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Collect Cards, Cats, and Costumes in CAT LADY

Sep 16 2019

Two to four players, 102 game cards, and cats. Lots and lots of cats. If you’ve ever wanted to be a cat lady without actually being, you know, a cat lady, AEG has the purr-fect card drafting game for casual and dedicated tabletop gamers alike! (That’s the only cat pun we’ll make.) Cat Lady is now available to give you all the cute kitties you need in your life without any of the litter boxes.

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Players take on the roles of cat ladies who are competing to own the most cats and care for them, from feeding to playing to dressing them up in cute costumes. Setup begins based on the number of players sitting around the table, which affects the deck of game cards in the main deck. Cards are then arranged in a grid and the deck of stray cats and game tokens are placed next to them.

Here’s Ivan van Norman and a bunch of cats to give you the lowdown on how to setup and begin play in this episode of How to Play.

On each turn, a player can choose to take three cards in a row or column from the grid, except the cards that have the kitty token placed next to them. Cards are drawn from the main deck to replace the ones taken. During their turn the player can also use special cards in their hand to move the kitty token or choose between earning victory points and adding another feline for the collection.

When the player takes a cat card (each of which have ridiculous and amazing names like LeVar Purrton), it’s placed in front of them. The player must also collect enough food, also collected from the face-up main deck cards, to feed each kitty they’ve claimed. Toys, catnip, and costumes can also be gathered to rack up the victory points, but pay attention to how many cards you’ll need to claim those points!

Watch Ivan and friends turn into cat ladies in this hilarious episode of Game the Game.

Cat Lady is now available from AEG, with an upcoming premium edition with upgraded tokens, score pad, and more. Easy to learn, quick to play, and packed with furry fun and strategy, Cat Lady is a paw-some pick for family game night. (We lied. There’s always room for more cat puns.)

This post is sponsored by AEG.

All Images: AEG

Raise Hell In BALDUR’S GATE: DESCENT INTO AVERNUS

Sep 16 2019

Dungeons & Dragons has a new adventure book that’s going to put your players through hell—and they’re going to love every second of it. Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus contains an adventure that takes players through levels 1 to 13 in a campaign unlike any other. Along the way they’ll dive into the seedy underworld of Baldur’s Gate, make unexpected allies, and ultimately find themselves embroiled in the Blood War in the Nine Hells.

Spoiler Warning: Dungeon Master eyes only!

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Descent Into Avernus takes players from Baldur’s Gate and into the first layer of the Nine Hells, Avernus, on a quest to save thousands. It will ultimately take a confrontation with Zariel, the ruler of Avernus, to complete the harrowing mission. Will your players fight the lord of Avernus until their dying breaths? Or will they strike a calamitous deal with the devil?

The adventure is split into five chapters focusing on different locations, beginning in Baldur’s Gate. In an intriguing twist, players cannot leave the walls of Baldur’s Gate, and they will quickly find themselves embroiled in the politics and underworld (literally) of the chaotic city. The book begins with the history and background of the town and its inhabitants, creating the tone for the campaign and setting the stage for the first quest.

With flowcharts, tips for roleplaying, and a glorious abundance of flavor text to read aloud, Descent Into Avernus feels friendly to all levels of Dungeon Masters. And as we’ve come to expect from Wizards of the Coast, the artwork inside is nothing short of spectacular. The appendix of hellish creatures is both terrifying and riveting, and luckily for your players, they’ll get a chance to see some of the art for themselves in the Descent Into Avernus Dice & Miscellany set.

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Inside the gorgeous box—which is also a dice tray—they’ll find eleven dice, a map of Avernus, and twenty double-sided cards featuring some of the Nine Hells’ most fearsome creatures. Legendary traveler Volothamp Geddarm shares facts about the denizens of Avernus without giving away any info players shouldn’t have before they set foot in the Nine Hells. The dice and cards are so stunning that even if you’re not playing in a Descent Into Avernus campaign, you’ll love to have them in your collection.

Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus provides the tools to create an unforgettable experience for Dungeon Masters and players, veteran and newbie alike. Find the dice set and the adventure book with an exclusive cover at your friendly local game store on September 17.

Images: Wizards of the Coast (cover art by Tyler Jacobson)

Photo: Kelly Knox

WATCH: Entromancy | TBD RPG

Sep 13 2019

GM Amy Dallen introduces the TBD RPG crew to a new RPG from Nightpath Publishing, Entromancy: A Cyberpunk Fantasy RPG.  Entromancy is a cyberpunk, urban fantasy d20 roleplaying game set in San Francisco in the late 21st Century.

 

This video was made in paid partnership with Entromancy. Check out the RPG here: https://www.entromancy.com/rpg

 

Allow Geek & Sundry to take you by the hand and guide you from game to game in our new programming block, TBD RPG! Whether it’s playing Weave, adventuring through dungeons, fighting Eldritch horrors from the other side of the cosmos, creating a prehistoric society, or pinning your opponent on a wrestling mat, TBD RPG is the space to see every possible sort of RPG!

 

Tune in to TBD RPG Wednesdays at 8:30pm PT at twitch.tv/geekandsundry

WATCH: Point Salad | Game the Game

Sep 12 2019

Want a primer on the rules? Check out How to Play: https://youtu.be/yi3wODxl8RM

 

Get ready for your daily helping of leafy greens, because in this episode of Game the Game we’re playing Point Salad from AEG!  Becca is joined by Rob Daviau, Jay Africa, James Katica and Xander Jeanneret for some card-drafting, tableau-building, and fast-paced fun. As the players draw their cards, they must strategize the best way to compile the winning deck and create the greatest Point Salad!

 

This video is made in paid partnership with Alderac Entertainment Group. Learn more about Point Salad here: https://www.alderac.com/big-game-night/point-salad/

Watch: Shattered Faith | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night

Sep 11 2019

Eva confronts dangers of the past, present, and future with Jasper.

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.

Unlock Your Phone and New Friendships in GAME OF PHONES

Sep 11 2019

You’re sitting by yourself at a party and there’s nothing you want more than to just pull out your phone and surf. But you don’t want to be a social pariah, so you just sit there and wait to go home.

But with Game of Phones, the party game that encourages you to unlock your phone to launch the fun, you’ll be making friends and get to be on your phone as much as you want! Game of Phones is now on Kickstarter and needs your help to turn your next party or game night into an unforgettable digital scavenger hunt.

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All you need to play Game of Phones is the starter pack and a smartphone. It’s family-friendly, so even the younger partygoers can join in, and the game will be different every time you play. Three or more players will be flipping through camera rolls, scouring the internet for tried-and-true memes, and taking some of the oddest selfies to find on their phones later. No new apps are required! On each turn, one player plays the role of Influencer, and chooses the card for that round of play.

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Four challenge types make up the cards you’ll be drawing: the Influencer chooses their favorite response, everyone votes on who to eliminate from the round, a lightning round in which the fastest response is the winner, and a bonus challenge that gives the winner of the next round a bonus card.

The winner of the round keeps the card. The first player with five cards wins the game!

Support the Game of Phones Kickstarter now for your chance to join the phone fun! You can choose from a standard game with two mini packs of cards, a game with three mini packs including a special offline deck that can be played with no internet connection, and as a backer you’ll also get a bonus collector pack you won’t find anywhere else.

Don’t miss your chance to turn a party from awkward to awesome!

This post is sponsored by Game of Phones.

All Images: Game of Phones

Watch: How to Play Point Salad

Sep 11 2019

We’re making sure you eat all your veggies as Becca digs into Point Salad from AEG!

This card-drafting, tableau-building game tasks each player with creating the ultimate veggie dish using the cards at their disposal. It’s up to the player to strategize quickly and cultivate their cards with the highest score possible. Will your Point Salad be victorious?

