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Stack It! New Kickstarter from Tasty Minstrel Games

Stack It!, Tasty Minstrel Games’ newest game, is now active on Kickstarter.
From the Kickstarter page – “Stack It! is a stacking dexterity game easily playable by up to 6 players in around 15 minutes. Players will take turns playing on of the 25 unique wooden pieces, making sure that each piece played touches the piece that was played before it.

Force the next player to knock the stack onto the table to win!”
It sounds fun and you should check out the Kickstarter here.

This Week In Games – 28may12

This Week In Games

This is the inaugural post for This Week In Games. In it I will recount what games I played in the past week as well as cover any gaming news that I thought was neat.

What I Played:

So as far as gaming goes I missed game night at Hypermind so the play list is kind of short. Z and I got a quick game of Omen: A Reign of War in. Omen is a card based battle game from Small Box Games. It has beautiful art and plays smoothly. I’ll get a full review on it as soon as I get a couple of more plays in.

Liv and I played a couple of Gamewright games. We traded wins on Zeus On The Loose and then she beat me twice at Castle Keep. Both of these games are great for families. Zeus is good for kids because it reenforces addition skills and quick thinking. Castle Keep is good for pattern recognition. And they are just fun quick games.

Liv and I also got a game of Hemloch in. Hemloch is another Small Box Games game. Can you tell I really like Small Box? This is another card game with a bit of a board game mixed in and has a dark fantasy theme. I enjoyed it. And will get a review in soon.

Cool Game News:

From BGG:

-Queen Games – reprints of Arena: Roma II, a Lancaster expansion -The New Laws, and the Alhambra Family Box featuring the base game and expansion – The Vizier’s Favor plus Granada. I’m a Stefan Feld fan boy so I’m glad to see Arena coming back. Lancaster was one of my favorite new games of 2011 so an expansion is cool. I like Alhambra and the family box is a good compromise between just the base game and the Big Box.

-Cubicle 7 – Cubicle 7 mostly does rpg’s. But they just announced that they will be doing a Dr. Who card game designed by…Martin Wallace! I’m sold. And Z will love it.

-Z-Man – Goa is finally coming back. I’m very glad because this is a great game. It is a definite buy.

From Game Salute:

    • Days of Wonder just announced a new expansion pack for Memoir ’44. The Equipment Pack will have tons of new stuff – figures and vehicles from different countries, new cards, and new rules. Another must added to the huge Memoir ’44 want list.
    • Z-Man – Alcatraz: The Scapegoat is on the way. This co-op with a twist sounds like a lot of fun.
    • AEG – AEG has released the Thunderstone base game as a free print and play. All cards are updated to work with Thunderstone: Advance, the upgraded version of the game. Thunderstone: Advance streamlines the game and gets you to the dungeons faster. It sounds like AEG has big plans for this game with expansion ‘modules’ being released on a regular basis. I have an interview with AEG Senior Brand Manager Todd Rowland that should drop this week.
    • WizKids – The Lord of The Rings: Nazgul is on the way. This one is a co-op where you play the Nazgul and must complete missions before the One Ring is destroyed. It’s co-op with a competitive twist and sounds intriguing.

From Google Reader (blog watch):

