#45 - To Holiday Lists and Bargains with Twists

Thanksgiving is OVER and now it’s officially time to think about the holidays. Today’s the biggest sale day of the year and we’re here to help you make your list and come out as the best game giver there is this holiday season!

 

DRINKS: Grab your favorite eggnog, pumpkin spice martini (you basic bitch, you), or spiced lager and browse these favorites with us!

 

Note: Places we like to shop for games include Target, your friendly local game store, Miniature Market, Cool Stuff Inc, Amazon. However you want to find games is up to you! Some of the best ways to find good prices are by simply browsing on your own or checking out https://www.boardgameprices.com/. Happy hunting!

 

*Games for Friends with Kids (or Kids themselves): Ice Cool, Sushi Go Party, Qwirkle, Rory’s Story Cubes, Disney Codenames, Happy Salmon, Flick Up, TTR My First Journey

 

*Games for Tabletop Noobs: Evolution, Boss Monster, Catan, Carcassonne, Splendor, Resistance/Avalon, Lanterns, Citadels

 

*Games for Board Game Geeks: The Godfather, Pandemic Legacy Season 2 or Cthulhu, Terraforming Mars, Scythe, Dragonfire, Clank! In Space, Yamatai

 

*Games for Your Favorite Couples: Codenames Duet, 7 Wonders Duel, Patchwork, Machi Koro, Potion Explosion, Jaipur, Hanamikoji

 

*Games for the Party Game Lover (that won’t make you sick of party games): Blank Marry Kill, Superfight, Pretending to Grownup, What Do You Meme, One Night Ultimate Werewolf

 

*Games for Secret Santa/Random Coworkers: Sagrada, Kokoro/Kodama, Herbaceous, Lotus, Flip City

 

*Games for Inappropriate Friends and/or as Gag Gifts: Red Flags, CAH, Telestrations After Dark, Midnight Taboo, Exploding Kittens, Joking Hazard, Drinking Quest or Drinking Fluxx, Poop

 

Games on a Budget (all under $30): Unearth, Dominion, Downforce, Gloom, Kanagawa, New York Slice, Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City, Coup

 

Games to Splurge On (or to jump on if you find a sale!): Scythe, Gloomhaven, Conan, Dead of Winter, Above & Below/Near & Far, Legacy games

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#44 - To Ambulatory Seafood and Accompaniments That Are Brewed

Sushi Go, Gamewright, 2013, 2-5 players, ages 8+ (PERFECT for kids) BGG, Amazon

Sushi Go Party, Gamewright, 2016, 2-8 players, ages 8+ BGG, Amazon

DRINKS: Tons of time, restaurants that serve sushi rightfully pair it with Asian beer options: Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi, Hitachino, or even Heineken (not Asian, obvi), but there are definitely some stateside flavors that we think would work with sushi, too:

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2014/03/beer-pairing-sushi-cicerone-advice-best-beer-for-sashimi-nigiri-rolls.html

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Troegs DreamWeaver
Allagash White
PBR

Stay away from: dark beer, super hoppy IPAs, pilsners (too bitter)

**Remember: It’s about flavor, not cost! So if there’s a great, cheaper beer that you find and you want to try a pairing, you may find something that works really well that isn’t going to cost you.

* Fun fact: Japanese people do not drink sake with sushi traditionally (you wouldn’t drink sake with rice)

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#43 - To Sparkling Jewels and Startling Mules

Asmodee, 2014, 2-4 players, ages 10+
BGG, Amazon, Expansion (Cities of Splendor) / Dice Tower review

DRINKS: Mules with a kick: Jalapeno Mule, Mexican Mule 
Blackberry Mule (made with Vanilla-Ginger Simple Syrup)
Handful of blackberries (4-5 big ones)
1 oz lime juice (or 1-2 lime wedges)
3 oz vanilla-ginger simple syrup (see recipe)
2 oz vodka (good stuff, don’t go cheap here)
Your fave ginger beer (I love Gosling’s; you could use Crabbie’s for an extra kick!) 
Muddle blackberries and lime juice (or wedges) in bottom of Mason jar or copper mule mug (if you’re fancy). Add ice and simple syrup and vodka and stir to combine. Fill to top with ginger beer, give it another stir to combine, and garnish with an extra blackberry or two (or seven).


Overview: In Asmodee, you take on the role of a wealthy merchant, who is trying to obtain resources to use to develop their empire. The goal is to turn petty gems into a wealth of jewels. 

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#42 - To Lofty Fenestration and Frothy Fermentation

We’re back for season two of A Toast to Tabletop!! It’s been 9 months since we’ve given you guys an episode and some might think that time period signifies something...and it does! We’re lazy.


