Saturday, 23 March 2013

Big Game Hunting - TableTop Day 2013: The Rundown

With our very own TableTop Day event less than a week away, now seems like a good time to give you all a quick rundown of the games we'll be playing. If any of them appeal to you, please send an email to sign up for a game slot on Saturday, 30 March!

The raffle prizes!

Every sign up nets you a free entry into the TableTop Day raffle, with prizes including £20 of Proud Lion gift vouchers and a copy of Zombie Dice! For information about signing up and available game slots, please click here.

First up is Small World, a light-hearted fantasy board game where the game world is simply too small for you all to hold territories peacefully. Players use a multitude of powerful races to conquer as many lands as they can and defend them from their fellow conquerers. However, no single race is strong enough to hold those lands forever. Eventually, your race must fall into decline - enabling you to take on a new race and once again begin conquering the world.

Unsurprisingly, all of this is done in the pursuit of wealth. Every territory you successfully claim earns you coins, even if your race has gone into decline. The player with the most coins at the end of the game wins. This game comes with a number of expansions, all of which will be available to play with this weekend. Click here to see the full review for this game, or visit the Small World website.

Next we have Fluxx, a card game that has the simplest rules in the world - right up until you change them. You start with the basic rule: draw a card, then play a card. Cards that you can play include Keepers (help you to win), Creepers (keep you from winning most of the time), Actions (let you do cool stuff), Goals (determine how you win the game), and New Rules (change the rules of how you play). The game ends when any of the players have the cards shown on the current Goal card, which of course can change as easily as the rules!

The best part of Fluxx is that in comes in so many varieties. There's a version for pirates, zombies, Wizard of Oz, science fiction, Monty Python, and more besides. Each has completely unique cards, and some of them introduce new card types to make gameplay even more fun. For the full review of this game, look here. You can also find out more on the Fluxx homepage.

Around midday we'll be having a go at Level 7 [Escape]. This is a cooperative board game in which players are trapped in an alien facility, and are struggling to get out alive. Your captive character must explore the facility, one random tile at a time, in order to complete objectives. You'll be faced with guards, clones, and events which will affect various aspects of your character, such as their health and their fear level. You'll also manage to get new items and skills to help your character survive the facility.

This is a game which includes several different scenarios, making sure every play through is unique. Each scenario even has three difficulty levels, allowing you to choose how much of a challenge you want to go up against. If you want to see more about Level 7 [Escape], check out the website here.

Later in the afternoon, we'll be having a good old game of Munchkin. This is a dungeon crawling card game that pulls jokes from just about every role playing game there is. Game play involves kicking open doors, fighting monsters, and looting treasures. You can even ask your friends playing with you to help fight those monsters, and share your treasures with them. But you may discover your friends are later helping the monsters and stealing your stuff instead in a desperate attempt to keep you from winning the game!

Like Fluxx, there are a number of different themed versions of this game. Unlike Fluxx, different Munchkin games can be combined to make your game experience more unique. Some examples are Star Munchkin (which will be available this Saturday!), Super Munchkin, Munchkin Cthulhu, and Munchkin Zombies, but there are plenty more to choose from. Small booster packs are also released fairly regularly, creating additional cards which can be added to your existing Munchkin decks. If you want to see the full review, you can find it here. You can also wander over to the Munchkin website for more details.

And finally, the newest game on our TableTop Day event, is Goblins, Inc. You play as a goblin in a factory, where the boss goblin is about to retire. He's offering up his job to the goblin who makes the best giant-mechanical-robot-of-doom - and by best, he really means whichever robot happens to survive the longest. This is a game that you play in teams, but don't count on your teammate to help you out for long, since you change sides halfway through the game!

This is a game that has a lot of elements that will feel familiar to Galaxy Trucker players. You first concentrate on building a robot with various tiles, then have a combat round where the robots are slowly torn apart by the other side. Whichever robot makes it to the end of the round with the most points (and generally, with more of their robot intact) wins the round. After two or three rounds, the goblin - sorry, player - with the most points wins. Also, while this game is designed for four players, there are adapted rules for playing with only two or three people. To find out more about this game, you can take a look here.

See a favourite game in our list? Or maybe a game that you've not played before, but would like to try? Sign up for a slot ASAP. See you Saturday!

Rae is doing her best to keep warm and bake ALL the cookies!

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