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I had the great pleasure to sit down and speak with Mike Selinker, the developer of such board game classics as Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game, and my personal favorite, Gloria Mundi. Interestingly, Mike noted that he declined to be involved in the creation of Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, so that he could play the game without knowing the outcome of all the stories, a luxury he never had with House on the Hill. However board games are just the tip of the iceberg, as Mike is equally known for his work in puzzles, having contributed extensively to Games Magazine and international puzzle competitions.

In 2013, Mike and his company Lone Shark Games Kickstarted Maze of Games, a massive puzzle book in novel form that was in development for 18 years. Maze of Games followed the story of Colleen and Samuel Quaice, siblings in 1897 trapped within a series of deadly puzzles by a skeletal entity called the Gatekeeper. Just to make things worse, these puzzles are presented out of order, so putting the evolving story of the children in order is an essential part of the grand overlying solution. A successful Kickstarter for the audiobook read by Wil Wheaton followed in 2014. 5+ years have passed, and it appeared the book had still not been fully solved, so the team at Lone Shark started preparing a Kickstarter to publish an official solution guide. With only weeks to go until the KS was due to launch, a surprise email revealed that a team of 13 people had finally found the answer. Lone Shark quickly reformatted the Kickstarter, excited that the puzzle was still inspiring people so many years later.

The Maze of Games Omnibus has just launched on Kickstarter and includes not only the original Maze of Games novel, but also The Keymaster’s Tome, a solution guide handwritten by the protagonists, audiobook versions of the Theseus Guide to the Final Maze, and a full radio drama The Gatekeeper’s Variety Hour, both with the voice talent of Wil Wheaton. Finally, the team included a special escape room announcement. Mike and the team at Lone Shark have often envisioned a real world version of the Maze of Games, and such a thing has come to reality thanks to Epic Team Adventures in Seattle.

The Kickstarter for Maze of Games Omnibus continues through April 3, and the books are scheduled to be released in June 2019. For more details on the books, the audiobooks, and the escape room, check the Kickstarter page here.

Geek & Sundry have just partnered with Campaign Coins to create a series of gaming metal coins based on the popular TableTop board game show. King of the Castle Games Company signed a licensing agreement with Geek & Sundry to release the coins. Now Tom can finally replace all the paper money he loathes with some quality metal coins!

Mark Morrison of Campaign Coins discussed the coins as being the next level of components for the celebrities that frequent Will Wheaton’s TableTop show:

On TableTop, Wil and his friends show what is so wonderful about board gaming: getting together and having fun. Adding metal coins to the mix adds an extra level of immersion. It’s the way they clink!

Wil Wheaton offered plenty of praise for the design that designer Daniel Solis came up with for the coins:

Daniel is such a wonderful designer, and Campaign Coins are so beautifully crafted. I’m just thrilled to have them coming together to make something special for TableTop fans.

Daniel Solis designed the coins, so they can almost be guaranteed to have long-lasting appeal. Solis and his wife are the founders of the Thousand-Year Game Design Challenge. The challenge was a $1,000 competition to create a game that could be enjoyed for the next 1,000 years, encouraging designers to think about eh sustainability and universality of games, designing for longevity. Solis has done graphic design and layout for a variety of both board and role playing games.

The final designs Solis created for the coins are very much in keeping with his preference for classic design, featuring timeless motifs, styles and shapes intended to be suitable for any board game regardless of the genre. The coins are clearly marked in dominations with a different size for each demonization, and are produced in a flat design for easy stacking.

Imprinted with standard tabletop game images, the dominations of the antique finished coins are marked and minted as:

  • copper 1 coin with imprinted with a meeple
  • silver 5 coin imprinted with a hand of cards
  • bronze 20 coin imprinted with a D20
  • gold 100 coin imprinted with a table and board game

The back side of each coin includes the TableTop logo.

The coins are available now. Keep an eye out on the current season of TableTop, with new episodes being released now through June 7 2017, for coins to make possible appearances.

Wil Wheaton is back with Season 4 of his hit show Tabletop brought to you by Geek & Sundry.  In this season guests like Seth Green, Felicia Day, Jonathan Coulton, Matt Mercer, and many others will be showing up.

They have announced some of the games that will be showing up Season 4.

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Champions of Midgard
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Fate Core System
Steam Park
Misspent Youth

The first two episodes will be available on youtube today 11/2 (Lanterns: The Harvest Festival) & 11/9 (Champions of Midgard).  After that they will be available via Alpha for early access and will drop on youtube biweekly starting on 1/30/17.

Today’s episode is available here.

 

Image from Asmodee's Web site

Image from Asmodee’s Web site

There has been a steady increase in stars in the board game world it seems with the likes of Rich Sommer, Wil Wheaton, and Jorge Garcia showing up on various board game podcasts and Youtube shows.  So what do you do when you get one on your show?  You interview them of course, and that is what Asmodee sat down and did with Rich Sommer.  They talk about things like how he got into board gaming, if he plays games on set, and what it is he likes about board games.  You can read the full interview on the Asmodee site here.

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Just last week, Will Wheaton, host of the popular Internet program Tabletop, took a few moments with Jason Guerrasio of Esquire magazine to discuss his “top five tabletop games of all time.”

Wheaton eventually settled on five games that were hot for him at the present moment:

The Resistance: Avalon

Takenoko

Legendary: A Marvel Deck-Building Game

Lords of Waterdeep

Kingdom Builder

In this article, Wheaton briefly discusses each of these games, outlining their basic concepts as well as what he likes about each.  However, he made no attempt to rank these in any significant order:

“I can’t rank these and I’ll tell you why,” positioning himself in his chair like he’s discussing a pressing bureaucratic issue. “When I sit down to play a game like Love Letter, I’m expecting a different experience than when I sit down to play Lords of Lockleep [Waterdeep]. And when I play Cards Against Humanity I want a different experience than when I play Apples to Apples. We play different games for different reasons.”

To read the full article, visit the article at this link: Will Wheaton: 5 Board Games You Should Be Playing.

Tabletop has finally returned with Season 3. This season is the highest funded digital media project to ever fund on indiegogo. With what some might describe as a mandate from the gaming community Tabletop has presented a very polished product.

This season appears to have truly upped its production standards.  Whether you are a fan of the show or not they are truly presenting this show as something that would be acceptable on any network television station.  These types of shows truly do make our hobby much more mainstream.