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Cardboard Fortress lowers the drawbridge to Nerdarchy live chat

Nerdarchy friend and regular gamer in Nerdarchist Dave’s Gryphongaff game, Anthony Amato from Cardboard Fortress Games joined the daily live chat to talk nerdy. Amato is a graphic designer, illustrator and game designer. Along with fiance and longtime business partner Nicole Kline, they’ve created several tabletop games like RESISTOR_. He’s also contributed work to other games like Grow, designed artwork for the Tabletop Cooperative and is a regular at the Philly Game Forge’s dev night. Continue reading Cardboard Fortress lowers the drawbridge to Nerdarchy live chat

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New DM Handbook: In-Game Games

New DM HandbookIt’s been a long time since I’ve talked about fully theoretical implementations. There are some things that have been based on observations, general concepts, tropes, and other literary tools, but it’s been a long time since I’ve talked about something I’ve absolutely nothing to base my ideas on. That’s what I plan on doing. I’ve set up the groundwork for my players for the future, but I haven’t had a chance to implement it.

Today, I’m going to be talking about in-game games. I can’t be sure how often they get used in most campaigns, but being that the way the game’s solution for contests is to roll ability checks against each other (PHB 174), I can’t imagine that it happens all that much. The biggest problem with this, of course, is that players that have some form of gaming set as a tool proficiency are now being penalized against the other more useful ones, which is where my solution comes in. Continue reading New DM Handbook: In-Game Games

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Kickstarter – Deep Madness – Tabletop Miniature Board Game Inspired by Lovecraftian Design

“Deep Madness is a co-operative miniature board game for 1-6 players, with truly immersive horror  Deep Madness tabletop miniature experiences, highly intense and fast paced combat, and deeply strategical challenges.”

It all starts with a group of investigators deep on the ocean floor.  Something goes horribly wrong and the group is thrown into a world of madness.  If the players can work together to solve the puzzle and stay sane in the amount of turns allotted they will be successful.  If not they will go completely mad.

Deep Madness – Great Source for Tabletop Miniatures

There are two different angles to look at this game with.  The first I will appeal to the miniature lover in

you.  If this is not the case jump down to the Deep Madness board game lover section below.  Right now this game is doing very well and for $100 you get a copy of the game and all the stretch goals. And so far, as I am writing this they have unlocked 32 stretch goals.  That makes for a lot of extra minis.

Deep Madness tabletop miniature

That is, again at present, 143 miniatures for this low price.  By my 119 of these very cool miniatures are usable in any tabletop roleplying game that could deal with Cthulhu and the beyond.

Two of these monsters are Epic Monsters that could very easily be used as your final boss of any cool role playing game.  I would get in on this in a heart beat if you are into minis.  In fact I did

Deep Madness – Awesome Tabletop Board Game

If you are into board games and you happen to like the challenge of going against the game itself rather

deep madness tabletop miniature

than another player stop and go no further.  Deep Madness as made for you.  This cooperative tabletop board game pits players against a scenario in hopes that they not only survive but remain sane as well.  The game unfolds with room tiles so technically though you have played the scenario before it might be revealed differently as well as you have different characters with unique abilities to make each game different as well.

Backing Deep Madness on kickstarter allows you to not only get the game first and with extras that will not be in the box when it is sold in stores but there are miniatures that are only available by backing the kickstarter.

“Investigators will have health, resilience, sanity, and escape attributes, as well as irreplaceable unique abilities. Different teams generate different synergies and strategies. They are given many chances to consume their own sanity, to activate abilities, to use the effects of items, and to re-roll dice. However, they are vulnerable when the sanity is low. After an investigator with exhausted tokens manages to kill a monster, the monster will corrupt his mind by permanently flipping the exhausted tokens into madness tokens. As the madness tokens accumulate, horror will haunt the investigators by resolving Madness Cards.”

So there you have short and sweet.  Be sure to check out their Kickstarter and get your self a sweet board game and a load of awesome miniatures.  Deep Madness a tabletop miniatures board game will not disappoint.  You can back the kickstarter here.

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Kickstarter – Lazer Ryderz! The Totally Rad Tabletop Racing Game!

lazer ryderz! kickstarter tabletopOur friends over at Cardboard Fortress Games are at it again.  This time they jumped into a time machine and took us back to the 80s.  Not only because their game reminds us of Tron, but the artwork, lingo and even their video harkens back to that time frame.

