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Origins Lightning Round

June 26, 2009 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes 3 Comments →

Nominees for the 35th Annual Origins Awards

If we convince you to buy some of the excellent choices below, why not order from Myriad Games– our partner Friendly Local Game Store.  You’ll get a great game and we’ll get some product to give away as prizes!

BOARD GAMES

Agricola
Z-Man Games, Inc.
Uwe Rosenberg

Ninja vs. Ninja
Out of the Box Publishing
Tushar Gheewala

Pandemic
Z-Man Games, Inc.
Matt Leacock

TOMB
Alderac Entertainment Group
John Zinser

Wealth of Nations
TableStar Games
Nico Carroll

CHILDREN’S, FAMILY, AND PARTY GAMES

Backseat Drawing
Out of the Box Publishing
Peggy Brown

duck! duck! Go!
APE Games
Kevin G. Nunn

Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The
Mongoose Publishing
James Wallis

Living Labyrinth
Bucephalus Games
Julie Haehn

Rorschach: The Inkbot Party Game
Bucephalus Games
Dan Tibbles, Jeremy Holcomb, Joe Huber, and Stephen McLaughlin

Say Anything
North Star Games
Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri

CARD GAMES

Dominion
Rio Grande Games
Donald X Vaccarino

Monty Python Fluxx
Looney Labs
Andrew Looney

Red Dragon Inn 2
Slugfest Games
Geoff Bottone, Colleen Skadl, and Cliff Bohm

Ticket to Ride Card Game
Days of Wonder
Alan R. Moon

Trailer Park Wars
Gut Bustin’ Games
Lisa Steenson

NON-FICTION

KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1
by Wolfgang Baur, Nicolas Logue
Open Design

Lost Leaves From the Inn of the Last Home
by Margaret Weis
Margaret Weis Productions

No Quarter Magazine
editor-in-chief Nathan Letsinger
Privateer Press

Things We Think About Games
by Will Hindmarch & Jeff Tidball
Gameplaywright Press

Tour de Lovecraft: the Tale
by Ken Hite
Atomic Overmind Press

MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES/ MINIATURE FIGURE OR LINE OF MINIATURE FIGURES

Monsterpocalypse Collectible Miniature Game
Privateer Press, Inc.
Matt Wilson, Bryan Cutler, Jason Soles, Rob Stoddard, and Kevin Clark

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES

CthulhuTech
Catalyst Game Labs
Matthew Grau, Fraser McKay, and Mike Vaillancourt

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Players Handbook
Wizards of the Coast
Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, and James Wyatt

Mouseguard Role-Playing Game
Archaia Studios Press
Luke Crane and David Petersen

Star Wars Saga Edition Core Rulebook
Wizards of the Coast
Chris Perkins, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Rodney Thompson

Trail of Cthulhu
Pelgrane Press Ltd
Kenneth Hite, Robin D Laws, Jerome Huegenin, and Simon Rogers

More Information

Full list of nominees can be found HERE.

Contests!

We have some of these games to give away as prizes!

Contest #1: Post about your experience with any of the games we talk about or help review a game we didn’t see (200 words or more) and you’ll be entered into a drawing!

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ReviewSode #8: Ennies Lightning Round!

August 12, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes 3 Comments →

Warm-Up:

Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.

Icebreaker:

  • The Olympics!  We’re big fans and discuss our favorite events.  Meg reminds everyone she has a vag.

Review Guidelines:

Good, Bad, Wintry Mix

  • Good:
    • Elegant
    • Fuckin’ A
    • Fiddly Bits
  • Bad:
    • Idiot
    • Full of Crap
    • Asshole

Our rating scale is:

  • 1= If you are only going to buy 1 book, get this one.
  • 3= If you are going to buy 3 books so you have a “main game” plus a fun pickup, this is the book for you
  • 10= If you are going to get 10 books for a bit more variety, get this one
  • 0= Don’t buy it.

Best Writing:

Nominees:

The Good:

  • Trail of Cthulhu: Elegant, Fuckin’ A writing, and some really good Fiddly Bits.  Rating: 1
  • Grimm: Fuckin’ A.  Rating: 3

Wintry Mix:

  • Monsters and Other Childish Things: Some Fuckin’ A, but Full of Shit too.  Rating: 10

Bad:

  • Changeling: The Lost: Idiot, Full of Shit, and Asshole.  Rating: 0

Can’t even Review:

  • Two-Fisted Tales: This should not have been in this category.  Not good nor bad.  Just like the writing in every other book. Rating:10

Best Rules:

Nominees:

Good:

  • Aces and Eights: Fiddly Bits.  So so so many fiddly bits. Rating: 1
  • Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition: Fuckin’ A and Elegant. Rating:1

Wintry Mix:

  • Witchhunter:  The Invisible World: Fuckin’ A, Fiddly Bits, but also Asshole. Rating:3
  • Trail of Cthulhu: Wish the game had been “completed”.  Fuckin’ A, Fiddly Bits, but also Asshole. Rating:1

Bad:

  • Epic Roleplaying Game Manual: Needs refinement and an overhaul.  Not fair to review at this time. Rating:10

Best Game:

Good:

  • Aces and Eights: Fuckin’ A, Fiddly Bits, Elegant. Rating:1
  • Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition: Elegant, Fuckin’ A. Rating:1

Wintry Mix:

  • Witchhunter:  The Invisible World: Elegant, Full of Shit. Rating:3
  • Monsters and Other Childish Things: Fuckin’ A, Asshole. Rating:10

Bad:

  • Og, Full of Shit, Asshole. Rating:10

Product of the Year:

News:

1. Reminder: The Brilliant Gameologists are leading 3 seminars at GenCon! If you’re going, you won’t want to miss it.

Gamers in the Press: Blogs, Podcasts, and Print at GenCon

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ReviewSode #6: Battlestar Galactica

June 18, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes 4 Comments →

The BG’s review BSG in the last of our full Origin’s review series.

