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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.

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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

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Guest: Helena Anderson
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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..

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More Get the Game videos from Pandasaurus Games:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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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The Cosmology of Overlight - Shards, Chroma, and Folk

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The Cosmology of Overlight - Shards, Chroma, and Folk

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.

With so many RPG systems to choose from, let us give you an overview of this incredible world, created by George Holland and Paul Alexander Butler, so that you can decide if this setting from Renegade Game Studios might be right for your next adventure!

Coming soon: How to Create Your Overlight Skyborn and How to Roll A Skill Challenge in Overlight.

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Starfinder: Alien Archive 2

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Starfinder: Alien Archive 2

If you’re not playing the Starfinder RPG from Paizo Inc. then you need to start. An epic space fantasy epic is waiting for you! The Core Rule book launched a little over a year ago and since then we’ve gotten 4 adventure modules and accessories like their best in class Combat Pad, miniatures, and condition cards. The original Core Rulebook offered a variety of playable races and seven classes and their first Alien archive expanded the playable races with 20 more to choose from.

Why is this important? The Core Rulebook gave us a balance new aliens like the telepathically gifted Lashunta and fierce rat-like Ysoki as well as old Golarion classics like Elves and Dwarves. That being said, role playing in space calls for a veritable galaxy of options for both the GM and players at the table and while 20 more in the first Alien Archive was great, our imaginations can always expand to make room for more!

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Alien Archive 2 meets that challenge and does not disappoint! With 65 chapters and 100+ creatures from across the galaxy, this tome also boasts information for 16 playable races that run the gambit from humanoid, to insect, to upright sentient mammalian options. You can truly live your best cantina life. Not to be overlooked is the inclusion of Aasimar, Tieflings, and Orcs to some of the more classic high fantasy related options.

On the GM side of the table, the folks at Paizo Inc. have made it easier to customize creatures by providing grafts. These are stats that allow you to mix creatures together for infinite possibilities and killer combinations.

One of my biggest struggles is creating/finding gear to provide my players with. Story and battles come easily to me but rewards are hard - especially when I’m just looking at a long list of gear. What I love about Alien Archive 2 is that it places related gear in the chapter on various creatures giving me some great suggestions for what to reward my players with after an encounter or what to place in shops on a planet where that race is prevalent.

Starfinder Alien Archive 2 is in stores now and ready for you to discover the far reaches of space and uncover the mysteries that The Gap left behind! Look for it at your FLGS where you’ll typically find it listed for $39.99 MSRP. Tots’ worth every penny whether you’re a player or a GM.

Which Aliens will you be including in your Starfinder Campaign?

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Critical Hits - City of Kings by City of Games

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Critical Hits - City of Kings by City of Games

Defend the City of Kings as one of the last leaders of a fantastic realm who are sworn to defeat the Vesh. Play in single adventure or campaign mode with randomly generated enemies and customizable stats that ensure infinite replayability for this sandbox adventure board game.

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Get the Game - City of Kings by City of Games

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Get the Game - City of Kings by City of Games

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.

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Get the Game - The Mind by Pandasaurus Games

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Get the Game - The Mind by Pandasaurus Games

Mind meld with friends and strangers alike and perform impossible feats in total silence. This is: The Mind from Pandasaurus Games.

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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SPOOKY GAME PHOTOS - PART 2

Betrayal at House on the Hill gives 3-6 players the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and do what every horror movie teaches us we shouldn’t: explore a creepy house with a group of our friends!

The house itself is created via tile-laying as the game is played - ensuring plenty of tension and suspense as each game will differ from the last. Additionally, if the supernatural isn’t scary enough; one of the members of the adventuring party is plotting to betray the rest… and it’s up to the team to snuff them out and stop them, before it’s too late!

Dim the lights and muster your courage - do you think you have what it takes to survive one of 50 haunt scenarios in this Fall-favorite game? Keep an eye out for Part 3 of our Spooky Game Photo series next week!

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Get the Game - Century Eastern Wonders by Plan B Games

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Get the Game - Century Eastern Wonders by Plan B Games

Control and explore the legendary Spice Islands in search for profit and glory in Century: Eastern Wonders from Plan B Games!

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 - The Estates by Capstone Games

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Get the Game - The Estates by Capstone Games

The city's banks have granted millions of dollars in loans to six real estate investment firms to help develop The Estates. With cash at your fingertips, it's your job to make sure the path to victory runs smooth in The Estates from Capstone Games.

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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Spooky Game Photos - Part 1

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Spooky Game Photos - Part 1

The seasons are changing, which means we are entering the SPOOKIEST time of the year!!! We think that one of the best ways to beat the blues brought on by longer days and the crisper climate happens to be playing board games.

From now until Halloween, we will feature a few awesome photosets from our friend Ido at The Review Board; starting with this one:

Yer a wizard, Harry! If you’re looking to fight a non-traditional dark entity this holiday, consider taking on He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck building game for 2-4 people, in which players control one of 4 characters (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville) while trying to protect the wizarding world from Lord Voldemort. In each game, you must protect a set of locations from falling into the control of the Dark Lord.

If you’ve already finished the 7 campaigns included in the base game (representing the 7 books), check out The Monster Box of Monsters expansion, which takes the players deeper into the Forbidden Forest!

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of our Spooky Game Photo series next week!

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Get the Game - Spring Meadow by Stronghold Games

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Get the Game - Spring Meadow by Stronghold Games

Plan your hiking route through the mountains and look out for pesky marmots along the way in Spring Meadow from Stronghold Games.

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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Stronghold Games, Gen Con

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