them any ideas for the follow-up to Fallout 76).

While the Dark Alliance entries on the PS2 obviously had fans, they weren't really D&D games. They were a pale shadow of the classic Infinity Engine RPG titles like Baldur's Gate. We haven't seen any actual Dark Alliance gameplay yet, but the cinematic trailer makes it look like we're getting Vermintide with Drizzt, Wulfgar, Catti-Brie, and Bruenor. 

The issue isn't that there's no room for new 4-player co-op vs enemy wave games. Fans have been champing at the bit for a legitimate Left 4 Dead 3 for years now, after all (and the recent GTFO doesn't do a bad job of scratching that it). The problem is that it seems unlikely to work well in the Forgotten Realms using D&D mechanics as a springboard.

The first tip-off that a catastrophe may be brewing popped up when the president of Wizards Of The Coast wasn't willing to answer if Dark Alliance will be a AAA game or somewhat of an indie, stating it's all "in the eye of the beholder."

        We are less amused by this joke than you think we are. That guy in the upper right? That's the face I'm making right now.

Awesome beholder pun aside, if Dark Alliance is going to be a highly polished, top tier, AAA game, it would have been very easy to say so. The coy notion that some people will think it's AAA and others won't makes it clear we should temper our expectations.

There are strong reasons to be concerned about a mid-tier action game set in the Forgotten Realms. The D&D franchise ditching its core RPG elements to go an action route has a long and illustrious history of being truly, horrendously awful.

In 1988, the Commodore 64 title Heroes Of The Lance seriously gave the infamous E.T. a run for its money in the "worst PC game adaptation" category. The more recent Daggerdale and Demon Stone are some of the most lackluster hack 'n slash titles to ever hit consoles.

Can We Forget the Forgotten Realms Already?

       Ugh, you again?

Quality and game mechanics aside, the biggest issue surrounding the Forgotten Realms is that it is laughably over-saturated. Wizards Of The Coast has relied on its wide appeal as the basic fantasy setting nearly everyone knows names like Drizzt for far too long. It's absolutely time for a change.

While he still has his die-hard groupies, I was pretty burned out on cheesy, unkillable Drizzt as the face of the Forgotten Realms by the time I was 19. Fast forward another 14 years and he's somehow still the go-to fantasy D&D character — despite having remained just as obnoxiously uninteresting over that time period.

There are dozens of other locations in the Forgotten Realms besides Icewind Dale and the Sword Coast that are consistently ignored in any given D&D video game adaptation. If you go even further and move beyond Faerun altogether, there's simply a staggering amount of material to dive into across any of the other campaign settings from D&D history.

By my count, there have been a whopping 50 video game entries in the Forgotten Realms if you include mobile titles and major expansions to games like Neverwinter Nights 2. By contrast, there have been a paltry 19 D&D video games across every other campaign setting combined.

Considering that Planescape: Torment is still one of the most lauded RPGs in the history of video games, it's absolute insanity that Wizards never took another crack at that setting in a digital format. Granted, many developers might not want to follow that critically acclaimed gem and face backlash if they don't absolutely knock it out of the park, but Planescape isn't the only campaign setting out there either.

With the right promotion, a return to Krynn and the Dragonlance setting could easily send the hype machine go into overdrive. That universe hasn't seen a proper video game since the gold box SSI days in the early '90s.

If Wizards is absolutely dead set on changing the formula from an RPG to another style like it appears they are with Dark Alliance, why not go with Birthright instead? 

Realm management and large scale combat are baked right into the setting, making it ripe for a 4X or turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. Why let major series like Civilization and Age of Wonders — or tabletop crossovers like Gladius — get all the glory? 

Flip the genre spectrum and it's somehow been more than 20 years since a game launched in the Ravenloft campaign setting. There's more than enough room there to either offer a straightforward horror game with D&D characters or inject more horror and undead creatures into an RPG.

The options don't remotely end there either, as there's still more game styles to mine from the earlier days of D&D, like a sci-fi mashup with Spelljammer.

Why are we still fighting orcs and goblins on the Sword Coast when we could be battling illithids and neogi in space?

Mass Effect and KOTOR were both beloved by RPG fans, and there's no reason Spelljammer couldn't get thrown into that list of names.

If there's one setting that is most ready for a return to PC gaming, though, it has to be Dark Sun.

The current entertainment, social, and political climate is wildly ripe for a gritty Dark Sun game.

A developer could easily dive into the political- and social-commentary pool, making a title that would be well received right now. Dark Sun is a setting about the working class toiling under tyrants amid rampant racism. Did I mention that a global environmental catastrophe has struck?

Even if Wizards of the Coast wants to avoid that sort of on-the-nose commentary  and of course they do; this is the company that forced Neverwinter Nights 2 to get rid of a brothel there's still plenty of reason to go with Dark Sun. Grim and dark are very much "in" right now.

Watchmen and Game Of Thrones were huge successes that took the fantasy and sci-fi worlds by storm. The Boys might have put a comedic spin on things, but the success of that series further makes it clear that comic book fans will show up in droves for a story full of hard choices and no good guys. 

Dark Sun is also one of the least saturated settings in D&D history. There's been a grand total of three games in the series: Shattered Lands in '93, Wake of the Ravager in '94, and an early attempt at an MMORPG called Crimson Sands that lasted from '96 to '98. 

D&D Steps Up To Bat

        Seems like a perfectly good time for a new slave uprising

With news arriving that multiple games besides Dark Alliance and Baldur's Gate 3 have been greenlit for the coming years, it's clear that D&D will get the chance to swing seven or eight times and (hopefully) hit something.

Based on the last decade of output, I'm not personally expecting any of them to be home runs, but with a little luck, maybe we'll at least get something memorable.

What did you think of the Dark Alliance announcement trailer, and what style of D&D game would you like to see come out next? Sound off in the comments below!

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Board Game Adjacent: Top 12 Steam Games For Tabletop Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans Sun, 15 Dec 2019 10:20:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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What did you think of top board-game adjacent picks, and are you going to pick up any of the games we listed here?

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Sound off below, and don't forget to leave a comment if you've found any other killer board game-style titles on Steam we should check out.

