Dual Powers Revolution 1917

At Nexus Game Fair we received a copy of Dual Powers by Thunderworks Games. We’re fans of Twilight Struggle so we were excited when we heard this described as a lighter version of that title.

We’d say that is a fair assessment but your mileage may vary. Twilight Struggle is a fantastic game with great depth and trying to make a lite-version that still feels the same as the full-bodied version must have been no small task.

While we won’t disagree with the comparisons being made to this and Twilight Struggle, with the theme being so strong an indicator, we actually likened this more to a “2 de Mayo on steroids” instead. And with 2 de Mayo one of our favorite 2-player games that is not a bad thing. And let’s face it; getting Twilight Struggle tabled can be a task in itself. Dual Powers fill the space between the Mexican Revolution and the Cold War nicely.

Pioneer Days

We recently got a care package from Tasty Minstrel Games and the first game we tabled was Pioneer Days. Up until recently we don’t know why we have not heard much about it because if you are looking for a family-friendly game for family-friendly play, it doesn’t get a better fit than this.

Lighter game play that is a combination of dice drafting, action selection, and push-your-luck/risk management is wrapped up in great art, nice components, and not-too-long play times.

So if you need a nice filler between your heavy game sessions or all you play is lighter games Pioneer Days should fit nicely in most game collections.


Got some new games to check out! Only played Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea so far and it was pretty well done. Most 4x games pretty much are the same affair and take some time to play but this felt that same as most 4x games but was way more elegant that the ones we’ve played. It felt a lot like the original Warcraft: Humans vs Orcs PC game which started the crazy way back when even though the mechanics are not similar at all. Worth a look if you are into 4x games.

We will get to the others shortly!

Another Midwest Gaming Classic has come and gone and we did not take nearly enough pictures as this one was the busiest one yet. We entertained countless attendees of the 10-12k who stopped by to chat and play board games as well as video and console games, and pinball machines.

Talked to lots of celebrities, saw lots of cool cosplay, and did lots of unique things that only can happen at a show like this.
Our “Publisher’s Row” got lots of attention and we directed lots of interested gamers to the retail vendors to buy the games they were interested in.

Getting ready for the Midwest Gaming Classic

The Midwest Gaming Classic is the largest gaming convention in Wisconsin with an annual attendance of 10k gamers! Again we’re providing the table-top game library where we loan out games, showcase games, and demo games. Its a big show and takes a lot of preparation so we’ve gotten an early start to all the work…

Publishers! Do we have your latest games in our collection? If not, and you’d like to have us put your game in front of thousands of faces and have it played by hungry gamers, now is the time to contact us to make the arrangements to get them to us!

More games from PAX and other library additions

Click pictures for expanded view…More special thanks rolling out to Slugfest Games, Atlas Games, Thunderworks Games, Crafty Games, Steve Jackson Games, and Mayday Games for donations to the MilCoG library. Come out and play these fun titles!

More New Games from PAX

Holiday break is giving us a chance to go through the boxes of donated games from our trip to PAX. So far we’re very impressed with everything we’ve played. Right now we are in an age of new games flooding the landscape but everything we’ve played from this trip is unique and fun which says a lot about the creativity of the industry.

All these games (and more we will be featuring as we can) are added to the MilCoG Game Library so come check them out at our events this coming year.

Happy Holidays!