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How to Play Clank!

Aug 24 2019

Put on your delving boots, because we’re going dungeon diving in this episode of How to Play! Guest host Amy Dallen takes us through Clank! from Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital. We take a look at the base game as well as its expansions Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords and the Acquisitions Incorporated Upper Management Pack. Carefully navigate the maps of this deck-building adventure to discover the treasures hidden within!

 

This video is made in partnership with Renegade Game Studios. Learn more about Clank! here: https://www.renegadegamestudios.com/clank-world

Join Forces for Early Access of AXIS & ALLIES 1942 ONLINE

Aug 23 2019

Join forces and be a real gaming ally when you sign up for the Early Access of Axis & Allies 1942 Online! This is your chance to be a part of the new, fully playable online game based on the second edition of the Axis & Allies 1942 tabletop game. Beamdog wants to hear your thoughts on the game to help shape development, so it’s not too early to pick a side and hop in the strategy game.

Axis & Allies 1942 Online pits you against human or AI opponents as you put it all on the line for either the Axis Powers or Allied Nations. You can play multiplayer online against other players from around the world, or just play solo or co-op against a computer opponent. Choose your role as either Germany, Japan, the Soviet Union, the U.S., or the United Kingdom. Then it’s time to start mobilizing. Let Becca Scott teach you How to Play before you launch your first tutorial:

Whether you’re a veteran of the tabletop edition or completely new to the world of Axis & Allies, the online game itself will teach you how to play in no time at all. No fumbling with game pieces or scrambling to find the instructions here! With automatic setup and rules right at your fingertips, it’s never been easier to play Axis & Allies.

Picking up the Early Access version of the game is also a quick and easy process; simply purchase the game on Steam, and you’re in! (The game will be the same price when it officially launches.) Not only will you get an early look at gameplay, the developers are actively listening to your feedback as you play. “We’ll be actively reading and responding to comments and reviews posted here on Steam and in our Beamdog forums,” says the development team. “We’re interested in player feedback and bug reports.”

Axis & Allies 1942 Online is now available in Early Access.

This post is sponsored by Beamdog.

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WATCH: Ascension | Callisto 6 | Season 2 Episode 12

Aug 23 2019

Watch Callisto 6 live Fridays at 4pm PT on https://www.twitch.tv/geekandsundry

 

The fate of the world is in their hands. The Callisto 6 take the fight to Fletcher! This is the Season Finale of Callisto 6!

 

Callisto 6 takes place in Los Angeles in the year 2119, where a world of cyberpunk is broken by the emergence of superheroes.

WATCH: Cat Lady | Game the Game

Aug 22 2019

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play:

Get your catnip and scratching post ready, because in this episode of Game the Game we’re playing Cat Lady from AEG! Guest host Ivan Van Norman is joined by Rachel Kimsey, Vince Caso, and Erika Fermina to decide who is the most devoted feline fan. Players must draw cards to collect cats along with food, toys, costumes, and other kitty accessories. Accumulate the most points to be the victorious Cat Lady!

 

This video is made in partnership with Alderac Entertainment Group. Learn more about Cat Lady here: https://www.alderac.com/cat-lady/

WATCH: Into the Night | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Season 3 Episode 9

Aug 21 2019

Difficult and dangerous choices face the coterie as they struggle to stay one step ahead of their enemies.

 

L.A. By Night is a dark tale of personal horror and inhuman conspiracy that sees four vampires doing their best to navigate the macabre affairs and terrifying realities of the night.

WATCH: How to Play Cat Lady

Aug 20 2019

We hope you’re not allergic, because in this episode of How to Play our guest host Ivan Van Norman is showing us Cat Lady from AEG. This adorable kitty card game puts the players in the role of Cat Ladies who must collect cats and cat-related accoutrements (food, toys, costumes, and more). Be sure and keep your cats fed, because a hungry cat means subtracted points. Can you be the ultimate feline fanatic?

 

This video is made in partnership with Alderac Entertainment Group. Learn more about Cat Lady here: https://www.alderac.com/cat-lady/

WATCH: Respite in Kassen | Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame | Episode 3

Aug 20 2019

Our band of Knights arrive in Kassen, refugees in tow, and must find a way to convince the stubborn mayor that the danger from Lastwall is fast approaching. Fortunately, they meet new allies to aid them in their desperate plight to save the town.

