Depth for Days - TIME Stories & Speedway Stout

You're probably thinking, what does Alesmith's Speedway Stout and TIME Stories (the board game) have in common?  I've been thinking about this for awhile myself, and the answer is that they are both life changing and the best in the business.  Let's start with TIME Stories:

TIME Stories is an epic choose-your-own adventure cooperative game where you are going back in time as agents, taking over the bodies of past characters, and working together in an epic storytelling board game.  There is a lot of combat and puzzles along the way, but be careful!  If you run out of time units, you get sucked back into the future and have to start all over again.  Yes, this game is Groundhog Day meets Sherlock Holmes.

You will either need to carve out a solid 4+ hours to play this game, or schedule three 90 minute sessions.  It is possibly to win in less than that, but it will likely take you three "runs".  The nice thing is that the board allows you to save the game wherever you are, so you don't have to knock it out in one sitting. To get started, first buy the base game, which has all the components you need to play, plus one story.  Then after you play that, you can buy the separate expansions/stories to play with the base box.  Read my review of the expansions here.

One thing to note is that this game is so popular right now that the the prices on Amazon has skyrocketed. When the game came out, it was ~$40 for the base game and ~$25 for the expansion. I just checked a minute ago and saw the base game is going for $80 with one expansion at $42! Therefore, you may want to wait until there are more in print, or try to find a used on off Amazon. Due to some criticism of its limited replayability, hopefully you can easily find a used copy.

Update: Since I posted this initially, TIME Stories was a runner-up for the Kennerspiel des Jahres Award this year (aka Advanced Game of the Year), so it has clearly proven itself.

There is only one beer epic enough to discuss in the same review as TIME Stories, and that is Alesmith's Speedway Stout, which you can read more about below the photo.

Alesmith Brewery in San Diego is known for producing some of the best IPAs and Stouts in the country.  Its most famous stout is Speedway Stout, which currently has a 100/100 on Ratebeer and is a flavor explosion of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, and literally Heaven. Wow.  Once a year, Alesmith puts on an event called Speedway Grand Prix where they produce ~20 of the craziest Speedway Stout variants you can imagine including PB&J, Girlscout Cookie, Butterfinger, Vietnamese Coffee, Almond Joy, etc. If you are into sweets, this will be a gift from the gods. It's normally in October or November, so definitely keep an eye out, and I'll see you there!

-TableHop Wizard-


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