Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I'm Playing More Board Games

Outside of work hours (or work assignments), I'm finding myself playing as many board games as I am video games these days. I'd long assumed the reasons for this was the obvious: that sitting around a table, beer in hand, was an infinitely more social experience than sitting on my couch shouting at strangers (if I was… » 2/22/15 7:00pm 2/22/15 7:00pm

Ingenious Dungeon Master Projects A Digital Map To Play Tabletop RPGs 

Part of the allure of tabletop gaming is its physicality - being surrounded by friends and playing with tangible, physical tools. But that doesn't mean you can't use technology to make your gaming sessions a little easier, like this awesome projected map set up by Redditor Silverlight. » 2/05/15 11:00am 2/05/15 11:00am

These Dice Celebrate Every Critical Hit With Flashing Lights

A critical success role - whether it's to successfully scamper up the side of a spike pit or send the head of a kobold careening off its shoulders - is something all gamers treasure, no matter how your dice-rolling luck is. These new die go even further by treating you to a light show whenever you get a lucky hit! » 1/29/15 3:00pm 1/29/15 3:00pm

The Gorgeous RPG Shadows of Esteren Gets A Whole New Occult Sourcebook

Shadows of Esteren is a tabletop fantasy RPG with some of the most gorgeous art and design we've ever seen. The upcoming Occultism book lets characters gain esoteric knowledge, but life is Esteren is plenty dangerous even when you know the unknowable. » 1/21/15 12:00pm 1/21/15 12:00pm

The New Dungeon Master's Guide Is Like a Hacker's Manual for D&D

The final installment of the core D&D books has arrived, and it's really a hell of a book. I would even argue that this is the best Dungeon Master's Guide of any edition of D&D, ever. This is mainly because they've finally figured out what the DMG is: It's the hacker's guide to D&D. » 12/15/14 8:00am 12/15/14 8:00am

I Want To Play All My X-Wing Games On This Amazing Light Up Board

Fantasy Flight Games' X-Wing miniatures game is very cool - so cool that it's still part of my gift guide suggestions 2 years after it came out. But now one fan has made a board fit for playing it on, and it looks awesome. » 12/11/14 3:00pm 12/11/14 3:00pm

A Tabletop Game Where You Fight Other Humans... Surrounded By Zombies

Dead Meat: Quarantine Zone America is a skirmish game that pits human factions against each other, fighting to meet their own goals while the board fills with mindless undead. Innovative rules and world-building make it stand out in the crowded zombie genre. » 11/19/14 1:00pm 11/19/14 1:00pm

Dungeons and Dragons is getting in on that miniature aerial combat craze

FFG's X-Wing and Wizkid's own Star Trek: Attack Wing have seen a pretty major revitalisation of dogfighting miniature games in recent years, but now the esteemed tabletop franchise D&D is getting a piece of the action, replacing spaceships with, err... Dragons. I mean, what did you expect? » 10/30/14 9:00am 10/30/14 9:00am

D&D 'Loading Screens' for the DM who needs a break

Even the best laid Dungeon Master plans can go awry, leaving you to trawl through books and scribbled notes in a panic to find something for your players to do while they blankly stare at your DM Screen - so why not take a hint from video games and throw up a quick Loading Screen to distract them? » 10/22/14 11:00am 10/22/14 11:00am

Magic: The Gathering is getting a Board Game

Magic's spinning itself off from card-based tabletop shenanigans to board game ones with a new strategy game from Wizards of the Coast - and while it's pretty weird to see a Magic game without cards, it looks rather interesting. » 10/17/14 11:00am 10/17/14 11:00am

Space Hulk is back for a limited run of claustrophobic Xeno shenanigans

5 years ago, Games Workshop brought back its board game classic Space Hulk for a limited edition run, so exclusive and limited it would never be seen again once it sold out. Never ever. No siree. Nope. Never. Well... until now. » 9/13/14 9:00am 9/13/14 9:00am

A new Roleplaying Game that puts you and your friends in the Apocalypse

Fantasy Flight Games have revealed a new tabletop RPG out before the end of the year set in a variety of apocalyptic scenarios - but the twist is that it stars you. » 9/11/14 11:00am 9/11/14 11:00am

Classic 90s RPG Mutant Chronicles Returns, with Demons and Megacorps

Mutant Chronicles and its blend of space mutants, megacorp technocracies, and bizarre demonic forces has been in developer limbo for years, but as this gallery of stunning Paul Bonner art shows, it's ready to make a grand return. » 2/26/14 10:24pm 2/26/14 10:24pm

Why Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters

Dungeons and Dragons – arguably the single most revolutionary turn to the Action/Fantasy RPG genre – turned 40 last week. Here's why it's still relevant today. » 2/02/14 10:50am 2/02/14 10:50am

Chaosmos board game keeps you on the edge of cosmic catastrophe

In the board game Chaosmos, the Chaos Clock counts down to the complete collapse of the universe. Hidden on some desolate planet protected by traps and trickery is an artifact that can save the cosmos — but you're not the only one after it. » 1/17/14 7:20am 1/17/14 7:20am

D&D Fourth Edition is the perfect game for wizard-on-wizard action

With the next edition of Dungeons & Dragons finally ready for release later this year, you may be thinking it's time to garage sale all those 4th Edition books on your shelf. Here's a better idea – use them for player-versus-player wizard battles. » 1/16/14 7:20am 1/16/14 7:20am

The most controversial pen-and-paper RPGs ever made

There are RPGs we love, and then there are RPGs that cause us to shudder and make the sign of the cross. Make your offerings to Saint Gygax, then gird yourself for this harrowing list of the most controversial and notorious RPGs ever published. » 12/16/13 11:14am 12/16/13 11:14am

Fight for your throne with the Song of Ice and Fire RPG

The Song of Ice and Fire RPG doesn't just allow you to have adventures in Westeros – it lets you inhabit Westeros, creating your own noble house to vie for control of the Seven Kingdoms and play the Game of Thrones. » 12/13/13 12:57pm 12/13/13 12:57pm

Here Are the Items that Your Gamer Friends Actually Want as Presents

If there's a tabletop gamer in your life, your gift-giving dilemma is one of abundance – there are so many awesome things to give a gamer, how do you pick the right one? We'll sort you out with this guide to great gaming gifts. » 11/28/13 7:30am 11/28/13 7:30am

D&D's Sundering campaign becomes a cold war in Icewind Dale

The epic Dungeons & Dragons event The Sundering sunders on with a new in-store RPG campaign, a novel by Erin M. Evans, and the Arena of War app. Check out this icy new Sundering video trailer. » 11/18/13 11:20am 11/18/13 11:20am