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If you've already played all our picks, don't forget to take a look at the companion list of direct board game adaptations here.

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Wargroove

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Wargroove is essentially the fantasy counterpart to Tiny Metal, and an even more faithful successor to the Advance Wars style from the Game Boy Advance days.

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The overall strategy and tactics clearly draw on board game design, and while there is a single player campaign, this is a game that's super fun to play in multiplayer matches. Despite the cutesy sprite graphics, there's also a surprising amount of depth going on here.

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Tiny Metal

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With Japanese anime characters but very western-influenced unit and vehicle design, Tiny Metal is an odd little hodgepodge of a strategy title that takes clear influence from Advance Wars.

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If you want a tactical, modern-day style game that's simple to jump into, Tiny Metal gets the job done, and the top-down view with turn-based combat gives it a clear board game flair.

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Slay The Spire

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Take a roguelike and sprinkle in a little deck building and you've got Slay The Spire, which manages to hit just the right combo of randomness and difficulty to become truly addictive.

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You'll die, a lot, but have a ton of fun doing it, and there's a different layout every time of course so you'll want to keep trying again and again.

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Book Of Demons

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This has got to be one of the most unique, interesting twists on the classic ARPG style in quite some time. At first, Book of Demons seems exactly like Diablo: we're picking one of three classes and heading beneath a church to start killing skeletons by the dozen, but then things take a turn.

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Rather than free movement, your hero moves down pre-determined board game style paths, and both combat and leveling are handled via a card system.

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This is all reinforced by the paper mini art style. It literally feels like playing a board game where you have to stick your paper tokens into plastic bases.

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Warhammer Quest

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Want a tactical fantasy game that draws heavily on tabletop rules but not crazy about D&D? Warhammer Quest is the game for you, and as an added bonus it actually utilizes a top-down view and token pieces just like a real board game.

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It's a classic loot 'n sell title where you get random quests to clear out dungeons of goblins, skaven, and so on, sell all the goodies you found to the merchants in the next town, and then do it all over again!

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King's Bounty Crossworlds

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Stripping out everything extraneous and focusing on what players really want, the original King's Bounty and follow-up Armored Princess scratched a very specific itch.

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The series combat is along the lines of Heroes Of Might and Magic, but there's no city or resource management beyond building up your armies and leveling your hero.

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A full-fledged King's Bounty 2 is also currently in the works and due out sometime in 2020.

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Blood Bowl 2

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And now for something completely different! Yeah, those are orcs in jerseys facing off against humans and undead on the football field. Obviously, the rules of football get a facelift in Blood Bowl 2, since these players like to kill each other.

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Even if you don't care for sports-balling (and boy, I really, really don't) this is still a fun series for board game fans. Its complex, hard, and features a ton of strategy to learn.

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Unlike most of the rest of this list, Blood Bowl is actually an adaptation of a specific existing tabletop game, but it's changed enough to be its own thing in the PC version, and the animations definitely take it to a new level.

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Warhammer 40,000 Gladius: Relics Of War

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Considering the impact Games Workshop has had on the tabletop industry, from war games to board games and even card-based titles, it shouldn't be much of a surprise they've got a huge number of PC crossovers as well.

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While a lot of the Warhammer universe is pretty lackluster in video game form, there are some hidden gems. Gladius sees a massive shift away from the real-time strategy of classics like Dawn Of War and towards a very board-game focused take on the 4X genre.

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If you like a slower-paced game where you have to sit and think about your strategy, this is the one to pick in the Warhammer 40,000 series.

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Dicey Dungeons

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Most board games feature polyhedral dice in some capacity, but this one actually has you playing as the dice! Other than taking on the role of some d6s, the schtick here is that you need to constantly adapt to rules changes and new characters.

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While its wildly random, and it can be very hard, the end result is something like a cute and funny version of Darkest Dungeon but with a gameshow aesthetic.

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Age Of Wonders: Planetfall

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I don't think anyone saw the announcement trailer going the way it did for Planetfall, as the developers announced a surprise switch from fantasy to sci-fi in the long-running Age Of Wonders series.

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Although this is a turn based strategy game with heavy 4X elements, if you really boil it down, Planetfall basically plays like a complex board game with animations.

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From managing resources and diplomacy to exploring the map and dealing with randomized elements, there's a ton here for board game fanatics to love.  The recent Revelations DLC also just added a host of new elements and enemies, with another faction due to arrive in the next expansion down the line.

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Armello

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What you get here is essentially a board game built from scratch as a PC strategy experience. It's too complex and animation heavy to work as a real board title you'd pick up as a hobby store, but it works great as an online title. The clear Redwall / Mouse Guard flavor doesn't hurt either!

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Combining several different styles all at once, Armello is part turn-based strategy, part card-based random mechanics, and part RPG. Although it has a single-player campaign and AI missions, keep in mind Armello is very much meant to be played online against other players.

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Hand Of Fate 2

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Buy it on Steam here

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I'm honestly surprised there haven't been more games like Hand Of Fate and its sequel, because the core concept is such an obvious winner for tabletop fans who want a PC game.

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There's a literal board with a digital card-dealer sitting across from you to pull from the deck and see where the story goes. In a way, Hand Of Fate is like a single-player advancement of those old VHS-based board games.

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To keep things fresh, Hand Of Fate 2 switches to real-time action during the combat segments for a satisfying blend of video and board game styles. Of course, RNG plays a huge role here, as you can end up with devastatingly difficult or very easy encounters depending on what hand you are dealt. 

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As the library of titles at Steam continues to grow at an exponential rate, its become clear that a game doesn't have to be a huge budget AAA affair to warrant dozens or even hundreds of hours of play. 

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There are plenty of games with tried and true board or card mechanics that can suck you in and never let go, whether you prefer fantasy, sci-fi, modern day tank combat, or anything else.

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Ready to ditch the first person shooters and try out something more tactical? Let's take a look at the the top 12 board game-adjacent entries currently available!

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Most of these picks aren't direct 1:1 translations of an existing board game, but are rather tactical strategy entries with board and card elements added into the mix.

