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Eleven Games to Play at your Stranger Things Party

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Cast of Stranger Things (Netflix)More than anything, watching the kids on Stranger Things obsess over their favorite games hits us with heavy nostalgia for those classic games of the 1980s. When you celebrate this modern classic of kids against the supernatural, whether you binge-watch entire seasons or savor each episode slowly, you’ll want an ideal activity to symbolize that you stand with the citizens of Hawkins, right? Don’t be a mouth-breather – grab your Eggos and your wrist-rocket, and check our picks for the best games to capture the feel of Stranger Things.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

While some of the OgreCave crew have been taking a little time off (call ’em mental health days, call ’em school/divorce/new baby recovery days – whatever), causing us to skip this year’s OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide, longtime Cave Dweller Matthew Pook has scraped together a quick list of gift suggestions that would make any Ogre proud. Anyone still searching for beyond-last-minute gift ideas – or wondering what to spend holiday gift certificates on – should head over to read Reviews from R’lyeh: The Christmas List. The rest of the staff here at OgreCave appreciates the assist, Matthew. We’ll have your back next time, for sure.

Of course, if you really need a gift now, you can always resort to an electronic goodie or two. Pathfinder RPG fans might enjoy Hero Labs for the Pathfinder Beginner Box (Lone Wolf Development; Free!); and gamers in general are likely to find something worthwhile in the Super Indie Bundle, offered on Steam for a limited time – 10 games for $19.99 is hard to beat!

Be well, and happy holidays!

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.

OgreCave reviews – Zombiegeddon, Killer Thriller

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ZombiegeddonThings have been busy lately, but the Cave dwellers haven’t forgotten what season this is. Therefore, it’s about time we review some fear-related games with this year’s Screams from the Cave. To start, Dennis gives us his take on Zombiegeddon from Twilight Creations. Designed by Reiner Knizia, this board game forces players to stock up supplies for the apocalypse, then fight for more once Z Day arrives. Since we want the scream-inducing games to reach blood-curdling volume, we’re also hitting you with Demian’s review of Killer Thriller, a brand-new roleplaying game from Timeout Diversions. This small PDF RPG embraces the Paranoia style of character mortality, so expect bloodshed – big time. Have a read through both reviews, and see if either one has you seeing blood red.

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 4

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

This is it – Christmas looms on the horizon, just one day away. But say you’ve forgotten to get a gift for someone, a fellow gamer, and there’s no time to get to the stores anymore. Fear not, for the Cave dwellers have compiled one more list of gift suggestions in our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009. This fourth and final list provides An Aetheric Guide for Christmas, our traditionally last-minute PDF/downloadable product list. Just read through the list, select a few pre-screened OgreCave recommendations, and download your gifts as needed. You don’t have to risk wading through last-minute shoppers – they’ll be like a pack of sugarplum-crazed elves by now.

Here’s wishing you a safe, happy holiday season, from the staff of OgreCave. Seasons greetings!

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 3

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

If you plan to give gifts this holiday season – or better yet, receive them – you’ve surely been perusing local stores and forming a list. The Cave dwellers have done the same, in the third section of our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009. This portion, the Twelve Boxes for Christmas, focuses on board games, in the hope of guiding some of your big-ticket expenses toward enjoyable gaming choices.

All that remains is our traditionally last-minute PDF/downloadable product list. We’ll be sure to drop it down your chimney when you’re least expecting it. … No, that’s not a euphemism for anything! Sheesh!

Beware of lurking ninja

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Today is the Day of the Ninja, December 5th, and we nearly failed our Spot check. We didn’t manage to get a Games of the Ninja mini-feature put together this year (feel free to check out last year’s page, though), partly because we couldn’t think of any new ninja-related games we’re dying to play. So, here’s the question: if you were to celebrate the stealthy assassins today – and who wouldn’t? – what game(s) would you be throwing down with?

OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009, part 1

Friday, December 4th, 2009

If you haven’t noticed the holiday decorations yet, you just aren’t paying attention – around here, it started showing up Halloween morning. It seems like folks are anxious to get back to celebrating the season, and retailers are ready to receive the droves of gift givers. Don’t let the anxiety get to you, though – you’ve got the first part of our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009 on hand to help. In this first section, Twelve Stocking Stuffer Games, the Cave dwellers have selected a solid group of inexpensive gift goodies for a variety of interests, from casual gamer to hardcore.

