TV Show Games

Last week, we introduced you to some of our favourite Cartoon and Anime games. This week, we’re going a little more mainstream with some of our favourite TV show games in general. Read on for examples of some of the best TV show board game tie-ins out there:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game is a fully cooperative game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 40 to 60 minutes, and is one of our recommended cooperative games. This action management game was designed right here at The Round Table by Lynnvander Studios, and lets you play as Buffy and the rest of the Scoobie gang, as they save Townies from Vampires and Demons, while trying to defeat Monsters of the Week, and uncover the Big Bad’s plot.  The game is very much designed to feel like a season of the TV show boiled down into a board game – and you choose the season when you select which Big Bad you will face off against! Will you foil the Master’s plan or will you risk gruesome injuries at the hands of Caleb? If you’re a fan of cooperative games or of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then this is a game that you need to play!

Star Trek: Five-Year Mission is a cooperative game for 3 to 7 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this dice placement game, you play as crew members of either the USS Enterprise from Star Trek TOS or the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek TNG. Your goal is to solve a series of alerts to score points. If too many alerts are failed or the enterprise is destroyed, the game is lost. This light game uses dice placement to try to replicate the tense decision making that faces characters in the television show. If you’re looking for a tight dice game that’s true to Star Trek, give this one a try!

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 120 to 300 minutes. In this resource management deduction game, each player chooses a character from the show and is randomly dealt a role as either a human or a Cylon. As the game progresses, the fleet moves closer to the earth, resources run low, and more Cylons are revealed. If the humans reach earth successfully, they win the game! If the Galactica is brought down, the Cylons win the game! If you’re looking for a great sci-fi game what will keep you playing and entertained for hours, check this one out! It’s more in-depth than most of the games we recommend but that doesn’t make it any less of a great game!

Firefly: The Game is a competitive game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 120 to 240 minutes. In this area movement dice and card game, you play as the captain of a Firefly-class transport ship. Your goal is to be the first player to complete the story goals. With your hand-picked crew, you travel the ‘Verse, avoiding Reavers and Alliance ships, and working with all manor of shady clients. If you’re looking for a solid game with tons of cameos from the tv show that can be pretty in-depth and strategic, try this one out!

These great TV show based games are sure to be a blast for anyone familiar with the source material or even just a lover of well polished games. Since we’re posting this in December, keep some of these games in mind for last minute gifts – especially if you know a big fan of any of these series! Or, if you’re looking for a good stocking stuffer, check out some of our past recommendations! Whether it’s for holiday shopping or just to play some games, we’re looking forward to your next visit!

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Anime and Cartoon Games

Last week, we introduced you to some more great games for 2 players, and this week, we’re back to exploring themes with Cartoon and Anime Games! Read on for examples of some great games straight out of their respective TV shows!

Archer: The Danger Zone! Board Game is a competitive game for 2 to 8 players that can be played in 40 minutes. You play as your favourite character from the show, and your goal is to gain an upper hand on your co-workers by insulting them, doing well on missions, and encountering random guest stars and secondary characters. Each character has a unique deck of cards, with quotes from the show. This game really takes the humor that’s at the core of the show and boils it down into a board game. If you’re looking for a comedic spy fix, give this game a try!

Attack on Titan: The Last Stand is a 1 versus many game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 minutes. One player plays as a Titan, and the other players play as characters from the show. Just like in the series, the Titan attempts to kill off the other characters, and the rest of the players attempt to kill the Titan. Each round, the Titan chooses 2 attacks to play against the characters, and the characters move vertically up and down the titan, avoiding its attacks! The 3d nature of the game makes it feel like it’s popped straight out of the anime! Check this game out for some cool 3D components, and classic feeling player versus many game play!

Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game is a cooperative game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this humorous deduction game, players try to determine which characters are real and which are alien parasites masquerading as members of the family. While the core game is fully cooperative, there is an advanced competitive mode where players are randomly given secret roles as either humans or parasites. If you’re looking for a comedic game to remind you that nobody exists on purpose, check this one out! Seriously – check it out, it’s your series arc!

Naruto Shippuden Deck-Building Game is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 45 to 90 minutes. In this Cerberus Engine: Heroes based deck building game, you play as Naruto or one of his allies, and your goal is to defeat as many S-rank criminals as possible. To succeed, you’ll have to build strong synergies by gaining allies and equipment, and by mastering powerful techniques! Everything you need to play is right there in the box but you can combine this game with tons of other games that use the same engine, such as CapCom Street Fighter Deck-Building Game, for endless gameplay! If you’re looking for an intense ninja battle that has tons of potential for expansion, give this game a spin!

That’s it for Cartoon and Anime games for now, so come down to The Round Table for your fix of these awesome shows in board game form! Or, if you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our favourite train games. Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.

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2 Player Games

Last week, we introduced you to some great solo games. This week, as we’ve done once before, we’re introducing you to some great 2 player games. Next time you decide to make The Round Table your date night, check out some of these awesome games:

Pixel Tactics is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this head-to-head tactical combat game, each player picks a leader from their deck of 25 cards, and then you take turns, placing and activating cards, and attacking. Use combinations of offensive powers, support powers, and immediate effects to overwhelm your opponent! Play the best 3 out of 5 rounds to determine the winner of this simple card game. Since the decks are static and identical, no deck-building is required! Just jump in and play – it’s all about strategy!

BANG! The Duel is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this 2 player version of BANG!, players each control a team of either lawmen or outlaws. Chose more characters for a longer game, or choose fewer characters to wrap things up quickly. In any case, player start with 2 characters in play, and each has a deck of action cards. Eliminate your opponent’s characters to win the game! When either player has run out of characters, the game is over. This town ain’t big enough for the both of you! If you’re thinking about pistols at dawn, give this game a try. It’s basically the same experience but a lot less bloody!

