Sunday, 26 April 2015

Regnum Angelica; card battle in the Angelic Realm


A little while back I was contacted by Casey Willett of Black Locust Game Co. about a game called Regnum Angelica. Casey noted that he was looking for more Canadian exposure for their game and asked if I would be willing to review it. 

I did a bit of research and found out that Regnum Angelica was originally kickstarted under the name Kingdom and was a two player card battle game fought between the arch angels led by Gabriel and the fallen angels under Beelzebub. The game appeared to have some chess like elements and an interesting combat mechanic so I agreed to check it out.

I've now played quite a few games of Regnum Angelica and I have to say that Black Locust has a rather solid interesting game here. It's a lot more deep than it first appears on the surface. The seemingly simple combat system actually adds a lot of tactical depth to the game. Added to the gameplay is a beautiful looking game with some really cool bits.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Games & Grub - April 24th

WINDSOR STAR NEWS CAFE

Friday April 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 Windsor Star News 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 Epic Spell Wars, Feif, Zombie Flux, Mars Attacks, Castle Ravenloft, Cheaty Mages, Deus, Fluxx, Among the Stars, Colt Express 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.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

April 18th - Brimstone Board Game Night featuring: Smash Up


It's time for Brimstone Board Game Night!

The Windsor Gaming Resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday April 18th.

Brimstone Board Game Night hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events normally run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages. 

Reminder:
At Brimstone all board games are 30% off all the time.

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! Sometimes we get extra generous and give away more than one. Heck one night we gave away 6. No matter what there will be at least 1 game given away every event.

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, and 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 more tickets for each game you purchase. 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 some mapping website haven't figured this out yet.

Featured Game: Smash Up

In Smash Up players take two factions, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine their decks into a force to be reckoned with!

When the game begins, players take turns drafting one of several faction decks. Once each player has two decks, they shuffle them together, combining their distinct abilities into a unique 40-card deck. Players then deal out a number of Base cards, and play their decks to attempt to have the most power on a base when it is scored.

Each combination gives a different experience, Pirate-Aliens play very different than Pirate-Zombies, and with 8 factions in the base set there are tons of combinations to try out!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Celebrate International Tabletop Day in Windsor on April 11th

2015 marks the third year for International Tabletop Day. A day in celebration of all kinds of tabletop gaming started by Wil Wheaton and the people behind the Tabletop YouTube channel. A channel that is likely responsible for bringing more people into modern board gaming than anything else out there.

The goal of Tabeltop Day matches the goal of the Windsor Gaming Resource: to get people out there and gaming. It's a day to celebrate sitting down with friends, face to face and playing games.

Last year Tabletop Day was celebrated in 80 countries over all 7 continents and they expect it will be even bigger this year. Windsor has participated every year to date and this year is no exception.

Here in the City of Roses, two FLGS (Friendly Local Game Stores) will be participating in the Tabletop Day events:

Brimstone Games: is located at 3298 Walker Road and will be hosting 12 hours of gaming. They open at 10am and will be hopping until 10pm. 

In addition to open gaming Brimstone will be giving away a copy of Three Kingdoms Redux, there will be an in store X-Wing tournament and an Android Netrunner Tournament. The local Dice Master's players are also setting something up.


The CG Realm: is located at 3147 Tecumseh Rd. East and will be open from noon until 11pm.

In addition to Tabletop Day stuff, it's also the usual CG Realm Game Day which will be running from 5-11 where they will be featuring Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters. You can win a copy to take home.

Both venues will have their gaming areas open for free gaming all day. There are also a slew of cool Tabletop Day Promos that each store will be giving out throughout the day.

It doesn't matter which store you head out to, just get out there, join in the fun and play some games!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

CG Realm Game Night - April 11th featuring D&D Dice Masters


Saturday April 11th is International Tabletop Day. In addition to the celebrations the CG Realm is hosting their regular CG Real Game Night open game night. The event runs from 5pm until 11pm.

The CG Realm is located at 3147 Tecumseh Road East, right here in Windsor.

In addition to a growing collection of games for sale and demo games for you to try out, they also have a great gaming area with lots of tables, lots of room and great lighting.

Featured Game: Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn

At the event CG Realm will be featuring the hot new collectible dice building game: D&D Dice Masters: Battle for Faerun. There will be demo copies on hand and people willing to teach this great game.


This is the third Dice Masters game to be released from Wizkids and many consider it the best of the three. In addition to the rules from previous sets, heroes in D&D Dice Masters can level up by killing enemy characters and monsters.

As part of the event they will be giving away one copy of a D&D Dice Masters Starter Set. The perfect place to start out in this great new game.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I got my Just Desserts from Looney Labs

I was a bit surprised when Looney Labs contacted me asking if I wanted to review a copy of their new game Just Desserts. The reason for this surprise is that I've been pretty open about the fact that I'm not a huge fan of their most popular game: Fluxx.

Back in July last year I did up a review of Regular Show Fluxx. While I didn't tear the game apart it wasn't the most positive review. So I was shocked when they asked me for another review.

