Marbles: The Brain Store
Mar12

Marbles: The Brain Store

With GAME in free-fall you might be wondering how tabletop games can capitalise on this blow to video games, their greatest foe. This is the moment when board games can rise and conquer. Have at thee, Halo Reach. Rest in peace, Super Mario 64. This is a new age, an era of dice and cardboard and dear little figurines. It’s an age of brain power, not processing power. It’s an age that’s come not a day too soon, because let’s face...

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Teriyaki steak jam
Feb10

Teriyaki steak jam

There comes a point in every gamer’s life when he must admit he has too many games he hasn’t played in his collection.Well, not every gamer’s life. Take Tom Vasel for instance. Tabletop gaming evangelist and owner of The Dice Tower network, Tom collects games in the same manner Scrooge McDuck accumulates wealth. The wall of game boxes visible in the background of his Dice Tower videos is but a tiny fraction of his full collection,...

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Only Souls and Warzones: Risk Legacy and the campaign against house rules
Jan24

Only Souls and Warzones: Risk Legacy and the campaign against house rules

There’s been some recent furor over Risk Legacy–the latest release in the venerable franchise, because it dares do different–cocking a snook at other attempts at reinvigoration of the franchise by setting it in space, in the future or in the rumpus room of ancient gods.“Is it any good?” I don’t know, I haven’t played it. But I will say that it’s a new breed of game designed by people who realise that any game, if played by...

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