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We’ve recently shown you some awesome new additions to our collection, and some time ago we introduced you to some great family games. Now, we’d like to introduce you to some more awesome games to play with kids! Next time you take your family to The Round Table, make sure to check out these games for kids:

The Magic Labyrinth is a competitive game for ages 6+ that can be played in 15 minutes. In this skill based memory game, players take the little magician apprentices through a maze in search of some magic objects that they have lost. The game makes clever use of magnets to create invisible walls that the little magician apprentices can’t move through. If a player hits an invisible wall, they have to start their search through the maze all over again! If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced game with really novel mechanics, give this one a try!

Lemming Mafia is a competitive game for ages 8+ that can be played in 20 minutes. In this dice rolling, betting game, several lemmings race towards a lake, and players use their dice rolls to manipulate the movement of the lemmings while betting on which lemming will reach the lake first. This is a simple roll and move game with colorful plastic miniatures. It keeps things fresh with a simple but engaging betting mechanic that rewards players with victory points at the end of the game. Try this out if you’re looking for a simple game with a slightly comedic premise and presentation.

Monster Factory is a competitive game for ages 5+ that can be played in 30 minutes. In this random tile placing game, players place tiles to either make their own monsters or their opponents’ monsters bigger, all in an attempt to make monsters that are big but don’t go unfinished. This is a very simple game that’s great for kids that aren’t quite ready for some of the more complex games in our library. Check it out if you’re looking for something really accessible.

Cat Tower is a competitive game for ages 4+ that can be played in 15 minutes, and was one of our staff picks back in March. In this cat stacking card game, players attempt to empty their hands by stacking their folding cat cards on a central tower. When a player manages to get rid of their entire hand of cards, the game ends and they are declared the winner. This simple card game is great for anyone that is drawn in by adorable art and light, fast-paced game play.

If you’re planning to bring your kids with you on your next visit to The Round Table, any of the games introduced in this article are worth giving a shot. If you’re looking for something a little more in depth to play with friends, check out some of our recommended 4X games, or the popular classic Settlers of Catan. Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.

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Sep

23

2016

Pathfinder League

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Are you a fan of RPG’s (Role Playing Games)?  If not, have you been hit with the temptation to play one? Looking for a group to game with?

Enough with the questions already as we have the solution!  We’re hosting a semi-weekly, shared universe Pathfinder campaign and it’s absolutely free to join and play! Whether you are a seasoned role-player or are just getting into it, this campaign is the one for you!

Who? – We’ve selected a special group of 4 game masters to run this for you.  Each game master will host a party of 5 players. Our game masters will have a cohesive story prepared for you where players from different play groups can swap parties, communicate with each other in person when their characters are in the same geographical location and fight together when the grand finale takes place!

What? – We’ll be using the Pathfinder RPG system and the setting will be Legacy of Mana.

Imagine a world alive with magic: a world where mana ebbs and flows deep from the subterranean core, to the lush surface lands and all the way up to the sky domains floating high above the clouds. Mana is the element of existence, magic in its purest form. It is an enigma, its source as mysterious as the origins of the noble bloodlines that ruled the realms. Some have tried to wield it for higher power and some have tried to control it. There were those that simply ignored it and those who became its slave. Inevitably, there were those who wished to destroy it, to remove it from the world altogether. Not long ago, an army of anti-mana knights invaded the realm of Krymaris bearing swords made of an alchemically enhanced alloy. These swords possessed the power to feel, manipulate and negate mana in all its disciplines. Thus the knights began to drain Krymaris of its mana, leaving it barren and desolate, and destroying every magical creature and bloodline in the process. They tore apart what little order was left to impose one of tyranny and domination. Now the realms are in need of champions. Can the surviving rebel factions be united? Can peace ever be restored to Krymaris? And most importantly, can mana be brought back to a world that was once teeming with life? Welcome to Imaria, where all magic is alive, yet no magic is safe…

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Where? – At the Round Table of course!  We’ll have drinks and food available off our menus and absolutely NO table time!

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When? – We’ll be starting with a full day of character generation, history development and character backgrounds. Plus you’ll have the chance to meet the GM’s and your fellow party members. If you’re new to the Pathfinder system don’t worry, we’ll teach you!

We’ll be doing character generation on Sunday, October 2nd, 12pm – 5pm.   We’ve already received an incredible amount of emails and messages to partake in this event. Our player capacity is 20 max!  If you would like a spot please come to the Round Table and sign up in person during any of our hours of operation.

