Drafting Games

If you’ve been keeping up with our Intro Articles, you’re already familiar with the concept of drafting cards (selecting 1 card from a set, passing it on, and repeating this process until there are no remaining cards) from our Intro To: Drafting Magic the Gathering, but did you know that there are tons of great board games that use drafting as a core mechanic? Read on for some of our favorites!

Paradox is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 40 to 120 minutes. In this science fiction strategy game, players take on the roles of scientists attempting to save the entire universe from a space-time disturbance! Players compete by collecting sets of cards, and managing their resources, and a set of colored disks. The winner is an intergalactic hero, responsible for preventing the distruction of the multiverse! If you’re looking for an intense strategy game with beautiful components, give this one a shot!

7 Wonders is a competitive game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 30 minutes. We introduced this game in one of our earliest articles, and it’s still one of our favorites!  This fast-paced, simple drafting game consists of 3 rounds of drafting followed by a final scoring phase to determine which player has collected the most valuable sets of cards! Some collections of cards grant more resources which are required to select the most valuable cards in the final round! Others are worth exponential points if collected in specific combinations! It’s difficult to find a game the does a better job of capturing what drafting is all about. If you’re looking for a good game to start with to learn the concept, definitely check this one out!

Seasons is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this dice-based game of wizard battles, players start the game by drafting a deck of 9 cards that they will use throughout the rest of the game. Each round, the players continue to draft, selecting dice from a pool instead of cards! Throughout the game, the seasons progress, changing the dice used, determining which resources will be available to play the cards drafted at the start of the game. At the end of the game, each player scores points based on the cards that they have played, and the crystals that they have purchased throughout the game. The player with the most points wins! If you’re looking for a drafting game with some novel twists and a clever use of dice, then this is the game for you!

Sushi  Go! is a competitive board game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 15 to 20 minutes. In this super fast-paced set collecting game, players take on the role of customers at a restaurant trying to grab up the best combinations of sushi before their opponents can beat them to it. This lightweight game introduces drafting in its simplest form, condensing the core mechanics of other drafting games to something that can be learned in only a few minutes, and played very quickly. If you’re looking for a very fast warm-up game, give this one a try!

Whether you already love drafting games, or you’ve never tried drafting before, each of these games is sure to be an awesome experience so make sure to give them a shot next time you visit us at The Round Table! Once you’ve tried these out, if you’re looking for something a little different, check out some of our awesome dexterity games!

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Train Games

Our Intro articles are back, once again introducing you to games that share a central theme! This week, our theme is “train games”, inspired by the go train that can frequently be seen passing by when you look out the window at The Round Table. For articles focused on games with similar gameplay, check out some of our past articles like Intro To: Good 4X Games, or Intro To: Good Dexterity Games. When you’re caught up on our past articles, continue reading below to hear about some fantastic train games!

Ticket to Ride: Europe is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. We’ve introduced this simple strategy game before in one of our earliest articles but it’s too much of a giant to leave off this list. The original Ticket to Ride is a very well known game in which players connect the cities on their ticket cards by playing train cards. This version of the game expands on the classic, adding Tunnels, Ferries, and more to create even more depth of strategy without a steep learning curve! If you’re looking for a game that’s great for new or intermediate gamers, give this one a try!

Russian Railroads is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 120 minutes. In this deeply strategic Worker Placement game, players compete to outrace their opponents, building the most expansive and advanced railway network. Careful placement of your workers lets you race your opponents’ to victory through varied mechanisms such as newer locomotives and factories, or sprawling simple railways. Check this game out if you’re looking for an intermediate to advanced strategy game!

Colt Express is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 30 to 40 minutes. In this simple family game, players take on the role of outlaws in a classic train heist. Players use special powers, and cards to steal loot, punch, and shoot their opponents! The beautifully designed game uses 3D elements for a slick, modern feeling experience. If you’re looking for an introductory level game with some cool gimmicks, take a trip to the wild west with this game!

Empire Express is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 minutes. In this easy to learn and easy to play introductory game, players use crayons to draw routes on an erasable board, attempting to build a collection of railways and become the wealthiest player! Possible routes are pre-planned, and the game uses simple cards to keep the learning curve short. If you’re looking for a casual game to launch your adventure into board games, definitely check this one out!

We’ve capped off this list with some great, simple games. If you’re looking for more games along these lines, check out our Intro To: Good Family Games! In any case, definitely give some of these great games a try on your next visit to The Round Table!