We’ll have the rest of our ninth annual guide up in the days ahead, so be sure to check our lists, check them twice. Being naughty or nice isn’t a factor – we don’t judge.


OgreCave reviews – A Touch of Evil expansions

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The night of tricks or treats may have passed, but Screams from the Cave has bled into All Saints Day as OgreCave continues to answer the need for ghoulish gaming this time of year. Lee has two reviews for us today, both on expansions to Flying Frog Productions’ A Touch of Evil. First, we get the post mortem on ATOE: Hero Pack One, which, as you may have guessed, adds new Heroes to the game. Then Lee tells us about ATOE: The Allies, a smaller expansion only available directly from the publisher. Read on, and see if you need to pick up either set for your ATOE sessions.

If you didn’t get your fill of fear yet this season, browse our recent reviews, or have a look back at last year’s Screams feature to uncover more terror-themed games.

OgreCave review – Pandemic: On the Brink

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Our Screams from the Cave continue through Halloween weekend with an in-depth review of a game that evokes thoughts of Swine Flu and much worse. Lee’s had a lengthy look at Pandemic: On the Brink by Z-Man Games, and has a blow-by-blow account of the game’s hot zones. We’ll have a bit more spook-related fun for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, have a look through our recent reviews, or have a look back at last year’s Screams feature to keep yourself properly afraid.

OgreCave reviews – Death, Frost, Doom & Something Wicked

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The fear continues as our Screams from the Cave echo across the internet with more reviews. First, Gerald has his review of Death, Frost, Doom by LotFP Publishing, a creepy mood-piece for old school D&D gamers. The Lee gives us his full analysis of A Touch of Evil: Something Wicked, the horror boardgame expansion from Flying Frog. More fear will come to light tomorrow as well, so check back with OgreCave for more Halloween-style games.

OgreCave review – Dread

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Despite the efforts of Real Life™ to derail our October posts, we still have a few bits of fear to inject into your consciousness, and so the Screams from the Cave may be fewer than usual, but just as bloodcurdling as ever. As such, Gerald has provided us with a review of Dread, the horror RPG that uses a Jenga tower to determine your fate. You’ve probably heard of this unusual game design – does it suit your group’s needs for some terror-stricken fun? Read on to find out, then check back with OgreCave as Halloween approaches for more fear-themed insights.

OgreCave reviews – Terrors From Beyond

Monday, October 12th, 2009

‘Tis nearly Halloween, so the Cave dwellers thought it prudent to advise you on more of the fear-themed games out there. To that end, OgreCave’s Screams from the Cave 2009 starts off with Andy’s review of Terrors From Beyond, the recent Call of Cthulhu adventure compilation from Chaosium. Does it contain the adventure you need to inflict on your group this year? Read on to find out. We’ll have other scream-laden goodies over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back with us in the days ahead.

OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008, part 4

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Now that Christmas is just a few days away, you’re either all set for gift giving, or just about to panic. Fear not – the Cave dwellers have one more list of gift suggestions for you, and this time none of them require shipping. Therefore, we wrap up (*ahem*) our eighth annual holiday guide with An Aetheric Christmas Dozen – 12 Gifts in Electronic Formats. Pick a few, burn them to a disc, and dash away to all your last-minute holiday engagements.

And for anyone still looking for ideas (or planning to spend some gift certificates soon), don’t forget to check our other lists for 2008:

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the staff of OgreCave!

OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008, part 3

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Despite the unusually heavy pressures of the holiday season this year (just speaking for myself here – jury duty stinks), the Cave dwellers have continued OgreCave’s annual gift list with due diligence. Part three of our eighth annual recommendations list, the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008, has gone live to assist in your gift giving (or receiving) efforts. This third section, Twelve Boxes for Christmas, offers ideas for boardgames, both hefty and slim. Have a look, get out there and finish any shopping you have left, and we’ll have our final list – downloadable gift ideas – in the days ahead.