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Wonderland’s War | Game the Game

Feb 14 2020

Wonderland is in peril, and only one character can restore order. In this whimsical episode of Game the Game, Becca is joined by Kiki Aimerito, Ivan Van Norman, and James Hudson to play Wonderland’s War from Skybound Games. Rally your forces and face off against other classic characters from Wonderland in this bag-building adventure.

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

Please note: The game used in this video is a prototype, so game pieces and rules are subject to change in the final version.

Tabletop games are super fun, but learning the complicated directions and rules can be a challenge. Becca Scott is your game tutor, explaining the game mechanics in an easy-to-follow way so you can get to playing the games faster.

This video is made in paid partnership with Skybound Games. Learn more here.

WATCH: How to Play Wonderland’s War

Feb 12 2020

Go down the rabbit hole and prepare for a fantastical battle for domination in Wonderland’s War from Skybound Games. In this episode of How to Play we’re checking out this new bag-building tabletop adventure where you and your friends face off as characters from Wonderland to see who will reign supreme in this magical realm.

This video is made in paid partnership with Skybound Games. Learn more here: Skybound Games

The Dungeon Masters Guild Supports a Community of Creators

Feb 3 2020

You know it’s the place to go when you need a new adventure, but did you know the Dungeon Masters Guild is also a thriving fan community? Not only will you find the next great story to tell your players, you’ll also meet the future stars of Dungeons & Dragons narrative design supported by the one-of-a-kind creative community.

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“Dungeon Masters Guild is more than a marketplace,” says DMs Guild Brand Manager Lysa Penrose. “It’s very much a creator community, and these creators represent some of the best of the community – fun, fresh, innovative ideas combined with a collaborative spirit. I know I can’t be the only person in the industry who’s made note of the waves they’re making in D&D design.”

Designers have gone on from the Dungeons Masters Guild to become part of the Guild Adept program and working officially at Wizards of the Coast. James Introcaso, James Haeck, and M.T. Black, names you might recognize from their work on books like Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, all got their start on the DMs Guild. You might also know Ashley Warren from the incredibly successful Uncaged anthology, Celeste Conowitch from “D&D Communitea” on the official D&D Twitch channel, and TK Johnston, the Dungeon Master for Tales From the Mists. All of these talented designers got their start on the Dungeon Masters Guild—and you can start playing their compelling adventures with just a click of the mouse.

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Uncaged: Ashley Warren

And just as exciting, there are always more names and faces to keep an eye on if you love dynamic content. Not only are some of their phenomenal adventures already on the Dungeon Masters Guild, they all have futures so bright you’ll need to make a constitution saving throw.

Justice Arman, writer of Devil’s Advocate: A Guide to Infernal Contractsstarted designing adventures just for his home game. “My players and I were still getting the hang of the rules, abilities, and honestly the social component of Dungeons & Dragons,” Justice tells Geek & Sundry, “so I decided to slow down the progression by writing a short adventure in a canyon called Murdock’s Pass. I found myself writing more and more over the next couple of years.”

Justice eventually submitted a short Halloween-themed adventure to the DMs Guild, and forgot about it until he logged into the website one day—and found that it had sold a significant number of copies. “I was humbled that there were people out there who had actually paid me for my writing,” he recalls. “That experience lit a fire in me. Suddenly, I had all these ideas, and I just sort of ran with them.”

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Devil’s Advocate: Justice Arman

Like most designers that share their work through the website, Justice is keeping an eye on the future. “DMs Guild is the only place that you can earn money by writing with official Dungeons & Dragons intellectual property,” he says. “I absolutely love D&D, whether it’s Forgotten Realms lore, unique creatures such as beholders and owlbears, or famous characters like Mordenkainen and Volo. On top of that, it’s a dream of mine to write for Wizards of the Coast one day, and there’s no better place to start than the DMs Guild. I’d be crazy to not to take advantage of this opportunity!”

If you’re looking for your next great adventure or game supplement, take a look at more standout titles like:

“The DMs Guild is full of passionate, friendly people who are eager to collaborate with one another and share valuable knowledge in the process,” says Justice. “Every week, I learn something new from a fellow creator on the guild. These days, there are so many talented creators publishing regularly, each one of them bringing new perspectives to incredible products. The community is also supportive on social media; you’ll frequently see DMs Guild regulars sharing each other’s work with a smile. It really is a unique place.”