 

A special thanks to Paizo for sponsoring this video. Get Pathfinder Second Edition here: https://paizo.com/pathfinder

 

Game Master Jason Bulmahn leads a group of five strangers (Gina DeVivo, Jeremy Steven Walker, Aki, Erika Fermina, and Rachel Seeley) who board a caravan heading to Lastwall, an ancient kingdom watching over the grave of a long-dead menace. Conscripted into the army, they face years of training and service, but as smoke begins to rise from the horizon…

WATCH: How to Play Axis & Allies 1942 Online

Aug 17 2019

It’s time to report to digital bootcamp! In this installment of How to Play, Becca is joining the fight with Axis & Allies 1942 Online from Beamdog. This online version of the classic World War II tabletop game allows you to play solo against the savvy AI, or multiplayer co-op with (or against) your friends around the globe. Get ready to take command!

 

This video is made in partnership with Beamdog. Axis & Allies 1942 Online is available now on Steam. Learn more here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/898920/Axis__Allies_1942_Online/

Everything You Need to Know About Axis & Allies 1942 Online

Aug 16 2019

Originally designed in 1981, Axis & Allies (A&A) has had major staying power in the board game market. This highly-strategic, tactical war game sets players in the spring of 1942, where the world is teetering into war. Many gamers to this day are huge fans of A&A and now they have a new way to play that will bring players from all over the world together: Axis & Allies 1942 Online.

Canadian video game developer Beamdog has released the official digital adaptation of Axis & Allies: 1942 Second Edition. Staying faithful to the board game, the digital version allows for online multiplayer versus your friends and enemies and automates the setup and the rules, which makes starting a game simple and fast. As with the original, five players or A.I. opponents will take on the roles of the five major nations involved in WWII: the Allies (USA, UK, USSR) and the Axis (Germany and Japan). The axis powers start off militarily strong whereas the Allies have to quickly invest their resources into building defenses and readying themselves for battle.

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On your turn, you’ll build, deploy, move, and command your army, navy, and air force units to claim territories from your opponents. The more land you occupy, the more resources you’ll have for building weapons and units. At the beginning of the game, the Axis powers control six cities while the Allies control seven. To win your side must control three more victory cities than it started with (9 for the Axis or 10 for the Allies) or you can go for a total victory where one side manages to control all 13 cities.

The game is designed for veterans and beginners alike. If you are a newer player like myself (I hadn’t picked up the game since college, so I was pretty rusty on the rules), Axis & Allies 1942 Online has a series of tutorials which walk you through each section of the game, making it easy and fun for beginners to pick up.

I like how the tutorials ran you through the game. You have your instructions at the top of the screen which will give you information about the different windows, units, and actions you can take, but the game also does things like highlight the areas its talking about, making it easy to see what window is being referenced, and letting you play through examples, such as moving troops, rolling attacks, and building up your forces. Within a few minutes, you’ll have the basics down and be ready to start your first game.

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There are two different modes of play: Local and Online. Local play lets you either play a solo game against A.I. opponents or with friends using “Pass and Play” and Online play lets you create or join games with players anywhere in the world. You can specify which roles will be either A.I.’s, invited players, or open to the public so you can easily set up a game even if you don’t have enough human players at the time.

Overall Axis & Allies 1942 Online is a sleek, streamlined, and successful adaption to the beloved board game. The user interface is friendly and intuitive to navigate, the board is simple and clean making easy to differentiate the factions, and with the automated gameplay, the action is smooth and satisfying. If you are an Axis & Allies mega-fan or just someone who is curious about war games, this is a fantastic way to dive in and enjoy this classic board game.

Axis & Allies 1942 Online is available now on Steam!

What are your favorite digital board games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all-around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for Gameosity.com and produces the Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter as @miniktty.

Playing HARRY POTTER FUNKOVERSE Is Like Winning the House Cup

Aug 16 2019

Accio, Funko! Funkoverse, the upcoming strategy game with mini Pop! figures you won’t find anywhere else, comes in all sorts of flavors: DC Comics, Rick and Morty, and even The Golden Girls. But if the flavor you love the most is Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, grab your wand and get ready to apparate into Harry Potter Funkoverse.

