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Product Review: Monopoly Gamer Puts Nintendo Twist on Classic Game

When I first heard about Monopoly Gamer, I rolled my eyes. “Yet another cheap shot at gamers to buy Monopoly for the 50th time with a dumb gimmick,” I thought to myself. It’s not the first time a company slapped “Gamer” onto a product in a cheap attempt to sell a few more products. (Full disclosure: I did end up buying one some time later, with some personal disgust in my heart, but I couldn’t pass up the color scheme.)

At first glance, it’s just Monopoly with plastic Mario figures instead of generic metal ones, and coins instead of money. Plus, they’re adding IRL downloadable content by means of extra figures you can buy. Commence even deeper eye roll. However, as ashamed as I am of myself, that was enough for me to buy it. Continue reading Product Review: Monopoly Gamer Puts Nintendo Twist on Classic Game

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Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

Attending a game convention is not new territory for me. Fresh off of Origins 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, the gaming juice runs at an all-time high and I’m pumped to plow forward with gusto on as a fan of tabletop roleplaying games as well as a savvy up-and-coming Nerdarchy aide-de-camp.

My first game convention was, coincidentally, Origins Game Fair back in the early 90s when civilization was at its peak. I’ll never forget inadvertently joining a world championship tournament of Diplomacy, having never played the game. For about an hour I had my opponents thinking I was some kind of savant, making bewildering moves they’d never seen. Then they realized my cluelessness and my stint as a global leader quickly ended. Continue reading Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

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Origins Game Fair 2017: A Nerdarchy report

Like a lot of people, I recently attended the 2017 Origins Game Fair convention in Columbus, Ohio. Like a lot of people, I spent days upon days walking and milling about the multitudes of rooms and halls that made up the convention, from the Exhibit Hall to the Gaming Hall to the Mayfair Room, the Catan Room, the Wizards of the Coast Jungle room, etc. Unlike a lot of people, I did not play any games at this year’s Origins; it wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, but that I did not have the time as I had other goals in mind, though often those goals were related to gaming. Still, I got to see a lot and meet a lot of people, as well as purchase plenty of goodies, so I thought I’d share some of my experience. Continue reading Origins Game Fair 2017: A Nerdarchy report

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May Dungeon Crate, Tiki Tiki Board Games, and The Weekly Wrap

Tiki Tiki Board Games

Tiki Tiki Board Games

Hello and well met traveler of the internet Nerdarchist Dave here with another Weekly Wrap. As usual we had a week full of articles here on the website, memes on Facebook, pics on Instagram, and of course videos on YouTube. Essentially it was another week of our regularly scheduled nerdiness.

Last week we announced our monthly game with the fans- Here Continue reading May Dungeon Crate, Tiki Tiki Board Games, and The Weekly Wrap

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Blast from the Past: Revolt on Antares, a TSR minigame

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Cover of the Revolt on Antares rules book, a minigame by TSR, original publishers of D&D.

TSR will always be remembered as the company that created Dungeons & Dragons and kicked off role playing games, but it’s sometimes forgotten as the publisher of other types of games besides D&D, such as Revolt on Antares.

For a period in the early 1980s, microgames (also known as minigames) were all the rage, no doubt started by the success of Steve Jackson Games’ Car Wars and Ogre. What were microgames? Smaller, relatively simple games that usually came packaged with all necessaries, such as dice and maps. Usually these games were not role playing games, but war games or some other tabletop board game.

Jumping on the bandwagon, TSR released a number of its own microgames, such as Vampyre, They’ve Invaded Pleasantville!, Saga and more. Revolt on Antares is one of these games.

Revolt on Antares, the game

Released in 1981, Revolt on Antares is a simple war game for two to four players that takes place on Imirrhos (also known as Antares 9), the ninth planet of the Antares solar system. Three scenarios are available for play, the main one allowing a player to act as leader of a rebel force against another player who is the leader of the Terran empire. The other two scenarios involve fighting back against an alien invasion, or a war between multiple royal houses of Imirrhos. Continue reading Blast from the Past: Revolt on Antares, a TSR minigame

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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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Board Games in Review – Red Dragon Inn

red dragon InnHello and Happy Monday everyone.  I had a chance this weekend for Nerdarchy to play a new game: Red Dragon Inn.  And it was a fun time.

Red Dragon Inn is the game of what happens in the Inn after the adventure is over.  There are two components to the game. You have gold, and you need gold to drink and gamble as well as your alcohol and fortitude. If you run out of gold you stumble off to bed, if your alcohol level ever meets or exceeds your fortitude you pass out drunk and the Inn and party members take your gold.