Lazer Ryderz! is a great board game where even the shape of your playing space can have an effect on the game.  Each player in Lazer Ryderz! takes the place of one rider zooming through space trying to claim these prisms.  When your marker crosses a prism completely it changes to your color and you are that much closer to victory.

When you claim a prism the blank prism goes back onto the board thus increasing the number of prism available.  One once player has three prisms claimed at the same time they win the game.  But it is not as simple as that.  There are complications. Continue reading Kickstarter – Lazer Ryderz! The Totally Rad Tabletop Racing Game!

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Board Games in Review – Pyramid Arcade, Looney Pyramids – Kickstarter

Looney Pyramids

Looney PyramidsI know what you are thinking, It is not Monday what is up with that.  Last week I went over the books you may want to buy for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Today however I am going to revisit one of my favorite board game options.  Looney Pyramids.

If you have been reading a lot on our website, particularly the board games in review, you will have seen some of my articles on Looney Pyramids, Martian Coasters.  Well if you were slightly enticed by these reviews here is your chance to go and grab an all inclusive box with 22 games to play with those awesome pieces.

It is available on Kickstarter right now with under a week to go.  It is already back with two stretch goals left.

Some of the games have had the rules out for a while, while others are unreleased games only play tested with devoted fans. Continue reading Board Games in Review – Pyramid Arcade, Looney Pyramids – Kickstarter

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Blast from the Past: Board games of my youth, from Monopoly to JAWS

For some while I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a Nerdarchy series about games and toys from my childhood and early teens years, which were the 1970s and early ’80s. Board games, action figures, early role playing games, and other of my youthful pastimes would be the subject matter, hopefully raising some nostalgia for older readers and maybe a few chuckles from younger ones who get to see our old-fashioned playthings.

This is the first of the series, which will be fore-titled “Blast from the Past.” Not every Nerdarchy article I write will be part of this series, but enough will that it makes some sense to note the difference. Also, these “Blast from the Past” articles might delve into different subjects, possibly movies and other nerdy things from my younger days, but the focus will be upon games and toys.

This week I take a look at the board games I played the most. I hope you enjoy.

Guinness Game of World Records

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Oljatt Century Armor – A Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Artifact Magic Item Collection part 2

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dungeons and dragonsOljatt Century Armor (Armor Design) – A Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition Artifact Magic Item Collection

If you missed last weeks article you can check it out here.

The Oljatt Century Armor’s design was carefully considered by its mundane, arcane and divine crafters. Each of the 100 Oljatt Century Armor Suits are identical in their physical appearance.

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This Week’s RPG Edition of the Nerdy News and Weekly Digest (2-14-2016)

Hello and well met fellow RPG Nerds,

Nerdarchist Dave here with another edition of our Nerdy News and weekly digest. Hope folks got their game on this weekend. Unfortunately Nerdarchy did not. Ted was away at the Wicked Fair convention where his wife was performing. She is a member of a belly dance troupe.

We had been running 4 games a month- Ted’s Gryphongaff 5e game, my 5e Gryphongaff game, my 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Underdark game online, and of course Scott Garibay’s Star Wars RPG. Continue reading This Week’s RPG Edition of the Nerdy News and Weekly Digest (2-14-2016)

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Board Games in Review – Legendary – Deck Building Game

legendaryHello and Happy Monday.  And if it is Monday you all know what time it is.  That’s right time for another board game review. Last week I veered away from my typical board games to talk about dice.  You can read that article here.

I am a fan of deck building games.  I have been playing them for a while and for a long time Thunderstone was my favorite.  The complex set up eventually became replaced by Ascension.  For Christmas I received a copy of Legendary: The Marvel Deck Building Game.

Not only does this game combine the cool characters you love, both good and bad, but you actually have win conditions and bad guys to fight.  The mechanic is really cool and takes some time to get in stride.  Depending on which super villain you are up against and what hero selection you have it can go from hard to really challenging.

Are You Legendary – Can you take down the Mastermind?

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Easy Roller Dice – Fantastic Dice Company

east roller diceHave you heard of Easy Roller Dice?  If not than I have a treat for you.  Happy Monday everyone.  I am taking a break this week from my normal post about board games.  If you missed last week and want to hear about Dragon Slayer Dice, you can go here.

Nerdarchist Ryan introduced us to these awesome dice this past weekend and I have to say I was impressed.  The dice are crisp and clean and seem to have a very even rolling ratio.  Admit it you all pick up dice and ‘look’ for the one that seem to be waited for higher numbers.  Well Easy Roller Dice are waited evenly assuring you get the random rolls you are supposed to.  Lets face it if you always succeed where is the challenge?