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In other words, if you dig in-depth board games but want to play something on PC instead of at your dinner table, you'll love these Steam titles.

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Looking for direct adaptations of famous board games instead? Check out our list of the 12 best Steam board games currently available -- from Zombicide to Ticket To Ride and everything in between -- over here.

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12 Best Board Games On Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/0ewf8/12-best-board-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/0ewf8/12-best-board-games-on-steam Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

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That's it for our look at the 12 best board games currently available on Steam. Of course, there are plenty other PC board games out there, as our list only scratched the surface with the best overall picks.

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Are you planning on picking up any of our Steam board game recommendations, and do you have a favorite board game that didn't make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Small World 2

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Developer: Days of Wonder
Price: $9.99
Buy it here

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The world is too small for the both of us, so it's time to go to war and see which fantasy species comes out victorious! From merchant humans to alchemist rat-men, Small World 2 has a ton of combos to play with as you quest to conquer the overly small world.

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Small World 2 is a lot faster to play than many other fantasy board games, and with randomized faction abilities tweaking the rules, there's lots of reason to jump back into another quick game.

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Ticket To Ride

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Developer: Days of Wonder
Price: $9.99
Buy it here

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The wide range of topics available in hardcore board games is honestly pretty impressive. We've gone from world-destroying disease outbreaks to fairy battles and delivering love letters. Now we're going to... ride a train?

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Yeah, it's more fun than it sounds.

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In Ticket to Ride, you must build up your railways and link cities before your opponent does. If you dig games like Settlers of Catan, you'll love Ticket To Ride. There's a ton of DLC available for the digital edition as well, so you won't run out of content anytime soon.

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Lords Of Waterdeep

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Developer: Playdek, Inc
Price: $14.99
Buy it here

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Although it's also a D&D game, Lords Of Waterdeep is completely different from Tomb Of Annihilation — or any of the other D&D board games, like Wrath of Ashardalon or Castle Ravenloft.

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Rather than plundering a dungeon or fighting off orc hordes in Lords of Waterdeep, you'll spread your influence across the city by constructing buildings, engaging in intrigue, and completing a variety of quests.

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No considering it's quite a bit cheaper than the original physical version, the Steam edition of Lords of Waterdeep plays faster than the board game as well. You can play for three or four hours while referencing various rules.

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Tales From Candlekeep: Tomb Of Annihilation

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Developer: BKOM Studios
Price: $15.99
Buy it here

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There are times when you don't necessarily want to jump into some 100-hour RPG like Kingmaker or Baldur's Gate 2. You'd rather just play some random dungeon adventure.

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That's where the various D&D board games come in, with tile-based procedural gameplay that offers a quick way to jump into a random quest without much fuss.

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It's fast, fluid, and filled to the brim with treasure to loot, especially when picking one of four classic Forgotten Realms hero types.

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Love Letter

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Developer: Nomad Games
Price: $6.99
Buy it here

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One of the very best things about Love Letter is its concept — you need to get a love letter to the princess, but everyone in the castle is standing in your way, including the princess herself.

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Guards might stop you, handmaidens might refuse to deliver your declaration of love, or you might accidentally tick off the Princess and really screw yourself out of a win.

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While there is a decent amount of strategy and bluffing involved, Love Letter is extremely easy to pick up and learn, and mostly appropriate for all ages.

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While Love Letter is unquestionably better when played face to face with people you know, it's still a fun (and quick) time on PC via Steam.

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Twilight Struggle

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Developer: Playdek, Inc
Price: $9.99
Buy it here

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When it comes to historic board games in the digital realm, Twilight Struggle is in the genre's upper echelon. This tabletop experience puts you in the role of either the U.S. or the USSR, and your goal is to change history during the cold war.

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It's strategic and fun without being overly complicated and has a good deal of replay value. Best of all? The UI isn't a giant mess like a lot of board game adaptations. Whereas many struggle to stay faithful to the original while switching to a keyboard and mouse setup, Twilight Struggle stays the course. 

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Pandemic

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Developer: Asmodee Digital
Price: $9.99
Buy it here

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I'll be honest: I haven't been as enamored with the original Pandemic board game as the rest of the gaming universe. Clearly, though, I'm in the minority because everyone seems to fall over this title from Z-Man Games.

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Pandemic is a game about saving the world from, well, a pandemic. Pandemic is complex, difficult to master, and easy to lose, which makes it perfect for a certain subset of masochistic players.

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It's worth noting, though, that the digital version of Pandemic is very much a single-player experience.

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Faeria

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Developer: Abrakam SA
Price: $24.99
Buy it here

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I'm going to bend the rules just slightly here. Faeria is more collectible card game than board game, but it ventures just far enough into board game territory to fit.

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Faeria is interesting because while the base mechanics are very much in the vein of Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering, it has a "living" board that players control.

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To reach the enemy player and get in a few swings with your creatures, you must first build a board to them. Such a design brings all sorts of fun complications to the standard CCG mechanics. Give it a whirl if you want to try something new with a heavy card game emphasis.

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Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game

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Developer: Asmodee Digital
Price: $6.99
Buy it here

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"Clue" in the title is most definitely not an accident, because Mysterium is essentially a continuation of Clue's classic gameplay — but in a more exciting setting. 

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Aided by a ghost, your group of psychic friends will need to deduce the identity of a murderer and find out where a death happened and by what means.

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When you want something fairly easy to pick up but don't care for zombies or dungeon-delving fantasy epics, Mysterium is the one to pick. 

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Zombicide

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Developer: Berserk Games
Price: $9.99 (DLC for Tabletop Simulator)
Buy it here

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This Kickstarter-backed zombie board game took the world by storm a few years back. In November, it raised $3 million to fund a brand new second edition.

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If you like zombie games but don't have the patience to set up a physical board, then the digital Zombicide needs to be on your shortlist.

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One thing to remember about this version of the game, though, is that it isn't actually a one-to-one adaptation of the board game. Instead, this is a DLC pack for Tabletop Simulator.

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It takes a little getting used to, but you can play full games of Zombicide with all of the original cards and minis in an online session with a friend. You can also flip the table in a fit of rage and screw up all the cards if you want, but that's up to you.