This video is made in partnership with Alderac Entertainment Group. Learn more about Point Salad here.

Build a Bumper Crop of Points to Win It All in POINT SALAD

Sep 10 2019

Playing Point Salad on your next family game night is much easier than nagging your kids to eat their veggies! This quick and fun card drafting game is for two to six players and plays in about thirty minutes. With over 100 ways to score points, you’ll have to think and plan ahead to make the perfect salad of points to win it all.

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Setup is based on the number of players sitting around the table. The cards are shuffled and placed into three draw piles with the point combination sides up. (Point cards show different combinations to choose from to earn points, like two lettuce cards are worth five points, three peppers are worth eight, and so on.) Then flip over two cards from each draw pile veggie side up to make the market, and play begins!

Let Becca Scott show you how to set up the game table and start on your veggie venture in this episode of How to Play.

On their turn, the player will either draw one card from the points deck or choose two veggies from the market to add to the tableau of cards in front of them. The player can also choose to turn a points card into a veggie card, but not vice-versa. Restock the market, and play continues with the next turn. Players will have to think fast to cultivate a crop of the most points before all the cards from the decks and market are drawn.

At the end of the game, calculate points based on the scoring of the points cards you collected and the veggies in front of you. The same veggie can be used in more than one point calculation, so the points can really add up if you draft your cards right.

Point Salad is easy to learn and can be played practically anywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on strategy. Plant the seeds of your bumper crop of points early and you might just win it all! Look for the game this month from Alderac Games.

This post is sponsored by AEG.

All Images: AEG

Watch: Forgotten Hope | Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame

Sep 10 2019

After the brutal Siege of Kassen, our heroes must make haste if they are to find the Everflame, a holy relic of unknown power that may be there any hope in defeating the undead menace.

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…

A special thanks to Paizo for sponsoring this video. Get Pathfinder Second Edition here.

Download the Official CARNIVAL ROW RPG for Free

Sep 9 2019

Your favorite new TV show is now your favorite new tabletop role-playing game. Say hello to the official Carnival Row RPG and assemble your friends because we’re making the game available to everyone for free.

Our pals at Nerdist teamed up with Monte Cook Games, Legendary Television, and Amazon Studios to develop an original RPG set in the universe of Carnival Row, which you can watch right now on Amazon Prime. Based on Monte Cook Games’ Cypher System, this sourcebook will allow you to tell tales of magic, mystery, and murders most foul with original characters of your own design, as well as familiar faces from the series. The RPG is incredibly accessible to tabletop gamers of all skill levels and offers a wide array of ways to create compelling narratives set within the wildly imaginative universe of Carnival Row.

You can download the game manual right now, but if you’d like to see how the Carnival Row RPG actually works, then you can watch this exclusive one-shot adventure run by series creator Travis Beacham. Starring Dan Casey, Erika Ishii, Aliza Pearl, and Amy Vorpahl as the characters they created in our amazing behind-the-scenes series Into Carnival Row, this raucous group of unlikely allies must race against time to recover a faerish relic before it falls into the wrong hands.

Download the entire sourcebook right here!
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Written By
Travis Beacham

Additional Writing by
Eric C. Campbell

Designed by
Eric C. Campbell

Editor
Sam de Leve

Layout Artist
Javier P. Beltrán

Additional Design by
Sam de Leve

Creative Director
Jason Nguyen

Produced by
Erik Kozura & Katy Hampton

VP Business & Legal Affairs
Rachel Grundy

What kind of character would you want to play in a Carnival Row RPG? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out Carnival Row, the new series from Legendary TV and Amazon Video, available to watch now on Amazon Prime.

