Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

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Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Player Character Spotlight - The Dungeon Master

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Meet Joey, aka Jero. Joey is a professional DM, or Dungeon Master, which is somebody who runs games for people, enabling them to experience them to the fullest effect. While he primarily runs games of Dungeons & Dragons, he has also provided his services for games like Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pathfinder, and several other Role-Playing Games, or RPGs.

“I’ve always had a talent for speaking to people openly, and for describing different scenarios to people from different backgrounds with different understandings. I came from a household that was very traditional, but I grew up in an area that is very, very progressive – so I knew both ends of everybody, and how to best word things in order to make it accessible and provide better understanding for people in general.”

Joey DMs online, and has clients from all over the world. He’s recently worked with gamers from Malaysia, Russia, and of course many here in the states.

“I pride myself on being able to explain the rules to everybody and get them acclimated to the game as quickly as possible in a very simple way. People tend to think these big book games are very complicated, so it’s nice to be able to simplify for them.”

Growing up, Joey played lots of classic games with his father; one of their favorites was Stratego. From there, he started dabbling in RPGs, which is when he realized he could tailor other gamers’ experiences to ensure they were having a good time. That’s when he dove headfirst into DMing.

“When I’m not DMing, I’m thinking about the next game I’m going to be DMing.”

When I asked how one starts down the path to becoming a Dungeon Master, he explained it eloquently:

“To be a DM, you need to be patient, and understand that people are doing what they need to do in order to enjoy themselves, but also be able to pull back and remind them that the experience is shared and designed for everybody as a whole, not just them. The biggest issue DMs have is sincerely enjoying supplying an experience for everyone else. If you don’t enjoy all the work that goes into it, then don’t DM. It’s not for everybody, it’s for the person who really loves watching everybody else enjoy something.”

Joey works two full time jobs that add up to nearly 85 hour weeks and provide little gratification or inspiration. The interactions and satisfaction that DMing provides makes them tolerable, he says.

“I think everybody is seeking some sort of escape in their life. I can’t imagine the type of life someone could live where they don’t want something else, something great, something fantastic. D&D and other RPGs provide that without the possibilities of harmful or ill effects in the real world.”

He attributes the influx of diverse players and the rise of popularity of gaming to communities forming online, citing that the stigma of ‘the nerd’ has given way to gamers curating their identities online among people they don’t always need to see in person, which frees them to act like themselves and interact with people like them without fear of judgement. The courage it takes to let down your guard and role-play with others is something he celebrates and impresses upon his clients: 

“Stop caring what everyone else thinks. Sit down and enjoy yourself. The entire purpose of D&D is to have fun, the same as any other game.”

He explained that D&D players almost always base one small aspect of their characters on their own personality. When players realize that they share a lot of the same experiences or problems with others, it brings them closer together. He believes that nowadays, people don’t experience or share their emotions very effectively, and sees value in providing catharsis.

I feel bad saying, ‘I love that I made them cry’… but I love that I made them cry.”

You can find Joey online at the following links:

https://www.patreon.com/jeroforusall

https://www.twitch.tv/jeroforusall

https://twitter.com/jeroforusall

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

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Board Game Overview: The City of Kings

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Board Game Overview: The City of Kings

The City of Kings is a cooperative adventure roleplaying board game for 1-4 players in which your character is tasked with tactically exploring the hazardous world surrounding the City of Kings, trading for vital resources in nearby villages, and battling your enemies whilst uncovering a story of a world imperiled.

Watch our chat with designer Frank West at Gen Con 2018.

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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

We got a sneak peak at some amazing accessories headed to your table from Ultra Pro!

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

Check out Architects of the West Kingdom - a new worker placement game for 1-5 players that kicks of the new West Kingdom trilogy from Renegade Game Studios.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

Other games from Renegade Game Studios:

Gunkimono
Spell Smashers
The Cosmology of Overlight - Shards, Chroma, and Folk
Overlight - Character Creation
Overlight - How to Roll Tests

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Player Character Spotlight - The Professor

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Julie Sutton hadn’t really played games before meeting her (now) husband. The first modern title she ever learned was Uwe Rosenberg’s famed worker-placement game Agricola… and she was only 1 point short of a victory in a five-player game! It’s safe to say she enjoys finding ways to navigate and problem solve, and that tabletop gaming has allowed her to flex that muscle in new and creative ways.

“I’m a math professor at a University in Texas. We’re real nerdy at our institution; there’s an official ‘D&D at school’ event and a big gamer community there.”

With a busy work schedule and home life centered around raising her young daughter, Julie doesn’t have a surplus of extra time for gaming, but about once a quarter, she hosts anywhere from 15-50 people at her house, closes off the garage door, and sets up tables for gaming. She hires neighborhood “kid-wranglers” (babysitters) and orders a mountain of barbecue, allowing the crowd she and her husband introduced to the hobby to game all day and night while relishing in each others’ company.

