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Matt and Dave are back with more games your should buy or play during the holiday. In part two (part one is here), we list two classic games and contemporary alternatives, plus Dave and Matt have four more games to consider when sitting down with friends.

Classics and contemporaries

  1. Dave lists Monopoly as a classic game, and Matt suggests Ticket to Ride as a contemporary alternative. Also, Matt gives Dave a hard time for disparaging the thimble piece.
  2. Dave lists Sorry as a classic game, and Matt suggests I’m The Boss! as a contemporary alternative, with an honorable mention going to Diplomacy.

Games to play or buy this holiday

  1. Legend of Drizzt, with a caveat: WizKids have announced that it’ll be publishing future D&D board games. If having the latest and greatest is important to you, maybe hold off on that purchase (though we have no idea what WizKids’ release schedule is). Otherwise, buy Drizzt. It’s a fine game that you’ll enjoy for a long time.
  2. Morphology. This great little family game divides players into two teams. One person in each team must get her teammates to say a secret word by using the included pieces to make something that will tip them off. It’s hilarious and fun.
  3. The Adventurers. Both Pyramid of Horus and Temple of Chac are great, though Horus is a little easier to understand.

A question from Twitter

We got a question from Matt Smith on Twitter: “Any recommendations for fantasy card games with appropriate themes for 7-9 yr olds?” Why yes, we do have some.

  1. Fluxx, the card game that’s as simple as “draw a card, play a card.” There are several iterations available, including at least one with a fantasy theme.
  2. Munchkin. Talk about “several iterations.” Basic Munchkin has a fantasy theme and is fun. Just note there’s a “take that” component that some young ones might not like (unless they’re on the giving end, not the receiving).
  3. Finally, it’s not fantasy, but Sushi Go! is excellent for this age group. Here’s our full review.

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Magic has reputation of being a very expensive game. It definitely can be. However, you needn’t offload a mountain of money to have fun playing. This week, Aaron and Dave look at inexpensive ways to play Magic. One of Dave’s favorite decks cost him all of $17!

  1. Pauper format
  2. Peasant format
  3. Cube format
  4. Mark Rosewater’s podcast, Drive to Work

*Note, in the episode, Dave says that he’s got a pauper deck that he loves. Actually, it’s a peasant deck. Dave is an idiot. Here’s the deck list:

  • Raging Goblin x3
  • Incinerate x4
  • Death Spark x4
  • Mogg Flunkies x4
  • Lightning Bolt x4
  • Goblin Grenade x4
  • Mogg Fanatic x4
  • Mogg Raider x4
  • Goblin Patrol x2
  • Fire Whip x4
  • Goblin Cadets x1
  • Mountains x22

This week, Aaron and Dave share everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Plainswalkers. From your role as a Plainswalker player, to “the spark,” the origin of Plainswalker cards and how their use has evolved. If you’ve ever had a question about Plainswalkers in Magic: The Gathering, Aaron and Dave answer it in this episode.

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This week Aaron and Dave talk about the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Dual Decks, Commander 2014 and putting together a Standard deck with the current block.

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Hello gamers and friends! In this episode of the Monday show, Matt and Dave share some story-telling games and combat “zombie fatigue.”

Right off the bat, Matt and Dave address the growing number of gamers who are tired of seeing zombies all the time. They term the condition “zombie fatigue,” and even propose a solution: wolves. Want to play Dead of Winter (we discussed Dead of Winter in episode 005) without the undead? Just swap in some wolf pieces. It works thematically and still lets you enjoy a great game. Then they speculate about removing zombies from other games, as well as adding zombies to games that don’t feature them ordinarily. Undead Carcassonne, anyone?

Featured game review: Say the Word

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The guys are giving away a copy of Say the Word from Peaceable Kingdom (today — Nov. 3 — is your last chance to register to win), which is our featured review.

Say the Word

  • Designers: Joyce Johnson and Rosie Roberson
  • Publisher: Peaceable Kingdon
  • Artist: (Uncredited)
  • Players: 3-6
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Game Type: Story-telling, memory, acting, party

Dave likes Say the Word a lot. It’s a fun, storytelling game with a little Concentration and Mad Libs thrown in.

Recommendation

Dave – Definite buy if you’re looking for a family game.

If you like…

This is the segment that introduces you to new games. This week our feature review was Say the Word. If you like that game (or storytelling games in general), you’ll probably like…

Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game. Each player receives a hand of cards that they use to tell an ongoing story. Meanwhile, everyone has an “ending” card that they must satisfy to win. But really, the fun is in putting the story together. The gang on Tabletop played Once Upon a Time.

What we’re playing

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Dave

  • Dread. A story- and character-driven RPG that uses a Jenga tower as its main mechanic, as opposed to dice. It does a fantastic job of building tension. You can read about Dave’s adventure playing Dread in this “RPG Diaries” post.

Matt

  • Witch’s Brew. This bluffing, fantasy card game accommodates five players. Matt calls it fun, but says there are better games out there that do the same sort of thing.
  • Greed. A quick drafting game with a 1970’s crime theme. There’s a lot of reading to be done up front, but once that’s done, it gets fun. It’s a good filer game, but the theme isn’t entirely family-friendly.
  • Machi Koro. Card drafting and dice rolling. You’ve got to build a town, and you start with a  wheat field and a bakery. The goal is to earn enough money to flip your building cards and thereby build them. Here’s Machi Koro on Watch it Played.

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It’s Friday, which means Aaron and Dave are here to discuss Magic: The Gathering. This week, the guys look at upcoming promo cards, Commander 2014 spoilers and Aaron’s experience with drafting.

mtgGoldfish has published information on upcoming Friday Night Magic promo cards:

The also looked at forthcoming Commander 2014 cards (2014 Commander cards will be officially released on November 7):

Dave’s featured card of the week: Archer’s Parapet.

Aaron’s featured card of the week: Trumpet Blast.

Other cards mentioned: Ankle Shanker, Pack Rat.

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It’s Friday, which means Aaron and Dave are here to discuss Magic: The Gathering. This time, the guys discuss the new mechanics that have been introduced with Khans of Tarkir.

Aaron also laments his most recent experience with drafting.