Archive for November, 2010

OgreCave reviews – Castle Ravenloft

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Castle RavenloftThough Halloween is several weeks past now, it’s never too late for a creepy vampire hunt. In the roleplaying world, there’s no blood-sucking undead more well-known than Count Strahd von Zarovich, lord of the lonely Barovian fortress known as Castle Ravenloft. Wizards of the Coast has received much praise for bringing the D&D experience to a cooperative miniatures board game, and Castle Ravenloft has sold well this year. Is all the attention being garnered by Count Strahd’s latest appearance truly deserved? In Demian’s new review, he determines if the attractive board game holds up, or if it burns in the sunlight.

OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2010, part 1

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The holidays are here again, and whether you’ve waded into the Black Friday madness for gifts, or prefer to sit back and contemplate your cheer-giving purchases a bit, you may be in need of suggestions. To that end, the Cave dwellers bring you the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2010, offering gaming gift ideas for all. As we have done each year, we’re starting with Twelve Stocking Stuffer Games, which provide hours of enjoyment while taking less cash from your wallet.

The rest of our tenth annual guide will be along soon, so be sure to check our lists in the days ahead. The shopping can get crazy out there, so be sure to stretch out beforehand, keep your head down, and stick with OgreCave for surefire gaming gifts this season.

Hooray, Virtual Tabletop exists! We can go back to complaining about it!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It even looks like they took my extremely expensive advice – or more likely just rubbed a couple of brain cells together on their own – and made it a 2D product. This is not only better for PR because it doesn’t scream “video game” quite as loud, but actually a slight improvement over real tabletops when it comes to the kind of tactical thinking 4E demands. And based on the tech specs in the FAQ, it looks like it will run inside the web browser, although curiously enough it isn’t made with the same tech as the Character Builder and hence will not integrate with it (for the beta anyway).

Anyway, a pleasant surprise. Commence bitching about the lack of integrated voice and video chat. Because WotC should spend its resources rewriting Skype.

OgreCave reviews – Smallville, Guardians of Graxia

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

SmallvilleWe’ve got a pair of new reviews to start your week, starting with Andy’s thoughts on the Smallville Roleplaying Game from Margaret Weis Productions. Widely hailed for its approach to character abilities, the game gets high praise and slight annoyance from Andy – read on to see why. Then Lee provides us with a detailed look at Guardians of Graxia, the board game by Petroglyph. This 1-2 player fantasy game uses cards as army units, letting amateur warlords direct the flow of combat. See these reviews, and 250 others we’ve built up over the years (!) in OgreCave’s review index.

OgreCave Gaming News Update: Three from NeonCon 2010!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I was lucky enough to make it out to NeonCon 2010 in Las Vegas last weekend, and even though I had to leave the festivities early, I managed to sit down with a few interview victims. The result: three new Gaming News Update episodes are up from the show. In no particular order, they are:

If you have the time, listen in – they’re each less than 20 min, after all. Note the promo ad we slipped in at the end, though.

Be sure to visit OgreCave’s Facebook page to check out our NeonCon 2010 image gallery. While you’re there, become a fan of OgreCave to keep hearing about the Cave dwellers’ exploits and activities.

Gamewright Wins Prestigious Awards for 2010 Releases

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Massachusetts-based game company Gamewright earned over 50 awards in total for its games released this year. Among the top performers this year, Matt Leacock’s Forbidden Island won the coveted Mensa Select award. Take the Cake and Hide and Eeek! were awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal. Parents’ Choice Gold were awarded for Rory’s Story Cubes and Can You See What I See? Bingo Link. This marks the first time since 2001 that Gamewright has won Parents’ Choice gold, and the first time ever that two games won in the same calendar year. For a complete list of awards that Gamewright has won over the years visit their awards page.