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Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works

Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works

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Enlarge / The intruders are... unpleasant.Awaken Realms Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. You’re roused early from cold sleep. The ship’s hibernatorium—and likely the remainder of the ship—is running on half power. There’s a body nearby. More accurately, there’s a body all…
Review: Cowboy Bebop becomes a boardgame

Review: Cowboy Bebop becomes a boardgame

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Enlarge / Get ready to relive iconic moments from the series... by playing cards with icons on them.Charlie Theel Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. It’s been years since I watched Cowboy Bebop. I remember borrowing imported VHS tapes and flying through…
The 8 best board game apps of 2019

The 8 best board game apps of 2019

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our regular look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com, or peruse our massive 2019 board game gift guide. Tabletop games continue their push into the electronic space, with at least a dozen digital adaptations released in 2019—and that’s not counting the numerous games in Early…
Ridiculous in the right way: Unmatched: Battle of Legends

Ridiculous in the right way: Unmatched: Battle of Legends

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. The full name of this game is Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One. That last bit is important because there is more Unmatched coming. This first set allows us to answer important questions like: who would…
Review: Horrified is a terrific family-friendly monster-themed board game

Review: Horrified is a terrific family-friendly monster-themed board game

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Some folks use "family game" as a pejorative. Not me. For one thing, I happen to like my family. More importantly, as a player and critic of board games, it is my holy duty to introduce…
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...

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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?

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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

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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...

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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

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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…

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