I really miss playing tabletop RPGs. Getting together every week with friends while banding together against a common foe was always a good time. But as I got older, game nights became more difficult to attend. That and over the weeks and months, keeping track of stats, maps, and characters turned into a confusing mess. Wait I thought I had a dexterity of +10. Or was that a +10 to vitality? No I had 5 hits points last game, not 8! This led to frustration, which in turn got in the way of the fun. When the game night was going well, it was a blast. It was all the other junk and micromanagement which seemed to put a damper on the party.
If only we had some way to track all of this information on a portable device. Some magical tablet which would store the data for later use or allow us to play remotely. Such a thing could only be conjured by the most powerful sorcery!… Well not sorcery exactly. It’s a smart phone app for iOS, Android and desktop called ‘The Calamus’.
In the world of board and card games, sand timers are the red headed step child. They sit on the sidelines, keeping track og time while their brethren the dice, game pieces, cards, and pawns get all the action. But what if the sand timers became the actual game pieces instead of only a way to measure time?
In the world of ‘Chronos Conquest’, sand timers take center stage as they become the pawns of play. As the story goes, you are one of the sons of Chronos and must conquer as many territories as possible to claim the throne. You fight not with dice or counters, but two sand timers. The basic premise of the game is simple: each player turns over one of their sand timers and puts it on a stack of cards. If no one else places their sand timer on the same stack of cards, the remaining player take the top card off the stack once the sand timer runs out. You can also enlist the services of the gods to help you trip up opponents or more quickly gain new territories. Get enough cards to conquer territories and be the first player to conquer territories worth a total value of 200 points to win the round.
The crew of Substance TV are joined by the one and only Pamela Horton, Playboy’s Miss October 2012, to enjoy a smashing game of Drinking Quest. The game that combines the consumption of alcohol and table top RPGs into a masterfully staggering dizzy experience. We chronicled this experience in video form for posterity (a.k.a. making fools of ourselves).
We want to thank both Pamela Horton and the team of Drinking Quest for providing us with laughs, random yelling, and above all inebriation.
BTW: Pamela did no partake in the consumption of alcohol. I mean we had to have somebody be the responsible adult.
You know the saying, “They don’t make ‘em like they used too.” Well in the world of ‘Rivet Wars’ that’s not exactly true. You see the setting for Rivet Wars is a war torn planet whose warring factions never really made is past the technology of World War I. Though this didn’t stop them from advancing the design and application of said technology. One look at the walking tanks, diesel powered armor, and armor plated cavalry, you know this isn’t your grandpa’s (or great-grandpa’s) WWI.
This afternoon, I had by far one of the best sales pitch oriented e-mails hit my inbox and it was to let me know that not only has Cards Against Humanity made another print for purchase (which if you haven’t picked it up, it makes for an amazing party game), but that they’ve also released a holiday expansion which if you want, can have for absolutely no charge.
Have you ever watched Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’ and thought to yourself, “Ya know this movie would be so much better if they just added motorcycles!” Well then let me introduce you to the the new tabletop RPG with such a premise. “Motobushido” is a game about honor, valor, and mind-blowing duels between sword wielding samurai riding two wheeled choppers of bloody death!
Add one part Settlers of Catan, two teaspoons Risk, a cup of Battleship, a dash of Clue and you’ve got a recipe for the upcoming pirate themed board game Marauders. I’ve been following the progress of this game for quite some time and am excited to play it.