2017 Gaming Resolutions

Happy new year everyone and welcome to 2017, Year 2 of The Crafty Players blog and podcast. We’re going to do a small review of our first year, and where we hope to go from here, in episode 9 of the podcast. But for now, Emmet and Paddy have made some gaming resolutions for 2017. Let’s see what they are! Continue reading

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The Crafty Podcast – Episode 07: The Theme is the Thing

The Crafty Podcast Episode 07 is now online!

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Fury of Dracula – Become the Bat

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Normally the second Wednesday of every month is when we release our podcast, but due to scheduling problems the podcast will go up next Wednesday. Until then you’ll have to imagine my (Emmet) sexy voice while you read about my experiences playing a caring eastern European count who happens to have a taste for blood. We also chatted about Fury of Dracula on Episode 6 of the podcast if you want to check that out too.

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The Crafty Podcast – Episode 06

The Crafty Podcast Episode 06 is now online!

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The Crafty Podcast – Episode 03

The Crafty Podcast Episode 03 is now online!

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and now Podbean!

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Board Games for Lunch

There are games for all people, all occasions and all tastes. We have covered a number of them, from the comedic stylings of Last Will, to the po-faced politics, warfare and diplomacy of Rex. Today, I’m going to talk about three small, quick games that sit in my desk at work, that frequently get played with a few colleagues during our lunch hour. So, grab your sandwich and your cup of tea and get ready to play some games. Continue reading

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.

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The Crafty Players Rex The End of an Empire

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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