Why? – Our community has been requesting an RPG for some time!  And we’ve heard you, so let’s roll some dice!

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Here at the Round Table, we’re always adding new games to our library! We’ve highlighted some of our great new additions before, and we’d once again like to introduce you to some fantastic games that are here to expand our collection! Next time you visit us, you’ll definitely want to check out these awesome games:

Random Encounter is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 5 to 20 minutes. This fast paced, number-based, pixel-art card game pits players against each other in a race to collect the most loot! Players build their own encounters from fully customizable decks, and then challenge each other’s encounters in pursuit of loot! The first player to reach 5 loot wins! If you’re looking for a super quick to play game to start off a night of gaming, give this one a try!

Go Goblin, Go! is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this light, standalone racing and gambling game, players secretly pick three of the goblins that are racing towards a pit of fire (for their taskmasters’ amusement) and play cards to manipulate how fast the goblins move. The first goblin to fall into the pit “wins” but doesn’t get any points, so it’s up to each player to keep their chosen goblins close to the front of the race, without letting any of their picks be the first goblin to fall in the pit. At the end of the game, points are awarded based on the chosen goblins’ positions, and the player with the most points wins! If you’re looking for an easy to learn game with a lighthearted tone then this is the game for you!

Dicey Goblins is a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 20 to 45 minutes. In this press-your luck dice game, players control goblins that are attempting to steal dragon eggs. Each round players take turns either attempting to raid the dragon’s lair or running away, all in a race to be the first player to collect 18 dragon eggs! If you’re looking for a fast paced, low stakes dice game, come try this one out!

Jupiter Rescue is a fully cooperative game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this sci-fi strategy game, players work together as maintenance robots to escort 28 colonists on a space station to the escape pods, while under the looming threat of attack from the “creeps”, alien invaders that have chosen the players’ space station as their restaurant of choice, and the colonists as their next meal. Each turn, the players take 5 actions, choosing from a list of common actions, to help move colonists to safety. New creeps arrive at the end of each turn, and if they manage to turn enough colonists into more creeps, or destroy enough sections of the space-ship, the game is lost! If you’re looking for a modular co-op game with tons of replayability, then you need to see what this one’s all about!

We really wanted to highlight these new games but there are also tons of other games for you to check out next time you visit us at The Round Table! We’ve even got a selection of hard to come by vintage games, so come see our library and try out some of the awesome games filling our shelves!

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We’ve really gotten busy here at The Round Table, and to keep up with the rush, we’ve decided to open every day of the week! Beginning this Monday, the 19th, we’re opening our doors from 5:00pm to 11:00pm! That means you can now come out on Monday nights for our Specialty Cocktails, and our huge selection of games!

In addition to our usual services, we’ll be hosting movie nights and TV marathons from 7:00pm to 10:00pm every Monday! We’ll be starting out with the hit BBC series, Merlin, in keeping with our Arthurian theme and, as we get close to the end of the series, we’ll be taking votes on what to watch next!

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Sep

04

2016

Intro To: Good 4X Games

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We’ve introduced you to tons of cool genres of board game in the past, including mystery games, and trivia games, and now we’re going to introduce you to some of our favorite 4X games. This genre of games, as the name implies, focuses on the 4 “X”s: “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate”. Put simply, 4X games focus on the various intricacies of creating an empire, and have an important emphasis on economic and technological advancement as well as military conquest. Here are a few of the 4X games that you should try next time you visit us at The Round Table:

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 minutes. This pocket-sized game puts each player in control of a growing kingdom and gives them the goal of surpassing their friends in some combination of expanding their population into other realms, learning powerful magic, and building grand towers. The core of the game functions off of a resource management system and a limited action system which only gives you so many options on each turn. This light, fast-paced game is a great introduction to the 4X genre.

Eminent Domain is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 45 minutes. In this simple deck-building game, players survey the galaxy to expand their civilizations, harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve their technology. Each player’s civilization’s abilities are based on a deck of Role cards that changes as the game progresses. If you’re already familiar with the deck building genre, this game is a great way to get into the 4X genre.

Eclipse is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 60 to 200 minutes. In this quintessential 4X game, each player is placed in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing to explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships with which to wage war. This game is a lot more in depth than the other games on this list and is a great game to work your way up to. Dip your feet in the 4X genre with one of the other games on this list, and then dive into the genre with this game.

We’ve got a huge selection of games at The Round Table, so come out and play something you’ve never tried before! If 4X games don’t seem like your style, try some of our cooperative games, or come out for our Trivia night on Wednseday!

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