Which DMs Guild designer do you think deserves the spotlight? Tell us about them in the comments.

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Featured Image: The DMs Guild / Lydia Van Hoy, Justice Arman, and Willy Abeel and Leon Barillaro

WATCH: Element Silver Edition | Game the Game

Jan 30 2020

Get ready to summon the power of the elements to outsmart your opponents! Becca is joined by Noura Ibrahim, Mike Richie, and Mark Streed to play Element Silver Edition from Rather Dashing Games. Each player must maximize the mystical elements at their disposal to capture the opposing sages.

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Rather Dashing Games. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2uBNnEj

 

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/0umCIdIJuc8

WATCH: How to Play Element Silver Edition

Jan 28 2020

Do you have what it takes to command the elements? We’re digging into Element Silver Edition from Rather Dashing Games! This strategy board game calls on players to utilize various elemental stones with unique properties to protect their own sage while surrounding the opposing player.

This video is made in paid partnership with Rather Dashing Games. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2uBNnEj

Bring the Battle to the Tabletop in THE RUNELORDS BOARD GAME

Jan 24 2020

Get ready to jump into action in David Farland’s world of The Runelords! The Runelords Board Game, coming to Kickstarter in February, is an engrossing board game that combines deck-building and wargaming to create a new, singular game experience every time you play. Will you answer the call and be the brave hero the kingdom needs?

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The Runelords Board Game is a modular tabletop experience for one to four players that can be played head-to-head, co-op, or solo. Game play is divided into two separate stages, sovereignty (building your deck with assets) and combat (deploying your army and battling). Sovereignty includes choosing assets with from the available cards in the market, taking a journey, gathering influence, and more to prepare your army for the upcoming battle.

Let Becca Scott show you how to set up the game board and begin building your deck–and your army–in this in-depth episode of How to Play.

From the powerful runelords to the smallest assets, each game card features stunning artwork worthy of an epic fantasy tale. Gather vassals, support, reinforcements, and influence to gain exclusive recruits from other runelords and level your own runelord’s power during twelve rounds of gameplay. New runelords will be available in the future through expansions to add even more fine-tuning to your game experience.

Once you’ve created an army worthy of your command, it’s time to fight. The Combat stage is easy to learn, but hard to master! Battles feature three action types and skirmish combat rules that aren’t overwhelming, so you don’t need to be a grizzled veteran of tabletop wargaming to learn how to play. Watch the combat stage unfold in this action-packed episode of Game the Game with Becca and friends.

The Runelords Board Game is based in the world of the bestselling fantasy series. The author worked closely with the game designers in its development; while there aren’t any characters from the books in the game itself, the tabletop experience explores some of the fantastic aspects of Farland’s world not found in the novels.

Designed to be cost-effective from manufacturing to shipping, the publisher and design team kept players in mind in all stages of the board game’s creation. Fans of the book series and dedicated tabletop gamers alike shouldn’t miss this opportunity to support a one-of-a-kind board game experience by backing the Kickstarter this February!

This post is sponsored by Red Djinn Productions.

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WATCH: The Runelords Board Game | Game the Game

Jan 23 2020

With your armies assembled, it’s time to enter the Combat Phase! Becca is joined by John D’Angelo and Mark Streed to play The Runelords Board Game from Red Djinn Productions. Watch as our players face off in this action-packed fantasy world based on the book series by David Farland.

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Red Djinn Productions. Learn more here: https://www.therunelordsgame.com/

 

Want a primer on the deck-building Sovereignty Stage? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/lC-N-pyo8L8

WATCH: How to Play The Runelords Board Game

Jan 21 2020

Enter an immersive fantasy realm and prepare for battle, because in this episode of How to Play we’re delving into The Runelords Board Game from Red Djinn Productions! Based on the book series by David Farland, The Runelords Board Game allows you to build a mystical army and face off against your fellow players.

