Rex: Final Days of an Empire

This is the second in what may become a regular feature on the site. We write about a game we played, maybe the narrative of the meta-game after one session, or how the game tied together over several plays and the story that came out of it. We’ll also talk about what kind of beer we think would match the game, either overall, or on this particular day.

Overview

 

The Crafty Players Rex The End of an Empire

Source: FantasyFlightGames.com

Rex is a game of game of negotiation, betrayal, and warfare set in the same universe as the legendary Twilight Imperium. Unlike Twilight Imperium, this game is based on a single planet, Mecatol Rex, the capital of the Empire. The humans of the Federation of Sol have led an attack directly on the capital, and this game is the story of the struggle for Mecatol Rex. The game has six unique races with unique powers and abilities. Like most games from Fantasy Flight Games, it’s oozes theme with high quality components and impressive art. It’s a long one though: this epic game will take at least 3 hours to play. Continue reading

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Introductory Games – Part 1

In our first podcast (give it a listen here) myself and Paddy talked about how and why to start a board game meet up. I’ve no doubt that our charm and disarming Irish accents swayed you to do just that, so with that in mind this week I’m going to give you a few options for what games you should play at your first board game meet up. I’ve taken the liberty of assuming your game night is primarily to introduce new people to this wonderful hobby, and as such none of these games are overly complicated.

First up…

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The Crafty Podcast – Episode 01

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In our first ever podcast we introduce ourselves to the world and begin sharing our love of board games and craft beer!

We chat about Rex, Bora Bora, and Steampunk Rally, and then we discuss new beers we tried including 200 Fathoms by Galway Bay and Children of the Revolution by Wicklow Wolf. Finally we talk about how and why to start your own monthly board game meet up.

Intro and outro music courtesy of Kevin McLeod of incompetech.com/wordpress/

Zombicide: Black Plague

This is the first in a what may become a regular feature on the site. We write about a game we played, maybe the narrative of the meta-game after one session, or how the game tied together over several plays and the story that came out of it. We’ll also talk about what kind of beer we think would match the game, either overall, or on this particular day. 

Game Overview

 

The Crafty Players Zombicide Black Plague Courtsey BGG

Box Art from BoardGameGeek.com

Black Plague is the latest in the Zombicide series by Cool Mini or Not. These games are all pretty similar in theme; survive the zombie apocalypse. Complete certain scenarios on a number of custom built maps. Unlike previous Zombicide titles, which take place in a modern setting, Black Plague is set in a fantasy kingdom. Instead of bikers, sheriffs and farmers taking on hordes of zombies, you have a nun, a magic user and a dwarf, among others. Cool Mini or Not are a company whose games, unsurprisingly, feature lots of cool miniatures. The games drip theme, involve plenty of dice chucking, but are generally well regarded. Any time they launch a new game on Kickstarter it is almost guaranteed to break $1,000,000.

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Board Games for Beginners – Part 2

Good day to you, you lovely people and welcome back to my little primer to help you understand exactly what all the cool board game people are talking about.

Last week I covered a few general terms and a few of the different types of card games you can find in your FLGS (friendly local game shop). This week I’ll get into a number of different types of board games and some other fun stuff. Enough preamble, let’s do this!

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