DRINKS: History of Spanish sidra


Overview: Sagrada is a dice drafting game using a combination of both secret and shared objectives to determine the points you earn. Utilizing both beautiful artwork and simple strategic design this is a great intro game for beginners, while offering a challenge for those more familiar to strategy board games. The game comes with 90 dice, all six-sided, and 18 each of 5 different colors: red, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

#41 - To Overplayed Jokes and Overpaid Folks

Cards Against Humanity, 2009, self published (by CAH), 4 to a billion players, ages 17-18+ (you can vet the deck depending on your playing audience), BGG, Amazon

 

Joking Hazard, 2016, Breaking Games, 3-10 players, ages 18+ (for real, this is a pretty rough one), Kickstarter (it made almost $3.5 million!), BGG, Amazon, C&H comic

 

DRINKS

10 Most Alcoholic Cocktails (to help you forget what a terrible human you are)

Drinks with Dirty(ish) Names: Redheaded Slut

Intro: Do you love offensive jokes? Are you a terrible person? Then have we got a pair of games for you! Brace yourself for sinking lower than you thought you could, all for a few points in a card game. After all, your soul isn’t worth that much right?

#40 - To Bumbling Horrors and Crumbling Floors

Zombies!!!
 2001, Twilight Creations, 2-6 players, ages 12+ (it’s about zombies, people) BGG, Amazon (2nd edition)

Rules: http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/fileadmin/downloads/zombies_rules.pdf

 

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk (expansion)
2016, Avalon Hill Games, 3-6 players, ages 12+,
BGG, Amazon



Intro: Spoooooky! Ok yea, we’re a little late for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we have to skip it! First grab your shotguns and axes it’s time to take on a hoard of Zombies!!! Shoot, chop, or simply kick your way around town and escape in the helipad before someone else steals your ride to safety. Next it’s time to call Scooby Doo Gang, as we once again explore a creepy house only to find out one among us is a traitor all along. Do you have what it takes to survive (and not jump off the roof in frustration)?

#39 - To Archaic Marvels and Antiquated Morsels

GAME:
7 Wonders, 2010, Asmodee, 2-7 players, Ages 10+
BGG, Amazon

DRINKS:
Ancient (mead)/Modern Greece (ouzo)
Ancient (posca)/Modern Rome (Negroni)
Ancient Egypt (beer)

Hail to you glorious leader! Your task is not an easy one, but as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. At the center of our city will be our greatest work showing our adversaries who is the best ruler! Don’t let us down we’re all counting on you.

#38 - To Hometown Trains and Wordly Gains

Ticket to Ride
Pennsylvania/United Kingdom expansion, 2015, Days of Wonder, 2–5 players (PA), 2–4 players (UK), both for 8 yrs+ 
PA Rules, UK Rules, BGG

DRINKS
PA Cocktail: Fish House Punch (Olde Bar Philadelphia)
Can’t talk about PA without Yuengling!
UK Cocktail: Pimm’s Cooler / Scotch whisky
Guinness / Welsh braggot

Intro: Time to once again grab your ticket, and hop aboard. But this time we aren’t just satisfied with building the rails, we need something to spice things up! So this time we throw it back to the beginnings of the railroad industry. Can you become a railroad company tycoon, or is your game in inventing the latest and greatest technologies for the rails?

#36 - To Thriving Establishments and Conniving Accomplishments

Machi Koro
2012, IDW Games, 2-4 players, Ages 7+
BGG, Amazon, IDW Games, Rule Book

DRINKS
Cocktails for Real Estate Agents
Kir (named for Mayor Felix Kir of Dijon in Burgundy)
Mayor Pingree Bourbon (from Detroit)

Bright Lights, Big City (video with Tom Vasel)

Intro: Welcome Mayor! Time to get to work. Your citizens are counting on you to build up this town into the next New York City. Sure we’re starting small with a wheat field and a bakery, but in no time we’ll be building Amusement Parks and Shopping Malls. All you need to do is have a vision and some lucky dice rolls! Oh and don’t be afraid to steal from that other town across the way, those guys are jerks anyway! They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will be built in less than 30 minutes!

#35 - To Infected Turncoats and Neglected Spaceboats

Dark Moon
2011, Stronghold Games, 3-7 players, ages 12+
BGG, Stronghold Games, Amazon, Rule Book

DRINKS
Ambrosia (from BSG; Alcoholic beverage, often misheard as "ambrosia", was made in the 12 Colonies of Man, and also as the prison labor product on a penal colony, although the freed inmates descendants complained of the quality of the Colony-produced version.) / Best Damn Nerd Show version
Survival Punch
Drinking in Space

#34 - To Hidden Traps and Sneaky Acts

13 Dead End Drive
1993, Milton Bradley, 2-4 players, ages 9+
No longer in print, but can be found (for a price!) on Amazon, eBay
BGG, Wikipedia

DRINKS
Murder Mystery Cocktails
The Trap Door from Tiki Bar TV
Drinking Game Version (via Reddit)

INTRO: Aunt Agatha has passed away without any surviving relatives -- so now her fortune is up for grabs! Her 12 friends and employees are all anxiously awaiting the reading of her will. But it says only one will inherit her fabulous wealth! She has left her estate to her most favorite person (or cat!) -- the one whose portrait is showing hanging on the wall. Will it be you?

