Brrr… aaaiiinnnss…

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Dead of Winter is a pretty awesome game, and this time it’s not just us saying that. Even though it was just released last year in 2014, it’s won all sorts of awards, and we’ve never heard an unkind word said about it. So we decided to pick up a copy and see for ourselves—along … Read more…

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Metatopia: Playtesting Done Right (and sometimes very wrong)

It’s two o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting at a long table with eleven other people, playtesting a party game that involves two dealers moving clockwise and shouting in people’s faces. Since noon I’ve had four beers, half a bottle of rum, a pint of whiskey, and a shot of Jager. The gentleman to … Read more…

Getting into Trobil by DWI in a UFO

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There’s probably some intergalactic law about operating spacecraft under the influence, but we like to live dangerously, so for this week’s Game & Beer Pairing we threw caution to the wind and some Trobils into the sun! Asking for Trobils is a worker placement sci-fi game that, while highly strategic, doesn’t take itself too seriously; … Read more…

Buildin’ Like Bob Vila and Drunken Spelunkin’

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It’s no secret—we love Kickstarter. It has frequently afforded us the opportunity to find some really great games and get an in-depth look that we might not otherwise get while perusing a game store shelf or Amazon. If we’re being honest, sometimes these games are not so great. And sometimes they’re so good that afterwards … Read more…

Tiny Games and Tiny Beer = Big Fun and Epic BAC

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The old adage says, “Good things come in small packages,” and that holds true for our Game & Beer Pairing this week, a trio of Tiny Epic games from Gamelyn Games and some Tiny epic beer. As Sir Gamelyn puts it, they create “Tiny Epic experiences one thought-provoking adventure at a time.” Tiny Epic Defenders … Read more…

Slapping Salmon, Eating Squid and Plucking Blondes from the River

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What’s better than drinking a beer sporting an illustrated Marilyn Monroe fish? Why, playing a couple of fish-based games at the same time, of course! Being fans of unusual, intriguing packaging, we couldn’t help but pick up the strangely-alluring Babbling Blonde by Rivertowne Brewing of Pittsburgh for this week’s Game & Beer Pairing. To complete … Read more…

A blog about tabletop gaming, beer drinking, and all that ensues.

Train Beer for a Train Game

Welcome to Boards & Lager. It happened, as many things seem to, by a combination of circumstance, opportunity, and alcohol. A childhood love of TCGs and RPGs became an interest in tabletop gaming, and eventually a hobby (because, as George Carlin pointed out, “Interests are free; hobbies cost money”), and later, a business, and therefore, … Read more…