Editor’s Note: Geek & Sundry is a subsidiary of Legendary Digital Networks

Watch: Aftermath | Game the Game

Sep 5 2019

Are you mouse enough to survive the post-apocalypse? In this installment of Game the Game, Becca is joined by Omar Najam, B. Dave Walters, and Markeia McCarty to play Aftermath by Plaid Hat Games. Our rodent heroes must navigate a dangerous dystopian world where all humans have vanished and only animals remain. Join the colony as they take on a campaign that will put their survival instincts to the test. If they work together, they just might make it througtheh the Aftermath!

This video is made in partnership with Plaid Hat Games. You can learn more about Aftermath here.

Cute & Cunning Critters Face the Apocalypse in AFTERMATH

Sep 5 2019

The apocalypse has never been more adorable. But don’t let the cute critters fool you—Aftermath is a tabletop game that can take you and your family on a post-apocalyptic adventure unlike any other.

This cooperative game comes from Plaid Hat Games, the makers of Mice & Mystics. You’ll take on the role of a critter on a mission to find food and keep your colony safe in a world where humans have mysteriously disappeared. But predators and enemies, a dangerous world, and even time itself are working against you. Can you and your friends survive and thrive?

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Like the first two games in Plaid Hat Games’ Adventure Book Game series, the story unfolds on a book that doubles as the game board. Each turn of the page is its own mission to play through, culminating in a campaign that you’ll explore through the course of the entire book. The story is told through gameplay, although the pages also offer short reading moments as well. Not only will you guide your characters’ actions, managing the colony you left behind is just as important, giving all players a well-rounded adventure with elements of both role-playing and strategy.

You and your friends each choose a character, and then start reading to enter the world of Aftermath. New characters can be chosen each time you play, and the number of players can vary as well, making the campaign flexible and open to other adventurers who might want to join in. You can also “save” your progress along the way, creating a persistent world you can re-enter any time you choose.

On each turn, draw action cards, perform actions, and determine how safe the area is. A player has a choice of several actions, including moving on the board, attacking an enemy, recovering, and scavenging. Let Becca Scott teach you all about game setup and what you can do on each turn in this episode of How to Play.

You can also catch Becca and friends playing Aftermath in this episode of Game the Game to get a complete idea of the adventures are waiting for you.

Aftermath is now available for pre-order with an expected release this fall. If you’re looking for a cozy game night with the family during the fall and winter, preorder now to start the journey to save your colony.

This post is sponsored by Plaid Hat Games.

All Images: Plaid Hat Games

WATCH: Break the Silence | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Season 3 Epilogue 2

Sep 4 2019

Nelli plays dangerous vampire politics with both the Anarchs and the Camarilla.

 

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.

Calling All Hands On Deck (Building) to Kickstart MOONRAKERS

Sep 3 2019

Are you ready to take on the entire galaxy? Moonrakers is a deck-building board game with a striking and bold sci-fi aesthetic. One to five players take on the roles of outlaws in a rough and tumble, space-faring future. The Moonrakers are looking for a new leader to cement and advance their place in the galaxy, and players compete to earn prestige and claim that title for themselves. Support Moonrakers on Kickstarter now to take to the stars!

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To earn prestige, players complete contracts and objectives drawn from the decks on the board. Players choose cards from their hands to meet the requirements of a contract, but before they do, they must successfully roll the number of hazard dice shown on the contract card. Hazard dice can cost valuable prestige points, so roll well!

Players can tackle contracts solo or team up with another player for a higher chance of success, as some contracts can be too challenging without an ally. (The higher the reward, the more difficult the contract.) Players will have to negotiate to divvy up the rewards of prestige and credits, which can be used to purchase ship parts and crew members with abilities that can also help complete contracts.

On their turn, players can also choose to stay at their base to earn one credit and take an objective card. Objectives are secret goals to rack up prestige points, one point per objective completed.

Let Becca Scott tell you more about how to set up the game and get started in this episode of How to Play!

Becca and friends can also show you how to become the leader of the pack (of cards) in this extended episode of Game the Game.

