122 – PAX Unplugged 2018 Post-Show – The Family Gamers Podcast

PAX Unplugged

We just returned from this year’s PAX Unplugged. We’re exhausted, but ready to share with you our favorite moments and interviews from the show!

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Untold: The Best Stories are in your Mind

Untold: Adventures Await - all components

At The Family Gamers, we’re always looking for a game we can tuck into a pocket or a purse, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice while waiting for food at a restaurant or stuck waiting for someone unexpectedly. Rory’s Story Cubes is the perfect example of this kind of game. However, as much as our family enjoys

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120 – Top 5 Games for Five Players – The Family Gamers Podcast

Top 5 games for Five Players

Did you know the average family has 1.8 kids? What do you do with the extra .8? Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are upon us. Even if you normally play with 2 or 3 players, you’ll probably want to accommodate more family in your games!

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The Mansky Caper – An Offer You Can’t Defuse!

Ken Franklin's The Mansky Caper

It was a big night for our family – the night we finally showed the world we were deserving of respect. We were tired of Al Mansky (the richest mobster in the country) getting all the glory – and hogging all the loot. Al was out of town, and had left all his loot stashed in his mansion. No guards,

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Viral: Sick Fun

Viral by MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders

Ever thought about the viruses and bacteria that get you sick? They’re fighting back against your body’s immune system to grow and reproduce. In Viral, you play as a species of virus, spreading out to infect as many organs as you can. This unique area control game from MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders is a Dice Tower Essentials pick, and it’s

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Chronicles of Crime: Investigating Game Changing Brilliance

Chronicles of Crime Box

It isn’t often that a board game is released that changes game mechanics in a dramatic, noticeable way. These games are exciting, remarkable, and iconic. They often capture the essence of their predecessors but with unique twists that leave players wanting more. Chronicles of Crime is one of these games.

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Evolution: The Beginning – Stunted Growth

Evolution: The Beginning

There aren’t very many kids who don’t spend some section of their childhood absolutely fascinated by ancient creatures. As they’ll tell you, it’s nearly impossible to talk about these beasts without considering the reality of their extinction. It’s also nearly impossible to talk about them without talking about evolution. The evolution of species is at the core of a family

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SNAP Review: Shaky Manor

Shaky Manor: The Tilted Treasure Hunt

Shaky Manor is a unique dexterity game from Blue Orange Games. Also known as Panic Mansion outside the United States, Shaky Manor is a race for 2-4 players to shake and shimmy their box “house” to get items into the right room. There are two modes to play, and both are controlled by a deck of double-sided cards. One side

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Rage of the Trolls: A Gruff Look at More Fearsome Fiends

Rage of the Trolls

In our last review we looked at the game Gruff from Studio Woe. This week we’ll look at the recently published second expansion, Rage of the Trolls. Unlike their first expansion, Clash of the Battle Goats, (released in 2016) Rage of the Trolls includes a brand new play mode completely unlike anything before it.

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Gruff: Gobbling Up some Weird Mechanics

Gruff

In the Norwegian fairy tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the three goat brothers are trying to cross a bridge to graze peacefully in the fields beyond. They’re stopped by a troll until the oldest, biggest goat knocks the troll into the stream below (spoiler alert). On February 15, Studio Woe released the latest expansion to the Gruff universe,

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