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Diagon Alley and the Room of Requirement await when you pick up the base Harry Potter Funkoverse game. Inside the magical box, you’ll also find four figures, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lord Voldemort, and Bellatrix LeStrange. Each bears their own wand along with attacks and a special ability that can turn the tide in a challenge. Harry specializes in Expelliarmus, for example, and Voldemort throws Fiendfyre at his opponents. (He doesn’t cast Avada Kedavra, luckily, so you’re safe from the Killing Curse in the Funkoverse.)

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If you have more than four witches and wizards sitting around the game table, pick up the “Expandalone” to play Harry Potter Funkoverse with a total of six players ages ten and up. You’ll add new locations of The Forbidden Forest and the Potions classroom, along with adding Draco Malfoy or Ron Weasley to your team. They’ll be valuable assets in your fight against good or evil. That’s right, Ronald, it’s your time to shine, as you can see for yourself in the Harry Potter Funkoverse episode of Game the Game with Becca Scott and friends.

Speaking of Becca, if you’re ready to learn the rules behind this wonderfully fun new game, let her teach you How to Play faster than you can say Wingardium Leviosa. (Note that the rules and gameplay are the same no matter which pop culture characters you have in the palm of your hand.)

Harry Potter Funkoverse is ready to pre-order at TargetWalmart, and GameStop now.

Which side will you be on, Team Harry or the Death Eaters? Tell us why in the comments.

This post is sponsored by Funko.

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Are You the Best MAGIC: THE GATHERING Player in the World?

Aug 16 2019

Magic: The Gathering might be the world’s most complex game, but if you’ve got what it takes to play with the best from around the globe, it’s about to be your time to shine. The 2020-21 competitive season for Magic: The Gathering is coming soon, and Wizards of the Coast has big plans for digital and tabletop high-level play. An all-new Players Tour tournament system, three Mythic Invitationals, the return of the Magic Pro League (MPL), and more provide the unmissable opportunity for you to be the next Magic champion.

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Magic the Gathering: Arena plays a bigger role in qualifying for tournament play than ever before, with three Mythic Invitationals planned alongside more opportunities to qualify, plus some of the biggest broadcasts and streamed play. As for tabletop players, Wizards has announced a new Players Tour, “a regional tournament system that will increase global play and qualification opportunities.”

The MPL also returns but with a twist as a new Rivals League joins the fray. Aimed at supporting “up-and-coming talent and provide these high-level competitors a clear path to pro,” the Rivals League is intended as a training ground for the next generation of pro players.

At the end of the season, the best players from across digital and tabletop play will come together to compete for the Magic World Championship. Curious what that actually looks like? Re-visit the 2019 championship below to see what it’s like to play for the title of the best Magic player in the world.

If you’re ready to play alongside the pros for your chance to win incredible prizes, stay tuned to the Magic: The Gathering website and social media for all of the tournament updates and information about the upcoming season.

If you could play any tabletop game for a big prize, which one would you pick? Tell us in the comments.

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FRIENDS, FOES AND OTHER FINE FOLKS Gives Your D&D Campaign Even More Character

Aug 16 2019

The proprietor of the cozy potion shop.

The silver-haired woman who is in charge of the local library.

The joyful bard plucking their instrument in the bustling tavern.

Your players are dying to meet this intriguing new person… and you were not prepared for them to strike up a conversation. But don’t bolt from the table in a panic! A talented group of contributors has crafted a Dungeon Masters Guild supplement for just this and many other occasions. Friends, Foes and Other Fine Folks puts over 50 diverse and compelling Dungeons & Dragons characters at your fingertips. Who knows what adventures they might lead your players to?

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The project leads on the book, David Markiwsky and Paul A. Keiter, chatted with Geek & Sundry about the inspiration behind Friends, Foes and Other Fine Folks, and how the supplement all came together.

The idea to put together the cadre of characters began when the two adventure writers were working on another project together. “Paul and I both were contributors to the Uncaged Anthology, as were many others who worked on this project,” David says, “and the idea for this project came up somewhere around the time that writing for Uncaged finished.”

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“Inspiration came from many sources,” Paul tells us. “It came from watching the way the Uncaged contributors identified with some of the characters in that anthology. It came from listening to friends from Uncaged and people on Twitter talking about the lack of diversity. It just seemed right to try to provide characters many people could identify with.”