Stylish sci-fi game components, replayability, and the compelling combination of strategy and negotiation makes Moonrakers a stellar choice for game night with friends. Visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn even more about this unique game.

This post is sponsored by IV Studios.

All Images: IV Studios

WATCH: How to Play Aftermath

Sep 3 2019

We’re scurrying through the ruins of civilization in this episode of How to Play! Join Becca as she guides us through the world of Aftermath by Plaid Hat Games. All humans have mysteriously disappeared in this cooperative adventure book game, and players assume the role of rodents who must venture through the dystopian landscape. Campaign through the dangerous world, and stick together with your fellow players to survive the Aftermath!

This video is made in partnership with Plaid Hat Games. You can learn more about Aftermath here: https://www.plaidhatgames.com/games/aftermath

WATCH: Deadly Dawn | Pathfinder: Knights of Everflame | Episode 5

Sep 3 2019

As dawn breaks, our party of Knights must face off against the monstrosity that has just taken the life of a beloved ally. While all seems to be lost there may just be a hope for salvation waiting to be discovered.

 

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

A Day in CARNIVAL ROW

Sep 2 2019

We have our characters, our costumes, and our slow-mo intros all squared away, but now it’s time to become a part of Carnival Row. Everything has led up to this moment. We’ve met with all of the wonderfully talented craftspeople and artisans who helped shape the beautiful world of Carnival Row, we’ve seen what goes into each of our character’s hair, make-up, and wardrobe.

Now we’re ready to put them right into the action as they are invited to be in a scene alongside a hundred and fifty other background character actors!

We’ve also got interviews with series stars Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and Scott Reid who all offer their insight into what it takes to march the mean streets of the Row.

Be sure to check out Carnival Row, the new series from Legendary TV and Amazon Video, available to watch now on Amazon Prime!

WATCH: Moonrakers | Game the Game

Sep 1 2019

It’s time to leave Earth orbit and head for deep space! In this episode of Game the Game, Becca is joined by Aliza Pearl, Mark Streed, and Zac Dixon to play Moonrakers from IV Studio. This sci-fi deck builder takes the players on an adventure across the galaxy in order to compete for the most prestige. Work together or go solo to complete contracts and build your reputation. Hire crew, augment your space ship, and hustle your way to become a cosmic legend!

 

This video is made in partnership with IV Studio. Learn more about Moonrakers here: https://www.moonrakersgame.com/

Building the Cities and Forests of CARNIVAL ROW

Sep 1 2019

Hair and makeup are essential pieces of the puzzle, but now we’re going to explore how the artists and craftspeople behind Carnival Row bring it to life through their elaborate production design.

Aliza Pearl meets with the one of Carnival Row’s Production Designers to discuss specific set pieces, the inspiration for designs, and more! We also get… the cast’s final look reveals.

Be sure to check out Carnival Row, the new series from Legendary TV and Amazon Video, available to watch now on Amazon Prime!

How CARNIVAL ROW Brings its Characters to Life with Horns, Wings, and Chops

Aug 31 2019

Live-action fantasy and sci-fi projects have benefitted from major advances in CGI technology over the years. But despite digital tools, sometimes the most important ingredient to making epic worlds feel tactile is good old-fashioned practical character effects. Carnival Row’s makeup and hair effects are some of the most important weapons in the show’s arsenal, making us believe in faeries as real flesh and blood creatures. 

In her journey towards creating a member of the Black Raven faerie crime syndicate, Erika Ishii drops into the make-up trailer where she meets Vincenzo Mastrantonio, the series’ make-up designer, and Federico Carretti, the key make-up artist. They start off with a new set of ear coverings to match the winged “Pix” fae, like Cara Delevigne’s Vignette. Then, they add that perfect smokey eye to give her the dark vibes of the Black Raven’s crew. The work on her is actually relatively simple, with just the ears giving her that otherworldly vibe. 

