Monday, 20 October 2014

October 25th - Gaming auction in support of Extra Life


As part of the Windsor Gaming Resource contribution to Extra Life this year, we will be hosting a live geeky gaming auction. Anyone is welcome to attend and take part. You don't have to be a previous WGR member or be taking part in the 24 hour game-a-thon.

The auction is scheduled for October 25th at 8:00pm and will be held along side our 24 hour gaming event, at Brimstone Games.

You can find Brimstone at 3298 Walker Road in Windsor Ontario Canada.

Extra Life is an awesome worldwide 24 hour gaming event raising money for the Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals.

This our second year participating and we've upped our target to $2000! 100% of the proceeds from this auction go towards meeting (and hopefully beating) that target.

The auction items will be a mix of new and used games and some other cool geeky items. Our big ticket item is a sealed copy of the Ticket To Ride 10th Anniversary Edition. There will also be some awesome dice bags from Mercantile 519. Sealed copies of Little Devils, Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom, Alhambra, Smash Up, Oddball Aeronauts. A Hardcover edition of the awesome D6 steampunk Westward RPG and Azamar a D6 fantasy RPG. As well as many other items graciously donated by WGR members and some kick ass game publishers.

If you have something you would like to donate to the auction, that would be awesome. You can either bring it to the event or contact Moe Tousignant some time before the 25th.

If you are interested in supporting us in some other way, perhaps joining us for 24 hours of gaming or making a donation to the cause, check out this post for everything we are doing for Extra Life.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Games & Grub at the Green Bean - Oct 24th

The night before Extra Life, on Friday October 24th we've got a Games & Grub event being held at The Green Bean's Windsor Star News Cafe. This all ages event runs from 6pm until 11pm.

The Windsor Star News Cafe is located at 300 Ouellette Ave, 3rd floor. This is the cafe that is part of the new Windsor Star located where the old downtown palace theater was.

The Green Bean Cafe has great food, coffee and other yummy things. The location is also licensed and offers some awesome beer from Walkerville Brewery as well as local Wines. Street parking is free after 6pm if you can find a spot and there are two parking garages in a very short walking distance if you can't.

We play a wide variety of games at these events. You will find card, dice and board games. We've even seen some miniature gamers bring their armies out. There's no theme to the event. Our last gaming event saw games of Catan, King of Tokyo, Timeline, Tribune, Merchants & Marauders, and more.

We encourage you to bring some games out, whether an old favourite or something new you want to try out. If you don't have anything to bring, that's cool too. There's always lots of variety and people are always happy to teach you the games they have brought.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Brimstone Boardgame Night October 18th featuring Damage Report

The Windsor Gaming resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday October 18th as part of their twice monthly boardgame night which hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages.

Brimstone is working to become Windsor's premier board game shop. They've got a great selection of the hottest games and tons of gaming space to play them. Not only that but all board games are currently 30% off!


You can win a board game! 

Every Board Game Night at 8pm the store will draw 1 ticket and the winner will receive a free board game!

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, limit of 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, limit 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 tickets for purchasing a game. First time players will receive 5 additional tickets.

You can find Brimstone at 3298 Walker Rd. Parking is available on the south side of the building and on the street around back. Note that Brimstone used to be located in McGregor. This is no longer the case, they moved into Windsor just over a year ago.

Featured Game: Damage Report

The featured game this week is: Damage Report from Break From Reality Games.

Damage Report is a very different and very cool co-op disaster game. Players work together to try to save their ship before it is destroyed. It uses a unique timing system that's based on how much O2 your ship has.

Check out our Damage Report Review to find out more about this cool game.

We will be giving away a copy of Damage report  at 8pm the night of the event.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Less than one month until Extra Life! We need your help!


October 25th many members of the Windsor Gaming Resource will be gathering at Brimstone Games to play games for 24 hours straight in support of Extra Life! This is an amazing geek driven fund raiser that is in support of the Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals.

That's less than a month away and right now we are only at 33% of our goal, so we need your help!

What exactly are we doing?


Saturday October 25th at 10:00am a group of local gamers will be heading to Brimstone Games. Once there it's simple: we game, and we game for 24 hours straight. We'll be going until 10:00am on Sunday. We will be playing board games, miniature games and maybe even some pen and paper roleplaying games.