Creating diverse non-player characters that both the Dungeon Master and players could see themselves reflected in was important to both David and Paul. “Having characters who are diverse and 3-dimensional makes them more memorable to your players, but it can also make the difference in someone feeling welcome at your table,” says David. “For those who feel different, seeing a character like them in a game can make all the difference in the world.”

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That commitment to diversity was also a vital part of the call for writers and artists to join in contributing to the book.

“Since the idea for the collection began amidst the Uncaged Anthology creators, that’s where we started gathering folks who were interested,” David recalls. “After that, we put a call out on Twitter and started accepting character concept submissions and artist portfolios. Because we were very upfront about the goal of the project being to celebrate diversity, we ended up attracting just the right kind of people.”

“These characters can help bring more depth to your worlds and more inclusion to your games,” says Paul. “Also, having diverse characters in your world can lead to different reactions and interactions from your players. I think your players are going to enjoy interacting with these very detailed characters.”

While there are 58 characters from Friends, Foes and Other Fine Folks who are poised and eager to meet just the right adventuring party—your adventuring party—there are a few who stand out about the rest for David and Paul.

“I enjoy San’ge and the fact he uses education to empower and improve the lives of those he rules,” says Paul. “I also think Grandma Hope is wonderful, for we can use more people to help care for those who are left behind by others.”

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“Jyotsana Acharya, our demisexual aasimar astronomer always stood out,” David says. “Something about her adventurous spirit and her confidence really stood out to me from the moment I read her bio. Not to mention that you don’t often see heroes of Indian heritage in TTRPGs.

“But if I got to mention a second favorite, it would have to be Temperance, because who doesn’t want a pregnant, fire-belching tiefling bandit in their campaign?”

All Images: Friends, Foes and Other Fine Folks

WATCH: Clear Skies | Callisto 6 | Season 2 Episode 11

Aug 16 2019

Watch Callisto 6 live Fridays at 4pm PT on https://www.twitch.tv/geekandsundry

 

It’s time. Preparations have been made and the count down has begun. The Callisto 6 embark on their most dangerous journey yet.

 

 

Callisto 6 takes place in Los Angeles in the year 2119, where a world of cyberpunk is broken by the emergence of superheroes.

WATCH: Harry Potter Funkoverse | Game the Game

Aug 16 2019

: Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/Beh7J5AULyA

 

In this episode of Game the Game, we step into the Wizarding World to play Harry Potter Funkoverse by Funko Games. Becca is joined by Minhdzuy Khorami, Kate Elliott, and Matt Acevedo to go head-to-head in Diagon Alley with exclusive Funkoverse Pop! game figures. Who will capture points to achieve victory?

 

Thanks to Funko Games for partnering with us on this video. You can learn more about Harry Potter Funkoverse here: www.funko.com/funkoverse

 

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WATCH: Terror Below | Game the Game

Aug 15 2019

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play:

Can you handle the Terror? On this episode of Game the Game, Becca is joined by Phill Correa, Paula Deming, and Jason Charles Miller to play Terror Below from Renegade. A government experiment has gone horribly wrong, and now giant mutant worms are running amok across the Nevada desert! It’s up to our players to hunt down the subterranean monsters and compete against themselves for the highest worm bounty. Watch out for the Terror Below!

 

This video is made in partnership with Renegade Game Studios. Learn more about Terror Below here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/165626423/terror-below?ref=14gx7l

WATCH: Blood Divides | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Season 3 Episode 8

Aug 14 2019

The coterie regroups after a narrow escape, but presses forward when the Camarilla makes its next move.

 

L.A. By Night is a dark tale of personal horror and inhuman conspiracy that sees four vampires doing their best to navigate the macabre affairs and terrifying realities of the night.

Fill the GAME OF THRONES Void with LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS

Aug 13 2019

Game of Thrones was a cultural phenomenon like few other fantasy tales. Regardless of how one might feel about the ending, the show dug its way into pop culture through a slow-burning supernatural threat kept behind a wall, characters caught between honor and duty and politics where words were just as deadly as blades. There’s another excellent world full of these ideas and more; the world of Legend of the Five RingsWe’ve talked about this excellent game before, both in its latest card iteration and the new tabletop RPG edition. With the end of the tales of Westeros (for now) and the release of some new books in the RPG, it seemed like an excellent time to return to Rokugan.

