Drink Down Dwarf

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We love dice games. There’s just something gratifying about throwing a handful of dice and holding your breath, hoping for the right combination. Yet for some reason, in our gaming group, a funny thing happens: The more luck-based a game is, the more competitive it becomes, as if the dice have some secret agenda when … Read more…

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Goin’ Hog-Wild with Pork Chopper

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For this week’s Game & Beer Pairing, we chose a game that holds a special place on our shelf. We got to see Hogger Logger develop in various ways over a period of about two years before it successfully Kickstartered in 2014. We’ve come to call the designers friends (and even got a private close-up magic … Read more…

The Apocalypse is Here! We’ll Drink to That

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Zombicide (noun) – The deliberate and totally righteous killing of the undead, preferably en masse, with a variety of weapons, including but not limited to chainsaws, shotguns, crowbars, pistols, frying pans, and sometimes, a double-barreled sawed-off with a machete lashed to it. If you haven’t guessed, for this week’s Game & Beer Pairing we played Zombicide … Read more…

Placate the Masses with Bliss and Beer

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As both avid gamers and designers, we try to maintain that all games are created equal—yet there’s something magical about the products that Stonemaier Games puts out that leaves us shaking our heads in mild astonishment. For this week’s Game & Beer Pairing, we played Euphoria, a game about faction managers of a dystopian society vying … Read more…

Kill Your Whole Family… and Laugh About It

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All you game designers out there, listen up; you can take a lesson or two from this week’s Game & Beer Pairing. This time around, we played Gloom by Atlas Games. In Gloom, each player controls a family of dour souls bent on dying in the most tragic ways possible. For example, one of the families … Read more…

Killing Bunnies Drove Us to Drink

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Okay, we have to admit, we sort of reverse-engineered this one. We were moseying around our local beer vendor when we came across—no kidding—a carrot cake beer. What would you do if you were us? You’d buy it. And then you’d find a game to pair with it, because that’s why we drink (mostly). So … Read more…

The People Want an Amusement Park

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Imagine you’re the mayor of an unusual little town that consists of nothing more than a wheat field and a bakery. You want what’s best for your people, but your citizens have delusions of grandeur. They don’t want clean streets or to vote “yes” on Proposition 213. No, they want things like a shopping mall, … Read more…

Drinking While Playing a Game About Drinking

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The Red Dragon Inn seems like a game that was made for a blog like ours. The basis of Slugfest Games’ biggest hit is that the quest is over before you’ve begun; the heroes are done with their dungeon-delving for the day and have retired to the local tavern, the eponymous Red Dragon Inn, for … Read more…

Avast! We be plunderin’ booty (and other pirate nonsense)

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Pirates are awesome. At least, the romanticized version of pirates—sailin’ the high seas, pillagin’ and plunderin’ and scrimshawin’ and shawshankin’… or whatever—are awesome. Pirate’s Cove by Days of Wonder does a good job of including all of the best aspects of being a pirate, covering everything from annoying parrots to mutiny to firing volleys of … Read more…

Join the Cult of Cthulhu; We Have Beer

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Much like pirates, zombies and wizards before it, Cthulhu has carved out an angry-god-sized niche in the world of tabletop gaming. In an effort to keep darkness and terror from descending upon the planet, we paid homage to the Tentacled One in this week’s Game & Beer Pairing. In Elder Sign, players are noir-ish investigators exploring … Read more…