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Scythe

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Developer: The Knights of Unity
Price: $19.99
Buy it here

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You've probably seen those killer pics that put giant, smoke-belching robots in places and times they have no business existing. Scythe takes that idea and builds a whole board game around it set in 1920s Europe.

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Your goal in Scythe is to take the role of a faction  from frozen Nordics to machine gun-wielding Soviets  and conquer the world in a 4X format. Adding a wrinkle to things, each faction has a secret objective in each playthrough, keeping things fresh. 

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Oh, and did I mention there are enough mechs here to make any Mechwarrior or Battletech fan gush with oil. 

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Gloomhaven

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Developer: Flaming Fowl Studios
Price: $24.99
Buy it here

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For fans of dungeon-delving, Gloomhaven has everything you could want as a board game except the often prohibitive $140 to $200 price tag.

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One of Gloomhaven's biggest draws on Steam is that you get to play the full game at a fraction of the actual board game cost, and it won't take up your entire table to play.

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There are plenty of tactics to utilize in this squad-based dark fantasy tabletop game, and there is infinite opportunity to destroy enemy creatures and upgrade your characters.

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Gloomhaven on Steam is still in Early Access, however, and is currently missing a number of key features like multiplayer co-op. There will be big changes coming to the game ahead of its full launch, including campaign and additional tweaks.

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For more, check out our Early Access impressions of Gloomhaven

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Want to jump into one of those big, complex board games but want to drop a few hundred dollars or spend hours learning the rules? There are plenty of digital tabletop games ready and waiting to be picked up on Steam. We've culled out the low-quality ones to find the 12 best Steam board games available right now.

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Besides saving your table space (and your wallet), most of these digital recreations let you play with friends online so you don't need to rely on everyone showing up for a Friday night game session.

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For this list, we're leaving out the strategy games that take heavy influence from tabletop offerings but aren't actually digital conversions of real board games.Check out our companion list of those awesome titles that board game fans will love over here.

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The Art of Amy Brown Set to Enchant the Tabletop World With Fickle https://www.gameskinny.com/sey1x/the-art-of-amy-brown-set-to-enchant-the-tabletop-world-with-fickle https://www.gameskinny.com/sey1x/the-art-of-amy-brown-set-to-enchant-the-tabletop-world-with-fickle Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:17:24 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Amy Brown is a well known watercolor painter specializing in fairies and other fantastical creatures. With a product line featuring calendars, statues, art books, stickers, coloring books, and more, her line is expanding to the tabletop world.

Recently, Brown partnered with Bard Games and launched a tabletop game via Kickstarter. Titled Fickle, the game features Brown's vivid artwork and is set in the fairy realm.

The goal of Fickle is to gain the favor of the fairy world and become its ruler by winning the Ritual of Ascendancy. Five fairy family decks are chosen at the start of the game. The deck is shuffled and each player receives three cards. From there, players stack their neighbor's cards in a specific order. Players can choose to keep or discard the card on top of their stack.

To win, a player can either collect five members of the same family or gather a high-scoring diverse alliance. Too many of one family can cancel out their favor. There are five rounds of play, forcing players to think quickly. 

Fickle is fully funded and pushing toward various stretch goals with three days left on its Kickstarter campaign. With 672 backers, the goal of $8,000 was quickly reached; currently, the project has just over $40,000 pledged.

Those interested can pledge as little as $1. Those who pledge $60 or more will receive the game with all unlocked stretch goals and the game's three add ons.

The base game comes with 12 family decks, the rule book, a double-sided game board, one court crier token, one phase token, and eight round tokens.

Stretch goals already unlocked include new family decks, a play mat, and the three add ons: a Fickle branded token pouch, an e-coloring book, and a token crown. The next goal, card sleeves, unlocks at 700 backers. 

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Taco Party: The Tabletop Game That Eats Its Shells https://www.gameskinny.com/36c7y/taco-party-the-tabletop-game-that-eats-its-shells https://www.gameskinny.com/36c7y/taco-party-the-tabletop-game-that-eats-its-shells Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:44:15 -0400 Ben Mattice

Have you ever wanted to build a sentient taco and then eat it one ingredient at a time? Sounds cruel, doesn't it? But you won't feel cruel as you're playing WildBird Games' Taco Party and competing to be the first to build and eat your taco.

It sounds like an odd premise for a tabletop card game, and I'll admit that when game designer Matt Bromley told me about his new game, I was skeptical. But after my first playthrough with a few friends, I was sold. Taco Party is a fun game that will appeal to both veteran tabletoppers and casual board gamers alike. 

But what makes Taco Party actually fun? Let's dig in, crunch down, and find out.

1. Nacho Typical Characters

The characters were probably the first thing I noticed when opening the box. The game comes with six character profile cards/rule reminder cards. And each one is a different "taco."

My favorite is probably the Chalupacabra with his fangs, amphibious-looking limbs, and purple, spiky hair. I played the Chalupacabra during the game, and maybe that was lucky because I won.

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There's no particular advantage to choosing one character over another. The tacos just add flavor to the game (pun intended). 

One element of the game does tie into the character cards. You can take a "smelfie" (yes, puns abound in this game, beware) with your character in order to take a free ingredient for your taco-building endeavors. The rulebook encourages you to post your "smelfie" on Instagram or Facebook and tag WildBird Games. A clever marketing idea if you ask me.

2. Don't Actually Eat the Ingredients

At the end of the game, we surmised that using actual taco ingredients for the game might be a fun variant. But if you don't want to make a mess, the game pieces are perfectly fine.

There are no cheap plastic components to this game. The ingredients are color-dyed wooden markers, and the dice are solid and weighted correctly.

The cards are made of typical playing card cardboard. So if you're going to play with real ingredients, be sure to use sleeves on the cards. This isn't Gloom, with its velum cards made to resist blood.

 

The illustrations are intentionally cartoony and add an air of silliness to the game. But when it's crunch time and you're down to your last ingredient, you won't be feeling very silly. In fact, you may not even have the last laugh. The tables turn quickly.

