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Arena Review: Dragon’s Hoard

Everyone is always trying to slay the dragon. I don’t really mean that figuratively, though it certainly works. I mean literally. Look through the fantasy genre and see how many characters define their very existence by the struggle to hunt down and kill one (or more) of those winged beasts (of varying colors). Games are no different. So, what if a game turned that idea on its head and let you play as the dragon. Would you be interested? Of course.

Suggested Ages: 8+
Suggested Players: 2 to 4 players
Playing time: 20 to 40 minutes
Contents: 95 playing cards, rulebook, Kickstarter exclusive: Unicorn promo action cards.
Retail price: $20, available on Amazon.

Enter Dragon’s Hoard, the Kickstarter funded card game that places you firmly in the role of a fire breathing, gold hording, winged beast out to claim all the lavish treasures and sheep (dragons gotta eat) in the land.

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Castles and Cooks Holiday Gift Guide

Buying gifts for gamers can be a real challenge. They are constantly picking up the newest games, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering might as well be foreign languages. So the Castles & Cooks brain trust joined forces to come up with 25 fantastic holiday gifts in a variety of price points.

Chocolate Dice – $8
If you need a stocking stuffer for any tabletop player, get them a delicious treat in the shape of a set of dice. It’s cheap, adorable and delicious. Available in white, 6o% and dark chocolate.

Bag O Zombies – $10
This is a bag of 100 zombies for $10, how is that not awesome? Any self-respecting DM can find a reason to use these, but when don’t you need a bag of zombies? It doesn’t matter if you play ZOMBIES or not – and they come in regular zombie gray or glow-in-the-dark!

LEGO Gandalf Arrives – $13
Lord of the Rings holds a special place in almost every geek’s heart, but as a desktop decoration, they don’t get more perfect than this. Gandalf’s cart is adorable and full of fireworks and a LEGO Frodo may be the cutest thing in the world.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter – $15
Even if it didn’t arrive on your 11th birthday, getting a personalized acceptance letter to Hogwarts will bring a smile to any wizard’s holiday.

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Epic Gaming: World of Warcraft the Boardgame

This is not a review per say. This is more a chronicle of an experience. Within the realm of board gaming there is a sector of epic games. Games that require far more effort and time than your normal table top experience. Opportunities to play these games are few and far between, but when they arise, they should be seized. What follows is an account of one of those gaming sessions. Tom recently spent 14 hours in Azeroth, hunting down Illidan Stormrage and testing his gaming fortitude to the limits.

After a marathon session of World of Warcraft (WoW) did you ever sit back and ask yourself how the game could be improved? Did any of your answers include doing away with all the automation, digital elements and the computer game itself? Well someone did, because they created a WoW board game, and expansion based on the Burning Crusade (the first expansion for the WoW computer game).

I’m sure that when Fantasy Flight Games developed it, in partnership with Blizzard, they had all sorts of reports and surveys that identified a target demographic. Unless those results included insomniacs, I have no clue who the hell this game is for.

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Arena Review: Game of Game of Thrones

OK, so this game is really called the Game of Thrones Board Game, but ever since a friend (shout out to the Cherv!) coined the phrase “Game of Game of Thrones” it’s stuck more than the original. And yes, since I know you’re wondering, there is a Game of Game of Thrones Throne (or, alternatively the Throne of the Game of Game of Thrones). I got this wonderful baby for Christmas and I’ve been talking friends into playing it since I can’t get enough. With the second season of the Game of Thrones series on HBO starting on Sunday, I thought I owed it to our readers to get a review together so you can get excited in earnest. And a blogger always pays his debts.

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LEGO Heroica Review: Draida Bay #3857

When I picked up LEGO Heroica, I just grabbed all of the sets because they were on sale. But the order I opened and built them is the order I’m reviewing them in. If you haven’t already visited Heroica Waldurk Forest, I suggest you do so because most of the rules and mechanics are covered there.

The Goblin army has seized control of Draida Bay, cutting off supplies to the region. You must take a stand against the Goblins, but can you defeat the powerful Goblin General and take his Crystal of Deflection?

Suggested ages: 7 and up
Number of players: 2
Playing time: 5-10 minutes
Contents: 101 LEGO bricks, eight Microfigures, 1 buildable LEGO die, building instructions, rules booklet (in English, French and Spanish) and a mission map
Retail price: $14.99 available at or LEGO Shop

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Game Review: LEGO Heroica Waldurk Forest

LEGO has crossed a line. After a childhood of building with bricks and playing games, I’ve been amused by the LEGO Games line. Creationary was a great take on Pictionary while the Spinjitzu was a bit odd. But then LEGO revealed their next offering: a module, tabletop RPG. I don’t think they could have been a more perfect kryptonite for me.

Stop the dark druid from rising to power! Hidden in the ruins of Waldurk Forest, the Dark Druid is restoring his strength. You must use all your skill and power to find your way past his lurking monsters, but can you escape with the Chalice of Life?

Suggested ages: 8 and up
Number of players: 2 or 3
Playing time: 10 to 15 minutes
Contents: 225 LEGO bricks, 7 LEGO Microfigures, 1 buildable LEGO die, building instructions, rules booklet (in English, French and Spanish) and a mission map
Retail price: $19.99 available at or LEGO Shop

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