Series: Dice Vice

Dice Vice: Saving the World with Pandemic

Board games are having a bit of a moment right now. In geek circles, Wil Wheaton has his show “Tabletop” on Geek & Sundry where he plays tabletop games with friends; new and interesting games are coming out all of the time, and it’s even making the news. With all the focus on board gaming even within admittedly niche circles, I’ve found myself getting really into them thanks to some lovely friends and an especially eager boyfriend.  So when I met my boyfriend and he said he was really into board games, I was a little apprehensive. I mean...

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Terra Mystica: This Game is Intense

Ladies and bros, in the last column of Dice Vice, I was all, “Games are fun! It’s a nice way to challenge yourself with new skills! Here’s a game and how to play it! RAINBOWS!!!” This is not that column today. Today’s column is about how sometimes our hobbies and the fun things we like to do seem so hard that we want to rage quit them and never try anything like them again. Nope, you think. Can’t do it. Sometimes it feels like there are too many rules, and it’s too insurmountable. You listen to the rules and...

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Dominion: Have Fun Almost Immediately

It’s such a relief to play a game and have fun almost immediately. It got a little heavy in the Dice Vice column last month and while that’s definitely ok, I’m glad that this month’s game was easy and quick. Though I must say that it is hilarious to me how excited I was to pick up on the game so easily. The rules took only about 10 minutes to explain and I understood those rules almost immediately? This is what heaven feels like, my friends. What is this game, you ask? Dominion! The name sounds really intimidating and...

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Dice Vice: The Splendor of Splendor

Instead of talking about a new game this month, I’m going to introduce to you one of my favorite games: Splendor.  Splendor is a game that I’ve played maybe more than any of the games I’ve played in my new gaming renaissance. Here’s what I love about it: it’s fairly quick to learn, like Dominion. It’s short, competitive, but not to ruin-your-family levels like “Monopoly.” And the art and game pieces are well made. I first started playing Splendor with my boyfriend in the fall of last year. I enjoyed it, but after last year’s New England Snowpocalypse, I...

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Dice Vice: A Board Game Cafe Triple Threat

An interesting thing happened on the way to my monthly Dice Vice gaming: a wild Board Game Cafe appeared! If you’ve never been to a board game cafe you should definitely see if there is one in your area and plan a visit. Basically, it’s a cafe—the one in my town serves coffee, sandwiches, and gelato, but some serve booze—where you can pay a fee to play any of the cafe’s collection of board games. At this one, it’s $5 per person for the day, and if you’re there for a few hours you can play a lot of...

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