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!
We had the opportunity to go to MACE, in Charlotte N.C., last month. Got to hang out with friends, introduce them to our game Steam Court, and got to playtest a couple of other prototypes as well. Here's a recap of our adventures!
In Continental Express, players collect train cars and add them to their station in hopes of fulfilling secret objectives. With its simple strategy, fun illustrations and stick travel tin, Continental Express makes for a great game for the train-loving family.
Rise of Man: Stone Age by Bryan Sloan is a card drafting game where players collect resources to overcome obstacles and complete special events. Do you have what it takes to survive? Check out this game coming to Kickstarter early 2016. Find out more at http://www.luxgamestudio.com/
Fluxx is a crazy little card game in which the cards you play actually determine the current rules for the game. At the beginning of the game the rules are simple: draw one and play one--but as the game goes on you find that everything is in flux.
Can you build a space ship durable enough to weather the meteor field? Armed enough to defend against space pirates? Big enough to carry your crew and valuable cargo? And fast enough to make your delivery first? Find out in Galaxy Trucker. This tile placement game has tons of great components and packs a light-speed punch! Oh, and did we mention that our wives did the review on this one? Check it out!
Floating Market: A Game of Diced Fruit is a 2-5 player action selection and dice rolling game. Players control meeples and dice as they influence the dice roll to collect fruit throughout the game. Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle designed the game produced by Eagle-Gryphon Games. There were almost 1,200 kickstarter backers and only 2,000 copies were manufactured, so there aren't that many copies available.
In Rise of Augustus players race to complete "objective" cards in order to gain special powers and ultimately to claim victory points. In similar fashion to Bingo, tokens are randomly drawn from a bag and players place their meeple "legionnaires" on corresponding symbols. When all of their symbols are covered they declare "Ave Caesar." Choosing which objective cards to complete and building your set add a nice layer of strategy to this simple and enjoyable game.
A preview of some of the hot board games launching on Kickstarter in November, 2015: Monster Truck Mayhem; Arcadia Quest: Inferno; Lunarchitects; Fleet Commander
In this card collecting game players use gold bars to bid on priceless artifacts that have been stored in wooden crates and housed in the mysterious Warehouse 51. With some interesting mechanics, a humorous storyline, and some great card art, Warehouse 51 is a treasure to be discovered.
ManaSurge is a 3-5 player magical card game. You take on the role of a wizard and begin together to build a spell by playing numbered spell cards and metamagic cards. If you are not able to play a card then the spell hits you and you receive damage. Other players may be able to gain magic shard tokens based on the cards they played. The first wizard to gain 12 shard tokens (or 10 in a 5-player game) wins! If you enjoy trick-taking games, we think you will love this game. The campaign launches on Kickstarter on October 27, 2015. Go back it on Kickstarter tomorrow!
In Small World, players strive for world domination using a cast of wacky fantasy races with special powers. Conquering adjacent territories and collecting points for the spaces they own, players stretch their race to the breaking point and then throw them into decline and select a new race in hopes of carrying them to victory!
Between Two Cities is a 1-7 player game from Stonemaier Games. This semi-cooperative tile-laying game is fast-paced and strategic. Players take on the role of master builders and must cooperate with the person on their left to build one city and the person on their right to build another city. Tiles are chosen through a drafting mechanism similar to 7 Wonders. The strategy comes as you endeavor to make both cities the best they can be.
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