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Episode 88: Celebrating 10 Years of WiscoDice

In Episode 88 of the WiscoDice podcast, the hosts reflect on how the show started and how it has grown and changed over the years. We dive into the early years of the Warhammer Fantasy show and then how we transitioned into the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast!!!!

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Kickstart Monday: Viscounts and Monks Make Great Games

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at one of the hottest expansions to one of our favorite games and a game about making wine.

As a quick note, there will be no Kickstart Monday next week.

Viscounts: Gates of Gold and Keeper of the Keys

Viscounts of the West Kingdom from Garphill Games is the final game in the trilogy of West Kingdom games from designer Shem Philips. We originally reviewed this game and unboxed it on the blog around a year ago. Now there is a project for two great expansions to this game.

Keeper of Keys and Gates of Gold are two unique expansions for this game. Gates of Gold will introduce new card types, manuscripts (and a manuscript board), new leaders, new building bonus cards, and just more of the stuff that makes this game great. Meanwhile, Keeper of the Keys introduces updated player boards with slots for housing chest tiles. In addition, there are going to be three new public buildings you can compete to construct. Just looking at this, if you wait to retail this expansion seems to be the one you will want to add to the base game the most.

Of course, Garphill Games will also allow you to add a Collector’s Box which is just a larger game box that will hold the base game plus the expansions. There’s usually a little bonus in the Collector’s Box, and this one is no different with 12 promo items.

If you need to have all of the West Kingdom series games as we do, then this is a project you certainly should check out.

Dom Pierre

Dom Pierre from publisher R&R Games and designed by Rola and Costa is going to take you to the 17th-century French wine-making boom. This game looks to be another great crunchy Euro-style title you can add to your collection. Like so many games, the player with the most points at the end will be nominated as the winner.

The game consists of a number of rounds where on your player board you will move an action disc on your winery board up one spot and do the corresponding action. As the disc moves up a given track the actions become more powerful. Yet you need to balance the actions you are taking to be able to have your winery succeed. In addition, each action will cost you resources so the further you push an action disc up a track the more costly it will be to take that action.

The game will take you through all of the winemaking things you would expect as you manage your winery. You will plant and harvest crops in your vineyard. Produce champagne in your cellar. Don’t produce enough in your vineyard, then go to the village and purchase your neighbor’s (other players) crops. Of course, you also need to manage your logistics and build your sales network so that you can have the best sales of your products.

If the idea of running a winery sounds like fun, then you should check out Dom Pierre from R&R Games.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or at our email.

Board Game Brunch: Memories of Warhammer Quest

Warhammer Quest and Belgian Waffles
Warhammer Quest and Belgian Waffles

Consey has fond memories of late nights of playing Warhammer Quest with friends and then everyone heading to a 24-hour dinner and enjoying a big stack of waffles with fruit. With the pandemic we may not be going out with friends to eat as much, but we can still have some fun at home.

Family Game Fridays – Pulling in the Youth

Introducing Family Game Fridays

Several of the members of our WiscoDice staff have families and enjoy spending time with their spouse, children, or extended family and playing games. In this new series we’re calling Family Game Fridays, we want to explore this aspect of gaming and talk about some of the challenges of getting the young people in your life interested in gaming, how to keep things civil at the gaming table and possible games you and your family might enjoy getting started with.

When I was younger, my parents frankly weren’t very interested in games. We had your stock standard games such as Life, Sorry, Monopoly, and several more games. I played those quite frequently with my brother. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I was introduced to the world of Eurogames, deck-building games, strategy games, and so many more genres that I’ve grown to love. As an adult, I’ve sought to introduce my kids to games and allow them to grow and learn them, if they chose. 

It has not been all sunshine and roses in my household when approaching gaming. There are the inevitable fights, disagreements, boredom, and of course, gloating when one of them crushes everyone else at the table. It has been a great learning opportunity for me to see how my children approach gaming and grew to love it. As we grow this series, we want you to come along for the journey and share your experiences as well.

Start ’em young and keep them engaged!

Recently my nephews stayed with me for a solid week. My wife wanted to take the opportunity to share our love of gaming with my nephews. It had been years since my kids were 5 and 7. There are so many more options these days for games customized to that age group. My wife and I always enjoy a game of Carcassonne, published by Z-Man Games. It is a great starter game for getting your family or friends involved. It has simple tile-laying mechanics and is quick to teach without being overwhelming, like a Eurogame mechanics, for a first-time player. With all of that said, it might be a little overwhelming for a young player of 5-7 years.

There is not anything wrong with your stock, standard games released by Hasbro or other companies, but most gamers lose interest pretty quickly. While looking over the local game store’s selection, we stumbled across a youth version of Carcassonne. There is a version called, My First Carcassonne (published by Z-Man Games). This version has simpler mechanics and can be played fairly quickly. It was a super quick game to play. Most games were done in 15-20 minutes. 

What makes this a great choice for a young player?

One thing you always need to consider when pulling out a game is your audience. How old are they? What are their interests? How long can they pay attention to what you’re putting in front of them? Here are some of the highlights we found when playing this particular game and some key things you can look for when finding other games you might enjoy playing with them.

  • It was fun all around. My daughter, who was 14 at the time, had a great time playing, as did both of my nephews.
  • Players were always doing something. The physical element of the game kept them engaged.
  • It was easy to grasp for the 5-year-old and he had a great time laying down the colorful tiles.
  • When the 5-year-old got bored, he could just wander away and it didn’t impact the game.
  • With the quick playtime, it was easy to play multiple games in a row or quickly pull this out when my nephews wanted to do something.
  • The 7-year-old got excited with a few wins, but was able to be challenged by the 14-year-old. 

This was not the only game we played, but it was a great example of a game that was fun for our nephews and everyone got an opportunity to have fun playing. What types of games did you find were the most fun for your family to play when your kids were young?

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Kickstart Monday: Abstract Strategy Meets Cthulhu

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! It’s 2022 and I am excited for all that this new year will bring. On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at a really cool abstract game and plush creature that surely will rise from the depths. Let’s dive into it!

Canosa

Canosa from One Day West Games is an abstract game for two players that should take you around 20 minutes to play. In the game, you play as a siren who is trying to capture shipwrecked sailors. The box art is beautiful and actually is part of the gameplay experience.

Once the game is set up you will perform one of four actions on your turn. First, you may move your siren token. Next, you can move a ring from your siren to a sailor. This must be a sailor that is adjacent to your siren. Once you have a sailor under your control you then unlock the move a sailor action. Of course, the number of rings you have is limited so during the game you may need to remove a ring from a sailor and move it back to your siren.

To win the game you need to be the first to successfully move 4 sailors off the board or to trap your opponent. Moving sailors off the board is the most common way to win and involves moving a sailor to your starting spot. When this happens, remove the sailor from the board. Do this before your opponent and you win!

If you like quick, abstract strategy games then you should check out this one from One Day West Games.

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush from NekoRaveWolf is a cute stuffed Cthulhu plushy with a removable D20. While not a traditional gaming-related item, this plushy would be great to help decorate a tabletop gaming space. Of course, if you just want more cute plushy critters then you can’t go wrong with this one either.

There are a number of unlocks and add ons that you look at adding to your pledge, from cute pins to funding goals that will unlock upgrades to the plushy.

If your gaming space needs a little decoration then you should check out this plushy project.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or at our email.

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