#33 - To Trail Afflictions and Frail Nonfiction

The Oregon Trail Card Game (Target Exclusive version)
Pressman, 2-6 players, Ages 12+
BGG, Pressman

DRINKS
Pioneer Coffee/Chocolate Wine
Gallons of whiskey for “medicinal purposes
How alcohol can save you from cholera
Diseases from the Oregon Trail, Where Are They Now?

INTRO: 4 Oxen… check. 200 pounds of food… check. Duffy’s Elixir… check. Ok, time to get on the trail. Pace set to Grueling… Food rations set to “Bare Bones”. What could possibly go wrong? Well Timmy fell off the wagon and broke his leg. John fell in the water while we were fording the river and drowned, and Jessica, well dysentery is not a forgiving mistress. Although the rest of your party may not have made it, all you need to succeed in crossing the Oregon Trail is one person to survive… will it be you?

#31 - To Purloined Pictures and Wartime Elixirs

Operation F.A.U.S.T.
Robert Burke Games, 2015, 3-8 players, Ages 13+ (could be less)
BGG, Amazon

DRINKS
Drinking during WWII
How WWII Changed American Drinking Culture (MacArthur Punch)
The Esquire Cocktail

Intro: You must rely upon an unlikely bunch of helpers for what some consider the most important mission of World War II. Precious art must be recovered and protected from the Third Reich before more are confiscated or destroyed. Your spies will provide you with information on the art you can recover. The French Resistance and Art Dealers can get you intel. And your Double Agents can steal intel from your enemies. Gather as much intel as you can and obtain the precious artwork in Operation F.A.U.S.T.

#30 - To Crafty Traitors and Ghastly Indicators

Betrayal at House on the Hill
Avalon Hill Games
ages 12+, 3-6 players
BGG, Rule Book (PDF), Amazon

DRINKS
Traitor Vic
Devil Inside (p. 256, from Death & Co, NYC)
Jewelry Hammer (from Karen Brownlee, Earnestine & Hazel’s Juke Joint in Memphis

Intro: Was it a dare? Or are you just daring explorers? Either way, you and your companions have just entered a spooky house set on top of a hill. As the final person enters the house, the door slams shut and is mysteriously locked behind you. You’re forced to explore the house and attempt to find a way out. Will you find something, or will something find you?

#28 - To Recess Hoopla and Excess Moola

Lunch Money/Beer Money
Atlas Games
Ages 13+, 2-4 players (when Lunch Money & Beer Money are mixed together, can be up to 8 players)
BGG (Lunch Money), BGG (Beer Money)
Amazon (Lunch Money), Amazon (Beer Money), Amazon (Sticks & Stones expansion)

DRINKS: Sucker Punch, Heartbreaker, Pins and Needles, Mexican Mule (kick)

Intro: It’s an all out brawl in the schoolyard. Do your dirtiest to attack the other players and knock them out. Make sure you know how to defend yourself as well! Wait a minute…I’m sorry, I meant: “It’s an all out beer fest at Oktoberfest! Hand out drinks left and right to dose your opponents with a little intoxication. Or bust out the big guns and hand them the tequila! It’s time for lunch/beer money!

#27 - To Gathering Brains and Staggering Grains

Zombie Dice (with Zombie Dice 2: Double Feature), Steve Jackson Games, 2+ players, ages 10+
BGG
Pre-order Zombie Dice 3 here!

DRINKS: Cocktails made with grain alcohol (yikes!) & a typical Zombie drink
Cherry Coke from Hell
Power Driver
Lime & Punishment
Kentucky Corpse Reviver

Intro: I know what you’re thinking, did he throw 1 or 2 shotguns so far? Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But this being Zombie Dice, if 1 more shotgun is rolled, then all those yummy brains you collected will be lost. So you’ve gotta ask yourself one question, “Do I feel lucky?” Well do ya, zombie punk?

#26 - To Ridiculous Accents and Inconspicuous Contents

#26: To Ridiculous Accents and Inconspicuous Contents
Furt, 2011, Ages 13+, 3–8 players, Wiggity Bang Games, BGG

DRINKS:
Rhubarb & Strawberry Collins
Seabreeze
Perfect Long Island (Esquire)
Smooth High ABV Beers: New Holland Dragon’s Milk (11%), Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (around 12-13%), Delirium Red (8%)

INTRO: Silly, Crazy, Zany, are just some of the words that can be used to describe what you’re about to do. But sometimes you must keep a straight face or be sneaky and covert to get ahead. But beware the mighty FURT volcano, who can spew out even more ridiculous things for you to deal with. Be the first to jump in and sacrifice yourself to the ludicrous god of FURT volcano.