“We’ve had a bounce-house, a water slide, everyone brings a side-dish. I consider it a personal victory when people ask me when we’re having another game party at our house, or when they offer to host one themselves.”

Above all-else, Julie finds value in the relationships and bonds forged over the game-table. Hosting gatherings has allowed her to foster community among people who might never have spoken or spent time together otherwise, and she firmly believes that gaming enhances social skills that have begun to show atrophy in the digital age.

“I like the fact that we can all sit around a table, learn something new, engage our brains, and when it ends: we’re all closer together. Food brings people to the table. We talk about gathering and breaking bread together, and that’s great – but when it ends, it ends. With a game, we can come together even when we don’t have other hobbies in common, or political ideologies in common, or sexual orientation, or preference, or looks, or ANYTHING: we’re all the same when we sit at the table. We’re all equal, and even though all you’re doing is playing a game, it means so much to everybody.”

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Get the Game - Kami Sama by Kolossal Games

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Get the Game - Kami Sama by Kolossal Games

Become a revered spirit and influence the villagers of the Japanese countryside through set collection, pattern matching, and more in Kolossal Games' innovative surefire hit, Kami Sama.

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Get the Game - Mountains by HABA

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Get the Game - Mountains by HABA

Collect stamps as you prepare to reach the summits of several hiking trails, but make sure you have the right equipment - or that you can afford to ask a favor from other hikers on the trail. This family game from HABA is sure to be a hit with all ages.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Overlight - How to Roll Tests

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Overlight - How to Roll Tests

Learn the core dice mechanic that drives the narrative and action of Overlight forward.

Overlight is a fantasy roleplaying game of kaleidoscopic journeys: a visceral, dangerous, and brightly-colored setting. Characters will search for personal meaning among a fantastic, sometimes violent, and overwhelming world. Overlight is published by Renegade Game Studios.

Learn more about Overlight in our other videos:

What is Overlight? Watch our video on the Cosmology of Overlight to learn more.

Overlight - Character Creation

Host: Anne Richmond
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Guest: Helena Anderson
Instagram: @themagicllama95

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Get the Game - Roll for Adventure from Thames & Kosmos

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Get the Game - Roll for Adventure from Thames & Kosmos

Roll for Adventure takes on cooperative tower defense tropes as you work together to roll and draft dice to defeat swarms of enemies and defend your land from the onslaught of invaders.

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Get the Game - Duelosaur Island & Dinosaur Island: Totally Liquid

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Get the Game - Duelosaur Island & Dinosaur Island: Totally Liquid

With one game that brings Dinosaur Island specifically to 2 players and one that introduces fearsome water beasts to your planned park paradise - your table is sure to explode with competition as you battle your way to the building the most successful dinosaur park in two distinct experiences in Duelosaur Island and Totally Liquid..

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

More Get the Game videos from Pandasaurus Games:
http://bit.ly/APNGtGIllusion
http://bit.ly/GtGNyctophobia
http://bit.ly/APNTheMind

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Overlight - Character Creation

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Overlight - Character Creation

Watch as we roll up our Skyborn - a Zenith Order Monk and Hamanu - and teach you how to create a character for Overlight, the new RPG from Renegade Game studios.

What is Overlight? Watch our video on the Cosmology of Overlight to learn more.

Host: Anne Richmond
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Guest: Helena Anderson
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Get the Game - Blackout: Hong Kong by Eggertspiel

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Get the Game - Blackout: Hong Kong by Eggertspiel

Return order to Hong Kong - the world's brightest city - in the midst of a devastating blackout. Who among your friends can make a grab for power in the midst of chaos? It's Blackout: Hong Kong from Eggertspiele.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Get the Game - Essen Edition Trailer

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Get the Game - Essen Edition Trailer

We travelled across the sea to give you a front row seat the largest board game event in the world: Spiel Essen in Germany. Starting November 9th, enjoy a series of 30 brand spankin' new Get the Game episodes - hosted by community manager Anne Richmond - releasing on Wednesdays and Fridays!

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

Special thanks to:

  • Awaken Realms

  • Board&Dice

  • Capstone Games

  • Cryptozoic Entertainment

  • EGGERTSPIELE

  • Plan B Games

  • Pretzel Games

  • Formal Ferret Games

  • Gamelyn Games

  • HABA USA

  • Kolossal Games

  • Thames & Kosmos

  • Leder Games

  • Pandasaurus Games

  • Renegade Game Studios

  • Steve Jackson Games

  • Stronghold Games

  • Ultra PRO

  • WizKids

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