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Greetings All,

If you’ve read my blog then you’ve seen me reference a game called We Didn’t Playtest This At All. For those of you that haven’t read my blog or just need a mini refresher, keep reading or keep reading anyway because you’re an awesome audience.

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We Didn’t Playtest This at All (1) & We Didn’t Playtest This Either (2) by Asmadi Games

2-10 players, 1-5 mins

Please note the number labels above 1 & 2.

#1 has been described in my blog twice I believe, it’s incredibly random, and that is what makes it so awesome. The title feels very real. Sometimes when the games ends, you truly believe that there is no way this was ever playtested. There are many instant win cards, rock paper scissor cards, guessing cards, etc. I mean the ways you can or lose at this game are endless. I was aware of the other games in the series and was always quite curious as to how they could have several more games and make them just as crazy and random as #1.

Well, I finally got to play #2, because Asmadi Games gave it to me for free! That’s right free! Interested now? Too bad! You’ve gotta keep reading to get the goods. 🙂 #2 is just as crazy, just as random, and just as unplaytested as #1. I could not be happier, you know it’s a good game when you get distracted and just start reading all of the cards. We played this game several times during the first sit down and not just because we were enjoying ourselves. I swear the game ended within seconds, several times in a row! I felt challenged and at that point was more focused on beating the game than beating the other players. This is one of those games that you could pick up without #1, but I highly suggest playing #1 first. It was fantastic seeing the progression. Tiny example: In #1 there is a card called Bomb that in #2 has become Balm. In #1 there are tons of number guessing cards, in #2 there are tons of color guessing games. It’s truly fantastic. See below for some card examples.

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Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for. FREE FREAKIN’ GAMES! AHHHH!

Asmadi Games has a contact form in their About Us area on their site. All you have to do is tell them why they should give you games and if they like it, they’ll send you stuff! 🙂 Simple and to the point. They sent me We Didn’t Playtest This Either, Red7, and FlowerFall. I will post reviews of the other two games when I get a chance to play them. Enjoy!

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Games for Fools!

Greetings All,

I thought since tomorrow is April Fools Day, I’d post about some board games that really make people feel foolish. These descriptions will not be horribly in-depth, as there are so many and they have been featured here before. I hope you enjoy!

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-Fluxx by Looney Labs

2-5 Players, 5-30mins

Fluxx is a fantastic game in which the rules are always changing. All games start with standard rules like draw one, play one. The objective is to finish goals based on what goal is on the table at that time. Keepers are cards that you collect to win the game. I love this game, because as soon as you have the proper Keepers to finish the current goal… the goal gets changed, leaving you feeling quite foolish. There are many different versions of Fluxx available. When we first tried, we purchased Family Fluxx, and have now added Cthulhu Fluxx and Regular Show Fluxx to our collection. I highly suggest picking your favorite subject in the collection. Having a Fluxx version that fits your personality makes it just that much better. Miniature Market has a great deal on them! 🙂 Enjoy!

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-We Didn’t Playtest This by Asmadi Games

2-15 Players, 1-5mins

We Didn’t Playtest This is a nice goofy series of games that are completely based on nonsense. I really do not know any other way to explain it…. it’s nonsense. Some cards say things like “If you’re the last girl in the game, you win.” It’s that simple. I freaking love it. It’s a great way to pass the time and as nonsensical as it is, when you’re in the middle of the game it makes perfect sense. The Asmadi Games site has four of the games and a great deal if you buy all four at once, but if you’re looking for a cheaper route you can check out Miniature Market, although the only have three of the games. Just be warned the Banana is not included. Don’t get that joke? Well, go buy the game and get back with me! 🙂

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-Poo The Card Game by Wildfire-

2-8 Players, 5-15 Mins

Poo is a great little game that consists of Monkeys throwing poo at each other. There a varying levels of poo and cards that can clean poo off of you. When a player accumulates 15 poo, they’re out the game. The object of the game is to be the last smelly monkey standing. This game is incredibly fun and has the funniest names for the cards… Give it a shot, I promise you won’t be flushing your money. 🙂 Get it? Ha… I’m great. 🙂 Amazon has it for a lovely little price and free shipping.

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-Nuts by Wildfire-

2-6 Players, 5-15 Mins

Nuts is a great little game that is also by Wildfire Games. In this game you are Squirrels stealing each others nuts. It’s fairly similar to Poo. This is also a fun way to pass the time.  Every turn you draw a nuts card and then you get the opportunity to steal nuts from one or more players. There are cards that allow you to block these attempts as well. Check it out and go…. Crazy, thought I was going to say Nuts didn’t you? I was… 🙂 Amazon has a good deal on Nuts, unless you’d like to wait for Miniature Market to restock.

