Why Visiting Your Local Game Store is Good — Dice Throne and King of New York/King of Tokyo: King Kong

I am a big fan of buying games from internet sites. I can buy directly from the publisher, I can get a good price from an online retailer like Amazon, I can window shop multiple sites, etc. However, the biggest disadvantage of online shopping is that it is surprisingly easy to miss things. Amazon doesn’t have everything and search results can be more limited than it might appear.

That’s why I love going to my local game store every week to just see what might be there. For those with more inquiring minds, the closet local store to me is The Toledo Game Room. Those of you who go to GenCon might recognize the owner of the Game Room, Daryl, as “The Bits Guy” who sells all the Warhammer bits. Another good store in town is Checkmate Games. If you are in Fresno, Ca, I recommend Crazy Squirrel Game Store.

Anyway, going to the local game store turned up two games/game expansions this week.

First, I found a game that I knew nothing about: Dice Throne

I have only started reading the rules, but Dice Throne looks like a fun game where you can play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or free-for-all. I can’t wait to try it out with my usual suspects.

Second, sometimes I find something new for a game that I like. This time it was King Kong for King of Tokyo/King of New York.

I loved the Cthulhu expansion and I am super-pumped to bust out King Kong in my next King of New York game.

The moral of the story

So run, don’t walk, to your local game store to find unexpected gems. And do it like voting in Chicago–early and often!



Hello Dolly! The Smash Up Sheep are Here!

I took a break from the soccer match I was watching and went to go get my daily mail. What did I find? Was it a horse’s head? A bunch of junk mail from political candidates? Utility bills?

No — it was the free Sheep deck from AEG for Smash Up!

The deck has plenty of minions: Flock, Ram, Little Bo Peep….and some nice action cards, including the sure-to-be infamous Wood for Sheep!

Aren’t ewe jealous that you didn’t get one too? I just couldn’t resist the shear hilarity of that last pun! Look, I made another! Hahaha!

New Games that I am Pumped About: Northern Enchantress and Fragged Kingdom

Today was my lucky day! Two new games that I can’t wait to play showed up in either my email inbox or on my front door.

Northern Enchantress — Expansion for Heart of Crown

I really like the new deck building game Heart of Crown from Japanime Games. And just in the time for the holidays the second expansion, Northern Enchantress, has arrived (along with my setup playmat)! Heart of Crown is quicker and simpler to play than Tanto Cuore. The new expansion adds magic and non-humans. I can’t wait to give it a try.

Fragged Kingdom

A while back I picked up the Fragged Empire RPG. The game has some really cool ideas in it, like attribute damage, an innovative combat system, a nice “Spare Time” character development system, and streamlined rules for dealing with items and resources. Fragged Empire is Sci-Fi while Fragged Kingdom is fantasy. It promises to have rules for PCs to have “Holdings” and rule over territory, plus simplified mass combat rules. One gripe I have always had about traditional fantasy RPGs is that they typically deal with holdings and mass combat quite poorly. From my quick perusal of the rules, I have a feeling that Fragged Empire is going to get it right. I gotta get a campaign started right away!

Gen Con 2017 — Photos Part II

And now without further ado, I bring you more Gen Con photos!

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It wouldn’t be Gen Con without an Imperial Stormtrooper!

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This couple clearly put a good deal of time into their costumes!

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Director Krennic.  This costume was a bit popular, I caught a glimpse of a couple other people dressed as Krennic too.

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Piper from Fallout 4.  You don’t just tell the news…you are the news!

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Now this costume must have taken some time to put together!  Very nice!

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She looks like a Magic: The Gathering card! I can’t place the costume, but it surely displays a lot of hard work to put all of that together.

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Love it! 

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In my opinion, the only really good use for CCG cards!  Some of these structures were quite impressive.  And of course, anybody could join in and add to it.

And finally….

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… your faithful narrator sitting on the throne at the Kingdomino booth.  Heavy is the crown!

Gen Con 2017 — Photos Part I

Okay, I did my usual trek to Gen Con in Indy this year.  I bought a bunch of games, and I will post about some of them a bit later.  Today I bring you ….. drum roll please …..


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Boba Fett — always a classic

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An Ood from Doctor Who

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I am not 100% sure, exactly what costume this is. Maybe one of my faithful readers will let me know.  He did strike a cool pose!

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A Roman soldier

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Again, I can’t quite place it.  Help my readers, help!

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Pretty sure he was selling the items at the booth to the right of the picture.

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Jedi.  There are a lot of Jedi Knight masks out there, not sure exactly which one this is. 

Tomorrow I will post more.  See what all of you missed going to #GenCant rather than actually getting your pass early and showing up at Gen Con?


Top 10 Games – more information!

Two big improvements to the Top 10 Lists:

  1. I added Stew’s comments to his Top 10 list.  Find out why he picked each game and see if you agree with him.
  2. Now for the first time, you can leave comments on the Top 10 pages!  Yes, you can congratulate us for our picks, slam our picks, or generally leave comments on any game that you see on the list.  Have fun telling us why you agree or disagree with our picks!

As per my last post, you can find the Top 10 Games lists by either going to the About page (Click here) and then clicking on either Neal or Stew and following the link on those pages to the Top 10 lists, or you can click directly on the following links (Click here for Neal’s Top 10 Games) (Click here for Stew’s Top 10 Games).

Top 10 Games

So that you can have a better idea about the sort of games each member of the Toledo Tuesdays Gaming Club likes, I have added the first two Top 10 Games lists to this blog.  You can find them either by 1) clicking on the About page (Click here) and then clicking on the names of the TTGC members and following the links at the bottom of those pages, or 2) clicking on the links here for Neal’s Top 10 Games (Click here) or Stew’s Top 10 Games (Click here).  Neal’s page has some “Why I like it” information so that you can see his reasoning for his picks.

As Stew relays that information to me and the other guys get me their lists, the page will be continually updated.  There also will be more Top 10 lists coming in the future.

Birthday Games: Mysterium, T.I.M.E. Stories, Epic Spell Wars, The Grizzled, Eclipse, and Power Grid expansion board (Quebec & Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Well, yours truly the host of this blog had a birthday recently.  All my friends and family bought me a bunch of games.  So take a look at the photo of the gifts:

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My birthday haul of games!

So…which game or expansion should I play first?  Drop a comment on the blog/Facebook/Twitter and let me know your opinion.

Oh, the kitten is called Nigel and he was a birthday present from my wife.  He loves to play too!

Gen Con day Two: The Costumes Part I

Day Two at Gen Con 2016 was about the costumes!  So I decided to let all my blog followers see some of the many CosPlay, Sci-Fi, and fantasy costumes walking around.

A special thank you to all who let me take their picture.  I hope that each pic does justice to the time and effort that each person put into his/her costume.

Here is the first half of my photos:


Dr. Doom





Star Wars–Sith I believe (please correct me if you know who it really is)



Star Wars, including Kylo Ren



Mr. Spock


Nadja, the German cashier from Japanime Games, dressed as a maid