The Other Tabletop Games – 5 Board Games Worth Considering

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I’ve told you a lot about how to run tabletop RPG games, but there are certain things that happen, whether we will them or not. You know how it goes – a week before the game, someone tells you they can’t make it next week because they’ll be at a Shower-Ring Salesman Seminar. Then, at the 11th Hour, someone calls to say they have Whooping Cough, and they can’t make it. Now you’re two players down, and maybe one of them was the person who’s personal plot you planned to develop tonight. Suddenly, … [Read more...]

Defenders Of The Realm: Not Your Average Board Game

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I love board games just as much as I love RPGs, so whenever I’m in a game store or a convention dealers’ room, I have to check out the board game selection and see if anything catches my eye. When we were at MisCon last month, a board game at the table of one of the dealers caught not only my eye, but the eyes of a number of my fellow Sandbaggers club members. Called Defenders of the Realm, the game was pitched as a cooperative game – along the lines of Pandemic – but in a fantasy setting, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Games To Break Out For The Holidays

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With Halloween 2010 in the books, we are firmly entrenched in the holiday season. That means lots of visits with friends and relatives over the next few months, and that in turn means lots of people to keep entertained. Food, fellowship, and football will only keep everyone happy for so long. It’s easy to resort to zoning out in front of the TV, but it’s far more fun and sociable to clear off the table and bring out some games. Which games do you offer as an evening’s entertainment to your … [Read more...]

GenCon 2010 Update: Castle Ravenloft Board Game

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Before we even got our badges, a group of bloggers got whisked away to a secret storage room in the Indy Convention Center to play Castle Ravenloft the board game, to be released by Wizards of the Coast in just a couple weeks (8/17/10). For those unfamiliar, Castle Ravenloft is one of THE most famous vampire adventures ever. Many a D&D player has fond memories of fighting Strahd. If you know Dan from Obsidian Portal, he has an awesome Strahd story that involves a very crafty cleric and a … [Read more...]

15 Things That Every Geek Should Know, Do, or Be

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Admit it: you have a bucket list or life list, some way to tally whether or not your life is going successfully. But do you have enough geeky activities and plans on it? If not, here are a few ideas to get you thinking... What to Know Basic phrases in Klingon You should be able to greet people, bid farewell, and casually remark that “today is a good day to die” in Klingon. If you haven't checked this off your list yet, you can find instructions and pronunciation guides of all kinds online. … [Read more...]

E’s Origins Game Fair 2010 Wrap-Up

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There are some that call Origins the "Pepsi" of conventions; that is, if you have to choose between it and GenCon, there's an obvious winner. I would have to disagree. For me, comparing Origins to GenCon is like comparing cola to root beer: they may be similar in some aspects, but they're very different and enjoyable in others. Dungeons & Dragons I was disappointed to see that the Ultimate Dungeon Delve, which I had ADORED in 2009, had not returned to Origins this year. It was such a great … [Read more...]

Guide to Stalking E at Origins Game Fair 2010

On the road again... I'm at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, getting my geek on in a major way. But I'm also there on business, both of my own and for ThinkGeek (my amazing day job). ThinkGeek Stuff Finding me may yield cash and prizes! Okay, not cash. But perhaps prizes if you're a lucky duck. Each morning when I leave my hotel, I will pack my bag full of ThinkGeek items.  Should you find me while I still have some, you can have one. I will also have the new … [Read more...]

J’s Show and Tell: Dominion

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This weekend, while hanging out with friends, I was introduced to a new (to me) card game: Dominion.  I'll be honest: I'm normally not one for card games.  It seems like every male friend I've ever had has had a love affair with Magic: the Gathering, and while I do know how to play, it's never really drawn me in... and perhaps that has kept me from giving games like this a chance. However, I'm really glad I was surrounded by people who were into Dominion and thus didn't give me a chance to … [Read more...]

Wanted: The Best Geek Girl Writers On The Web

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UPDATE (4/22/10): The hiring window is CLOSED. We have nearly 100 candidates to consider and we're pretty sure the perfect ones are in there! We're hiring! Geek's Dream Girl is hiring article writers for both the Geek Life and Geek Love sections of our website. Since being hired as the full-time copywriter at ThinkGeek, I just haven't had the time to dedicate to writing blog posts. I also know there are lots of geek girls out there with a lot to contribute who need a platform to do so. … [Read more...]

Dear Anon-O-Box: She’s Geek-Curious, How Do I Break Her In Gently?

Dear Anon-O-Box, What do you do if you find a geek-ready girl? One who is not quite yet an uber-geek, but one who's interested and amenable to things geeky. How can I bring her into the fold without blowing her mind and scaring her away from geeky stuff? - Gateway Geek e answers: Dear GG, You're looking for some gateway geek activities! I polled our Twitter followers to see what they thought were some good gateway geek activities to help bring the geek curious closer and closer to … [Read more...]