Daily Archives June 5, 2012

Of Dice and Men Premiering in NYC on July 7th!

Playwright, actor, builder of America, postage enthusiast, and friend of the site Cameron McNary’s grand gaming opus Of Dice and Men is finally getting a premiere in New York City. The play about a group of 30 something D&D players has had performances on the West coast and even a college production, but this will be the first time it appears in New York City.

On July 7th the show will debut as part of the Brick Theater’s GAMEPLAY 2012, a festival inspired by gaming. The show is being performed by the Dysfunctional Theater Company and will run from July 7th till the 27th. A full calendar and tickets are available at the Brick Theater website and go for $15.

We cannot urge you enough to go see this play. Whether you are a gamer, just know some gamers, or enjoy funny and cathartic experiences, this is the show for you. Since the first PAX East, three years ago, when Jesse and I saw the first stage reading, we’ve been hooked.

If you aren’t sure (why the hell not!?) then check out the e-book version of the play. You can read an excerpt for free or just buy it (a much better option). It is available in every e-book format imaginable here.

Also here’s a trailer for the performance.

Seriously, stop reading and buy a ticket. We’ll see you at the show.

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Arena Review: Cards Against Humanity

For all of the pomp and circumstance, the bright lights, big displays, cheerleaders with chainsaws and everything else that is PAX East, the game that was the talk of the convention came from the little Kickstarter room on the 3rd floor. Cards Against Humanity, which I first watched people playing in line for DnD Next, takes the Apples to Apples word association game to a different and dark place.

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

Suggested ages: 17 and up
Number of players: 3 or more
Playing time: 30 to 90 minutes
Contents: 550 cards (460 white and 90 black), rules insert.
Retail price: $25 on Amazon

If you’ve played Apples to Apples, chances are you and your friends have laughed when someone played the AIDs or Helen Keller card at an inappropriate time. You laugh, then draw the next card and go back to making combinations that are zany, funny, but rarely ever offensive. Cards Against Humanity takes those few moments of “we’re all going straight to hell” and extrapolates it out to a full game.

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