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…

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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…

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…

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…