Save Your Gold in Red Dragon Inn

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South Jersey Geekfest| We’ll Be There- Will You?

SJ GeekFestHello loyal Nerdarchists.  This is a call out to all of our local Nerdarchists that want to come check out a cool event and hangout with Nerdarchy at S.J. Geekfest!  If that’s not enough, we’ll be running a few games of a couple of a couple encounters sessions with the aim of bringing new converts to the hobby.

So What’s a Geekfest anyway?

It’s a local convention put on by a group of game developers (both digital and analog) that also run a new and used board game retail space.  This convention will feature digital games, nerdy merchandise, and board gaming.  It’s a 1-2-3 knock out punch! Continue reading South Jersey Geekfest| We’ll Be There- Will You?

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Board Games in Review – Yomi’s Gate – Indie Game

Yomi's Gate

Yomi's GateHello fellow Nerdarchists.  It is Monday and you know what that means.  Nerdarchist Ted here and it is time to bring to you another Board game review.  Fresh off of my trip to Philly Games con where I met game designers of indie game company: Spriteborne.

Spriteborne is a solo studio operated by Jake Vander Ende. Jake has been designing games since he was a kid, though Yomi’s Gate is his first commercial project. He is a regular attendee at Philly Dev Night at the Philly Game Forge, where he has been playtesting Yomi’s Gate several times a month since July 2014. Outside of games, Jake runs a crafting website at Spriteborne.com where he uses his laser engraver to create etched glass, laser-burned wood, and more. Jake has been running Spriteborne full-time since September 2012.

Yomi’s Gate indie board game

Yomi’s gate is a great strategy game made with plastic pieces that are laser cut or etched in his basement.  So it is cool to have a game developer be the producer and distributor as well.  I sat down with Jake at the con and was served an ass whoppin in my first game.  I look forward to playing another game even if it is not against Jake.

The game is a strategy has multiple types of pieces from samurai, cavalry archers and heroes to a separate army made up of Oni.   The strategy starts at base placement or even before in determining who is going to go first.

Not knowing the complexities of Yomi’s Gate, I let Jake go first, placed my base in a poor place and it all went down hill from there.  Once the bases are placed and turns begin you can pick any model from board gameyour yet unplaced army on a training ground and move each unit from there.

If you have captured the temple you get essentially a third training ground which can certainly tip the scales in your favor.  I made the mistake of placing my base too far from the temple and was unable to capture it from Jake and thus I was at unit disadvantage from that moment on.

The units you place have different movement and terrain can effect each differently so you have to examine each carefully and be cautious about how you move and use them.

There are three methods of achieving victory.  You can kill all of your opponents heroes, you can kill all of your opponents army currently fielded or you can capture your opponents base.  If you are a chess player you can see the complexities and levels being used here.

I like chess but never achieved the ability to see more than 4 moves ahead so I tend to get smoked by better players.  That could explain what happened between Jake and myself.  The challenge with Yomi’s Gate is you do not know what units you opponent will field this turn so you have to guess or plan for multiple scenarios, unlike chess where all the pieces are on the board from the beginning of the game.

Yomi’s gate board game

The pieces of this board game are made of a sturdy plastic though they remind me of a single color meeple if you are familiar with that term.  As the game is made on demand after an order is placed so it can take a little bit of extra time  to get it shipped to you but it is totally worth it.

Even the cool interlocking board of this board game is made by them.  Each layout can be different than the last.  It reminds me a little bit of Heroscape if you have ever played that wonderful money sink of a miniatures game.  You can use all the tiles for a big game or use less and make it a fast and dirty game.

board gamesThere are three levels at which you can buy this game.  You can get the cool deluxe version which comes in a custom made clear box designed and made by Spriteborne.  You can get the standard version which comes with just about the same content as the deluxe just without the cool box.  Or you can get the basic version which does not include the oni army.

After one play through I was already thinking of cool scenarios to add or do to make the game have even more playability.  And that is just the icing on the cake.  This board game is totally worth it.

If you want to order the game you can go to the website here.  If you want to jump right to the rules and see if this is a game for you, you can so so here.  So please go to Jake’s site check it out and if you talk to them tell ’em that Nerdarchy sent you.  Hopefully you are as excited as I about getting a copy of this game for yourself.

You know how the drill goes by now I hope.  “Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!”