Amy Vorpahl doesn’t get off quite so easy. Building her Faun (a.k.a. a “Puck”) means going through the process of getting the signature curled horns. This means she has to go in for full-on prosthetics. First, she drops by Carnival Row’s hair designer, Francesco Pegoretti to get a wig cap. Pegoritti’s non-wig cap duties include creating the vibrant hairstyles of the series, like the bright colors found in the Tetterby Hotel brothel. 

Amy then meets with Nick Dudman, the make-up effects designer for the show, to learn about her horns. The steps to creating the Puck make-up and prosthetics are almost deceptively simple-looking. The artistic craft comes from personalizing them for each character. The make-up effects artists work with each individual actor to determine the right size and shape of the horn. These same artists are also there on the days of filming to make sure the look stays consistent to the end.

After learning the steps, Amy meets with the make-up effects artists to select exactly which horns will look the best for her Puck. Sarah O’Brien and Georgia Brown assemble the pieces of Amy’s Puck horns, as well as apply the make-up to them. Once Amy selects her horns, the artists apply them using a magnetic cap, and then combined with a forehead piece and a wig to make it all come together. 

Curious to know more about the behind the scenes work that goes into Carnival Row? Follow the rest of our Into the Carnival Row series to unlock even more secrets. 

Editor’s Note: Nerdist is a subsidiary of Legendary Digital Networks.

WATCH: How to Play Moonrakers

Aug 31 2019

We’re reaching for the stars in this episode of How to Play! Becca takes us through Moonrakers, the new deck building adventure game from IV Studio. This co-operative and competitive sci-fi space opera allows players to form temporary alliances, or strike out on their own to complete contracts across the cosmos. Hire a crew, build a ship, and earn enough prestige to rocket your way to victory.

This video is made in partnership with IV Studio. Learn more about Moonrakers here: https://www.moonrakersgame.com/

A Closer Look at the Costumes of CARNIVAL ROW

Aug 30 2019

Carnival Row has arrived! The Amazon Prime series debuted today, and it’s the perfect Labor Day weekend binge. Set in an alternate version of Victorian England–in a city called The Burgue, which is populated by humans, fae and other magical folk–it tells the story of Rycroft Philostate (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevigne), a human man and a fae woman torn apart by circumstance and social status. It’s an intricate world, but luckily our team was there behind the scenes to get an in-depth look at the making of Carnival Row. They even got to appear in the series as characters!

In the first episode of Into Carnival Row, our Nerdist team–Dan Casey, Amy Vorpahl, Erika Ishii, and Aliza Pearl–created their own characters to appear in the show. In this episode, they take us into the costume department to show us everything that does into the design process of creating these characters, be them magical or human.

Watch as costume designer Joyce Schure helps transform Dan into a member of The Burgue’s Constabulary, complete with a wool coat and a jaunty cap. Amy is turned into a “puck” (Carnival Row‘s slang term for a faun) nanny with a warm cape, a long dress, and an apron–the same costume all of the puck nannies wear on the show. She’s also fitted into a corset, and giving padding and special boots to emphasize her puck-ness. Erika is morphed into a Black Raven–a creature from the land of the fae–which is one of the few groups that aren’t totally period correct, meaning her Victorian-era jacket is paired with modern-looking pleather pants. And lastly, Aliza is turned into a Mima priestess, complete with an embroidered dress, silk bloomers, and a reindeer-hide vest.

That’s just taste of some of the gorgeousness on display in Carnival Row, which is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. Stay tuned for more episodes of Into Carnival Row in the days to come!

Editor’s Note: Geek & Sundry is a subsidiary of Legendary Digital Networks.

Go Bananas for Dungeon Crawler CLANK! EXPEDITIONS: TEMPLE OF THE APE LORDS

Aug 30 2019

Adventurers! Treasure! Dungeons! Dragons! A giant, lumbering mechanical ape?! You’ll find all this and more in Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords, the upcoming expansion to the deck-building adventure game. Join your friends in the sneakiest dungeon crawl of all, but be careful not to make too much noise—one clank too many, and the adventure could be over.