Enjoy you April Fools Day shenanigans! Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Recruiting New Gamers

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Greetings All,

This is one I still struggle with. My husband, however, is much better at than I am, which is why I asked him to co-write this one with me. I’m fairly certain that half of the ability to convince people to try board games has to do with charming them. My husband is by the far the most charming person I know so he has a very easy time getting people on his side. Please read more below to get his take on recruiting new gamers. Enjoy. 🙂


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To recruit new gamers, you need to at least have a vague idea who you’re playing with. This makes it way easier to potentially draw anyone from the hardened gamer to the total neophyte.

Know someone who’s never played board games, but loves video games? Too easy! Suggest an analogue of a favorite game of their’s! “You like Starcraft? How about showing me your strategic prowess in a quick game of OGRE?” Know someone who likes casual cell phone games? Too easy! “Something quick, easy and fun? How about you lend me 10 minutes of your time and play some Coin Age or Brave Rats with me?” How about a non-competitive type who just wants to have fun? “How’s about a co-operative game then? We can save OUR castle together!” I’ve found that far and away the easiest way to get people to game (in any situation) is to tailor your approach, almost like you’re trying to sell gaming as a product. “Man, have you ever heard of a game called Disc Duelers? It’s like a super open game of RPG battle pogs!!!” “Dude, Zombie Dice is like zombie Yahtzee…y’know, except without being schooled by old people.” I jest, of course! Or my general use line: “Can I borrow five minutes of your life? I’ll repay it 100 fold in entertainment!”

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If you do manage to secure someone for game night, its almost equitable to catching a fish on a hook… now you just have to reel them in! And how do you do that? You whip out the AAA titles from your game shelf! I am a thorough believer in “palate cleaner” or “feeler” games. By which, I mean shorter games that will better help you understand the temperature of the table. Did your table of new invites enjoy the rule light, rapid play game? Or the slower, more complicated/methodical game? These are important things to know about your guests to insure the success of your evening as well as potentially insuring the return of your guests.

Great “feeler games” I personally use are:

Love Letter by AEG

2-4 players (we’ve played w/ 5), 10-20 mins

Love Letter is easily one of the biggest, quickest crowd pleasers I own. Easy to learn rules, quick gameplay, and a friendlier competitive structure. Hard to go wrong with this one.


This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 2-4 Of Us by TMG

2-4 players (we’ve played with 5), 10-15 mins

This game shares a lot of elements with Carcassonne. Fantastic simplicity coupled with a hidden level of complexity make this an easy way to spot the more thoughtful members attending your table.


We Didn’t Playtest This At All by Asmadi

2-15 players, 1-5 mins

This is a card game that is so absurd, it’s divisive. It’ll either be an instant favorite, or an eye roller. Great way to sift through senses of humor, or lack thereof.

Fantasy by Asmodee

2-4 players (we’ve played with 5), 20-30 mins

Fantasy is a slightly longer card game with (somewhat) simple rules, and a nice (you guessed it!) fantasy motif that keeps players in the game until the last card is dealt and the scores are tallied. A great game to help your table rev up for a tougher, longer game.


Now, let’s get to real meat and potatoes of all of this. The AAA crowd pleasers that turn these new acquaintances into fast friends:

Ticket To Ride by Days of Wonder

2-5 players, 30-60 mins

If you’re visiting this blog, odds are you’ve AT LEAST heard about this game…or I’m actively judging you and your life decisions. 🙂 Needless to say, few board games can truly pull in veterans and neophytes alike. It’s got a great, turn of the 20th century aesthetic, profoundly easy to understand rules, and utterly FANTASTIC gameplay. I can’t opine about this game enough!


Castle Panic by Fireside Games

1-6 players, 30-60 mins

I’ll be frank with you readers, this is my personal favorite game of all time. Published by Fireside Games, this is a co-operative “tower defense” style game. This game is a remarkable bonding experience for all involved! It’s you and your team struggling against a common foe, you’re all left with little more than randomly drawn cards and your wits! Fantastic for game nights!