 

This episode is made in paid partnership with Red Djinn Productions. Learn more here: https://www.therunelordsgame.com/

FOUNDATIONS OF ROME Is Lots of City-Building Fun

Jan 18 2020

Rome wasn’t built in a day–it was built in a game night! Foundations of Rome pits two to four players in a contest of city building that’s epically easy to learn how to play. Support the game, only available through Kickstarter, to make sure you don’t miss your chance to create a sprawling cityscape worthy of a king. The glory (points) will be yours!

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Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, Foundations of Rome has been selected as a Dice Tower Essential. The massive game comes complete with 96 incredibly detailed plastic buildings that you and your fellow city builders will be placing on the huge game board. Inside the box you’ll also find the rules, colorful game boards, coins, and cards placed in covered trays for easy storage. You might think that setup for a game of this scale is complicated, but it’s surprisingly quick. Let Becca Scott show you how it’s done in this episode of How to Play.

Once your game setup is complete, it’s time to start building. Play occurs in three rounds, with each player given the opportunity to purchase a lot, build or upgrade the lots they already own, and gain coins for commercial buildings. Bigger buildings will earn you more victory points, so you want to own lots that are adjacent to place them on the board.

When the available lots for the round are all purchased, the round ends, and points are calculated based on  the amount of citizens in each building placed on the board. Bonus points for the most citizens and placement of civic buildings are also granted, and play then continues to the next round. At the end of the game, the player with the most glory points wins!

Want to see the game in action? Watch Becca Scott, Ivan Van Norman, and Laser Malena-Webber build friendships and a grand cityscape in this episode of Game the Game.

Foundations of Rome is easy to learn, easy to teach to new players, and is remarkably re-playable. No two cities will ever be the same! Back the campaign now to make sure you don’t miss your chance to make history and become an ancient architect worthy of winning all the glory.

This post is sponsored by Arcane Wonders.

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WATCH: Foundations of Rome | Game the Game

Jan 16 2020

Don your toga and get ready to make your mark on ancient history, because in this episode of Game the Game we’re playing Foundations of Rome from Arcane Wonders! Becca is joined by Laser Malena-Webber and Ivan Van Norman to see who will build the greatest structures in Rome.

 

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/my8_V8Rcryg

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Arcane Wonders. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/foundationsofrome

 

And check out the teaser for the upcoming Monuments Expansion here: http://bit.ly/2t5xfL7

 

Please note: the game used in this video is a prototype, so game pieces and rules are subject to change in the final version. In the final rules, buildings that have coins with VP values printed on the player boards are scored at the end of each round in addition to the end of game scoring.

WATCH: “Your Dungeon Master” with Deborah Ann Woll | Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge

Jan 15 2020

Deborah Ann Woll shares her vision behind The Taleweaver from Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge— and joined by Jeremy Crawford, they explore what is most important when sitting down to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Lost Odyssey Live VOD is now available on Geek & Sundry! From the mind of Deborah Ann Woll, don’t miss this one of a kind DnD experience featuring Matthew Lillard, Kate Welch, Satine Phoenix, TJ Storm, Xander Jeanneret, and a special mystery guest!

Watch the full video-on-demand & donate to the Autism Society of America now through Jan 15th, 2020 for some amazing rewards: https://tiltify.com/@lostodysseylive/thebookofknowledge

Learn more about The Autism Society of America (ASA): https://www.autism-society.org/

WATCH: “Your Players” with Satine Phoenix & Luke Gygax | Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge

Jan 14 2020

Satine Phoenix and Luke Gygax, — or Vlahnya Um’vairar & Veznas — share how D&D has helped shape them throughout their lives and motivations behind their characters who they brought to life in Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge.

Lost Odyssey Live VOD is now available on Geek & Sundry! From the mind of Deborah Ann Woll, don’t miss this one of a kind DnD experience featuring Matthew Lillard, Kate Welch, Satine Phoenix, TJ Storm, Xander Jeanneret, and a special mystery guest!

