Will and Sara recap their Essen Spiel 2019 first-timer experience and Will shares one of his most favorite moments of the convention.
The Tantrum House crew got together with Peter Vaughan from Breaking Games to play the new Dwellings of Eldervale board game that's coming to Kickstarter soon. In this video, they chat about their experience playing a prototype version of the game. Note: All shown components are prototype and do not reflect the final production.
Melissa and Sara attended the 2019 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio and had an opportunity to talk with lots of publishers and check out all kinds of new games!
Melissa and Kevin go to CMON Expo 2019!! They look at Giant Gizmos, Foodies, Sugarblast, and interview Eric Lang and Michael Shinall about Bloodborne the Board Game.
Melissa and Sara travel around to different booths at PAX Unplugged. Check out all the cool games and publishers!
Druid City and Skybound Games with Walking Dead Something to Fear
Soaring Rhino with Pirate Tricks
Pandasaurus Games with Dinosaur Island and more
Thunderworks Games with Dual Powers
CMON with Song of Ice and Fire
Bezier Games with Werewords
Burnt Island Games with Endeavor and In the Hall of the Mtn. King
Grand Gamers Guild with Artemis Project
Smirk and Laughter with And then there were Stars
USAopoly with Harry Potter Codenames
Kevin looks at more than 20 board games launching on Kickstarter the 2nd half of July 2018.
Listen in for the details on our contest which ends July 20, 2018. A winner will be picked randomly from the comments! For 10% Discount Code on our Etsy T-shirts visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TantrumHouse?coupon=SUMMERSALE10
Board games coming to Kickstarter the 2nd half of July 2018:
July 16 Madeira and Zhanguo
July 17 Vanguard of War
July 17 Eldrich Century
July 17 Thunderstone Quest
July 17 Game to pick a game
July 18 Dragon Dice
July 19 Escape Plan
July 23 Game I'm not allowed to talk about yet...
July 23 Knights of Glory
July 24 Artemis project
July 24 War of Supremacy
July 24 Moonshiners of the Apocolypse
July 27 Scavenge
July 30 Build a Cure
July 30 one night ultimate supervillains
July 30 Terminus Breach
July 31 HyGround Tiles
July Trogdor Board Game
Tantrum House interviews Smirk and Dagger, Thunderworks Games, Grey Fox Games, HABA, Alderac Entertainment Group, Daily Magic Games, and Czech Games Edition at Origins Game Fair 2018.
Tantrum House was live on location at Origins Game Fair 2018. In this episode, they get a QuickLook at games coming from Indie Boards and Cards, USAoplopy, White Wizard Games, and Kosmos.
Tantrum House was live on location at Origins Game Fair 2018. In this episode, they get a QuickLook at games coming from Brain Games Publishing and Deep Water Games.
Melissa interviews Shawn at CMON Expo 2018 about Blue Moon City. A reprint with new art work and minis of the popular game - Blue Moon City by Reiner Knizia.
While at Origins we got in a SUPER quick interview with Ross Tompson from IDW Games and he gave us a glimpse at several of their newest board games. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Orphan Black, Outpost Siberia and Planet of the Apes are all available or coming soon!
While at Origins we had a chance to check out a couple of IDW's games, including the new Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty's Trail. Here's a real quick look at what the game is about.
While at Origins 2017 we had an opportunity to interview Sarah Erickson from Renegade Game Studios and get a Quick Look at a new board game coming to the market soon: Flipships
(Sorry the volume is bad - we had mic issues).
Melody from Smirk & Dagger drops it like it's hot when she gives the rundown on their entire lineup of board games in under 3 minutes! It's a feat to be witnessed.
While at Origins we had an opportunity to interview the designers behind the brand new Spoils of War game from Arcane Wonders. Here's a Quick Look at everything inside the box and some of the thought behind it!
While at the Origins Game Fair we got a Quick Look at a game that will be coming out next year. It's called Tower of Madness, and it's being published by Smirk and Dagger. It's a cthulhu themed kerplunk style game with lots of cool dice and cards to fill it out. Looks like its going to be a blast!
At Origins we got a Quick Look at a new game from Smirk & Dagger called Biotix. It's a quick and fun take-that game for the whole family.
Will and Ryan interview Brandon Parson from Brain Games and get a Quick Look at one of their newest games: King Frog.