3. Don't Play With Your Food

The rules are well-written and easy to pick up. The phases include your typical "perform an action," "draw a card," and "roll." 

Rolling the dice is the most reliable way to pick up ingredients for your taco. But each time you roll, someone has a chance to block your ingredient acquisition/ingestion by rolling a die of their own. 

Kinetic gameplay was a large component in this game. This included flicking dice, stacking dice with only one hand, performing a "carrot-e" chop to dislodge the top dice, and more. These challenges were trickier than they sound, and if I were playing to win, I might avoid them as much as possible. 

Only One Sad Taco

Every game will have at least one thing to nitpick. Taco Party has virtually none. I did have to clarify the "Out Crunch" rule with the game designer. It came down to whether your opponent could counter your "crunch" total more than once if they had the cards. The rules weren't clear on this.

Matt clarified and said that, yes, you can keep crunching until you run out of cards. 

Taco Party is a great gateway game to board games and tabletop. It's tightly designed, easy to play, packed with puns, and encourages enough strategic gameplay to satisfy most tabletop enthusiasts. 

The Kickstarter campaign for Taco Party begins on April 18th and will last a month. Stretch goals include more taco characters and other elements. Matt is already working on an expansion called "Nacho Business."

(Disclaimer: Author was given a free copy of Taco Party for review purposes.)

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Taco Party: The Tabletop Game That Eats Its Shells https://www.gameskinny.com/36c7y/taco-party-the-tabletop-game-that-eats-its-shells https://www.gameskinny.com/36c7y/taco-party-the-tabletop-game-that-eats-its-shells Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:44:15 -0400 Ben Mattice

Have you ever wanted to build a sentient taco and then eat it one ingredient at a time? Sounds cruel, doesn't it? But you won't feel cruel as you're playing WildBird Games' Taco Party and competing to be the first to build and eat your taco.

It sounds like an odd premise for a tabletop card game, and I'll admit that when game designer Matt Bromley told me about his new game, I was skeptical. But after my first playthrough with a few friends, I was sold. Taco Party is a fun game that will appeal to both veteran tabletoppers and casual board gamers alike. 

But what makes Taco Party actually fun? Let's dig in, crunch down, and find out.

1. Nacho Typical Characters

The characters were probably the first thing I noticed when opening the box. The game comes with six character profile cards/rule reminder cards. And each one is a different "taco."

My favorite is probably the Chalupacabra with his fangs, amphibious-looking limbs, and purple, spiky hair. I played the Chalupacabra during the game, and maybe that was lucky because I won.

 My

There's no particular advantage to choosing one character over another. The tacos just add flavor to the game (pun intended). 

One element of the game does tie into the character cards. You can take a "smelfie" (yes, puns abound in this game, beware) with your character in order to take a free ingredient for your taco-building endeavors. The rulebook encourages you to post your "smelfie" on Instagram or Facebook and tag WildBird Games. A clever marketing idea if you ask me.

2. Don't Actually Eat the Ingredients

At the end of the game, we surmised that using actual taco ingredients for the game might be a fun variant. But if you don't want to make a mess, the game pieces are perfectly fine.

There are no cheap plastic components to this game. The ingredients are color-dyed wooden markers, and the dice are solid and weighted correctly.

The cards are made of typical playing card cardboard. So if you're going to play with real ingredients, be sure to use sleeves on the cards. This isn't Gloom, with its velum cards made to resist blood.

 

The illustrations are intentionally cartoony and add an air of silliness to the game. But when it's crunch time and you're down to your last ingredient, you won't be feeling very silly. In fact, you may not even have the last laugh. The tables turn quickly.

3. Don't Play With Your Food

The rules are well-written and easy to pick up. The phases include your typical "perform an action," "draw a card," and "roll." 

Rolling the dice is the most reliable way to pick up ingredients for your taco. But each time you roll, someone has a chance to block your ingredient acquisition/ingestion by rolling a die of their own. 

Kinetic gameplay was a large component in this game. This included flicking dice, stacking dice with only one hand, performing a "carrot-e" chop to dislodge the top dice, and more. These challenges were trickier than they sound, and if I were playing to win, I might avoid them as much as possible. 

Only One Sad Taco

Every game will have at least one thing to nitpick. Taco Party has virtually none. I did have to clarify the "Out Crunch" rule with the game designer. It came down to whether your opponent could counter your "crunch" total more than once if they had the cards. The rules weren't clear on this.

Matt clarified and said that, yes, you can keep crunching until you run out of cards. 

Taco Party is a great gateway game to board games and tabletop. It's tightly designed, easy to play, packed with puns, and encourages enough strategic gameplay to satisfy most tabletop enthusiasts. 

The Kickstarter campaign for Taco Party begins on April 18th and will last a month. Stretch goals include more taco characters and other elements. Matt is already working on an expansion called "Nacho Business."

(Disclaimer: Author was given a free copy of Taco Party for review purposes.)

]]>
5 Board Games We Can't Wait to Play This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/zowhd/5-board-games-we-cant-wait-to-play-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/zowhd/5-board-games-we-cant-wait-to-play-this-year Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:10:59 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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Jack Box Party Pack 5?
\n

We're cheating twice with this one, but hey, this still deserves some credit. We're only speculating that Jack Box Party Pack 5 is in the works and will come out in 2018; it's a pretty safe bet. 

\n

Some might take issue with the fact that it's a video game, but give us a chance to defend ourselves with this one. Jack Box Party Packs are THE board game alternative for parties. They're not your in-depth Euro-style board games, but every once in a while it's fun to play a simple game and enjoy a few laughs. Games like Quiplash and Fibbage bring memories of board games like Balderdash. There's typically themed trivia in the party packs, and my personal favorite, Tee K.O., is a unique take on Pictionary if it were mixed with a caption contest. The best part about these "board games" is that setup and clean up are super easy, not to mention nobody has to keep track of score.

\n

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We hope you enjoyed this list of our most anticipated board games this year. Are there any other games out there you think are worth looking forward to, let us know in the comments below!