Puerto Rico by Rio Grande Games

3-5 players (there is a 2 player variant), 90 mins

This one is quite a bit more complicated than the previous entries on this list. Puerto Rico is a “prosperity” simulator, in essence, this game tasks you with being able to expand your city and island faster (and more efficiently) than your opponents. There is a very little luck to strategy ratio for this game, so veteran gamers are likely dominate during the first play through with neophytes. This game is equipped with no “actual” game board to play on, but is managed through individual’s city boards and a PLETHORA of smaller game pieces, so this game does require a little bit of imagination. That said, this is a 90 minute game with a HIGH amount of strategy and lateral thinking…so this game isn’t for everyone. HOWEVER, I HIGHLY recommend this for every kind of gamer…at least to try once.

Variety is the spice of life, however, most people will be more inclined to try a new dish if it looks more appetizing. Bottom line, presentation AND substance are both CRITICAL in your approach to gaining new members of your table. Just play your experience by ear, and try to cater to everyone’s tastes without compromising anyone’s. And, above all else, MAKE SURE TO HAVE FUN!


I’ll have to have him co-write more often… I’m pretty sure he blew me out of the water! 🙂 Anyhow, his description was shockingly accurate to how our “gaming interviews” go. When I say gaming interviews it is exactly what it sounds like, we’ve even told people they were essentially being interviewed to be a regular at our table.

We both hope you enjoyed this topic, as it was readers choice. Soon I will be starting another three-day segment, this time regarding solo play games. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Gateway Games

Greeting all,

Today I thought I’d bring some great gateway games to light. There are several larger games that I would also consider to be gateway games, but for today we’ll focus on the smaller ones.

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-Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games.-

2 or more players, 10-20 mins

Zombie dice is a really fun fast paced game in which you (a zombie) try to accumulate brains. This is accomplished by rolling dice, the dice have three symbols: Brain, Shotgun, & Feet. You need to collect 13 brains to win, however, sometimes it’s not that easy. The shotgun damages you, if you get three during your turn you die and lose the brains you collected during that turn. The feet represent Walkers, walkers are fast and if you roll a walker you have to reroll it. You roll three die at a time and there are three different colors that essentially represent difficulty. During your turn you may also choose to stop at any time and keep the brains you’ve collected. Zombie Dice also has two expansions: Zombie Dice 2 – Double Feature includes three new characters: The Hunk, The Hottie, & Santa. Zombie Dice 3 – School Bus includes… you guessed it, a school bus. The school bus has lots of extras on it. There is also a Zombie Dice App that is free, with an optional 99c upgrade. The best price I’ve found for the game is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=zombie+dice *** Check out the Steve Jackson Games website for more information, including merchandise and multiple review videos: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/zombiedice/

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-Cthulhu Dice by Steve Jackson Games-

2 – 6 players, 5 – 10 mins

Cthulhu Dice is quick game in which Cthulhu is trying to steal your sanity. Each player is given three sanity tokens to start off, during the game you can lose and gain sanity tokens. Players target other players before rolling the die. The die has multiple symbols: The Yellow Sign – The target loses one sanity to Cthulhu (goes in the middle), Tentacle – The active player takes a sanity token from the target, Cthulhu – everyone loses one sanity to Cthulhu, Elder Sign – Active player gets one sanity token from Cthulhu, only if he has any, Eye – Wild, Choose any other option. After the active player rolls, the target player has a defense roll. The game ends when only one player has sanity or no players have sanity. If no players have sanity then Cthulhu wins the game. As long as there are at least two players with sanity points the game continues and players with no sanity can still play, they can actually regain sanity by getting it back from Cthulhu, but can not get sanity from other players. Only players with sanity can be targeted. There are many different Dice Designs to choose from. The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=cthulhu+dice *** For more information including reviews and accessories, check out the Steve Jackson Games Website: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/cthulhudice/

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-Dino Hunt Dice by Steve Jackson Games-

3 – 8 players, 10 – 20 mins

Dino Hunt Dice is very similar to Zombie Dice. In this game you are a Dino Hunter trying to collect 20 Dino to win. There are three symbols: Dino – you caught it!, Leaf – The Dino is hiding and you get to reroll it, Footprint – You get stomped! Accumulate 3 stomps and your turn ends and you collect no Dinos for that turn. There is also a Dino Hunt Dice App for free. You can see a review of the game here: http://www.dicetower.com/game_reviews/d/dino_hunt.html *** The cheapest I’ve found the game for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/34472/s/sjg131302/ *** For more information check out the Steve Jackson Games Website: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/dinohunt/

