In search of presents for tabletop players? Listed here are a few of my recommendations, based mostly on video games I’ve loved this yr… and video games I’d like to see underneath my Alcoa aluminum tree this yr.
What have been a few of your favourite video games of 2020? Tell us within the feedback.
JUDGE DREDD: THE DARK JUDGES ($25.36)
Helter Skelter is a Choose Dredd re-skin of Martin Wallace’s fantastic Wildlands recreation (which I’ve recommended here before). The Darkish Judges is an growth for Helter Skelter. It provides a brand new faction (um… the Darkish Judges) to play in common video games or you may play solo in opposition to the Darkish Judges. For 1-4 gamers.
One of many video games we love right here at Chez Branwyn is the precursor to Escape the Darkish Sector, Escape the Dark Castle. It is a easy dungeon-delving card recreation that’s shocking evocative of a way more detailed boardgame or RPG. Escape the Darkish Sector brings the identical form of discover and combat monsters card recreation to an area station. For 1-4 gamers.
THOUSAND YEAR OLD VAMPIRE ($45/$15)
This was one among my favourite recreation experiences of 2020. It is a actually charming solo journaling recreation that actually haunted my desires. Right here is my full Boing Boing review from earlier within the yr. Solo recreation. A PDF model is available here.
One other 2020 favourite round right here was Doc In style’s Knife Tank, “a transportable technique recreation with kinetic gameplay, imaginative artwork, and tanks with knives.” Right here is my full review. For two-4 gamers.
Here is a recreation I do know nothing about, but it surely comes extremely really helpful by Boing Boing buddy, John Edgar Park. “Pitchstorm is a celebration recreation that places you within the place of an unprepared author pitching films to the world’s worst executives. Writers should pitch their film thought, and determine a strategy to incorporate the random notes thrown at them by the executives on the spot.” For 3-12 gamers.
To get gamers in control on Cyberpunk Crimson, the most recent version of Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk RPG, R. Talsorian Video games has launched a beautiful boxed starter set referred to as Cyberpunk Crimson Jumpstart Equipment. The sport comes with two booklets, one containing world lore and starter adventures, the opposite, fundamental guidelines, six pre-generated character sheets, six cyberpunk-styled cube (2 d10s, 4 d6s), maps, and cardboard character standees. It is a good way to get your ft moist within the Cyberpunk RPG universe. The complete Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook is obtainable on the market on the R. Talsorian web site. Undecided if it is truly delivery but or not. (FWIW: The Cyberpunk 2077 videogame is about in the identical universe as these tabletop RPGs.)
This 5e D&D guidelines growth e book has… properly, somewhat of all the things. It contains expanded subclasses, character choices for modifying racial stereotypes… er, I imply traits, guidelines for group patrons, extra spells, artifacts, and magic tattoos (as a result of MAGIC TATTOOS!), guidelines for sidekicks, and supernatural environments. And one thing I feel could be very enjoyable and helpful: a group of puzzles (with traps) you could drop into an journey. The e book has gotten some preliminary unhealthy response for feeling slap sprint (e.g. The personalized races/origins part is a single web page) and Wizards is getting warmth for what seems to be a variety of poorly-bound copies. Could be time for them to search for a brand new printer.
FROSTGRAVE 2ND EDITION ($23)
Considered one of my favourite fantasy skirmish video games stays Frostgrave. Fast and comparatively cheap to get into, enjoyable to play, and with as a lot marketing campaign depth as you need. This yr noticed the discharge of the 2nd version of the sport. The brand new version does not change most of the guidelines, simply tidies and tightens issues up, provides materials from the expansions (e.g. expanded spell listing, new eventualities) and there’s all new art work and miniatures photographs. For those who’re already a FGV fan, take a look at The Red King, the primary main marketing campaign complement for FGV 2e. For two – 8 gamers.
FROSTGRAVE DEMONS ($30)
North Star miniatures has been releasing a spectacular line of multi-part plastic minis in assist of Frostgrave. Their newest is a demon field to coincide with The Crimson King marketing campaign. These versatile minis can be utilized not solely in Frostgrave however they’re nice to make use of in miniatures you make for any mini-agnostic fantasy skirmish or full tabletop battle video games. (I’ve even used bits from the Frostgrave minis in my Gaslands automobiles!)
This beautiful artwork e book collects all the artwork that Dmitry and Kate Burmak did for Frostgrave 1e. Plenty of informative commentary from the Burmaks and FGV designer, Joe McCullough. An ideal present for any fan of sword and sorcery fantasy artwork. Learn my full review.
VILLAGE GREEN ($21)
My accomplice and I really like enjoying this small-box set-matching card recreation from Peer Sylvester. You play the backyard societies of two totally different villages competing for first-place village inexperienced. The art work is gorgeous, the sport is simple to study, and there are various puzzles to unravel in making an attempt to get awarded probably the most ribbon awards on the finish. For 1-5 gamers.
This solo recreation comes extremely really helpful by my pal, and recreation designer, Doc Pop (he of the Knife Tank). You’ll be able to learn a review by Doc right here. I hope to get a duplicate and evaluate it right here sooner or later. Positively love the look. It is available in a mint tin!
For extra nice present concepts for players, take a look at my 2019 gift guide.
Picture: Cowl artwork inset, Tasha’s Cauldron of All the things