Author: Cindy Gunnin

Why You Should Attend The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Until two years ago, I had never attended a comic con. Sure, heading to San Diego for a weekend of stars, previews, and all the comics a girl could love sounded fun, but it had never been something I could do. But then, I moved to Pennsylvania and found out about the inaugural Great Philadelphia Comic Con. That’s right, this year marks just the third time that the Great Philadelphia Comic Con has graced the halls of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. In that time, it’s grown to be the largest independent comic con in the state....

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Are You Really a Ninja? Find Out With ‘Ninja Dice’

Have you ever argued with your friends about who the greatest ninja is? Really, who in geekdom hasn’t? With Greenbriar Games’ Ninja Dice, you can settle the question for all time, or until the next time you need a fast-paced party game. The starter set includes six black house dice, five white skill dice and four threat dice in a squared zippered pouch that looks like a ninja’s face. As you might expect from the name, Ninja Dice is a dice game. Intended for two to four players, the game combines the push-your-luck aspect of games like Zombie Dice...

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Board Game Review of ‘Argent: The Consortium’

Players in Argent: The Consortium are competing to win the votes necessary to be named the new headmaster at a school of magic that is not Hogwarts, we promise. The game, from Level 99 Games, is a worker placement European-style game that is unique in part because the win conditions are somewhat unknown to the players. The very pretty game, published in 2015, is recommended for 2-5 players, unless one of the expansions is also in play. The expansions add more characters and expanded rules, increasing the difficulty of the game. The game claims that it takes about half...

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Tabletop Game Review: ‘Super Dungeon Explore’ and Rules Revisions

Super Dungeon Explore from Soda Pop Miniatures is a game that has been sitting unused in our game room for more time than I really want to think about. The problem was twofold: First, in the first edition of the game, the miniatures weren’t put together or painted. Second, the first edition rules seemed less like the type of game we enjoy. The thing is, SDE is a really cute game, emphasis on the cute. These are chibi-style miniatures with a sort of old school video game theme going on, to the point that monsters are divided into 4-bit, 8-bit...

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Review of ‘Hordes: High Command,’ A Quick-Playing Deck Builder Game

Due in large part to Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, board gaming has seen a renaissance in recent years with several different types of games becoming very popular. One of them is the deck builder. In the most general terms, deck building games are alike in that the players begin with some resources, usually in the form of a starting deck, and can use those resources to scuffle with their opponent or acquire additional cards for their deck. Because the deck is both the purchasing tool and the mechanism to score points against your opponent and win the game, most...

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Game Review: Zombicide: Black Plague Expands Franchise to Middle Ages Zombies

Zombicide is probably the best known and most beloved of the Kickstarter cooperative zombie fighting games. Each of the initial “seasons” of Zombicide, three in all, were modern day zombie-survival board games with miniatures. The game pits the players, called survivors, against a zombie horde in the city streets. Each game board features buildings, where you can find gear to help you better fight the zombies, but which have a chance of also hiding zombies. Each board will also have several zombie spawn sites where more zombies appear at the end of each turn. The game is designed by...

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Board Game Review: Zombie Boredom With ‘Dark Darker Darkest’

Dark Darker Darkest by Queen Games was a Kickstarter game that we didn’t back, but found at a reasonable price on sale, probably at Miniatures Market. That’s our go-to site for gaming materials because the prices are usually great and shipping is free if you spend $100. With the price of most board games, spending $100 is a piece of cake. This is a cooperative game where the players are supposed to find the code chips to unlock the door to the lab where the zombie infection started and defeat the scientist responsible. Think Resident Evil and you have...

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