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-Fluxx by Looney Labs –

2 – 6 players, 30 mins

Fluxx is a really fun game that involves constantly changing rules. Honestly Fluxx is one of those games that you must have in front of you for instructional purposes, simply because the rules are always changing. There are MANY versions of Fluxx, you will see these versions in the links to follow. There is a Fluxx for everyone, we started with Family Fluxx for simplicity’s sake. We now have Regular Show Fluxx and Cthulhu Fluxx. For reviews, I would suggest using Google to locate a review of the specific Fluxx you are interested in. The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=Fluxx *** For more information including the ability for request lost or missing cards, check out the Looney Labs website: http://store.looneylabs.com/Web-Store/Fluxx-Products

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-POO: The Card Game by WildFire Games-

2 – 8 players, 5 – 15 mins

POO is a fantastic game that creates too many giggles for its own good. In POO players are monkeys flinging Poo at each other. There are lots of poo cards as well as cleaning cards. After a player throws poo at a target, the target then has a chance to defend themselves. Players are out of the game when they accumulate 15 or more poo. Last person in the game wins. To see a review look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QDQbgZck0s *** The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/23364/s/psiwdf1107p-1/

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-Nuts by WildFire Games-

2 – 6 players, 5 – 15 mins

Nuts is very similar to POO. In Nuts you are a squirrel stealing nuts from other players. There are multiple Nuts cards, as well as swipe cards and defense cards. Each target player gets a chance to defend themselves. First player to accumulate 20 stashed nuts wins. The cheapest I’ve found it is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/19683/s/wdf11082/ *** Although Miniature Market is cheap Amazon has some adorable reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Sandstorm-11080WDF-Nuts/dp/B0043T4C5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416580478&sr=8-1&keywords=nuts+game

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-Get Bit by Mayday Games –

3 – 6 players, 10 – 20 mins

Get Bit is a cute little game that my son (13yrs old) loves. In Get Bit players are swimmers trying to survive a shark attack. Players use numbered cards to determine their position. Higher numbers in the front, lower number in the back, and ties do not move. The swimmer in the back loses a limb, however, you’re still in the game until all your limbs are missing. The game ends when only one player is left. Check out this great review from Tabletop, it also features Zombie Dice 🙂  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtlQxJeWvc *** The cheapest price I’ve found is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=get+bit *** For more information including expansions, extras, and replacement parts check out the Mayday Games Website: http://maydaygames.com/card-games/get-bit.html?p=1

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-We Didn’t Playtest This by Asmadi Games-

2 – 15 players, 1 – 5 mins

We Didn’t Playtest This is a completely nonsensical game, which makes it fantastic. This game features cards that create rules, physical actions, and instant win/lose cards. There is no real way to explain it to you without having it in front of you. This game is hilarious and one of my personal favorites, I highly recommend it. There are several expansions as well, all just as nonsensical as the first. Check out this review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtpOpsjlLsE *** The cheapest price I’ve found is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=we+didnt+playtest *** For more information including expansions and extra cards, check out the Asmadi Games Website: http://asmadigames.com/detail_playtest.php

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-Catan Dice by Mayfair Games-

1 – 4 players, 15 – 30 mins

Most of you are probably familiar with Catan the board game, Catan Dice is a very simplified version of Catan. Players roll dice (resources) to build on the maps provided, which have two sides. 🙂 If Catan looks intimidating, Catan Dice will definitely encourage you to play. Check out The Dice Towers review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZSy35uoKE *** The cheapest price I’ve found it at is GameSurplus: https://www.gamesurplus.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=catan+dice&x=0&y=0 *** For more information including extra pieces, check out the Catan Website: http://www.catan.com/board-games/catan-dice-game

Lastly I’d like to mention….

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-Fantasy: The Family Card Game by Asmodee Games-

2 – 4 players, 15 mins

This game I bought because it was on clearance, I had no clue what it was… I just took a chance. It is fantastic. In the game you’re in a forest fighting to become the leader of the forest. The cards have many different abilities to allow you to get the most followers. The game continues until the deck has run out and then players count their cards, whoever has the most wins. The art is beautiful, as is all art from Asmodee Games. You can see some smaller reviews here: http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/items/boardgame/3422?comment=1 *** The game is still on clearance at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/14846/s/asmkg03a/

I’d also like to mention that http://www.boardgamegeek.com has a fantastic collection of used games for great prices, the previously mentioned prices were all for new games, http://www.boardgamegeek.com also has tons of reviews and in-depth information regarding game history, etc. Thank you for reading, I hope these Gateway Games urge you to go play a few. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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