Getting into Dungeons & Dragons can be intimidating. You need maybe three or four other nerds to play with, some pricey tomes full of numbers and tables, ample free time and several dice with as many as 20 sides. It’s a lot to fathom, and even more to set up. How will you find D&D-curious friends? How will you…
A new tabletop miniatures game is coming, starring your favorite Game of Thrones badasses, just in time for winter. CMON Limited has announced its plans for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game, a new miniatures wargame that lets fans of the books and show fight to the death in their quest to control the…
My mom loves mystery stories, but I’ve never really seen the appeal. While we both love reading, she likes to puzzle out the mystery as she reads along. I can’t help myself from flipping to the back of the book. Now that I’ve played Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, however, I finally understand the thrill of…
Your ability to enjoy the tabletop game Secret Hitler will likely depend on your ability to laugh as an increasingly impotent progressive coalition fails to halt the rise of fascism. No but seriously, it’s a fun party game.
There’s a reason why Crabs Adjust Humidity, Humanity Hates Trump and Cards & Punishment might sound familiar. Their cards might look familiar, too—so familiar that the popular card game Cards Against Humanity has been forced to buckle down on those and several other lookalikes.
Chaosmos is a race to find a mysterious artifact that could stave off the end of the universe while other alien artifact hunters try to track you down and steal it for themselves. Meanwhile, a cosmic clock counts inexorably down to a galactic apocalypse.
Star Wars Armada is a miniatures game that puts you in control of massive starships from the original trilogy. Corellian Corvettes, Star Destroyers, even Grand Moff Tarkin makes an appearance!
A new D&D adventure comes out on April 7th, pitting players against the forces of elemental evil in "Princes of the Apocalypse." Gale Force Nine gave us an exclusive look at the process of creating the miniatures being released to accompany the adventure, from concept art to completed mini.
In the dark horror-fantasy of Shadow of the Demon Lord, players fight to survive in a world beset by fiends and wracked by a looming demonic apocalypse. And the people creating it are some of the best designers and writers in tabletop gaming.
Classic cyberpunk/fantasy role-playing game Shadowrun has gone through five editions and dozens of novels, and since its creation in 1989 the high-technology and corporate dystopia it depicts has been surpassed by the real world several times. Here's a look at one of the most iconic RPGs of all time.
It's the official 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds, a beloved British TV series from the '60s featuring a family of mildly creepy marionettes as they save the world. A new series starring equally creepy CGI characters will debut in April, and publisher Modiphius is joining the celebration with their co-op board game.
Settlers of Catan was just gobbled up by a production company that wants to turn it into *shrugs* who knows? But we can only hope that this, too, will be turned into another needless police procedural featuring streetwise detectives Wool and Lumber.
In the board game version of the popular Witcher video game series, you and your friends travel around a war-torn realm, completing quests for victory points. Though it has some very clever elements, the game is crippled by poor design decisions. Here's how I'd fix it.
The Lone Wolf series may have been the apex of the 80s "choose your own adventure" craze, combining non-linear novels with game stats and dice rolling. They were essentially solitaire RPGs, so their reinvention as an actual RPG makes perfect sense.
Every now and then a game manages to push all the right buttons. With Boss Monster, those buttons just happen to be up-down-up-down-left-right-left-right-A-B-B-A, because this tabletop card game is an invincible blend of dungeon-building, attack your neighbor hijinx, and 8-bit nostalgia.
A shadows gather at the edge of town, a band of monster hunters joins forces to defeat the banshees, werewolves, and vampires besieging them. In true deckbuilding fashion, you'll gather allies and equipment, battle monsters and try to be the champion monster hunter.
At last, a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook has been released. This version of the world's first RPG wants to satisfy old-school gamers and draw in newcomers at the same time. With its classic feel, combined with buffed and polished rules, it just might succeed.
The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is like a cooperative RPG, with stacks of cards instead of a DM. Explore forgotten ruins and haunted towers, battle weird undead cultists and hordes of goblins, and collect magical treasure, building your character's abilities for the challenges ahead.
The relaunch of Dungeons & Dragons begins this week with the release of the D&D Starter Set, a $20 box designed to be the perfect introduction to tabletop fantasy role-playing games. I tested it out with a group of neophyte gamers, and we had a blast.
Two RPGs that throw off the shackles of the "rules light" trend give players customizable spellcasting systems and the ability to design starships. Combine O.L.D. and N.E.W. RPGs and you can have both.