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Argonauts: 2nd Edition
\n

From Alcyon Creative comes Argonauts: 2nd Edition. I must admit I am a fan of Classical Greece and the mythology from Greek culture. Long before the Trojan War and Homer's Odyssey, which many of us learn about in school, there was a different group of heroes who teamed up for an epic quest for the Golden Fleece. Enter Argonauts, a game that follows the tale of Jason, his comrades, and their quest for the Golden Fleece.

\n

Take on the roles of heroes, like Hercules, Atalanta, and Peleus, with your friends or on your own. Get on your ship, The Argo, and overcome famous obstacles like the Calydonian Boar or the Sirens! The 2nd edition of this game brings an updated rule book, updated cards, and even a little Argo miniature. Set sail and have fun, you might even learn a thing or two.

\n

\n

The Kickstarter for this edition ends at the end of March 2018 and we should see it around November 2018.

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Dominion: Nocturne
\n

Dominion has been around for a while now, and this deck building game has a ton of re-playability. Each expansion adds a unique element to the game and can stand alone from any other expansion, though Nocturne does require the base game. 

\n

Published by Rio Grande Games, Dominion: Nocturne launched in October 2017, but we're still counting it. Each time you play Dominion you can try several unique strategies, depending on which cards are available to choose from. This particular expansion has been greatly received by those who have played it and adds extra levels of complexity to an already deep experience. While in-depth, Dominion is still relatively easy to understand for first time players and we can't wait to get our hands on this particular expansion for it.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/s/l/isles-terror-board-9610f.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/s/l/isles-terror-board-9610f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179762","description":"
Isles of Terror
\n

Not to be confused with the mobile games publisher of the same name, Voodoo Games is a German company with a few board games under their belt since they started in 2014. Now with a bit of experience, they bring us Isles of Terror. This title is just finishing up its Kickstarter campaign and is expected to be available November 2018.

\n

Isles of Terror looks to be a re-imagining of Settlers of Catan with more player autonomy. The aim of the game is victory points, with each adventure offering different starting states for the board. This game might take a bit of extra time to learn, but, we can't wait to try this game competitively, co-op, and even solo!

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/o/cooks-crooks-ebc74.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/o/cooks-crooks-ebc74.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179761","description":"
Cooks & Crooks
\n

Andres Novelo and Luis Munoz came together to create what feels like the board game version of Overcooked, if you were trying to screw your friends over instead of helping them. They even allude to drawing inspiration from a co-op video game on their Kickstarter page

\n

\n

The gameplay from Cooks & Crooks looks fairly straightforward, almost like Sushi Go!, and the art has a cheesy aesthetic that'll make you smile. The Kickstarter campaign runs until March 8, but the game reached its base goal in just seven hours when it launched earlier this month! The game is expected to release around August 2018, so get your frying pans ready for this "cooky" time.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/u/stuffed-fables-paintable-miniatures-f3a90.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/u/stuffed-fables-paintable-miniatures-f3a90.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179763","description":"
Stuffed Fables
\n

Stuffed Fables features stuffed animals as they go on an adventure to save the little girl who loves them, and it seems like a great option to play with children! Players will have to work together to achieve victory on a unique storybook game board. The miniatures in the game are even paintable, allowing for an even more rewarding experience. Check out the overview in the video below.

\n

Plaid Hat Games has done it again! The creators of Summoner Wars (not the mobile game Summoners Wars), Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix, and the BioShock Infinite board game are tremendous at writing clear, concise rules that leave no room for confusion. The rule books often have plenty of FAQs with easy-to-understand answers, so you'll never be left on your own scouring the Internet for a solution to your peculiar question.

\n

\n

Stuffed Fables was released on Feb. 1, 2018.

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Whether we're waiting for Season 3 of Pandemic Legacy, or trying to scrounge up some money for the hefty price of Kingdom Death: Monster when it's back in stock, or if we just need a break from video games, there are a ton of great board games coming out in 2018. We can't wait to try some of them. 

\n

Let's be honest, you can only play Monopoly with your friends so many times before you're out of friends. 

\n

Whether you're a hardcore gamer who only plays Euro-style games, or a more casual player who wants a few laughs, we've compiled a list of board games which should be able to satisfy most people. Without further adieu, here is our list of five board games (and one bonus video game) we can't wait to try in 2018.

"}]]]>
5 Board Games We Can't Wait to Play This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/zowhd/5-board-games-we-cant-wait-to-play-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/zowhd/5-board-games-we-cant-wait-to-play-this-year Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:10:59 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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Jack Box Party Pack 5?
\n

We're cheating twice with this one, but hey, this still deserves some credit. We're only speculating that Jack Box Party Pack 5 is in the works and will come out in 2018; it's a pretty safe bet. 

\n

Some might take issue with the fact that it's a video game, but give us a chance to defend ourselves with this one. Jack Box Party Packs are THE board game alternative for parties. They're not your in-depth Euro-style board games, but every once in a while it's fun to play a simple game and enjoy a few laughs. Games like Quiplash and Fibbage bring memories of board games like Balderdash. There's typically themed trivia in the party packs, and my personal favorite, Tee K.O., is a unique take on Pictionary if it were mixed with a caption contest. The best part about these "board games" is that setup and clean up are super easy, not to mention nobody has to keep track of score.

\n

---

\n

We hope you enjoyed this list of our most anticipated board games this year. Are there any other games out there you think are worth looking forward to, let us know in the comments below!

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Argonauts: 2nd Edition
\n

From Alcyon Creative comes Argonauts: 2nd Edition. I must admit I am a fan of Classical Greece and the mythology from Greek culture. Long before the Trojan War and Homer's Odyssey, which many of us learn about in school, there was a different group of heroes who teamed up for an epic quest for the Golden Fleece. Enter Argonauts, a game that follows the tale of Jason, his comrades, and their quest for the Golden Fleece.

\n

Take on the roles of heroes, like Hercules, Atalanta, and Peleus, with your friends or on your own. Get on your ship, The Argo, and overcome famous obstacles like the Calydonian Boar or the Sirens! The 2nd edition of this game brings an updated rule book, updated cards, and even a little Argo miniature. Set sail and have fun, you might even learn a thing or two.