In addition to all the gaming, at 8:00pm on Saturday night we will also be hosting a live auction. Anyone is welcome to attend this portion of the event. We've got a great selection to auction off and 100% of the proceeds will be going to Extra Life.

What can you do to help?

Come play games: You should come join us on the 25th and play some games! Even if you can't come out for all 24 hours it would be awesome if you could stop in and say hi, bring us some caffeine and/or play a game or two. We would love the support and encouragement. You can show up at any time during the event. Stop in after work, say hi at lunch, whenever.

If you want to join us or stop in to show your support, you can find Brimstone at 3298 Walker Rd. Parking is available on the south side of the building and on the street around back. 

Join our team: Extra Life lets groups of participants make a team page and we have one for the Windsor Gaming Resource. Click here to join up!

Sponsor a Windsor Gaming Resource member: Any amount helps, even a buck. The Extra Life site has a wide variety of payment options and offers charity receipts. Just click on our roster and pick someone to support. If you want to support me, the captain, directly click here. You can also donate in person at Brimstone Games or PayPal to gilvanblight(a)gmail.com.

Participate in the live auction: The auction will be held at 8pm on Saturday October 25th and there will be a wide variety of new and used games and other geekery on the auction block, including some awesome Dice Bags donated by Mercantile 519. We will even be accepting Debit (Interac) for the auction so you don't need to bring a ton of cash.

Donate games for the auction: Are you a game publisher? Do you have too many games and don't know what to do with them? How about donating your games to the cause. Any donations can be dropped off the day of the event or contact gilvanblight(at)gmail.com to make arrangement before then.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Apocalypse: Galactic Arena (p)review - on Kickstarter right now!

Apocalypse: Galactic Arena is a 2-6 player battle game by Storyception Games that is currently on Kickstarter.

I was contacted by one of the designers, Christos Chrysou, and provided a prototype copy of the game to (p)review and as of writing this there are 13 days left in that kickstarter.

The game has already funded so it will be be made. Right now they are working towards some great looking stretch goals like a bigger board and new heroes. 

I've played the game a handful of times. Trying it with both one character each side and with teams of three facing off against each other and I feel pretty confident in recommending it. The buy in price for a full copy of the game is only $47 and that includes worldwide shipping.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

BARF returns. One night only. September 20th

The Windsor Gaming Resource and Villains Beastro are proud to announce the return of B.A.R.F. - Boardgames Are Really Fun. This one time event is scheduled for September 20th and will run from 5pm until 10pm.

This is an adults only boardgame night were you can expect to find lots of beer and pretzels casual games. It's the prefect venue for games like Cash & Guns, Munchkin and Red Dragon Inn. Deep thinkers are also welcome but here's your chance to have a few adult beverages and enjoy some simpler games.

The Villains Beastro is a unique, funky, weird, mystical, fun, serious, laid back, Viking-feeling, pub-looking rock n’ roll type place that has offered to open their doors for us. It’s the perfect spot for a group of gamers to hang out and play some games. Villains has agreed to give us the space for free and I encourage everyone to support the venue by buying some food and enjoyed a drink (responsibly of course). 

This is an open non-competitive gaming event that anyone is welcome to attend. Any form of game is welcome: board, card, rpg, miniatures, whatever you want to bring we are willing to have you. We aren't rule lawyers. You are welcome to bring your own games or share in some of ours. Everything we bring we are willing to teach and no experience is necessary. 

The goal is to get as many local gamers out as possible to enjoy some good food, some good drinks, some good company and some good games! 

We are not a private club. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come out and join in the games. If you see someone playing a game and it looks interesting, ask about it. If you see a game on a table and you want to try it out, ask around and see if someone will teach it.

The event runs from 5pm until 10pm. At 10 a local band will be playing. Everyone is welcome to keep gaming if they like. I expect it will be a bit loud though. The venue will be open until 2am.


Villains is located Downtown at:
256 Pelissier
Windsor, ON N9A 4K3

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Games & Grub at the Green Bean - September 26th




Friday September 26th we've got a Games & Grub event being held at The Green Bean's Windsor Star News Cafe. This all ages event runs from 6pm until 11pm.

The Windsor Star News Cafe is located at 300 Ouellette Ave, 3rd floor. This is the cafe that is part of the new Windsor Star located where the old downtown palace theater was.

