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Critical Role Hits 100 Episodes and More in Our Weekly Board Gaming Roundup!

Critical Role Hits 100 Episodes and More in Our Weekly Board Gaming Roundup!

Welcome back to Geek & Sundry’s weekly recap about the latest tabletop game news, as well as a few related items that you may enjoy. We’re understandably proud to say that this was the biggest week in Critical Roles history as it hit episode 100, and we learned about the resurgence of Cthulhu inspired games, a new Big Trouble in Little China tabletop title, and we also came across some interesting videos about Magic: The Gathering and Mouse Trap.

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Critical Role Cast

For over two years, Critical Role has taken Dungeons and Dragons fans into the world of Exandria with Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and professional vocal performers Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Laura Bailey, and Sam Riegel in addition to several special guests. Critical Role has become so popular that even Wizards of the Coast have given shout outs to the show for helping to fuel a resurgence of interest in D&D.  This week, Critical Role reached its milestone 100th episode, and it was covered by Forbes, Kotaku, CNET, ComicBook.com, and even our sister site, Nerdist.

Of course, the best Critical Role coverage is always going to be right here at Geek & Sundry. We had the first word on the new Critical Role podcast, which will allow everyone to catch up on the story from the very beginning. G&S also featured a roundup of the best lines from the 1st 100 episodes, a new gallery of fan art inspired by the show, an overview of the cast’s previous roles, and even a peak into the early years of the Vox Machina. Next months, fans can even get in on the action with the Critical Role Source Book, which is available for preorder now.

 

NPR takes on Cthulhu

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You may have noticed a huge increase in Cthulhu-inspired tabletop games over the past few years. H.P. Lovecraft’s signature monster is experiencing a revival of interest, and it was recently featured in an NPR report. The general consensus of the story is that fans detest Lovecraft the man for the racist opinions that he left in his writings, but they love the world and creatures that he created. Several of Lovecraft’s stories have also fallen into the public domain, which makes it much easier for gaming companies to use Lovecraft’s monsters and settings.

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China The Game
Ol’ Jack Burton is riding the Pork Chop Express back into town in the upcoming tabletop adventure, Big Trouble in Little China: The Game. Chris Batarlis and Boris Polonsky’s Flipside are adapting John Carpenter’s classic movie, which will allow players to step into the roles of Jack, Gracie, Egg, and other characters as they attempt to take down Lo Pan. The game isn’t finished yet, but the deluxe limited edition is already available for preorder here. In the meantime, check out the game’s trailer!

The Diana Jones Award

The  committee of the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming has revealed its shortlist for its 2017 award. In order, they are The Beast card game, a Vampire: The Gathering LARP known as End of the Line, Gen Con, Gloomhaven, The Romance Trilogy of role playing games by Emily Care Boss, and Terraforming Mars. The winner will be announced at the Diana Jones Award Party in Indianapolis on Wednesday 16th August.

Magic: The Gathering

Magic Feature

Is Magic: The Gathering the jazz of card games? That’s the premise of the latest YouTube episode from the PBS Idea Channel. As explained by host Mike Rugnetta, the similarities between Magic and jazz are more complex than just the improvisation that is found in both. He adds that “we’re painting with a REALLY broad brush–both Magic and jazz are huge subjects difficult to summarize in any amount of time, let alone a fifteen minute video–so go easy on me… we’re gonna get beyond that idea; what we’re gonna try to do is use each to explain the other, in an effort to understand some similarities, and one big difference, in how they work as systems.” You can watch the video below.

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

To close out this week’s column, we’re sharing Best Play‘s recently released video history about Mouse Trap, the Rube Goldberg inspired game that managed to not pay Goldberg anything at all. This backstory also has more murder and paranoia than we expected.

Which gaming stories captured your imagination this week? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image Credits: Geek & Sundry/Chaosium/Flipside/Hasbro

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