In case you somehow missed, it GameKnight has a contest running for a set of VictoryChips. Details can be found here. Get playing quickly with this great Quick Start guide Z-Man games recently posted an excellent quick start guide for Robinson Crusoe. I’m printing it out and putting this in the box with the game. I suspect this will be a big help in getting the game going fast. The credit for developing this guide guide goes to BGG user Cedric Chong. Here’s the originating post which provides a review of the game, and more info.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few days at the World Board Gaming championships held in Lancaster, PA. Until this trip, my experience with game conventions was mostly limited to Origins. The first thing to know is that WBC is heavily focused on tournament play. Each year they choose 100 or so games (aka The Century Group) that are the ones for which players will compete. The Century Group is chosen via votes by the membership of the Board Game Players Association. The details of the selection approach can be found here. Several games on the list are actually out-of-print titles which might make it challenging for new gamers to become competitive. I’m not highly competitive gamer, so my goal was to explore WBC’s open gaming opportunities. I was somewhat disappointed at what I found. Open Gaming The primary area for open gaming is a room that is a repurposed dinner theater. As such, bright lighting in the room does not exist. Some efforts to increase the amount of light in the room were made, but overall I found it to be generally quite poor. This appears to be an ongoing problem, as I noticed that some WBC attendees carrying in their own table lamps. There is another option however. There is an overflow open gaming area in a separate building, that looks to have been an indoor tennis court that was remodeled to as a event room. It was well lit, cool,
This contest is for a set of 100 VictoryChips. You can select the denominations, or we’ll pick a standard set for you. To enter the contest, you need to simply ‘like’ the two pages listed below on Facebook. To make your life better, I’ve included the links. So you can probably enter and be back here in like 2 minutes or less. Like our new VictoryChips page Like the GameKnight Products page Only by ‘liking’ both of these pages will allow your entrance into this contest. It’s sorta like one of the missile silos that requires two keys to launch. If you are one of those fantastic people who already ‘Liked’ the GameKnight page, you only need to LIKE the VictoryChips page and you are entered. The contest will end and the winner will be selected on February 2nd, 2013. Free shipping to the winner is included. Yes, even for you international folks. The winner will be contacted via the Facebook message. We’ll give the winner 2 weeks to reply. If we don’t hear from you we’ll assume you don’t like winning contests and another winner will be selected and you will be quite sad. GameKnight Products can cancel\change the terms of the contest at any time for any reason. We don’t plan to, but all the other contests like to say this, so we will too. Yes, you need to be a Facebook user to enter. That’s how this contest works.
For those of you who own, or are considering buying GameChips, I wanted to share some exciting news. I’m in the process of making a few design revisions to the GameChips product. Here are some specifics about the changes being made: The 5/10/20 chips will have a redesigned rolling edge. While many customers like the current design, some customers mentioned that the gradient design on the edge makes them sad. The revised design will feature a more coin-like appearance. The edge will now have a pattern that will look like the ridges on the edge of a quarter. It will be uniform with no gradient. The face design will be unchanged. A new set of designs for the 25/50/100 chips will be made available. The new design is intended to look like paper currency. The colors will remain similar (green/blue/black respectively). Although I do like the gem design, I felt that their were too many gem designs in the set. Now the set will be a more balanced mix of designs. I realize that by making some changes you might have a few questions. Here are some answers to the questions I’m anticipating that you might have. When will images of the new designs be made available? Images from the prototypes are attached to this post. When will the new chip designs be available for purchase at the GameKnightStore.com? Likely to be February-March timeframe. These chips will also be available to some reward levels in the new Kickstarter project. Can I
GameKnight Products is happy to announce our latest Kickstarter project. If you are a hardcore gamer, please take a few minutes to checkout this great new accessory for gaming. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1417272643/keeping-score-victory-chips-for-games
Enter for your chance to win a set of our awesome GameChips worth over $250. Note – the prize will only be shipped to US address. Sorry, please blame the international shipping costs for this restriction. How to enter: Step 1 - Register as a user of gameknight.com It’s easy. Step 2 – Post a comment that tells us what your favorite game is Here’s a list of the chips that will be sent to the contest winner. 50 value ’1′ chips 25 value ’2′ chips 25 value ’3′ chips 50 value ’5′ chips 50 value ’10′ chips 25 value ’20′ chips 25 value ’50′ chips 15 value ’100′ chips 10 value ’500′ chips 15 value ’1000′ chips 10 value ’5000′ chips 1 Slow Player Marker 1 First Player Marker 1 Time Traveller Marker Rules and contest info Prize will be shipped to US address only. Blame the greedy postal services. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Drawing of registered users of the site will be held on December 8th, 2012. Winner will be contacted via the email address they used to register on GameKnight.com We’ll give the winner 2 weeks to reply. If we don’t hear from you, another winner will be selected and you will be quite sad. GameKnight Products can cancel\change the terms of the contest at any time for any reason. We don’t plan to, but all the other contests like to say this, so we will too.
Winner of the coveted Spiel des Jahres award for “Best Complex Game in 2008,” Agricola is one game that definitely needs a strategy guide. In Agricola (Latin for “farmer”), you’re a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you’ll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the little rugrats? Check out GameKnight’s new, updated Agricola strategy guide! Click to view the online version, or download our new PDF version.
You’ve probably heard the familiar proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Unfortunately, in Small World there are no fences. Races are at each other’s throats, using their special powers to gain the most real estate possible. As the game box’s catchphrase states, “It’s a world of slaughter, after all!” Don’t be a victim of the massacre and read our new Small World strategy guide.
Railways may be disappearing quickly in the 21st century, but that won’t stop you from laying tons of track in the early 20th century. In Ticket to Ride—any of the incarnations!—the player who claims the longest and most effective train routes wins. If you want to know how to be the greatest Ticket to Ride train magnate the world has ever known, read through our new Ticket to Ride Strategy Guide.
Want to put our awesome strategy guide in the game box? Maybe take it on the train? Here’s a PDF version: GameKnight_Twilight_Imperium_Strategy_Guide. Also, if you haven’t already checked it out, we have a resource page that provides quick access to many great resources to improve your game.