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Clank! is one of those gaming gems that you can build an entire game night around. You and up to three fellow players take on the roles of  competing treasure hunters exploring the depths of a dungeon together. (Pick up the Clank! Legacy Acquisitions Incorporated Upper Management Pack and you can even play as familiar Acquisitions Incorporated faces like Jim Darkmagic and Viari!)

You’re not quite playing cooperatively, but you’re all trying to work as quietly as possible to stay off the Big Bad’s bad side. As you explore the dungeon, you’ll draw cards from the deck to gain mercenaries to help you on your hunt, earn victory points by uncovering secret tomes and other treasures, and more. Will you earn the most victory points and escape the dark depths in one piece without making too much noise?

Let Amy Dallen teach you How to Play Clank! and its newest expansion with a complete walkthrough of the setup and gameplay.


In The Temple of the Ape Lords expansion, you’ll be searching a previously unexplored jungle ruin or temple for relics. (A flip of the game board chooses your dungeon.) But beware, because a giant mechanical ape guardian lurks in the dark, and too many clanks from your armor in an ill-timed stumble could spell your doom. A Bronze Guardian also menaces explorers who plumb the temple’s depths, but defeating it will grant you an Ape-aratus worth quite the sum of victory points.

It’s super simple to switch out the original Clank! game pieces for The Temple of the Ape Lords expansion, and you’ll enter the jungle in no time flat. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or brand new to the life of a dungeon crawler, you’ll love entering the mysterious temple nestled deep in the jungle. Watch Amy and her friends play on this episode of Game the Game to see just how much fun and games it is when you’re welcomed to the jungle of Clank!

Set out on an expedition to your friendly local game store in September to pick up Clank! Expeditions: Temple of the Ape Lords

This post is sponsored by Renegade Game Studios.

All Images: Renegade Game Studios / Dire Wolf Digital

Build Your Own Fae Character in CARNIVAL ROW

Aug 29 2019

Carnival Row is almost here! Amazon Prime’s brand new Victorian-era fantasy series debuts Labor Day weekend. Almost as magical as the plot itself is the amount of work that went into the elaborate set, costumes, makeup, and more. It’s this intricate attention to detail that transforms the setting from a simple TV show to a world we could imagine inhabiting.

We sent our trusty team—Dan Casey, Amy Vorpahl, Erika Ishii, and Aliza Pearl—to the set to do just that with our Into Carnival Row series. Everyone creates their own original characters to see just how immersive the world really can be.

Dan sits down with series creator Travis Beacham, to tell us all about the world of the show. Beacham has been working on Carnival Row since college, initially intended as a screenplay. Over time, he built a whole fantasy world, one with two hemispheres divided between human and fae civilizations. Beacham helps our team to craft their characters to exist within the story, primarily set in the human city. First, he tells us about the Burgue, the setting for most of the first season. Then, he helps our team make their characters by teaching them about some of The Burgue’s factions.

We find out about the Constabulary, the policing organization of the Burgue, who might be more interested in lining their own pockets than actually keeping the streets of Carnival Row safe. One of the fae races is introduced: the Fauns, or “Pucks” as they’re called by the humans of the city. Fauns are a working-class people who are often used for industrial labor or as domestic workers in the Burgue. Travis also tells us about some of the religious figures of the fae. The Mima are priestesses that carry on the traditions of their homeland, often to the chagrin of their pious human neighbors. Finally, we peek into the underground of the Burge with the Black Raven. This criminal society of fae has little respect for the laws of man and seek to take care of themselves instead. These roguish cutthroats threaten the lawful peace of the city but might be the only place for some of the more desperate fae to turn…

Carnival Row premieres Friday, August 30, 2019 on Amazon Video.

Editor’s Note: Geek & Sundry is a subsidiary of Legendary Digital Networks.

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