The Perfect Ice Breaker

The Perfect Ice Breaker

We’ve talked a few times about the benefits of board games. They can help kids learn new skills. They are a great pastime and a social one to boot. But there’s one other way in which board games (and card games) can help us in our day-to-day. Board games can be the perfect way to get to know someone. Not everyone is going to be a big fan of board games and in some scenarios,…

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This Week at Heroes’ Beacon (August 6-12)

This Week at Heroes’ Beacon (August 6-12)

Sunday August 6 Opening Gaming! We have open seats available! Bring your own games or grab one off our demo shelf! Monday August 7 Modern Monday Bring your modern decks and play a swiss tournament. Entry fees go towards prizes.       Tuesday August 8 X-Wing Miniatures Casual Game Night Learning or an experienced player come out and play a round or two? New players welcome you don’t need to own the game to…

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This Week at Heroes’ Beacon (July 30-August 5)

This Week at Heroes’ Beacon (July 30-August 5)

Sunday July 30 Opening Gaming! We have open seats available! Bring your own games or grab one off our demo shelf! Monday July 31 Modern Monday Bring your modern decks and play a swiss tournament. Entry fees go towards prizes.       Tuesday August 1 X-Wing Miniatures Casual Game Night Learning or an experienced player come out and play a round or two? New players welcome you don’t need to own the game to…

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Play More Games! Feel Better!

Play More Games! Feel Better!

Board Games have seen a huge resurgence in recent years as more people have discovered games that are outside the boundaries of the old classics like Monopoly, Sorry, and Trouble. Cooperative games with strategic themes like “Pandemic” and the rise of “Eurogames” that introduce gentle themes like farming and landscape-building like “Catan” are largely responsible for the rise of board games into the main stream consciousness. But did you know Board Games have a ton…

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A Little Time for a Lot of Magic

A Little Time for a Lot of Magic

Magic: The Gathering is a complex and fun game. It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. It involves considerable thought and planning and it can also involve a lot of chaos and comraderie. But what happens if you want to move beyond kitchen table Magic but don’t have the time and money to invest in competitive deckbuilding? Thankfully, there are many ways to play Magic — some more competitive than others,…

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Kickstarter!

Kickstarter!

In recent years Kickstarter has become a popular way for new board games to hit the market.  For anyone that isn’t already aware, Kickstarter.com is a site where people can pitch a project and have people back it on the promise of certain perks once the project is finished.  (Believe it or not Heroes’ Beacon started out of a similar site called Indiegogo.com)  Project creators often offer various levels you can back the project at…

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Roleplaying Games

Roleplaying Games

Let’s talk about games, more specifically, Roleplaying Games. What is a roleplaying game? In its simplest explanation, it is a chance to play pretend. When you get deeper into the hobby though, it is a time to let your imagination take over and develop a story together with your friends. This has been a favourite hobby of mine for over 30 years. I started with first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Over the years, I…

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How To Help Fandoms Grow

How To Help Fandoms Grow

It’s never been a better time to be a fan. Geek culture has become mainstream and fan communities have, as a result, been able to grow and connect like never before. As a result it’s very common these days to see people of all ages embrace their favorite fandom and share the things they love. It may be comics or games or a specific intellectual property. From Pokemon to Harry Potter, being a geek has…

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I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

With Rogue One having come out this week and Star Wars Celebration coming up later in the month in Orlando, it got me thinking about how great it is to be a fan these days.  Not only is there a Star Wars movie in some form in the works every year for the foreseeable future, but we have great new and exciting products coming out in virtually every medium.  Some fans might not be aware…

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A review: Kingsburg

A review: Kingsburg

Kingsburg By Scott Brownlee “Your majesty, I feel the coming of winter signals most poorly for my territory. This year’s crop was small, and we have been most devoted to maintaining your standing armies to prevent the resurgence of the goblin invaders.” Build your territory and rise in status in Kingsburg, a game of management and risk for two to five players. Players each construct their provinces as they see fit. Will a new Guard…

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