Watch the full video-on-demand & donate to the Autism Society of America now through Jan 15th, 2020 for some amazing rewards: https://tiltify.com/@lostodysseylive/thebookofknowledge

Learn more about The Autism Society of America (ASA): https://www.autism-society.org/

WATCH: “Your Players” with Kate Welch & Matthew Lillard | Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge

Jan 14 2020

Matthew Lillard and Kate Welch, aka Beadle and Rosie Beestinger, share their insights and histories of their legendary characters who they brought to life in Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge. Lost Odyssey Live VOD is now available on Geek & Sundry! From the mind of Deborah Ann Woll, don’t miss this one of a kind DnD experience featuring Matthew Lillard, Kate Welch, Satine Phoenix, TJ Storm, Xander Jeanneret, and a special mystery guest!

Watch the full video-on-demand & donate to the Autism Society of America now through Jan 15th, 2020 for some amazing rewards: https://tiltify.com/@lostodysseylive/thebookofknowledge

Learn more about The Autism Society of America (ASA): https://www.autism-society.org/

WATCH: “Your Players” with TJ Storm & Xander Jeanneret | Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge

Jan 14 2020

TJ Storm and Xander Jeanneret — or Mal’Gre Maugre & Rikki Huckster — explore the importance of storytelling and how they brought their characters to life in Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge.

Lost Odyssey Live VOD is now available on Geek & Sundry! From the mind of Deborah Ann Woll, don’t miss this one of a kind DnD experience featuring Matthew Lillard, Kate Welch, Satine Phoenix, TJ Storm, Xander Jeanneret, and a special mystery guest!

Watch the full video-on-demand & donate to the Autism Society of America now through Jan 15th, 2020 for some amazing rewards: https://tiltify.com/@lostodysseylive/thebookofknowledge

Learn more about The Autism Society of America (ASA): https://www.autism-society.org/

WATCH: How to Play Foundations of Rome

Jan 14 2020

 

Salve Amicis! In this episode of How to Play we’re taking a trip back in time with Foundations of Rome from Arcane Wonders. This meticulously detailed city builder puts you in the role of an ancient architect competing to construct the most marvelous structures in the Eternal City.

 

And check out the teaser for the upcoming Monuments Expansion here: http://bit.ly/2t5xfL7

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Arcane Wonders. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/foundationsofrome

 

Please note: the game used in this video is a prototype, so game pieces and rules are subject to change in the final version. In the final rules, buildings that have coins with VP values printed on the player boards are scored at the end of each round in addition to the end of game scoring.

WATCH: Chapter Ten: The End of the End | Ten Candles: Eclipse

Dec 26 2019

Forty players. Forty stories. Zero survivors. Our final group goes into the unknown.

WATCH: In the Shadow of Lewis and Clark | We’re Alive: Frontier | Season 1, Episode 12

Dec 23 2019

At the government building in Osage, every choice the survivors have made culminates in this moment.

WATCH: Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge (2019) | A Geek & Sundry Live Exclusive

Dec 19 2019

From the far corners of the #DnD multiverse, the streamers unite! Welcome one and all to a one of a
kind live game event benefiting The Autism Society of America – Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge!

Join us for this special charity game of #DungeonsandDragons with DM Deborah Ann Woll (DAREDEVIL, Geek & Sundry’s RELICS AND RARITIES) alongside Matthew Lillard (SCOOBY DOO), Satine Phoenix (Gilding Light), TJ Storm (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Kate Welch (Acquisitions Incorporated C-Team), and Xander Jeanneret (Geek & Sundry’s RELICS AND RARITIES, SAGAS OF SUNDRY)!

Donate now through January 15 for giveaways:
https://tiltify.com/@lostodysseylive/thebookofknowledge 

Follow Lost Odyssey:
https://twitter.com/lostodysseylive
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Follow the cast:
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Learn more about The Autism Society of America (ASA): https://www.autism-society.org/

WATCH: Chapter Nine: Lake of Fire | Ten Candles: Eclipse

Dec 17 2019

With the Yosemite super volcano destroying the last remnants of earth, the last few survivors go deep underground.

WATCH: Torment and Treachery | Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame | Season 2, Episode 7

Dec 17 2019

Fighting through the darkness of Nidal, the Knights must find a way to get inside Ridwan. Inside the unholy city, where the faith of Zon Kuthon reigns supreme, one wrong move is sure to spell disaster for our heroes and the souls they hope to save.