    • my friend Daniel Solis has some cool ideas porting the Risk: Legacy of changing the game as it progresses to other games. My favorite is Scrabble: Legacy – Keep a Legacy document in the game box. (This can simply be the game board, the inside of the game box or a proper sheet of paper.) At the end of each game, each player writes one of the words currently in play. Any words on this list are worth half points in any future game.Winner’s Privilege: Add a DL, DW, TL, or TW to any empty space on the board. A single row or column can only have up to three of each
    • I Waste The Buddha With A Crossbow – interesting article on the Indiana Jones RPG.
    • Friend of Go Forth And Game Seth Jaffee has some updates to some of his current in progress designs and an announcement that he is contributing to the book Why I Design. Check them via the link.
    • The Opinionated Gamers have some interesting reviews of Talat, Upon A Salty Sea, and Ora & Labora.
    • Board Game Reviews by Josh reviews Nemo’s War by Victory Point Games and Kingdom of Solomon by Minion Games. Both are games I want to check out.
    • Father Geek – Cyrus posts his webcomic, Senor Tex-Mex!. It’s fun and brought back memories of El Espectro, the comic Micah Harris and I did for The East Carolinian back in college. Maybe I’ll post some of those soon.
    • Little Metal Dog – posts a review of Legend of The Lost Dutchman by Crash Games.
    • Speaking of Lost Dutchman, Dice Hate Me also posted a review. I played this with Chris and enjoyed it. It needs some polish but is a solid game. It is currently on Kickstarter.
    • Speaking of Dice Hate Me, Chris and Cherilyn are at Origins (or rather have just returned from Origins when this posts) and should have their report up soon. Meanwhile recent posts include: a Ground Floor from Tasty Minstrel review ( I played that one with him too.), a review of My Happy Farm from 5th Street Games (We played that too.), an announcement that DHM Games has signed Compounded, a game by Darrell Louder.
    • GamerChris – a session report including Catacombs, Walnut Grove, and Lords of Waterdeep, a picture of the week, and…his first podcast, Exploring Games with GamerChris, Congrats to Chris for jumping into the pool.
    • Kickstarter roundup: Ground Floor by Tasty Minstrel Games, The Legend of The Lost Dutchman by Crash Games, Deadlands Noir by Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Ace of Spies by Sprocket Games, Tsuro of the Seas, Tammany Hall by Pandasaurus Games, Tahiti by Minion Games, Hoplomachus-The Lost Cities by Josh & Adam Carlson











That’s all the news for this week. Join me next week for some more. Until then leave a comment and check out some of the sites and games that I mentioned.

Go Forth and Game,


All Photos are copyright by their various authors/publishers.

For The Win is 90% Funded!

For The Win from Tasty Minstrel Games is less than 10% away from being fully funded. This is a fun, quick, brain exercising game that deserves our support. Head over to the For The Win Kickstarter site and help it to be born.

Under The Microscope – Martian Dice by Tasty Minstrel Games

Under The Microscope – Martian Dice

Abstract: Martian Dice is a fun, quick dice rolling game from Tasty Minstrel Games. In it you are Martians capturing as many Earthlings as possible before escaping back to Mars or getting blown to pieces by the military.

Materials and Method:


Martian Dice only has three components – a one page rules sheet, a cup/container, and the 13 custom dice. The rules sheet is easy to read and colorful. The container that the game comes in doubles as a dice cup and has fun graphics on it. The dice are the stars of the game. The dice are black with red, blue, yellow, white, and green icons representing flying saucers, tanks, and Earthlings on their sides. The Earthlings come in three varieties – chickens, cows, and humans – because the Martians don’t know which species is the dominant one.

The fun dice showing the icons

Game Play

The game is easy to teach and learn and it plays quickly. On your turn you roll all the dice. You set aside any tanks representing the arriving Earth military forces. You then choose to keep either cows, chickens, or humans. Or you can keep flying saucers. At the end of your turn you want to have as many saucers as tanks or your invasion is repulsed and you do not abduct any Earthlings. You keep rolling the dice and collecting Earthlings or saucers until you have set aside all dice or until you are repulsed. The twist is that once you’ve collected one type of Earthling you may not collect it again. So if you collected chickens on your first roll you may not collect chickens in subsequent turns. Scoring is one point for each Earthling with a bonus three points if you are able to collect at least one of each type of them. Again if you end with more tanks than saucers you get no points for the turn.


Martian Dice is a quick, fun filler game. It has just enough complexity or difference from the previous dice games to be interesting. The theme is neat and comes across pretty well in play. The components are attractive and eye catching. In fact I had the game at work in hope of enticing a coworker or two to a game and the graphics pulled them in. They enjoyed it and it is a regular weekly thing now.

Martian Dice is an all ages game and very family-friendly. My nine year old really likes the theme and we can sneak in some math while playing.

Over all this is another fun little hit from Tasty Minstrel.  You can find more information at TMG or BGG.  I’d like to thank Tasty Minstrel Games for providing a review copy.

(images sourced from BGG and TMG)

Microscope Rating: 2.5 Microscopes

More Homesteaders

The kids and I played Homesteaders yesterday. I wanted to get another play in before taking it to Game Night. I wasn’t expecting much. It seemed over their heads. But happily it was not. They caught on pretty quickly. Z won the first game with just his homestead and a meat packing plant. He passed on the auction to get to the end of the railroad development track then just sat back and generated victory points. I won the second with a high VP town. Though they really didn’t get the strategy (I still haven’t hit that yet completely.) they played well. AND they enjoyed it. The second game was at their request. So Homesteaders is a hit.


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