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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Turn your tabletop into a genuine Video game of Thrones with Oathbreaker video game

Turn your tabletop into a genuine Video game of Thrones with...

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is the newest game to bring the popular HBO series (and the endless George R.R. Martin book series) to tabletop, this time in a social deduction format. We already have a Game…
Tapestry: Has the legendary “2-hour civ-building parlor game” gotten here?

Tapestry: Has the legendary “2-hour civ-building parlor game” gotten here?

Enlarge / Gettin' ready for some two-hour civ building. Dan Thurot Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. As a longtime player of cardboard civilization games, I’m always looking for titles that break the mold. From the moment it was revealed, Jamey Stegmaier’s…
Roundup: 3 “shows” parlor game that will tickle your pseudocode

Roundup: 3 “shows” parlor game that will tickle your pseudocode

Enlarge / Programming aspects are all over boardgames these days, even on Fireball Island. Charlie Theel Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. “Programming” in board games—where you lay down instructions in advance and then execute them in order—has shown up in everything…
Minecraft ends up being a parlor game, and the outcomes are loyal, great

Minecraft ends up being a parlor game, and the outcomes are...

Sam Machkovech I'm not shocked that the first-ever Minecraft board game is cute and fun. But this new game, made as a collaboration between video game studio Mojang and board game producer Ravensburger, has no right to be this elegant. Minecraft: Builders & Biomes is breezy. It's quick. It's kid-friendly. Yet it's full of the tricky…
Ranked: Every Ticket to Flight map

Ranked: Every Ticket to Flight map

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. You may have played one of the most successful titles in tabletop gaming, Alan Moon's Ticket to Ride. But have you tried all of the game’s expansions and standalone spinoffs? These additions introduce new boards and rules…
Evaluation: Jaws is a better parlor game than we had any right to anticipate

Evaluation: Jaws is a better parlor game than we had any...

Jaws and its components. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. If I had predicted a brand new Jaws tabletop game in 2019—one that would actually be excellent—you might have called me crazy. And yet here we are: Jaws the board game is…
Sneak peek: Unmatched, a deck-battling video game where Bruce Lee can battle King Arthur

Sneak peek: Unmatched, a deck-battling video game where Bruce Lee can...

Your combatants in this Unmatched play through: martial arts legend Bruce Lee... Nathan Mattise ...and sword and sorcery legend, King Arthur. Nathan Mattise A look at a basic Unmatched board Nathan Mattise Other character sets include a trio of Jurassic Park reports... Nathan Mattise ...and Alice, of In Wonderland fame. Nathan Mattise AUSTIN, Texas—It should…
Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering video game that puts the enjoyable in weakening democracy

Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering video game that puts the enjoyable in weakening...

Behold, the gerrymandering board game you didn't realize you wanted: Mapmaker Nathan Mattise The Lafair siblings behind Lafair Family Games (L to R): Josh, Louis, and Rebecca. They're quite a bit older now (Josh, the youngest, is about to start his freshman year of college). They live in the TX-10, a congressional district that... somehow…
How to follow-up Pathfinder? Enhance the video game, do not significantly alter its character

How to follow-up Pathfinder? Enhance the video game, do not significantly...

Enlarge / The floor of Gen Con 2018... Aaron Zimmerman I’ve been an avid player of Pathfinder The Roleplaying Game since its first edition debuted back in 2008 at Gen Con, the great-grandsire of American tabletop conventions. So as I planned to attend Gen Con 2018 last fall, I had my sights set on one…
Sorcerer’s biggest technique? Diminishing a CCG experience into a single box

Sorcerer’s biggest technique? Diminishing a CCG experience into a single box

Enlarge / From the animist deck. I hope you like spiders... Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Card battle games are a cornerstone of analog gaming. From the venerable Magic: The Gathering to the recently departed Android: Netrunner, their addictive blend of…

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