Bluffing Board Games

In our last Intro article, we suggested some great video game themed board games! This week, we’re focusing on a core game mechanic instead of a broader theme, and introducing you to some awesome bluffing games! Practice lying to your friends with these awesome games of subterfuge:

Sheriff: of Nottingham is a competitive game for 3 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this game of shady merchants smuggling goods into Nottingham, players spend most of the game acting as merchants passing sealed bags of goods into the city (pouches of cards). However, each turn, one player acts as the Sheriff, who decides if each player’s goods should be allowed into the city. You can put any combination of goods into your pouch, and it’s up to you to convince the sheriff that they are what you claim. As the sheriff, you have to judge carefully which players are telling the truth and which players are bluffing. If you guess correctly, you can even confiscate elicit goods for yourself! If you’re looking for a fun bluffing game with clever mechanics and nice production value, check this one out!

Coup is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this game of assassination, extortion, and trickery, each player has 2 face-down character cards representing their influence over the city. Your goal is to be the last remaining player, and your face-down characters’ abilities will let you assassinate your opponents’ characters, gain extra coins, or protect your own characters. What makes the game interesting is that you are encouraged to lie about which characters you have to gain access to useful abilities. If you get caught lying, you lose a character! If you get falsely accused of lying, your opponent loses a character! Gather as much information as you can and choose your lines of play carefully! If you’re looking for a fast-paced, intense bluffing game with simple mechanics that will make you want to play over and over, then definitely give this one a try!

The Resistance: Avalon is a competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this Arthurian themed bluffing game, the future of Britain is in Arthur’s hands. However, Mordred’s traitors work in secret to tear down the true king! Of all Arthur’s allies, only the riddling wizard Merlin knows the identities of the traitors, but he must protect his identity at all costs! This fantastical bluffing game encapsulates the strife of King Arthur’s court in a fast-paced package. If you want to play a nice looking, clever bluffing game with a great theme, then set fourth to Camelot and get ready to play!

Secret Hitler is a team-competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 45 minutes. In this dramatic bluffing game, players are divided into teams of fascists and liberals with one player secretly taking on the role of Hitler. The liberal team wins the game if they manage to pass 5 liberal laws, or assassinate Hitler. The fascist team wins if they are able to pass 6 fascist laws, or are able to pass 3 fascist laws, and elect Hitler chancellor. At the start of the game, the liberal team doesn’t know who the fascists are, so it’s up to the fascists and Hitler to work together to pass fascist laws without revealing their identities to the liberal team! If you’re looking for a political bluffing game that’s great for large groups, pull this game off the shelf!

There you have it, 4 excellent bluffing games that you can play next time you visit us at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our awesome cartoon and anime games, or jump into some of our favorite cooperative games! Check back soon for more great game suggestions! We’ve got lots more Intro articles coming up!

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This intimate event is located at The Round Table – Board Game Tavern on Friday Feb 9th at 8:00pm.
An exclusive meet and greet with Buffy’s own Cordelia, hosted by Xander himself.

Evening includes a meet and greet, a light snack, one drink ticket* and a chance to get an exclusive Cordelia card for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game (game not included but available for purchase). Get your ticket’s now!

*Drink tickets are available for use on any available Buff Themed Drinks, Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic are available.

Charisma Carpenter

Headlining this intimate meet and greet, Charisma Carpenter‘s first notable TV appearance was in an episode of Baywatch (1989), which was followed by a brief run in Malibu shores (1996). She later auditioned for the title role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-1999) but was instead cast as Cordelia – a character that started as a snarky, shallow foil to Buffy, in complete contrast to Charisma’s real life kindness and friendliness. Cordelia’s popularity with fans and producers lead to a bigger role in the spinoff, Angel (1999-2004), and Charisma’s career has only grown since the show’s conclusion, appearing in blockbuster films such as The Expendables (2010), and continuing to make TV appearances in numerous shows. Charisma is very friendly to fans, and is excited to headline this event!

Nicholas Brendan

Hosting this event, Nicholas Brendan‘s first big break as an actor was in his role as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), a major character through all 7 seasons of the show. Since then, Nicholas has appeared in many movies and television series, including the role of Kevin Lynch, a recurring character on Criminal Minds (2007-2014). Nicholas considers Charisma a good friend, and is excited to introduce her at this event! Nicholas is friendly and outgoing, and is looking forward to interacting with you as your host for the evening!

You can get weekend passes for GenreCon right HERE!

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2018

Escape Rooms


We have three rooms! The first two can be played as a group or as two groups competing!

For Nottingham’s Guard Quarters and Nottingham’s Treasury, our fees are $25/person.  Stay for a bite and a drink before or after and we’ll bring the cost down to $22/person.  The Penitent One Shall Pass is a solo escape room and is $15/person with a Special: If you come in with a group of 6 or more and everyone runs the gauntlet, the player with the BEST time of your group doesn’t have to pay!

BOOK HERE for more information!

 

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Video Game Board Games

Last week, we introduced you to some totally rad TV Show games. Now we’re introducing some of our favourite video game board game tie-ins. That way, after you play the video game at Afterlife, our sister location, you can come to The Round Table, and play the board game version. Read on for introductions to some super cool video game board games!

Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes.  In this area control card game, you race away from collapsing sections of the lab, attempting to collect more cake than your opponents. Whoever has the most cake when one player’s team of test subjects is completely eliminated wins the game – triumphant and hugely successful! If SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS is at the forefront of your mind, or you just want to prove that the cake isn’t a lie, check out this awesome game.

Atari: Centipede The Board Game is a competitive game for 2 or 4 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this dice-rolling head-to-head game, one team controls the Gnome, moving it around the board, performing actions, and the other team controls the titular centipede, and wriggles around the board, attempting to destroy the gnome. When a team successfully eliminates their opponents, they win the game!

Pac-Man Game is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 20 minutes, and is one of our vintage games. In this competitive roll and move game, players move different colours of “Pac Man”s, collecting power pellets and avoiding ghosts. If you get an energizer pellet, you can power up and chase the ghosts back to their starting locations. There’s not a lot of depth to this familiar feeling Milton Bradley game but it’s a fun throwback with awesome plastic components that’s sure to be a blast – especially for kids or anyone that grew up playing classic games like this one!

Mega Man: The Board Game is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 60 to 180 minutes. This beautiful game plays just like the video game, with players taking turns moving Mega Man through perilous stages. This is the most visually stunning game on this list, complete with pre-painted miniatures, heat pressed pixel art dice, and mini cards in a custom size! Your goal is to make it through the various stages, and a boss rush, before defeating the evil Doctor Wiley! If you’re looking for a fun game that will pit you against your friends, with super nice component quality, then you need to give this game a play!

Be sure to keep these awesome games in mind, next time you’re wondering what to play! If you’re looking for some other awesome suggestions, check out some really good family games or some highly strategic 4X games! Whatever your taste in games is, there’s always something cool to play here at The Round Table!

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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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