The Green Bean Cafe has great food, coffee and other yummy things. The location is also licensed and offers some awesome beer from Walkerville Brewery as well as local Wines. Street parking is free after 6pm if you can find a spot and there are two parking garages in a very short walking distance if you can't.


We play a wide variety of games at these events. You will find card, dice and board games. We've even seen some miniature gamers bring their armies out. There's no theme to the event. Our last gaming event saw games of Shadow Hunters, Marvel Dice Masters, Chattabox, X-Wing, Telestrations, Lords of Vegas, Boss Monster and more.

We encourage you to bring some games out, whether an old favourite or something new you want to try out. If you don't have anything to bring, that's cool too. There's always lots of variety and people are always happy to teach you the games they have brought.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Brimstone Boardgame Night October 4th featuring Dungeons & Dragons

The Windsor Gaming resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday October 4th as part of their twice monthly boardgame night which hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages.

Brimstone is working to become Windsor's premier board game shop. They've got a great selection of the hottest games and tons of gaming space to play them. Not only that but all board games are currently 30% off!


You can win a board game! 

Every Board Game Night at 8pm the store will draw 1 ticket and the winner will receive a free board game!

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, limit of 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, limit 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 tickets for purchasing a game. First time players will receive 5 additional tickets.

You can find Brimstone at 3298 Walker Rd. Parking is available on the south side of the building and on the street around back. Note that Brimstone used to be located in McGregor. This is no longer the case, they moved into Windsor just over a year ago.

Featured Game: Dungeons & Dragons


The featured game this week is: Dungeons & Dragons from Wizards of the Coast

Wizards has just released the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons and it's proving to be one of the best, if not the best editions yet.

After a two year playtest this new edition of D&D brings the best parts of all previous editions and puts them into one awesome game.

I will be doing very quick dungeon crawls throughout the night and giving people a chance to check out this amazing game. I'll have pre-generated characters, miniatures and everything players will need.

For the game give away we will be giving away copies of the D&D Starter Set. This great box is the perfect introduction to the world of Roleplaying and Dungeons & Dragons.

Edit: date change!

Due to a Magic The Gathering pre-release event on September 20th, this event had to be moved to October 4th


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

September 6th - Brimstone Boardgame Night - Featuring Tash Kalar

The Windsor Gaming resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday September 6th as part of their twice monthly boardgame night which hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages.

Brimstone is working to become Windsor's premier board game shop. They've got a great selection of the hottest games and tons of gaming space to play them. Not only that but all board games are currently 30% off!

Win a Board Game! 

Every Board Game Night at 8pm the store will draw 1 ticket and the winner will receive a free board game!

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, limit of 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, limit 1 ticket per night. Earn 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 tickets for each board game purchased. First time players will receive 5 additional tickets.

You can find Brimstone at 3298 Walker Rd. Parking is available on the south side of the building and on the street around back. Note that Brimstone used to be located in McGregor. This is no longer the case, they moved into Windsor just over a year ago.

Featured Game: Tash Kalar: Arena of Legends

The featured game this week is: Tash Kalar: Arena of Legends from Vlaada Chvatil and Chech Games Edition.

Tash Kalar is a very interesting abstract strategy game. Each player takes on the role of a wizard who is competing against other wizards in an arena battle. The wizards aren't fighting each other though instead they are using this clay like stuff to form monsters to battle each other and control the battlefield.

The game is quite a bit of a thinker as players try to position their playing pieces into the proper patterns to summon the right monsters.

There are a few different ways to play and this Saturday I'll be showing off any that people want to try. I personally thought this game was a cool mix of The Duke with an arena battle game.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Spoils is not dead and has a cool new beginner box

The Basic Box of Awesomeness
A few weeks back I was approached by John Westcott about The Spoils Trading Card Game. It seems Arcane Tinmen has just released something new they are calling the Basic Box of Awesomeness.

This email surprised me. Why? Well I remember seeing The Spoils, like 8 or so years ago at RIW Hobbies in Livonia. They were doing some kind of demo deal. It looked like a Magic the Gathering clone. I never heard about or saw the game again. I assumed it died the same death that most Magic isotopes died.

I guess I was wrong. Seems the game is still going strong and has a new box out there. So I agreed to check it out. I figured if it lasted the CCG glut there must be something there.