Legend of the Five Rings tells of the struggles between the Great Clans of Rokugan in a fantasy world heavily influenced by Asian myth and Japanese history. It’s a world of duels won in a single flash of a blade, spells cast with a whispered word and intrigues that can be just as deadly as either. Players choose which of the Clans they serve and create their characters by answering a questionnaire that not only determines their abilities but also sets up the conflict between what they must do to be a correct member of society and what they want. The clash between these two things provides the drama of the game. What if your clan wishes for you to marry your samurai rival? What if your lover ends up on the other side of a clan war? What if your father is cast out of the clan and you discover his lord was really the traitor?

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Emerald Empire digs into the deep information about Rokugan. Rokugan spent the first 20 years of its life managed by Alderac Entertainment Group, and this book starts to lift the veil on what changes Fantasy Flight has made to the setting. The new RPG focuses on a time before the Second Day of Thunder and on Rokugan being much more directly influenced by samurai drama. The book offers specific information on how to play members of the Imperial family. More fantasy options are included including the opportunity to play a kitsune living their life as a samurai. The book is an excellent resource for new fans to discover why Rokugan has endured for so long and gives a chance to old fans to see the subtle changes made in between the different versions of the setting.

Rather than Clan books that each center on one of the Great Clans, FFG looks to be widening the format that discusses the clan but also the element of society most important to the clan and how it affects the greater empire. Shadowlands deals with one of the scariest things in Rokugan: the demonic creatures that await outside the giant Carpenter Wall created by a corrupt kami who was left out of the creation of the Empire. The book also talks about the more insidious Shadowlands cults and blood magic users that spread evil within the Empire while giving focus to new options for players of the Crab Clan. Crab samurai are dedicated to protecting the Empire from the Shadowlands so they get the newest school in the book, but each clan gets a school to show how they deal with the forces of Jigoku.

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An adventure released in support of Shadowlands called Mask of the Oni also shows how this story element can be used beyond sending players to the Wall. It’s a sequel of sorts to the adventure included with the Game Master’s Screen that centers on the chase of a corrupted shugenja looking to trade her abilities as a spellcaster to become a blood magician. The villain is a Lion, which echoes a classic storyline but it also complicates matters for the players. There are rules for her capture and her membership in a Great Clan means that rivals of that clan might want to tread carefully before cutting her down without remorse.

Fans of Westeros will find a lot to love in Legend of the Five Rings. The culture of Emerald Empire will hook players into understanding their Clans just as they might their houses. Shadowlands offers great opportunities to battle and outwit fiendish creatures. Mask of the Oni throws players right into the middle of a story that combines the deadliness of clan intrigue and supernatural horror. The one sure thing about heroes in Rokugan? They always live in interesting times.

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Images Credits: Fantasy Flight Games

Review copies provided by publisher.

Rob Wieland is an author, game designer (Star Wars RPG, Firefly RPG, Camelot Trigger) and professional nerd. who occasionally tweets and livestreams RPGs with the Theatre of the Mind Players while his meat body resides in scenic Milwaukee, WI. 

WATCH: How to Play Terror Below

Aug 13 2019

Watch your step! Because in this episode of How to Play we’re taking on Terror Below from Renegade. In this thrilling survival game, a government experiment goes horribly wrong and it’s up to you to hunt down the monstrous worms now wreaking havoc across the Nevada desert. Choose characters with unique abilities and go head-to-head with your fellow players to see who can rack up the biggest worm bounty. And, of course, try to survive the Terror Below!

 

This video is made in partnership with Renegade Game Studios. Learn more about Terror Below here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/165626423/terror-below?ref=14gx7l

WATCH: Flight from Death | Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame | Episode 2

Aug 13 2019

After the fall of Castle Everstand our brave party of newly minted Knights must escort a group of refugees to the small forest town of Kassen. With a horde of undead on their trail the group will need to get creative if they are to successfully bring everyone to safety.