\n

\n

The Kickstarter for this edition ends at the end of March 2018 and we should see it around November 2018.

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Dominion: Nocturne
\n

Dominion has been around for a while now, and this deck building game has a ton of re-playability. Each expansion adds a unique element to the game and can stand alone from any other expansion, though Nocturne does require the base game. 

\n

Published by Rio Grande Games, Dominion: Nocturne launched in October 2017, but we're still counting it. Each time you play Dominion you can try several unique strategies, depending on which cards are available to choose from. This particular expansion has been greatly received by those who have played it and adds extra levels of complexity to an already deep experience. While in-depth, Dominion is still relatively easy to understand for first time players and we can't wait to get our hands on this particular expansion for it.

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Isles of Terror
\n

Not to be confused with the mobile games publisher of the same name, Voodoo Games is a German company with a few board games under their belt since they started in 2014. Now with a bit of experience, they bring us Isles of Terror. This title is just finishing up its Kickstarter campaign and is expected to be available November 2018.

\n

Isles of Terror looks to be a re-imagining of Settlers of Catan with more player autonomy. The aim of the game is victory points, with each adventure offering different starting states for the board. This game might take a bit of extra time to learn, but, we can't wait to try this game competitively, co-op, and even solo!

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/o/cooks-crooks-ebc74.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/o/cooks-crooks-ebc74.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179761","description":"
Cooks & Crooks
\n

Andres Novelo and Luis Munoz came together to create what feels like the board game version of Overcooked, if you were trying to screw your friends over instead of helping them. They even allude to drawing inspiration from a co-op video game on their Kickstarter page

\n

\n

The gameplay from Cooks & Crooks looks fairly straightforward, almost like Sushi Go!, and the art has a cheesy aesthetic that'll make you smile. The Kickstarter campaign runs until March 8, but the game reached its base goal in just seven hours when it launched earlier this month! The game is expected to release around August 2018, so get your frying pans ready for this "cooky" time.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/u/stuffed-fables-paintable-miniatures-f3a90.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/u/stuffed-fables-paintable-miniatures-f3a90.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179763","description":"
Stuffed Fables
\n

Stuffed Fables features stuffed animals as they go on an adventure to save the little girl who loves them, and it seems like a great option to play with children! Players will have to work together to achieve victory on a unique storybook game board. The miniatures in the game are even paintable, allowing for an even more rewarding experience. Check out the overview in the video below.

\n

Plaid Hat Games has done it again! The creators of Summoner Wars (not the mobile game Summoners Wars), Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix, and the BioShock Infinite board game are tremendous at writing clear, concise rules that leave no room for confusion. The rule books often have plenty of FAQs with easy-to-understand answers, so you'll never be left on your own scouring the Internet for a solution to your peculiar question.

\n

\n

Stuffed Fables was released on Feb. 1, 2018.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/r/carcassonne-4352e.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/r/carcassonne-4352e.jpg","type":"slide","id":"179757","description":"

Whether we're waiting for Season 3 of Pandemic Legacy, or trying to scrounge up some money for the hefty price of Kingdom Death: Monster when it's back in stock, or if we just need a break from video games, there are a ton of great board games coming out in 2018. We can't wait to try some of them. 

\n

Let's be honest, you can only play Monopoly with your friends so many times before you're out of friends. 

\n

Whether you're a hardcore gamer who only plays Euro-style games, or a more casual player who wants a few laughs, we've compiled a list of board games which should be able to satisfy most people. Without further adieu, here is our list of five board games (and one bonus video game) we can't wait to try in 2018.

"}]]]>
DiceTalk: What is Dungeons and Dragons? https://www.gameskinny.com/fwim3/dicetalk-what-is-dungeons-and-dragons https://www.gameskinny.com/fwim3/dicetalk-what-is-dungeons-and-dragons Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:57:53 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

For many it was considered a cult, for others it was something to do on a Saturday night. But for most, it was an escape to a fantastic world of wonder and imagination. Because in Dungeons and Dragons, anything is possible ... anything. And the limitless wonder and ideas that people would come up with could go anywhere, and many of the top RPGs or MMOs can thank Dungeons and Dragons for its inspiration and pioneering. But what is Dungeons and Dragons exactly, and why is it so important? Well, we are here to show you exactly what it is and the reasons why you should get into this legendary tabletop game.

Dungeons and Dragons itself is a game 40 years in the making. A man named Gary Gygax started by going to conventions for war games and meeting with fellow developers, including cofounders Dave Arneson and Don Kaye. From there, the trio made the game Chainmail, which was an early system, revolving more around war games. From there, Arneson modeled campaigns around the system. Eventually they came out with the first iteration, Dungeons and Dragons, in three booklets in January 1973. And ever since, the system has grown, evolved, and adapted. Eventually becoming Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons and Dragons is now up to its sixth iteration and hasn't look stronger.

So many people wonder, what exactly do you do in Dungeons and Dragons? Aren't you just sitting around being nerds? Yes and no. While you do sit around imagining elves, fairies, and dragons, the experience is far more social and methodical. You and everyone else you are playing with make up everything in the world your characters are in -- and I mean everything. From where you go in the world down to the very skills that your characters have, you are in control.

The first sheet of the 5th Edition, this holds all the information and statistics needed for your character as you adventure.

The first page of the character sheet for 5th edition, this holds all the information needed to adventure.

The character sheet is the most important piece of paper you will ever have in Dungeons and Dragons. It holds not just your name, but your skills, abilities, languages, and how strong, smart, and even charming you are. This is the basis of the game, along with the roll of the dice. And that dice roll, depending on what you gave your character at creation, will dictate how proficient your character is in the overall tasks he or she undertakes. It can make for some epic moments, sad moments, and even hilarious ones at that. But in the end, anything is possible with a dice roll.

And even as extensive as these sheets can get, your imagination is usually what guides you on your way. Other than dice, paper, and pencil, everything else is up to our creativity. How we perceive our characters, how we believe they talk and act, how they handle hard times, good times, and even what we see, all comes down to imagination. This is what makes this game so timeless -- the endless possibilities for what can be done in the world you create. You can do anything.