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Paizo. Learn more about Pathfinder: https://paizo.com/knightsofeverflame

WATCH: Return to Osage | We’re Alive: Frontier | Season 1, Episode 11

Dec 16 2019

The Survivors infiltrate the depths of Osage, where they explore the inner workings of the city.

WATCH: Critical Wasteland | Thrashtopia w/ Whitney Moore

Dec 14 2019

The cast of Critical Role has spent too much time in the wasteland. Will these powerful members be enough to help fight off Whitney’s greatest enemy?

Give the Gift of (Hideous) Laughter With A DRAGON WALKS INTO A BAR

Dec 12 2019

Whether you want to be the popular player who makes everyone at your table laugh, or you play a bard who needs some jokes stashed in his arsenal, the perfect book is just waiting for you to crack it open! A Dragon Walks Into a Bar has over 300 groan-worthy RPG-themed puns, jokes, and one-liners in a slim tome that even fits inside the stocking of your favorite tabletop game player. You won’t need to roll high on your investigation check to find gems like this one:

Why don’t dragons like to eat paladins?
They taste lawful.

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Written by podcasters Jef Aldrich and Jon Taylor, this collection of role-playing game themed jokes is guaranteed to make you laugh. The authors obviously have a love for tabletop RPGs, even including tables for rolling hilarious additions to your game like unlikely treasure, randomly generated NPCs, and tavern names. (We’d definitely stop for a drink at The Drunk Chunk.) Inside the pages of A Dragon Walks into a Bar there are also lightbulb jokes, monster jokes, puns, and so much more just waiting to be told.

Disclaimer – We are not responsible for your friends kicking you out of the adventuring party after you attack them with puns like these:

Did you hear about the gathering of the barbarians?
It was a real rager.

A lot of these jokes require some knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons, but the authors also include helpful footnotes if you need just a little bit of explanation. It’s also worth noting that this is generally not a book for kids. While there are many jokes and puns that they’ll love to hear, there are some grownup-level zingers in there as well, so you may want to flip through it first before handing it over to the youngest adventurers.

A Dragon Walks into a Bar is now available at your favorite bookstore. Be the hero this holiday by giving it to the role-playing gamers in your life!

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THE OFFICE GAME Isn’t Hard to Play (That’s What She Said)

Dec 12 2019

You’ve seen your favorite episodes of The Office over and over again, and now it’s time to step into your favorite character’s shoes! In The Office: Downsizing Game from Spin Master, it’s up to you and 5-10 of your friends to save the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin from closing. The gang’s all here, from Michael to Dwight to Jim and Pam. Can you finally win the Dundie you’ve always dreamed of?

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The Office: Downsizing Game is a deductive party game. Players begin by picking a character from The Office from the ID card deck, and then match the character attribute card for the Office worker they drew from the deck. These cards contain mini-goals for the player that match the character; for example, if you play as Andy, you have to refer to yourself as the Nard Dog at least once during the game.

Next, players choose envelopes that reveal which team they’re secretly assigned to, Team Michael or Team Promotion. Everyone’s goal? To get Michael to fire someone on the opposing team. Let Becca Scott show you how to set up the game and start playing in this episode of How to Play.

Game play takes place over five rounds, one for each day of the work week. A secret committee is formed, and one email card (with references to all your favorite episodes of The Office) is chosen to be resolved for the day. Incident cards are also revealed, giving hints to which team players are on. On Friday, the player who has selected Michael chooses one player as the recipient of the Dundie Award. The Dundie Award card can grant a bonus or a disadvantage for the end of the game.

Players then decide who they think is on the “Promotion” team, and it’s finally up to Michael to pick who should be fired. Naturally, this is determined by a finger-gun standoff.

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The fired player reveals their team. If it’s Team Promotion, then Team Michael wins; if they’re on Team Michael, then Team Promotion wins.

Catch The Office: The Downsizing Game in action when Becca invites her friends to Game the Game!

The Office: The Downsizing Game is now available at major retailers like Target and Amazon and makes the perfect gift for The Office fan in your life.

This post is sponsored by Spin Master.

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