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  • List : Games for a day at the museum

    List : Games for a day at the museum

    Did you hear?

    Field Museum has free days (for IL residents) starting today, September 10th, through Sunday September 13!

    A weekend at Field followed by geeky, sciencey games sounds like our perfect weekend! So go check out the museum and then pick up one of these games to round out your weekend.

    Evolution by NorthStar Games:

    In Evolution, players create and adapt their own species in a dynamic ecosystem with hungry predators and limited resources. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect you from carnivores, while a Long Neck will help you get food that others can’t reach. With over 4,000 different species to create, every game becomes a different adventure. So gather your friends and family around the table and see who will best adapt their species to eat, multiply, and thrive.

    Dominant Species The Card Game by GMT Games:

    40,000 B.C. - A great ice age is ending. Another titanic struggle for global supremacy has unwittingly commenced between the animal species. Dominant Species: The Card Game is a fast-playing game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous rescinding of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.

    7 Wonders by Asmodee:

    In 7 Wonders, you lead an ancient civilization as it rises from its barbaric roots to become a world power. Lead your troops to a military victory or create a nation of artisans and philosophers. Establish a powerful merchant state or master the mysteries of science and technology. Build an architectural wonder that will fascinate for eons to come, and rule the most powerful civilization on Earth!

    Hive by Gen42 Games: (also available as on digital platforms)

    Hive is a highly addictive strategic game for two players that is not restricted by a board and can be played anywhere on any flat surface. Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven black and eleven white, resembling a variety of creatures each with a unique way of moving.

    The object of the game is to totally surround your opponent’s queen, while at the same time trying to block your opponent from doing likewise to your queen. The player to totally surround his opponent’s queen wins the game.

    The Great Dinosaur Rush by APE Games: While this game isn’t out yet, it does hit Kickstarter this month, and we got a chance to play it at GenCon and loved it! We think it’s a game SUE the T.Rex herself would love.

    Players compete to grab bones from the best dig sites, and build new dinosaurs for prestigious museums. Gain notoriety by stealing bones, sabotaging dig sites and otherwise impeding the other paleontologists. Play dirty if you want to win. Just not TOO dirty!

    What are your favorite history/nature based games?

  • List : Halloween Games 2015

    In case you missed it, we’re going to be having an awesome Halloween board game celebration later this month at Beermiscuous because Halloween is the best! What better way to spend some time with friends than by enjoying some spooky board games?

    5. Arkham Horror (Fantasy Flight Games)

    Arkham Horror takes place in 1926 and something is about to go horribly wrong. Strange events which nobody can explain have been happening throughout the city and it is up to your small band of investigators to prevent the Elder Gods from unleashing armageddon.

    Arkham Horror is a co-op game which can take up the larger portion of an afternoon and it also occupies quite a bit of table space especially once the expansions are added. That said if you do play it and win, it is an incredibly rewarding play experience. If you’ve got a group of friends that are looking to gather and watch your heroes slip into madness then this game really takes the cake.

    4. Smash Up: Monster Smash (Alderac Entertainment Group)

    The Monster Smash expansion adds four new decks to the Smash Up game: Vampires, Giant Ants, Werewolves and the Dr. Frankenstein-esque Mad Scientists. It also brings with it a bevy of new locations which all loosely tie in with the new factions. Particularly fun are the ant cards which are mostly named after Queen songs.

    One big thing that we should note is that although the base game contains a larger number of factions in the box, you can still play Monster Smash on its own. It is effectively a stand-alone expansion containing everything you need for just two players to have fun.

    3. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition (Bezier Games)

    Whether you know it as Mafia or Werewolf, the core idea of this game has been around for quite some time, and is great for large groups of players. Most of the players are villagers, but within the group there are a number of werewolves lurking. The game takes place in a series of day and night cycles; during the night the villagers all have their eyes closed and the werewolves collectively decide who they will kill off. When the daytime arrives the entire group (including the sneaky lycanthrope) all bicker on who they think the werewolves might be, they must agree to kill off one player within the group by the end of the day.

    Ultimate Werewolf comes in and adds a whole lot of chaos into the mix! In brings a huge number of new roles into the game including: The Seer (who gets to learn the identity of a player during each night phase), The Minion (a villager that is secretly working on the side of the werewolves) and Bloody Mary (upon being slain she gets to take out her revenge on those that killed her).

    2. Shadows of Brimstone: City of Ancients (Flying Frog Productions)

    The game takes place in a wild west mining town where perhaps the miners have dug a little too deep. A deadly unknown evil lurks in the mine but your hero is more concerned with the rumored treasure than they are with the accompanying danger.

    The game is an incredibly well put together dungeon crawl that just oozes with theme. Not only do you spend time exploring the mine but you also need to return to the town to restock on supplies and sell off your treasure, and neither location is ever particularly safe. The game really captures the sense that your heroes are up against overwhelming odds and it is often better to turn tail and flee like a coward than it is to press on.

    1. Betrayal at House on the Hill (Wizards of the Coast)

    Betrayal is an AMAZING game!… wait we can’t just leave it at that?

    I grew up on horror movies and remain a huge fan of them. John Carpenter’s The Thing and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre are, among many others, classic films as far as I am concerned. Betrayal at House in the Hill puts you in the shoes of a person that has been invited to dinner at a mysterious house. It captures those early moments of a horror movie as the characters have know idea what is about to unfold. The game starts off with the players slowly exploring the nooks and crannies of the house flipping over tiles to build it as they each take their turns.

    Eventually after flipping specific tiles over the “Haunt” phase of the game begins. At this point the players all consult the rulebook to determine what scenario they are playing. One scenario involves a player becoming a mad scientist that shrinks the explorers down so that he can feed them to his cat; meanwhile, the players need to find a radio controlled plane so that they can escape out the window. Another scenario mimics the great serpent Ouroboros slowing crushing and consuming the house.

    Depending on which edition of the game you have there are upwards of 50 different scenarios all of which are incredibly fun. There are very few games out there that capture a theme so well and truly you can never play the same game twice with this, even the same scenario will play out wildly different.

    By popular demand we will be bringing Betrayal to our Halloween event later this month at Beermiscous. Tell us what some of your favorite horror themed board games are and maybe we’ll bring them to the tables on the 30th as well!