Last weekend we got to hang out at SC Comicon and demo games for Boardwalk, our favorite FLGS. We had a blast playing our game Steam Court, meeting lots of cool people, and taking in all of the sights and sounds of one of Greenville, South Carolina's fastest growing conventions.
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.
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!
Ryan Pilz is a clever, introverted, bundle of witty one-liners and dedicated boardgamey love. 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: Ryan, tell us something interesting about yourself.
Ryan: My left shoulder is higher than my right. I used to have a pet rat. I'm related to Armagil Waad. My siblings and I got my neighbor to eat sand and paste when I was a kid and told him it was cinnamon ice cream. Is that enough?
TH: Haha! Yeah, that's a good start. Tell us what role you play at Tantrum House?
Ryan: The Bard.
TH: Ok, let's try something else.. Tell us about your earliest board game memory?
Ryan: I remember playing Clue as a family when I was a kid, and suddenly discovering that it was super simple if you just kept track of what others were asking. I remember in college visiting my friend Phil as he sat at the desk in one of the Academic buildings and being introduced to Settlers of Catan. Then one Christmas, my sister Jaime gave me Race for the Galaxy out of the blue, and I suddenly realized there was a whole world of amazing games out there to explore.
And thus began my rapid descent into madness.
TH: Great games! I know it's hard to name just one, but tell us about a few of your favorite games.
Ryan: Kingsburg has a great mechanic of dice rolling and deciding how to split up your dice and what buildings to build first. Smash Up is fun to play and to try and figure out which two decks interact the best. Star Wars: Imperial Assault gives me my Star Wars fix and builds off what I love in RPGs. Race for the Galaxy is fun to try to build the perfect tableau of interacting cards. Shadowrun Crossfire and Mechwarrior: Age of Destruction are a few thematic favorites. Cosmic Encounter, King of Tokyo, Rise of Augustus, 7 Wonders, Dominion...
TH: Ok, ok, so what game are you just the worst at?
Ryan: Card-counting games where I need to remember what's been played 4 rounds ago. I can't keep track of cards. I have the memory of a goldfish.
TH: Tell us about this Katie person?
Ryan: Katie is a beautiful brunette that I have the privilege of being married to. She is the love of my life and my primary source of support and encouragement. She's pretty much amazing. I could go into more details, but for the sake of your self-esteem I will refrain. Oh, and she likes board games. That's definitely a plus.
TH: Does being color blind effect your gaming experience?
Ryan: Yes, I have a harder time distinguishing my pieces at a glance if they're certain colors. For that reason I usually choose to be the Yellow player if that's an option.
TH: You say your super power is awkwardness. How do you use that exactly?
Ryan: Awkwardness isn't so much a super power or skill as it is a way of life. You've got to live it, be committed to it. When others doubt your ability to fumble awkwardly through a situation, you prove them wrong by your utter commitment to the ways of awkwardness. Personally, I utilize awkwardness best when I talk to strangers by showing them I haven't quite mastered the minimum social norms on interacting with others. It has never failed me yet. But, the best is the handshake/fist bump/high five triple threat. There's nothing quite like stumbling through this social variant of rock/paper/scissors. Do I handshake+half hug? Do I go for a solid firm shake? Do I slap hands, grab thumbs, bump elbows, pirouette, and end with a chest bump? Yes.
TH: Besides the art of awkwardness, do you have any other hobbies?
Ryan: RPGs, Video games, Reading and Watching Science Fiction, Paintball (I don't really get to play anymore), Creek Stomping, Bike Riding, Wondering why my car is making that funny noise...
TH: Favorite gaming snack or beverage?
Ryan: Snack: Fudge Mint Oreos. Beverage: Mountain Dew. Not necessarily those two together though.
TH: If you were an alien race from Cosmic Encounters, which would you be and why?
Ryan: The Pacifist. It's simple. It lets me use the multitude of Negotiate cards I always end up with to better effect. And it isn't so obviously overpowered that I'm going to have trouble finding allies. At least not so far.
TH: If you could only have one, which would it be: Video games or board games?
Ryan: Well, I definitely love both, however if I had to choose I'd probably pick board games for 3 reasons: 1) You can play board games without electricity. 2) Board games are more conducive to playing with others. 3) There is less of a social stigma against board games. Right?
TH: Yes Ryan, you chose correctly.
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