Nov 242014
 

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Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2014

The Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon helps kids in need to get the medical treatments they desperately need. Learn how Wargaming Recon raised money by playing games for 24 hours.

The funds are used to provide medical care for kids whose families otherwise could not afford the help.

Listen to this episode to learn more about this great cause, discover some cool new games, and maybe you will be empowered to participate next year!

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About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Nov 192014
 

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Seven Dragons by Andrew Looney was recommended to me after my Guillotine review and I’m quite happy I picked it up. It is a tile laying game for 2-5 players where each player is trying to be the first to connect 7 dragons of their color on the growing board. Play is fast and straight forward, but there is enough variance in the tiles and action cards that the game stays interesting. This is a great family game and it is worth note that the game comes with instructions on how to play with all age levels down to Pre-K. More games should do this – it is awesome.

Seven Dragons is a blast to play between dinner and homework! I do humbly recommend a simple, color only version be created so it can take over at Target :)

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Nov 182014
 

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Innovation by Carl Chudyk Is rapidly gaining popularity in various game circles. Carl manages to take all the fantastic elements of Sid Meier’s Civilization and boil it down into cards (no simple task). In order to accomplish this he created a series of icons and a card “splaying” mechanic that is a little nugget of card game magic. Innovation is well worth your attention. This game can be hard to find, so make sure you are getting the second edition published by Asamadi Games (pictured).

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Nov 182014
 

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Hanafuda (??) are playing cards from Japan used for a variety of games (like a standard 52 card deck in the states). Their name translates to “Flower Cards,” with a flower set (4 cards) to represent each of the 12 months in the deck (48 cards total). The specific game I talk about in the video is called Koi-Koi (very popular), but there are many. Nintendo started out as a company making Hanafuda cards!

I wanted to share Hanafuda cards because of their influence on me as a game designer. They made me step outside the box and think about card games in new ways. It is simple, but requires you to wrap your head around a different convention/culture. Do give it a shot!

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Nov 172014
 

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The Dumpster Brawl! Kickstarter: https://www.tinyurl.com/dumpsterbrawl

SolarFlare Games sent along a prototype version of Dumpster Brawl! after we were discussing the Lift Off! Get me off this Planet! and Lanterns KS campaigns. I actually received two revs of the game and the second, which I preview in the video, is a whole lot of fun. Dumpster Brawl! is an easy to learn, fast, filler game where players are competing (and fighting) to be the first player to have 3 trash matches. Being lighter on strategy, this game leaves a lot of room for player-to-player smack talking and fun. Lots of laughter with the boys.

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Nov 132014
 

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7 Wonders is the award winning, card-drafting masterpiece by Antoine Bauza. There are numerous expansions to this game, but the base game is a fantastic starting point. It is easy to learn, fast paced, but with enough dimension to keep all types of players engaged. It scales very well from 2-7 players without adding too much time to the play. Well worth your attention.

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Nov 122014
 

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What The Food?! by Peter Vaughan is a fast-paced, humorous, “Take that!” game for 3-8 players. This was a successful Kickstarter project and Peter’s debut card game. There is a little bit of depth to absorb at first, but it pays out in the long run giving the game good life and variability (especially when playing with mixed groups). I also love the theme choice! I like to think of it as a more dynamic party game when not playing Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity.

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Nov 112014
 

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Fairy Tale by Satoshi Nakamura is a 2-5 player drafting, card battle game. Drafting in secret and then playing simultaneously out in the open creates new dynamics for both the drafting phase (being able to take high rank cards early and then build towards them) and the play phase (you have an inkling of what your opponent has, but not sure what and when they will play). A lot of fun without all the booster packs!

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