The Game is a 1–5 player card game in which players attempt to play an entire deck of cards numbered from 2 to 99. Super easy to pick up and learn, but challenging enough to draw you back for more—The Game wasn't nominated for a Spiel Des Jahres for nothing!
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We've made amazing progress on our Steam Court Kickstarter in the past 24 days and we're headed toward a very successful close. In this episode we talk about some of the stretch goals we've reached, show off some of the components, and wrap up a couple of details as we make our final push to the finish line!
In Takenoko players attempt to care for the Emperors favored panda by cultivating land plots, irrigating them, and growing bamboo. Players all work to fulfill a set number of objective cards and the player to earn the most victory points in the end wins! Featuring a few Catan-esque elements, some delightfully stackable bamboo, and a comic book instruction manual—Takenoko is a gateway game that you just can't overlook.
Caverna is a 2-7 player worker-placement game from Mayfair Games. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before your first run-through.
MOD X is an abstract strategy game from Cryptozoic. In it, up to four players take turns placing plastic Xs on the board, trying to create specific scoring patterns. Making strategic use of the joker pieces, blocking others from scoring, and trying to prevent your point markers from getting covered by your opponents all help make Mod X feel like a serious upgrade to games like Connect 4 and Checkers. While being easy enough for kids to learn and enjoy, Mod X offers some chess-level strategy and its replayability feels pretty much endless!
We are excited to announce that on day one (within the first 5 hours!) we managed to successfully fund Steam Court on Kickstarter!
Huge "Thank you" to all of our backers! And, if you aren't one of those people, no worries, you've got plenty of time to become one! Our campaign will run for 3 more weeks and we've got plenty of stretch goals that we'd love to see unlocked.
Learn more about Steam Court here!
T.I.M.E. Stories is the new hotness! A co-op,"desksploration" game, where player explore a themed module looking for clues, gathering items and solving puzzles in order to change the past and avoid a world-altering time ripple. It's great fun and adventure for 2 to 4 players.
Overlords of Infamy is a hot new game coming to Kickstarter Wednesday, February 17. Become an overlord and expand your borders to gain resources and spy on your neighbor overlords. Will you fill all the fire hydrants with gasoline or serve meat in a vegan restaurant? The person to inflict the most misery wins the game.
In Codenames two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their secret agents first. Based on the one-word clues, given by their Spymaster, players have to "guess who" the agents are that are on their team. The first team to tag all of their colored agents (and avoid the assassin) wins!
Escape Room in a Box: A Werewolf Experiment hit Kickstarter last week. If you enjoy Escape Rooms, you should check this out! It's already funded and a few stretch goals have been reached.
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The Grizzled is a cooperative WWI themed card game about surviving in the trenches. You'll have to play your cards strategically in order to navigate the grueling threats dealt your way. Lend support to your fellow soldiers, work as a team, and with a little luck you might come out alive.
Villages of Valeria is a village-building card game for 2-4 players brought to you by Daily Magic Games. This game is set in the same world as Valeria: Card Kingdoms but is a stand-alone game. We had a blast playing this! Check it out when it comes to Kickstarter on Tuesday, February 2nd at 11AM EST.
Grab your spoon and frying pan and get ready for a lighthearted adventure! Food Fighters is a raddly illustrated battle game for two players. Roll the dice and knock out your opponent (veggies vs. meats) as fast as you can and prove your dominance at the table.
Seth Williams is a hard working, brand-new-daddy, podcast consuming, textbook definition "board game geek." After sticking him in a dark room, and shining a bright light in his face, this is what we were able to get out of him:
TH: Seth, tell us all about yourself in 10 words or less.
Seth: Okay... wait, does that count? Oh my. I like games.
TH: What drew you to working with us? And tell everyone what you do here at Tantrum House?
Seth: I’ve been into board games for a long time, so when I stumbled across Tantrum House, I was thoroughly impressed with the high production value and content quality. Then I found out they were in my hometown, and I nearly fell out of my seat! I started attending game nights and started chatting with Will about opportunities to get involved. Technically, I have an internship that is officially titled “Social Media Marketing Internship”, but that was just a way for me to get my foot in the door. Now they can’t get rid of me. Soon, my wife, Megan, and I will be joining the Tantrum House family with an audio podcast. That’ll get my whole leg in the door.
TH: Tell us more about this podcast?
Seth: My wife and I will be doing a podcast that hobby gamers and casual gamers alike should be able to enjoy. It will be a concise (+-30 minutes) look at games we’ve played, news in the industry, upcoming releases, and then most interestingly, we are going to use my wife’s amazing hostess skills to help you plan board gaming nights/events.
