8.0

Fallen

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If you grew up in the ’80’s like me, you probably read your fair share of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I was obsessed with them as a kid, and when I heard about Fallen, I knew I had to check it out. You see, anytime I’ve played an RPG, I loved the game, but not the time commitment involved. Conversely, when I play most adventure game, I love finishing in an evening, but I really miss the story-telling that gives my adventuring and fight purpose. Fallen is the best combination of RPG and adventure board game I’ve experienced yet. (more…)

9.5

Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister!

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If there’s is somethin’ strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Whoever it is, be prepared for some hefty, long-distance charges. Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister! is a German tabletop game (translates to Ghost, Ghost, Master Treasure Hunter) that has garnished a ton of attention since winning the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres (more…)

9.2

Coins for Anything: Fantasy Metal Gaming Coins

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The nature of fantasy culture relies on fantastic imaginary worlds where magic and fantastic creatures are common. Often inspired by mythology and folklore, fantasy role-playing and gaming might just be as close as we can get to experiencing our fantasies as reality. For as engrossing as a genre artwork can be, there are limits to immersing one’s self by merely looking at fantastic imagery. Board games and Role playing can rely heavily on figurines, costumes, and props. Coins for Anything has come up with a marriage of art and accessory with their line of Fantasy Metal Gaming Coins. (more…)

8.9

Bravely Default

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We pine for the old and pine for the new. Nostalgia often interferes with the innovative and sometimes innovation is plagued by the problems of classics. With the Final Fantasy series of late, Square Enix has been producing games that don’t resonate as much with old fans like XIII and its sequels. From the Square Enix ether has come what could have easily been called Final Fantasy Whatever with Bravely Default for the 3DS, a game that bravely has a terrible, two-adjective name but is actually a fresh face to the world of Japanese role-playing games. (more…)