Battlestar Galactica is published by Margaret Weis Productions.

Our rating scale is:

  • 1= If you are only going to buy 1 book, get this one.
  • 3= If you are going to buy 3 books so you have a “main game” plus a fun pickup, this is the book for you
  • 10= If you are going to get 10 books for a bit more variety, get this one
  • 0= Don’t buy it.

Fair warning: we are not fans. At all. This episode is part review, part bullshit, and part GenCon stories. Listen at your own risk!

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ReviewSode #5: Faery’s Tale Deluxe

June 17, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes Comments Off on ReviewSode #5: Faery’s Tale Deluxe

In our 3rd full Origin’s Review, we look at Firefly Games’ Faery’s Tale Deluxe.

We had a lot of issues with this book. I feel it works as a structured “let’s pretend” for kids, but the concept wasn’t clear. To say that this could be for adults misses the mark.

It has some use though, so we gave it a 10 on our rating scale:

  • 1= If you are only going to buy 1 book, get this one.
  • 3= If you are going to buy 3 books so you have a “main game” plus a fun pickup, this is the book for you
  • 10= If you are going to get 10 books for a bit more variety, get this one
  • 0= Don’t buy it.

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ReviewSode #4: Savage World of Solomon Kane

June 16, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes Comments Off on ReviewSode #4: Savage World of Solomon Kane

In the second full Origin’s review episode, we take a look at the Savage World of Solomon Kane.

http://www.peginc.com/games.html

We love this one and hope it wins the Origin’s Award for best new RPG. It’s a 1 on the rating scale because this is a complete book of a game which could be a long-term campaign and it’s really interesting:

  • 1= If you are only going to buy 1 book, get this one.
  • 3= If you are going to buy 3 books so you have a “main game” plus a fun pickup, this is the book for you
  • 10= If you are going to get 10 books for a bit more variety, get this one
  • 0= Don’t buy it.

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ReviewSode #3: Grimm

June 15, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes 2 Comments →

This is the first of our full Origins’ Awards Reviews– we’ll release 1 review per day to complete the series!

In this episode we review Grimm, published by Fantasy Flight Games.

Grimm Cover

We give this a “3” on our rating scale:

  • 1= If you are only going to buy 1 book, get this one.
  • 3= If you are going to buy 3 books so you have a “main game” plus a fun pickup, this is the book for you
  • 10= If you are going to get 10 books for a bit more variety, get this one 0= Don’t buy it.

This game would be a ton of fun for a few one shots or to pick up when you’re normal game is sidetracked for a couple of weeks. Very intesting concepts, great flavor, good production values– a good book overall. The lack of clarity and that everything is written in text blocks (I mean everything- there is not a single formula or chart in the book that says “Attack = Scrap vs Defense -> Inflict Wounds”) is insanely frustrating, but other than that, it’s a good book.

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ReviewSode #2: Origins Awards for 2007- Lightning Round!

May 25, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 2, Sodes 3 Comments →

In this episode we quickly discuss and review the books nominated for the 34th Annual Origins Awards in the categories Publication, Non-Fiction and Best RPG.

We separated each into the classic Trichotomy- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The nominees are…

PUBLICATION, NON-FICTION

UGLY

Grand History of the Realms Published by Wizards of the Coast Written by Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood

No Quarter Magazine Published by Privateer Press Nathan Letsinger, editor-in-chief; Eric Cagle, editor; Josh Manderville, art director

BAD

Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game Published by Wizards of the Coast Written by Shelly Mazzanoble

GOOD

40 Years of Gen Con Published by Atlas Games Written by Robin D. Laws

Hobby Games: The 100 Best * Published by Green Ronin Edited by James Lowder

* 99% Ed Greenwood Free!

ROLEPLAYING GAME

Ugly

CthulhuTech Published by Mongoose Publishing Written by Matthew Grau and Fraser McKay

Aces & Eights Published by Kenzer & Co. Written by Jolly R. Blackburn, Brian Jelke, Steve Johansson, Dave Kenzer, Jennifer Kenzer and Mark Plemmons

Bad

Battlestar Galactica Published by Margaret Weis Productions Written by Jamie Chambers

Faery’s Tale Deluxe (Debatable as to which category it really belongs) Published by Firefly Games Written by Patrick Sweeney, Sandy Antunes, Christina Stiles, and Robin D. Laws

Good

Grimm Published by Fantasy Flight Games Written by Robert Vaughn and Christian T. Petersen

The Savage World of Solomon Kane Published by Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Written by Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams (with Shane Lacy Hensley)

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ReviewSode #2: CthulhuTech Review

March 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: Review, Season 1, Sodes Comments Off on ReviewSode #2: CthulhuTech Review

The Brilliant Gameologists review the CthulhuTech RPG.

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