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Buffy Game

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game was playtested right here at The Round Table, and designed by Lynnvander Studios, a company that shares some of our key team members. Now, the game is officially released, and available on our shelves to play and to buy! The fully cooperative game for 1 to 6 players can be played in 40 to 60 minutes, and revolves around Buffy and the rest of the Scoobie gang protecting Sunnydale from vampires and demons while trying to resolve the Big Bad’s plot. Familiar Monsters of the Week also make an appearance, with Darla terrorizing Sunnydale, or Sweet, the dancing demon, forcing you to sing or take wounds! There are 6 playable characters, 6 Big Bads to face off against, and the selection of Monsters of the Week changes each time the game is played!

Lynnvander Studios has put together a separate article about the release of the game, and even included some images of the components, and a playthrough video. For a more in-depth look at the game, check out that article here.

Interested in the game yet? If so, come check it out at The Round Table. We’ve got it available to play, and many of the people that designed the game can be found here on a regular basis, and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the game.

 

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Hey everyone,

Matt here – our bar manager!

At the Round Table, we are always getting asked about our specialty cocktails and the process that goes into making them. In light of that we bring you a brand new article series about the how-to behind some of our most popular drinks. To kick it off we’ll be starting with one of my personal favorites, The Sour in the Stone.

Before you start, you’re going to need a few things:

  • Amaretto Dell’ Amorosa
  • Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • 1 lemon
  • Egg whites
  • shaker glass
  • martini glass
  • sharp knife
  • lemon squeezer

Once you have everything prepared, you can move on to prepping the drink! To start off, your going to combine 1.25 ounce Amaretto, 1 oz bourbon, and a splash of egg whites in your shaker glass. Then, using your lemon squeezer, juice half of your lemon into your shaker glass, and shake without ice. This “dry shake” is important as it lets the ingredients fully mix with the egg whites, giving the drink a nice frothy texture. Next add ice to the shaker and shake again to chill your cocktail. Once it’s nice and cold, strain it into your martini glass and use the other half of your lemon to cut out a nice lemon slice to use as garnish. Frothy, chilled, and garnished, your Sour in the Stone is ready to serve!

There you have it, now you know how to make the Sour in the Stone at home! We’ll be continuing this series with several more of our most popular drinks, so check back soon for our next article!

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Stocking Stuffers

The holidays are here and many people still have last minute gift shopping to do! Well you’re in luck! Here at The Round Table, we’ve got some great ideas for stocking stuffers to help you get through your last minute gift shopping! Next time you visit us at The Round Table, go home with some of these awesome products:

Gloom is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this morbid card game, players each control a different family, with their goal being to make their own family as miserable as possible before killing them off, while making their opponents’ families as happy ass possible. While the goal of the game may not be in the spirit of the holidays, this is a novel game with great mechancis that’s sure to make a great gift for anyone with a love of dark humor.

Saboteur is a competitive game for 3 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this card laying mining game, players act as either minors or saboteurs, with secret motives and simple goals. The minors have to complete a continuous path from the entrance of their mine to a hidden source of goals. The saboteurs, on the other hand, have to prevent the minors from reaching their goal at any cost! Payers can play cards that expand or block portions of the mine, and also play cards to break or repair each other’s equipment. This simple family friendly game is great for kids and would make a perfect gift for anyone with a love of fast paced, simple to learn card games.

Star Realms is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 20 minutes. In this fast paced deck-building game, players compete in outer space combat, attempting to reduce each other’s authority to 0 by trading for better ships and gaining higher combat score with which to attack each other. This fast paced game is all-in-one alternative to CCGS for anyone looking for fierce head to head gameplay.

Coup is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this light bluffing game, players attempt to reduce their opponents’ influence to 0 by  removing their face-down characters from the game. Players can only use the abilities of their face-down characters but can lie about what characters they have in order to be able to use other abilities. A player that is caught lying loses influence, but sometimes gambling on a bluffcan be the best path to victory! This extremely fast-paced game makes a great gift for any lover of big group games.

MTG Booster Packs can be bought individually or as boxes. If you know anyone who plays Magic the Gathering, these packs of additional trading cards will make the perfect gift. The latest set even has a chance to contain super rare and powerful “Invention” cards. If you’re looking for more than a stocking stuffer, a booster box makes a great gift, and for this month only, each Kaladesh booster box comes with 2 special limited run bonus booster packs that contain only rare and premium cards.

Still not sure what to get? give the gift of gaming with one of our Legacy Coins. These special gift coins can be assigned any amount of store credit, which can be applied to any purchase at The Round Table!

 

 

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