Martian Dice Tournament at Gamehole Con

Thanks to TMG for donating copies of Martian Dice for our Martian Dice tournament at Gamehole Con. We had 32 martians competing for the championship. Everyone who participated got to keep a copy of Martian Dice!

Verika Model and Gamer Gal checked-in contestants and organized play in the MilCoG game library space. She also took photos with all the semi-finalists and finalists.

We started out in groups of 4 with single-elimination play to determine the best player of those groups who then advances to the semi-finals where a one round play-off determined who advances to the final round. The final found determined that Dan was the best at abducting humans, cows, and chickens while avoiding Earth’s hapless defenses.

Another special thanks to Atlas Games for donating the first-place prize – a copy of their very fun Godsforge!

Everyone had a great time and there was audible cheering and laughing the entire time. Hopefully we can run another event like this in the future!

Gamehole Con

Gamehole Con was as glorious as it always is. Thursday’s snow did not hamper attendance for the trick-or-treating and the gaming started out solid. I estimate total con attendance 4000-plus or so, so the GHC crew is doing a great job growing this show!

We don’t have the exact numbers yet but we checked out a record number of games this year. That is not surprising since every year the convention doubles the space for our game library. This year we had the capacity for 200-250 gamers in our space. We were booked solid from 11:15am on Saturday so the con expanded our space into the open-gaming space taking half of those tables as well. I predict we will be expanding the library space again next year if I had to bet.

To help with crowd control we implemented a table reservation system this year so not only did we have more space available to us than ever before, we also used the space more efficiently as well.

We always get good feedback on the library, as we should because its a great product. We also got great feedback on the table reservation system as well so it will return next year.

And library-goers enjoyed our Publisher’s Row as well, which is the table-space in front of the library where we display games from publishers who support our cause. Publisher’s Row was busy as well and all the games stationed there came and went to gaming tables throughout the entire con and we were able to speak to many games about the games displayed there.

There will be upcoming posts about more specific highlights of our time at Gamehole Con, but we wanted to get a general summary posted for people to see.

Happy Gaming!

Ghosts of the Moor

Welcome to this travel edition of MilCoG reviews. Today while on vacation at an indoor water park we played a few Halloween themed games…

Components: The same high-quality components you expect from a major publisher. Wooden meeples, good art, good production quality.

Game Setup: A few minutes is all it takes to setup Ghosts of the Moor.

Mechanics: Set collection, risk management, push-you-luck, dice rolling/roll-and-move, race.

Game Play: Simple and light game play. Roll the die, choose which member of your team to move based on your set collection goals and stomach for risk.

Last Word: Ghosts of the Moor is a really fun game if you are looking for something portable and light with a short playing time that still feels like a game. It has hit our table more than a few times when we wanted to play a little more but did not want to start something “regular sized” and its even traveled with us and was played at a small airport waiting area table. If you want a new filler-type game you can do a lot worse than Ghosts of the Moor. MilCoG recommended! See TMG for more info…

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Martian Dice

Components: Dice are your typical custom dice .

Game Setup: Mere seconds.

Mechanics: Dice farming, push-you-luck.

Game Play: Fast and easy. Roll dice, farm dice, score points. Repeat until a someone earns enough points to win.

Last Word:  This dice game entry from TMGs is the best one of these type of things we’ve played. While the mechanics of all these games are the same, this one offers one extra consideration to factor in when pushing-your-luck. If you are going looking for a dice game to assist your drinking time or just a quick filler, this is the best one in our opinion.

Outfoxed at NEWGame 2019!

We got to sit down with Ryan at Krippendorf Games to try out their upcoming Outfoxed.

We’re predicting this will be a huge hit in the social party game genre. It small and portable, rules explain in under 2 minutes, plays fast, but has a surprising amount of strategy for one small tin’s worth of game.

If you are into high ROI for your gaming dollar / gaming time and enjoy social interactive games, you certainly want to try this!

We’ve got an advanced copy and your next chance to play it with us will be at Gamehole Con at the end of the month. If you are at GHC be sure to ask to try this little gem!

HEXplore It

Components: High quality. Cardboard thickness and card stock is decent with a quality finish. Fantasy artwork is well done and fun to look at.

Game Setup: Setup is straight forward but the plethora of options to choose from can be a bit daunting, which is a good problem to have but take some time to go through all the materials.

Mechanics: Cooperative, character building, variable player powers.

Game Play: Adventure game succinct RPG elements.

Last Word:¬†We like adventure games and the encompassing game play of HEXplore-It ticks all the boxes for us. The options are practically limitless and the RPG -lite experience should be well received by any RPG players. There are some unique mechanics and devices used that we’ve not seen else as well. Its a longer endeavor but if you like RPG light experiences that are not watered down this is for you. Learn more at HEXplore-it.

We also will have a copy on display at NEWGame this weekend!