I've taken Just Desserts out to a couple Windsor Gaming Resource events and I've broken it out at a couple of home games. The first thing I do have to say is: Just Desserts is very much not Fluxx. It's a very different style of set collection game that the local gamers and I found to be quite a bit of fun. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

April 4th - Brimstone Board Game Night featuring: Deus

It's time for Brimstone Board Game Night!

The Windsor Gaming Resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday April 4th.

Brimstone Board Game Night hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events normally run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages. 

Reminder:
At Brimstone all board games are 30% off all the time.

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! Sometimes we get extra generous and give away more than one. Heck one night we gave away 6. No matter what there will be at least 1 game given away every event.

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, and 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 more tickets for each game you purchase. 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 some mapping website haven't figured this out yet.

Featured Game: Deus

In Deus, players work to develop their own civilizations in a shared environment. Each player starts the game with five building cards, and on a turn a player either uses one of these cards to construct a building or discard one or more cards to make an offering to a god. Cards come in six colors: red for military, green for resource production, blue for trade, brown for scoring, purple for temples, and yellow for a variety of effects.

When you construct a building, you build it in the appropriate location on the modular game board — which is sized based on the number of players with the hexagonal tiles composed of seven landscape "circles" — then you place the card in your personal tableau in the appropriate stack of colored cards and activate the power of all of those cards already in your tableau, starting with the card at the bottom of the stack.

When you make an offering, you discard cards, then receive the help of a god associated with one of the cards that you discarded, with the number of cards determining the strength of the associated action. You then refill your hand to five cards.

The game ends either when all the barbarian villages on the game board have been surrounded and attacked or when all the temples have been constructed. Whoever has the most points wins.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spiel winner Camel Up is deeper than it looks

There was a lot of noise when the 2014 Spiel des Jahres awards were handed out. The Spiel are the German Game of the Year awards and are generally considered the most prestigious award in the board game industry. There are three different categories in this competition. The Speil des Jahres: game of the year. The Kennerspiel des Jahres: heavy/complex game of the year and the Kinderspiel des Jahres: kids game of the year.

So what was with all the noise last year? Well a very silly looking game called Camel  Up from Steffen Bogen won the Spiel des Jahres. Not the Kinderspiel but the main Speil award. People were rather upset because Camel Up looks like a simple roll and move kids game. I have to admit even I dismissed it at first.

I first got to try Camel Up at our 2014 Extra-Life event and boy was I wrong in my first impression. Camel Up is a perfect example of making sure you don't judge a game by it's cover (and components). 

Camel Up is still a pretty quick, filler style, game, but there's a lot more depth there than you would initially think. It's a betting game for up to 8 players who are betting on the overall winner, overall loser and who will be in the lead each leg of the race. What makes the game great is the way the camels work. If they end up on the same space they stack. If a camel in a stack moves all of the camels on top of it move with it. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Games & Grub - March 27th

WINDSOR STAR NEWS CAFE

Friday March 27th 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 Windsor Star News 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 Abyss, Roll Through the Ages, Russian Railroads, Warmachine, Star Realms, Bang! The Dice Game, Camel Up 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.

March 21st - Brimstone Board Game Night featuring: Pandemic

It's time for Brimstone Board Game Night!

The Windsor Gaming Resource returns to Brimstone Games on Saturday March 21st.

Brimstone Board Game Night hits on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. These events normally run from 5pm to 10pm and are open to all ages. This particular event will run 6-11 though due to a Magic the Gathering event going on at the store.

Reminder:
At Brimstone all board games are 30% off all the time.

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! Sometimes we get extra generous and give away more than one. Heck one night we gave away 6. No matter what there will be at least 1 game given away every event.

Players earn 1 ticket for playing games, 1 ticket for purchasing a snack or drink, and 1 ticket for bringing 1 or more board games for people to play. Earn 5 more tickets for each game you purchase. 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: Pandemic

Over the last month it seems like everyone and their brother has been sick. Due to this it seems appropriate that we have a Pandemic themed game night.

Pandemic is a hugely popular co-op board game where the players work together to cure four strains of disease. It's wickedly hard at first but has a scalable difficulty for those who think they have mastered the game.

The game is currently released in it's 2nd edition (which made a few minor updates to the look and play of the game). Along with the base game there are also a growing number of expansion each of which changes the game in a different way.

There's even a Pandemic dice game out now called: Pandemic The Cure. This is a great alternative to the original that's much quicker and has less of an Alpha gamer problem.

As part of this event we will be giving away a copy of the latest Pandemic Expansion: State of Emergency.

Pandemic State of Emergency:

Saving the world just got a little bit harder!
Three new challenges await you in this new expansion for Pandemic:

- The Hinterlands Challenge: the diseases are spreading from animals to humans…

- The Emergency Events Challenge: unpredictable Events have nasty effects on the game…try to use Quarantines to stop the spread of disease across the board…

- The Superbug Challenge: a fifth disease that cannot be treated threatens the world! Produce vaccine doses after finding its cure in order to fight off this threat. You must eradicate the superbug disease to win.

This expansion is NOT for the faint of heart...