But then comes that one question: why should I even try Dungeons and Dragons? For most, playing this tabletop is a social experience. Because at the core of this game is a collection of people coming together to tell a story and have some fun. And for many more people, it is a time where people can connect, catch up with some old friends, and have some laughs in a world that is totally controlled by them. It makes for an experience like no other.

Though you can start at any age, most people experience Dungeons and Dragons for the first time in their late teens, early twenties.

Dungeons and Dragons has brought something to the human experience like nothing else. It has brought about many video games, books, and even other genres akin to the d20 system. It has also come into use for helping children with social awkwardness and autism, helping them become comfortable with being social with others and slowly introducing them to different interactions. Dungeons and Dragons has helped produce so many positive things, whether it is the rise of massive gaming industries or bringing a smile to a young child.

So although many have doubts about playing Dungeons and Dragons, deep down I know many are just curious. Throughout the decade that I've been playing this game, I have always heard from people that they wished to play but never had a chance or didn't know how. There are probably campaigns happening all around you -- just go out and ask! Even people you work with, see at the bar, or even know from church could be in the fantastic world that they created. 

But if you wish to be more direct in your search, here are two helpful sites: Dungeons and Dragons Community and the Looking for Group Reddit. From both of these sites you can find groups anywhere! And if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask in the forums!

So that was a lot to take in, I understand. But take some time to think: would it be bad to try out some imagining? In a world that is ever so bitter, and sometimes boring, maybe brighten it up with some fantasy. Get some friends together and try out some of the pre-made adventures that Wizards of the Coast have released. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Thank you for tuning in to GameSkinny's DiceTalk! In the next article, we'll be exploring the idea of world creation and class fantasy. Have an interesting character idea or world concept? Let us know in the comments down below! And until next time, stay classy, gamers!

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DiceTalk: What is Dungeons and Dragons? https://www.gameskinny.com/fwim3/dicetalk-what-is-dungeons-and-dragons https://www.gameskinny.com/fwim3/dicetalk-what-is-dungeons-and-dragons Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:57:53 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

For many it was considered a cult, for others it was something to do on a Saturday night. But for most, it was an escape to a fantastic world of wonder and imagination. Because in Dungeons and Dragons, anything is possible ... anything. And the limitless wonder and ideas that people would come up with could go anywhere, and many of the top RPGs or MMOs can thank Dungeons and Dragons for its inspiration and pioneering. But what is Dungeons and Dragons exactly, and why is it so important? Well, we are here to show you exactly what it is and the reasons why you should get into this legendary tabletop game.

Dungeons and Dragons itself is a game 40 years in the making. A man named Gary Gygax started by going to conventions for war games and meeting with fellow developers, including cofounders Dave Arneson and Don Kaye. From there, the trio made the game Chainmail, which was an early system, revolving more around war games. From there, Arneson modeled campaigns around the system. Eventually they came out with the first iteration, Dungeons and Dragons, in three booklets in January 1973. And ever since, the system has grown, evolved, and adapted. Eventually becoming Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons and Dragons is now up to its sixth iteration and hasn't look stronger.

So many people wonder, what exactly do you do in Dungeons and Dragons? Aren't you just sitting around being nerds? Yes and no. While you do sit around imagining elves, fairies, and dragons, the experience is far more social and methodical. You and everyone else you are playing with make up everything in the world your characters are in -- and I mean everything. From where you go in the world down to the very skills that your characters have, you are in control.

The first sheet of the 5th Edition, this holds all the information and statistics needed for your character as you adventure.

The first page of the character sheet for 5th edition, this holds all the information needed to adventure.

The character sheet is the most important piece of paper you will ever have in Dungeons and Dragons. It holds not just your name, but your skills, abilities, languages, and how strong, smart, and even charming you are. This is the basis of the game, along with the roll of the dice. And that dice roll, depending on what you gave your character at creation, will dictate how proficient your character is in the overall tasks he or she undertakes. It can make for some epic moments, sad moments, and even hilarious ones at that. But in the end, anything is possible with a dice roll.

And even as extensive as these sheets can get, your imagination is usually what guides you on your way. Other than dice, paper, and pencil, everything else is up to our creativity. How we perceive our characters, how we believe they talk and act, how they handle hard times, good times, and even what we see, all comes down to imagination. This is what makes this game so timeless -- the endless possibilities for what can be done in the world you create. You can do anything.

But then comes that one question: why should I even try Dungeons and Dragons? For most, playing this tabletop is a social experience. Because at the core of this game is a collection of people coming together to tell a story and have some fun. And for many more people, it is a time where people can connect, catch up with some old friends, and have some laughs in a world that is totally controlled by them. It makes for an experience like no other.

Though you can start at any age, most people experience Dungeons and Dragons for the first time in their late teens, early twenties.

Dungeons and Dragons has brought something to the human experience like nothing else. It has brought about many video games, books, and even other genres akin to the d20 system. It has also come into use for helping children with social awkwardness and autism, helping them become comfortable with being social with others and slowly introducing them to different interactions. Dungeons and Dragons has helped produce so many positive things, whether it is the rise of massive gaming industries or bringing a smile to a young child.

So although many have doubts about playing Dungeons and Dragons, deep down I know many are just curious. Throughout the decade that I've been playing this game, I have always heard from people that they wished to play but never had a chance or didn't know how. There are probably campaigns happening all around you -- just go out and ask! Even people you work with, see at the bar, or even know from church could be in the fantastic world that they created. 

But if you wish to be more direct in your search, here are two helpful sites: Dungeons and Dragons Community and the Looking for Group Reddit. From both of these sites you can find groups anywhere! And if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask in the forums!

So that was a lot to take in, I understand. But take some time to think: would it be bad to try out some imagining? In a world that is ever so bitter, and sometimes boring, maybe brighten it up with some fantasy. Get some friends together and try out some of the pre-made adventures that Wizards of the Coast have released. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Thank you for tuning in to GameSkinny's DiceTalk! In the next article, we'll be exploring the idea of world creation and class fantasy. Have an interesting character idea or world concept? Let us know in the comments down below! And until next time, stay classy, gamers!

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