Where the Games Are
It’s officially Spring Break at Dice Hate Me HQ, and that means that Monkey238 and I are taking a little mini-vacation. We plan to unwind, unplug, and spend four days in analog heaven, getting pampered and, more importantly, playing some games! Before we start our staycation, though, I thought a little preview of what’s up next on the site was probably in order. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, so stick around – we have some great things in store.
Some of you may have spotted copies of a box covered in strange, Viking trolls popping up at your favorite local game store. Fear not – this little gem is the newest Z-Man release from the creative mind of Alf Seegert. Alf was kind enough to send us a review copy of Trollhalla, and Monkey238 and I are really looking forward to playing through this on our break. The mechanics look fun, the theme is just our kind of whimsical, and it has butt-kicking billy goats. How can you lose?
Alf was also gracious enough to run the Dice Hate Me gauntlet of strange questions in a recent interview. Look for that to accompany the Trollhalla review, coming very soon.
The always-gentlemanly Todd Rowland from AEG has been filling our mail boxes with review games, lately. The title with the biggest buzz is the horror-themed deck-builder Nightfall. Monkey and I have already played through several games of this one and, despite the few rules hiccups, are finding it rather enjoyable. We’re also finding it rather brutal. This one is not for the squeamish. Trust me, don’t play it with a werewolf with a short temper.
Legend of the Five Rings
A collectible card game? In my boardgaming blog? It’s more likely than you think. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve picked up my sword in defense (and conquering) of Rokugan, but Todd Rowland has convinced me to come out of the shadows and don my Scorpion robes, once again. Monkey238 has had no experience with this game, whatsoever, which means she will likely crush me under the might of her Dragon deck after only a couple of plays.
At the Gates of Loyang
Speaking of Asians, we managed to pick up a copy of this unsuspecting rock star for a paltry sum at Tanga a couple weeks ago. In the past few days, we have harvested a veritable boatload of veggimeeples, and have found it to be worthy of the front row of the games closet. Monkey even confessed that this might be her game of the year, so far, so look for her thoughts in an upcoming review.
Mansions of Madness
It’s here. It’s finally here. Although the long wait for this monstrosity tempted to sap my sanity, we are ready to dive headlong in the abyss. I’d had a taste of some Arkham action already, thanks to GeekDad’s Michael Harrison, but a full game had eluded me – until now. Monkey and I headed into the misty yards of an inherited haunt in the Blood Ties storyline last night and the outcome was… intriguing. With almost six pounds of components and over 45 possible gaming hours of pulpy, Lovecraftian goodness, this is going to be one gargantuan review.
Princes of the Dragon Throne
More and more information on this upcoming dragon deck-builder continues to pour in from Clever Mojo Games. So much so, in fact, that I’ll be creating a special page on Dice Hate Me just to host all the new art and gameplay news that will be coming our way in the next few months. PotDT will be headed to the open beta test phase soon, which means we here at Dice Hate Me will be getting an even closer look at how the game plays!
As always, if there is a game you would like to see reviewed on Dice Hate Me, drop me a line. And make sure you stop by here every other Monday for our podcast, The State of Games. We have a lot of great interviews, rants and discussions planned, and everything mentioned here will surely be in there. Thanks for reading, and happy Spring Break!
- There Be Dragons at Clever Mojo Games
- Dice Hate Me at the Bookstore: The Games Bible
- Clever Mojo Games Gets Steamy
- The State of Games, Episode 1 – The One About the Chinese
- Lunchgames! The Inside Scoop