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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Meeple In The Know: Blogs & Podcasts

Believe it or believe it not, we’re not the best board game blog out there. We’re actually not even in the top ten! There’s actually loads of different board game related blogs, YouTube channels and podcasts out there, but how to you know which to read, watch or listen to? In today’s post, I’m going to talk about some of the websites, blogs, podcasts and other media that I enjoy. They have really helped me think about board games in a different way. They’re reviewers I go to for opinions, interviewers who offer insight, and just all round general entertainment. Having said that, let’s jump straight in!

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Beers of 2015 – Part 2

I’ve been a fan of craft beer for a while now, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve really tried to expand my knowledge. My beers of choice would usually have been anything German – nice hearty Weissbier like Erdinger, Paulaner, that kind of thing. I found myself moving away from them as they left me feeling very heavy and sluggish on a night out, and started to track down what I really liked. Turns out what I like is ale! Red, pale, black, brown, it doesn’t seem to matter – give me an ale and I’m a happy bunny. So my “Top Beers of 2015” is basically just my “Top Ales of 2015”. Whoops! Continue reading

Beers of 2015 – Part 1

Following on from last week’s post about our top games in 2015, this week we’re going to talk about our top beers in 2015. First, we’re going to hear Paddy’s list…

Like my previous post on games, this list isn’t going to be the top beers brewed in 2015, more about the top beers I drank in 2015. The craft beer market in Ireland has really exploded over the past few years, with the number of homegrown breweries sky-rocketing. In addition, it’s easier than ever to find foreign craft beer in your local off licence. I’m not very good at describing flavour, but I’ll do my best! Continue reading

Games of 2015 – Part 2

As Paddy said in his last post, 2015 was a banner year for gaming for us. Both our collections grew hugely, and the breadth and diversity of games we played and people we played them with was both joyous and refreshing. It says a lot about the selection available and the quality of games being produced that there are no matching games on either of our lists.

Here’s mine.

(Oh and again this is games played in 2015, not released. So swallow that smart comment mister.)

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Games of 2015 – Part 1

2015 was a big year for games for both myself and Emmet. Our monthly board game meetup entered it’s second year, attendances were good, new games were bought and explored. For me, living in Dublin, I joined two different board game groups, where people bring games to play. This lead to me experiencing a wider spectrum of games.

I’ve picked out some of the top games I played in 2015. This might be a bit unconventional, but not all of them are 2015 releases. In fact, the first one has been out for about 6 years, and it had been sitting on a shelf in my brother’s house for 2 years gathering dust because we didn’t think it would suit our group! So, without further ado, here’s my pick of the games I played in 2015. Continue reading