Patchwork is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 15 to 30 minutes. In this token-laying game, you compete to collect as many buttons as possible, and fill as much of your game board as possible. The game is played by spending buttons to purchase patches. Certain patches also grant bonus buttons over time, and every action moves your time token forward. If your time token moves past your opponent’s time token, it’s their turn to play. When a time token reaches the end of the time track, points are calculated and a winner is determined! Manage your resources carefully, and show your opponent that you can make the better quilt! If you’re looking for a simple game with great depth of strategy, this is the game to try!

Onitama is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 10 to 30 minutes. In this light, chess-like game, players cycle through 5 cards, with each player controlling 2 cards at any given time. The cards determine how each player’s set of 5 pawns can move, and the goal of the game is to either take your opponent’s main pawn, or move your own main pawn to their main pawn’s starting location. With limited movement options, outwitting your opponent can be a challenge, and this strategic game is fun to play over and over! Test your mental fortitude with this simple, highly strategic game!

After you’ve tried some of these awesome 2 player games, bring some more friends and try some of our favourite 4 player games! Or for some of the oldest 2 player games out there, check out some great ancient games. No matter what you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table!

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Nov

19

2017

Intro To: Good Solo Games

Solo Games

Last week, we introduced you to some mouth-watering food games – Who says you can’t play with your food? This week, we’re going in a different direction and recommending some good solo games! Read on to explore some great games that you can play by yourself (or with friends):

The Game is  a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. Your goal is to discard all 98 cards, and each player starts with a hand of 6 to 8 cards. On your turn, you must discard at least 2 cards onto 1 or more discard piles. Of the 4 discard piles on the table, 2 count up from 1, and 2 count down from 100. At the end of each round, you draw back up to your starting hand size. As a multi-player game, it’s all about guessing which cards your friends are waiting to play. As a single-player game, it’s basically solitaire, which let’s face it, is the grandfather of the single-player genre, and still a classic. If you’re looking for a simple game to pass some time, give this one a shot!

Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a competitive game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this tableau-building game, reminiscent of many deck-building games, slay monsters, recruit citizens, and buy domians! Play cards to give yourself more ways to use your dice results, increase your synergies, and ultimately earn as many victory points as possible! This fantasy-themed card game used tons of full-art cards. If you’re looking for a pleasing-deck builder with great visual elements, give this game a play!

Dungens & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this tile-flipping dungeon crawl, you take on the role of an adventurer in the nightmarish Castle Ravenloft. Play with multiple character classes and scenarios, level up your character, and collect the equipment that you will need to succeed in your quest! This game takes a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure and boils it down to a streamlined dungeon crawl. If you’re looking for an immersive game that you can play for hours on end, this is the game to settle in with.

Hostage Negotiator is the only strictly single player game on this list, and can be played in 20 minutes. In this card-based game, you are a law enforcement agent, and your goal is to negotiate the release of several hostages taken by a, unscrupulous figure with a set of demands. Each turn represents part of a conversation, and your cards and dice results determine your options. There are multiple paths to victory. Finding the best one and saving as many hostages as possible is up to you. If you’re looking for a game truly tailored for a single-player experience, this is the game you’re looking for.

Next time you visit us at The Round Table for some solo-play check out some of these great solo games! Or, if you’re looking for some awesome games to join in on, check out our massive role playing community or our friendly Magic the Gathering community!

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Nov

12

2017

Intro To: Good Food Games

Food Games

In our last Intro Article, we introduced you to some of our favourite timed games. They’re fun and fast-paced but if you’re looking for something to enjoy while you settle in at one of our tables to feast on some of our delicious food, you might want to check out these good food games:

Knuckle Sammich is a competitive game for 2 to 8 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this fast-paced card game, set in the same world as the RPG. Kobolds Ate my Baby!, you are a kobold, that is late for lunch, and your goal is to beat the other players to the last few sandwiches! Watch out for King Torg or you may not make it through lunch! If you’re looking for a high-energy game with lots of yelling, check out this game!

Sushi Go! is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 15 to 20 minutes, and is one of our recommended drafting games. in this fast and frantic set collecting game, you are customers at a a restaurant, attempting to get better combinations of sushi than your opponents. This simple game is very fast to learn, and makes drafting simple. If you’re looking for a pre-meal warm up, give this game a try!

Let Them Eat Cake is a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 45 to 60 minutes. In this cake-collecting negotiation game, your goal is to be the first player to reach 40 or more cakes, or have the most cakes when the game ends! Accumulate medals, generals, and cakes. Try not to make an enemy of the Revolution, and carefully plot against the other players, making sure that each vote you cast counts! Spend your medals and generals to protect your pawns from execution, and rig votes. If you’re looking for an intensely social game, where manipulation is everything, then this one deserves your attention!

Rocky Road à la Mode is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 20 to 30 minutes. In this resource management game, players take on the role of treat truckers, attempting to take over territories and earn loyalty points by keeping their customers happy. Every choice will cost you time and move you forward on the road track! Only the player at the back of the track can act, so you’ll have to manage your resources carefully! The life of a treat trucker isn’t easy, and the competition is intense but that doesn’t mean that this game is difficult to learn. If you’re looking for something easy to learn that will let you face off against your friends, pull this game off the shelf, and become the best treat trucker out there – or at least at your table.

Whatever game you decide to play, come down to The Round Table to give it a try! We’re looking forward to seeing you, and we’re happy to reccommend some of our other favourite games! For games with a totally different theme, check out some of our favourite train games or even some good horror games!

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