 

A special thanks to Paizo for sponsoring this video. Get Pathfinder Second Edition here: https://paizo.com/pathfinder

A Storytelling Quick Tip for When You’re Forced into a GM Box

Aug 12 2019

GM Tips is our series to help Storytellers and Game Masters improve their craft and create memorable roleplaying experiences. The GM Quick Tips are single hacks discovered in the minds of storytellers everywhere.

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve needed to take over another storytellers game? What about being an improv narrator for an existing chronicle and thrust into a scene with no prep? These situations are often common occurrences for many storytellers. Told to advance the storyline, but with handcuffs. The box problem comes from this: you can’t undo what players had done priorly with their characters, and you often are limited in the consequences for their actions they take going forward. The longer an existing game has been going on, the longer the player and character history there is—the tighter the box you’re trapped in. It is no wonder many games are simply reset or relaunched.

There are other ways to handle this, and our lesson this time comes from Blockbuster LARP. Wrapping up vacations, gaming, live-action, and theater all in one; blockbuster LARP is a paid experience. This is in-and-of-itself, a massive box. How do you engage in a competitive, multi-faction LARP with hundreds of players, while still providing the experience that was paid for?

I recently had the honor and pleasure of trying out Dragon Thrones 4, put on by the Game Theatre at Bryn Mawr College, and had a chance to pick the brains of Chris Bartalis and Evan Michaels about how they handle this conundrum.

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“Help to empower and enable the players to drive the plot in a collaborative storytelling environment… and always do what’s best for the story.”

So how does this quote actually play out in practicality? When we are trapped in our storytelling box, the only scenario we have forward is to rely on our players initiative and drive—giving them the tools they need to climb the hill. Once the players have made their choices on where they go, then, and only then do us storytellers have the freedom to weave a compelling tale. This can take many forms at your table or LARP. At Dragon Thrones, the preferred method was giving players multiple outlets to engage with the storyline (from tabletop side quests to strategy mega games). At your home table, asking your players to run a quick downtime session or even a ten-minute lead up to the scene you are about to narrate for them can help. It gives the players a chance to set up what they want to do AND it gives you the time to settle in with your players’ ideas.

As for consequences; there are worse fates than death. Players are often more than willing to kill themselves for the chance to have a lasting impact on the game, so you don’t need to be a ruthless storyteller. The tighter the box you are placed in, and the more limitations you have as a storyteller, the more rope you can give to your players. Even though Dragon Thrones was a paid LARP, multiple players chose to have their characters die of their own volition to achieve a great end. One faction in particular, Princes of Caenervon, saw their high ruler willingly die midway through the event (and thus having to change roles) because of an amazing scene that was a bit player-vs-player at its core.

For every high point, there are cases of abuse and low points as well. Sometimes when left to their own devices, players and factions will attempt to ignore negative consequences coming their way. This is where the balancing act as a GM comes in. You have to do what’s best for the overall story, and while you may not be able to force consequences on players who aren’t consenting to it—the world itself can suffer them. If the Elves in the high forest are ignoring the poison creeping into their lands, it might not be a plot they are interested in. If it’s being driven by other players though, then you’re back in the GM Box of having to deal with it. Try empowering the elves with clues and means to solve puzzles or change the framework of the story. If crop poisoning is boring and dull, maybe the tale should be about these brigands who show up at night pouring oil in the fields and why they are doing it.

Keeping the story moving, but in a way that lets the players collaboratively add in what they want to experience is a surefire way to storytell your way out of any scenario. Special thanks to Chris and Evan from the Dragon Thrones team for these ideas! You can find out more information about Dragon Thrones here!

What’s the craziest storyteller box you’ve ever been trapped in? Let us know in the comments below!

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Image Credits: Princes of Caenervon House Photo

Rick Heinz is the author of The Seventh Age Series, Dread Adventures, and a storyteller with a focus on D&D For Kids, Wraith: The Oblivion, Eclipse Phase, and an overdose of LARPs. You can follow the game or urban fantasy related thingies on Twitter or Facebook or reach out for writing at RickHeinzWrites@gmail.com

Yibambe! Become the Black Panther in WAKANDA FOREVER

Aug 12 2019

Sharpen your claws and get ready to defend king and country in Wakanda Forever from Marvel and Spin Master!