Now we have all seen the buckets or bins of plastic polyhedrals and have sifted through to find those precious few that have whatever desired quality we are looking for, so you are asking yourself by now what is so special about Easy Roller Dice?  To take a quote from their website: Continue reading Easy Roller Dice – Fantastic Dice Company

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Board Games in Review – Dragon Slayer – The Dice Game with a Twist

dragon slayerIts Monday, so you know what that means.  It is time for another board game.  Today I want to talk about a cool dice game that I recently acquired.  Dragon Slayer, the dice game with a twist.  Last week I did Quadrillion.  You can check out that article here.

Taken from the rules sheet:  ” You are the world’s most fearless dragon slayers, competing to be crowned the master slayer.  Your brave warrior must search far and wide for these ferocious beasts, defend yourself against its attacks and be ever ready to strike them down.  Even in victory your companions may challenge your courage, demanding that you prove your valor with foolhardy audacity or cower in their mocking taunts.”

Are You Brave enough to be called Dragon Slayer?

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Board Games in Review – Quadrillion – Logic Game

QuadrillionHappy Monday, If it snowed in your area, I hope that you are not too buried to be enjoying your day.  Well Since it is Monday it is time to bring you another board game review.  If you missed last week I was talking about Smash Up Munckin.

Today i am going to talk about the game Quadrillion, by Smart Games.  Now this is a double review because not only can this be a cool game to play, but if you are into Table top RPG’s this can be a resource for you as a Dungeon Master.

You want a puzzle to challenge you players with and are tired of all the same tropes and you have run out of resources.  Why not Pick Up a copy of Quadrillion?

Test Your Brain Power with Quadrillion

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Board Games in Review – Smash Up – Munchkin Part 1

Smash Up MunchkinHello Nerdarchists and board game enthusiasts.  Today I bring you another great game for your consideration, or at least part of it.  If you missed last weeks article I did Munchkin Zombies, located here.  Smash Up is a fantastic game that only gets better as it adds more options and mechanics with wonderful expansions.
Smash Up Munchkin is a stand alone expansion to the base game and can be played separately or as a standalone game much the same way Munchkin games are treated.  In this card game you get 8 new factions, a set of bases to add to your collection. new tokens of course,  and 2 new types of cards.

Will You Play Smash Up Munchkin Alone or Add it to Your Others?

Since there is so much in this box I am going to break up the review to go into depth into each pile.  The two new card types are monster, which I will talk about below and treasure which I will go into in next weeks article.  Since there are 8 factions I will also go into depth about 4 of those options below.  Again you will have to wait until next week for the others.  They are Elves, Dwarves, Halflings, Orcs, Warriors, Clerics, Mages, Thieves and Warriors. Continue reading Board Games in Review – Smash Up – Munchkin Part 1

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Game Master and Player Tips, Star Wars, and More RPG Goodness- 12-20-2015 Nerdarchy’s Nerdy News and Weekly Digest

Welcome and well met traveler of the Internet,

Nerdarchist Dave here with another week in Nerdarchy and our last Nerdy News of the Year. Hope I find you and yours well this holiday season. We are very pleased with the 2nd year of doing Nerdarchy for all you awesome nerds out there. You guys and gals make it a great experience for us.

In case you’ve missed it Nate the Nerdarch has recently started doing video game game plays on our YouTube Channel. Some of you have requested that we separate these from our standard nerdy fair. So in response to that we have created a second YouTube Channel- Video Game Play By Nerdarchy.

Star Wars Continue reading Game Master and Player Tips, Star Wars, and More RPG Goodness- 12-20-2015 Nerdarchy’s Nerdy News and Weekly Digest

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Player Tips – How to Deal with Confrontation at the Gaming Table

gaming table role playingHello gaming enthusiasts.  If you are like me you had been playing games for quite a while and confrontation at your gaming table is inevitable. People are people and regardless of how many things in common you might have with your fellow gamers eventually an argument or disagreement will happen.

The hard part is figuring out what to do then.  Small things like how has to buy the next round or grab the next bag of chips is small in comparison to the large arguments that can happen.  I personally have done table top role playing with over 50 people in my rich history and probably played board games with another 20-30.  You see gaming is fun and an important part of my life.

Player Tips for Your Gaming Table

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