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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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Game Review: LEGO Wild Wool

Having just celebrated my birthday recently, I’ve ended up with far more games than expected. They’ve ranged from the impressively good Ascension to the terrifying Arkham Horror. But not every game is about summoning elder gods and ethereal demons – this one is about sheering LEGO sheep!

Who will get the most wool from their sheep? Shear wool whenever you can – the other players will try to steal it from you or send the scary wolf your way! Grow, swap and scare your way to victory in this fast, fun and unpredictable game.

Suggested Ages: 5 and up
Number of Players: 2 to 4
Playing time: 10-15 minutes
Contents: 117 bricks, LEGO die, building instructions and game rule booklet in English, French and Spanish
Retail price: $9.99 and is available at LEGO Shop and Amazon.

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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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Mixologist Review: LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube Tray

When I’m not baking up a storm or shuffling up for a game of Magic, I spent far too much of my free time with LEGO sets. After getting re-addicted by discovering LEGO created two sets for a winter village (one of them is a bakery!), I was soon buying up sets at a feverish pace. And last time I was at the store, they tossed this in as a freebie.

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Game Review: LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Starter Set

Over the years, LEGO has been reaching out to other groups besides just kids who want to build things. After the success of LEGO Star Wars video game, LEGO seems to be really pushing the idea of games made out of LEGO bricks. So when Ninjago debuted, instead of just being a set about ninjas versus skeletons, it also became a game that crossed LEGO with Beyblade.

Become a master of Spinjitzu! Spin your way to victory and become a Spinjitzu master! Build the Spinjitzu Arena, pick your character and play the cards to influence the outcome between Jay, the Master of Lightning, and Frakjaw, the toughest warrior in the Skeleton Army.

Ages: 6 – 14
Number of players: 2
Playing time: 5 – 10 minutes
Retail price: $19.99 available at LEGO Shop and Amazon

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Game Review: LEGO Creationary

Pictionary has always been a difficult game to play. Some people insist then can’t draw; other people draw far too well but hate the clock. And most of us get stuck in a world where Pictionary sets have been reduced to a few cards without paper, pens or a timer. But LEGO found a game that takes all the fun of the idea of Pictionary and makes it very, very real.

Roll the LEGO Dice to select one of four exciting building categories: vehicles, buildings, nature or things. With three levels of difficulty you can show off your building skills, while the others guess what you are creating. A great game for family and friends to test your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills to the max in Creationary!

Suggested ages: 7 – 12 (this is a lie!)

Number of players: 3 – 8

Playing time: 30 – 60 minutes

Retail price: $34.99 available at LEGO Shop or

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