Become part of one of five tribes, take the mantle of the Black Panther, and protect Wakanda from invading forces. Killmonger, Ulysses Klaue, Baron Zemo, Taskmaster and more of your favorite comic book villains don’t have a chance when you and your friends stand ready to protect Wakanda forever.

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Wakanda Forever is an immersive strategy dice game for 3-5 players ages 10 and up. Both cooperative and competitive, you’ll fight for Wakanda and for your tribe to hold the mantle of Black Panther. Join the Mining Tribe, Border Tribe, River Tribe, Merchant Tribe, or Jabari Tribe (M’Baku’s home turf), each with its own ability. Then, choose a villain, place them in the center of the “Great Mound” game piece, note and track their health, and it’s time to roll.

 

wakanda-5When the round begins, the villain attacks the tribe shown on their character card. Each player, with the exception of the Black Panther, then rolls the clear blue dice and takes the amount of vibranium, the small blue pieces, shown. Choose an amount of vibranium, place it under a cup, and on your turn reveal it to the other tribes to determine how many dice you get to use on your next attack. Then it’s time to fight the villain with a roll of those dice to gain Wakanda Points.

You’ll also challenge the tribe that’s currently wielding the power of the Black Panther in a one-on-one fight to try to claim it for your own. Black Panther fights with the Dora Milaje at his side (in the form of a special die) and gets to attack first, giving him or her an advantage in battle. Will you spend your rare vibranium resources on attacking villains, or on your quest to become Black Panther? You’ll need both Wakanda Points and the title of Black Panther to win, so choose carefully!

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Wakanda Forever includes tactile and collectible game pieces, from vibranium to a mini bust of Black Panther, and is practically a must-buy for fans of T’Challa and the Black Panther comics. Find the game at Target and your friendly local game store at a suggested retail price of $29.99 now!

This post is sponsored by Spin Master.

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WATCH: Wakanda Forever | Game the Game

Aug 11 2019

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/Ahp8tBqfJ3o

 

The battle for Wakanda has begun! In this edition of Game the Game Becca is joined by B. Dave Walters, Aliza Pearl, and Denise Pantoja to play Wakanda Forever from Spin Master. Each person plays as a different tribe of Wakanda. They must defend against encroaching villains while at the same time vying for the mantle of Black Panther. Who will sit on the throne of Wakanda?

 

This video is made in partnership with Spin Master. Learn more here: http://www.spinmaster.com/

WATCH: How to Play Wakanda Forever

Aug 10 2019

Do you have what it takes to defend Wakanda? In this edition of How to Play Becca takes us through Wakanda Forever from Spin Master. The five tribes of Wakanda must come together to fight the villains threatening the country. But there can only be one Black Panther! Earn the most points, and you will take your rightful place on the throne of Wakanda.

 

This video is made in partnership with Spin Master. Learn more here: http://www.spinmaster.com/

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – THE EXPANDABLE CARD GAME Joins the Vamily in 2020

Aug 9 2019

The World of Darkness is shapeshifting into an entirely new form on the tabletop: an expandable card game! Renegade Game Studios, Paradox Interactive, and White Wolf Entertainment have teamed up to create a card game based on Vampire: The Masquerade to give players an entirely new, immersive experience in the World of Darkness.

While there aren’t any details on the card game or gameplay itself, we do know that keeping the masquerade seems to be an important part of the game based on the all-too-brief, highly atmospheric teaser released at Gen Con.

Vampire: The Masquerade – The Expandable Card Game will offer tabletop gamers a new way to experience the intrigue and politics of Kindred society, as well as the hunger pangs of The Beast within,” says the game’s announcement. We’re already dying to play.

If you need more Vampire: The Masquerade in your life while you wait for more details, bide the time by catching up on L.A. By Night! Led by Storyteller Jason Carl, L.A. By Night is a dark tale of personal horror and inhuman conspiracy that sees four vampires doing their best to navigate the macabre affairs and terrifying realities of surviving the L.A. night. The series just wrapped up its third season, so there’s no better time to join in for a bloody good time.

And if you’re looking for more Renegade Game Studios fun, let Becca Scott and friends show you how it’s done in the Game the Game episodes featuring Gunkimono, Ex Libris, and Architects of the West Kingdom!

All Images: Renegade Game Studios / White Wolf Entertainment

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