TH: Interesting, but sell everyone on why they should look to you guys as board gaming authorities.
Seth: I have been an avid board gamer since college. I worked in a board gaming store and spent most of the time I should’ve been studying text books, digging into rulebooks instead. While I enjoy most board games, I am a huge fan of Amerit(h)rash games, and have been digging into various RPGs recently. I look for rocking miniatures, lots of action, and strong narrative. My wife is my Newton’s third law. She is a Eurogamer who is content playing a game with wood blocks as long as the game has solid mechanics, not a lot of luck, and no storyline at all (the last one is just how I feel about some of her game choices). I dig into the news in the community abroad, and Megan jumps into setting up game nights with friends and planning how to make each game night we host a memorable event. Between the two of us, we will bring a lot of different things to the table, and coming in under the Tantrum House umbrella means that we will produce shows with top-notch quality.
TH: Wow, that was long. Since we're now running out of time let’s have you answer some rapid-fire questions. How does that sound?
Seth: Let’s do it.
TH: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Seth: Teleportation. It would make days off of work so much more interesting. I want to have breakfast in Ireland, take off to Thailand for lunch, and for dinner, have tapas throughout a few more countries. Teleportation seems like the only way to make that happen. If you see any chance for turning into a mutant, let me know.
TH: Do you have a favorite game piece color?
Seth: Not really, but I think I’m going to start trying to snag blue or yellow just to mess with Will, Ryan, and Kevin.
TH: Do you play to win?
Seth: I used to much more than I do now. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy winning, but it’s not as important as it used to be…unless I’m playing against Megan. We are ultra-competitive with each other sometimes.
TH: Favorite gaming snack?
Seth: I don’t usually snack while I play games. If I do, it’s something like pretzels, or another salty, game-safe food. I do like to have a drink on hand though, and that drink is usually iced coffee. We are absolute fiends when it comes to iced coffee. We don’t have a caffeine addiction. Probably.
TH: Favorite theme in board games?
Seth: It isn’t so much that I have a favorite theme as much as it is that I love playing a game with a theme that hasn’t been done before.
TH: Top three games right now?
1.) Deception: Murder In Hong Kong
2.) The End of The World RPG series
3.) The Grizzled
TH: Cool. Now go get me some coffee.
Kevin looks at few of the dozens of board games coming to Kickstarter this February, 2016. What Kickstarter games are you excited about?
Shadows Over Camelot is a 3-7 player semi-cooperative game, from Days of Wonder, in which players work together to complete quests before Camelot falls. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before heading out to defeat the Black Knight and find the Holy Grail.
Venom Assault by Spyglass Games is a deck building game with dice combat. It reminds of us of Marvel the Deckbuilding game but with some semi-strategic combat with dice and set in a G.I. Joe-like universe. Check out their live Kickstarter campaign and be sure to watch our 5 minute review!
Firefly is a 1–4 player game, from Gale Force Nine, in which players pickup and deliver goods in their Firefly-class transport ship. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before traveling the 'Verse.
Roll For The Galaxy (the dice version of Race for the Galaxy) is a 2–5 player game from Rio Grande Games. In today's episode we provide a Quick Setup Guide for how everything should be laid out and setup before your first run-through.
Tides of Infamy is a tile-flipping, treasure collecting, piratey adventure for 2 to 4 players. Using your movement cards and small fleet of ships to navigate the map, you'll face currents and rocks, ghost ships and maelstroms, as well as your fellow pirates. Earn the most marks of infamy to prove that you are the most dastardly pirate and win!
Merry Christmas from Tantrum House! In celebration of the big day we've put together a rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas featuring some of our friends from the industry. From Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jamey Stegmaier and Richard Launius to Iain James, from open the box games, we've got the ultimate gaming choir put together for your holiday delight!
We also just launched our new Esty shop, so be sure to check that out!
T.I.M.E. Stories is a 2-4 player co-op adventure board game from Space Cowboys and Asmodee. In today's episode we give a quick setup guide for how everything should be laid out as well as some simple instructions for how to prepare for your first run-through. It's spoiler-free helpful how-to information.
Pandemic is a cooperative game in which players attempt to eradicate disease from the map. In Pandemic Legacy new challenges, characters, and mutated viruses appear each "month" (or time) that you play. With new cards, permanent stickers, and constant surprises, Pandemic Legacy will keep you hopping for a full year!
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