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A ‘Game of Thrones’ Edition of Risk is Coming!

Think you could survive in the Seven Kingdoms? In August you’ll get the chance to find out when USAopoly/Hasbro joins forces with HBO to release a Game of Thrones edition of Risk!

Players will vie for control as one of seven houses on two combinable game boards. There will gotpiecesbe three different ways to play and there will be over 650 game pieces representing the Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Martell, Tyrell, Targaryen, and Ghiscari houses. In addition, there will also be character cards that will affect how the battles are fought and won, objective cards to complete quests, Maester cards for wisdom, and gold dragon coins.

The Westeros map gameplay consists of The War of the Five Kings and includes the Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Martell and Tyrell houses, while the Essos map gameplay consists of house Targaryen and Ghiscari battling for control of the slaves.  When the two maps are combined it becomes a battle royale for complete control between all 7 houses. Players will also be able to keep track of their kingdoms to customizable player boards.

This sure to be impressive game will retail for $74.95, which a steal when you consider all it will include. Let us know if you plan on picking it up and don’t forget: valar morghulis.

Images courtesy of  The Wall Street Journal, who exclusively reported this news first. 

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Tabletop Tuesday: King of Tokyo

king2The King of Tokyo game is a lot of fun for the family, ages 5+. This is one of my kids favorite games.  Each game takes about 30 minutes to play, and up to 6 players can join. The setup only takes a few minutes as well. Once setup is complete, and everyone has picked up their monster, the game starts. The turns go as follows: roll the dice, resolve the dice, buy cards (optional), and end your turn.  Becoming King of Tokyo is the point of the game, if you haven’t figured out by the title yet.  To get there, you want your monster to attack, and beat the rest of the players in points. You can accomplish this by being able stay in “Tokyo City” the longest. As you try to conquer “Tokyo City” you can be attacked by other players off the board, if you are, they will take your place. While on the board, you score the most points. Besides the cards and dice, this is the quickest way to acquire points. The first player to 20 wins! Once you have played a game, it is so fun and easy that you will want to play again and again. My family has spent hours playing this game, trying to who can win the most games with the different monsters. There are a few expansions for this game that makes it more challenging. Have fun playing!king3

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TableTop Tuesday Review: Dominion Card Game – Expansion Prosperity

My family and I tried another game the other night. We decided to play the card game Dominion, which included an expansion called Prosperity. This was a bit more complicated for children under 13. There were four of us playing this time. It didn’t take long to read the instructions and understand the game rules. The game starts by picking a scenario from the rulebook or build your own scenario compiling 10 kingdom (action) card decks, 3 victory card decks, and 3 treasure card decks. Each player starts with 10 cards in their individual deck, which is made up of victory cards and treasure cards. Once your deck is shuffled, pick up 5 cards, this allows you to purchase action (kingdom) cards or more treasure cards. By purchasing a variety of cards, you build a larger, stronger deck in which to purchase victory cards, which is the goal of the game. The game ends when either 3 out of 10 kingdom (action) decks are gone or the largest amount of the victory decks is gone. A player wins by counting the victory points in his/her deck. The player holding the most points wins!

The family member that won that night was my niece by only a few points. There is a bit of strategy needed to play this game. It comes with 25 different action cards, which makes it hard to play the same game twice, so there is a lot of replay value. This has quickly become a go-to game when we want to play a card game that only lasts 30 minutes per session.

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Dominion, by Donald X. Vaccarino Publisher: Rio Grand Games Players: 2 – 4 Age: 13 + Game Length: < 30 minutes MSRP: $44.95
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Dominion: Prosperity by Donald X. Vaccarino Publisher: Rio Grand Games Players: 2 – 6 Age: 13 + MSRP: $44.95
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TableTop Tuesday: 7 Wonders Game Review

This is a card game that is great for the whole family. The game is rated 14+, but with a little help (mainly with reading), anyone 10+ could play. The game was created in 2010 by Asmodee Games, and since then it has won 12 awards around the world.

The game play is very simple; it starts as you being the leader of your ancient city, gathering resources, commercial routes and military armies, and it lasts three ages with 2-7 players. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways (players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then 7 wonders picchooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. There are many ways to score throughout the game: completed wonder stages have victory points, the military tokens (positive and negative) are added to the total, possible victory points earned by 3 types of technology that are researched over the course of the game, and collecting sets of those or multiples of the same type add victory point bonuses. After three ages, the game ends. Once the game rules are mastered (which doesn’t take long), it is a very fast paced game. It’s fun and challenging to work together or against other players.

This is a card development game that has many expansions available for purchase which make this game even more enjoyable and challenging to play. My family loves this game cause it only lasts about 30 to 40 min. Most development games are much longer and rules harder to follow. If you love to play Risk or any military board game, this is the card game to try out for sure!

This Saturday, April 11, 2015 is International TableTop Day. Let us know what TableTop games you are playing!

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