The granddaddy of all space-empire sims, Twilight Imperium retails for over $100 and is delivered to your house in a cardboard coffin. It is huge, meticulous, stocked to the gills with itty bitty rules, and it takes a solid eight hours to finish a single game. Twilight Imperium sessions begin when you invite your friends over for breakfast, and end when you've ordered pizza for the second time. Nothing in the tabletop games industry is more unreasonable, and nothing is more fun. If you think board games are boring, you've never watched in horror as a former mate gleefully goes back on their word then conquers and colonizes your home planet. This happens in hour number six, and you react by swearing vengeance til the day you die. Shattered Ascension was originally a set of house rules invented by a Twilight Imperium fan named PsiComa. He loved the game, but identified some nagging imbalances in the design, and started work on a remix. Soon enough, PsiComa's pet project emerged as a … [Read more...] about Modders are making their own version of massive space opera board game Twilight Imperium
Video game board game adaptations are all the rage, as the board game scene continues its renaissance period. Whether this is Resident Evil 2 or the Dark Souls board game, so much of gaming’s IP is being used to make unique and interesting ideas in the board game space. In a recent announcement, it was revealed that the Deadly Premonition board game (aptly titled Deadly Premonition: The Board Game) would get an exclusive Amazon launch, starting next week. What is Deadly Premonition: The Board Game? As reported by DualShockers earlier last year, the game is a Kickstarter-backed rendition of Deadly Premonition — a 2010 survival horror game by Hidetaka Suehiro and Rising Star Games that had players take on an FBI case of brutal murders in town. The game had mixed success critically in an incredibly note-worthy way. Guinness World Records dubbed the game “the most critically polarizing survival horror game” … [Read more...] about Deadly Premonition: The Board Game’s Deluxe Edition Getting a Limited Run on Amazon
Passes for this year's Game Developers Conference are still available, and today organizers are proud to announce that the perennially popular Shut Up & Sit Down board game lounge will once again be at the show!Shut Up & Sit Down, will offer GDC 2018 attendees a comfortable space to relax and play some of the best card and board games in recent memory. This year the Shut Up & Sit Down folks will be encamped in a prime spot on the 3rd floor of the West Hall of the Moscone Convention Center, and it will be open to all GDC passholders (from Expo to All-Access) at various points during GDC week, March 19th through the 23rd.Board Game Design Day! Taking place over the course of Tuesday, March 20th, the Board Game Design Day will afford attendees the chance to take a deep dive into the art and science of designing non-electronic board (and card) games. It's a great counterpoint to what you'll see in the Shut Up & Sit Down lounge, and will … [Read more...] about GDC 2018 welcomes back the Shut Up & Sit Down board game lounge!
The first PAX of the year is upon us! PAX South is happening now and you can celebrate with some great discounts on board games, like Civilization: The Board Game and The Resistance, and video games, like Destiny 2: Limited Edition and XCOM 2. If you’re looking for a console to play them on, you can get a PS4 Pro 1TB console on eBay right now that comes with free copies of Destiny 2 and Overwatch. Some of the other best of the week include deep discounts on DropMix and Samsung MicroSD. GAMES BOARD GAMES Barnes and Noble is offering 15 percent off of any item from now until Jan. 15 with code SNOWDAYS. The retailer is already offering some nice discounts on board games, which you can tack an extra few dollars onto with the promo code. We spotlighted two of our favorites below, but there are dozens more available. HARDWARE & ACCESSORIES MISCELLANEOUS Commerce Team Picks While we usually bring you the best gaming deals each week, there are a few non-sale products we’re … [Read more...] about Celebrate PAX South with board game deals, a Destiny 2 and Overwatch PS4 Pro bundle, and more
Owen Duffy is a journalist, dad and board game expert from Glasgow. His blog, Cardboard Sandwich , is devoted to board games, card games, roleplaying games and anything else you can play around a table with friends and family. You might not have noticed, but we’re living in the golden age of board games. Video games may have dazzling graphics to savour, sprawling worlds to explore and a community of online players to pit your skills against, but analogue gaming has seen a major resurgence in recent years, with some incredibly talented designers turning out compelling, innovative titles that rival anything on your console or PC. This cardboard renaissance has dispelled some painful lingering memories of childhood Monopoly sessions, and it’s seen a growing number of players turning to analogue titles to discover just how much fun you can have with a few friends, a couple of beers and a well-crafted stack of cards, dice and tokens. But with thousands of games … [Read more...] about 8 board games to try if you love video games