KING OF TOKYO vs KING OF CALIFORNIA
What is better than the King of Tokyo taking on the King of California? And by King of California, I mean Firestone Walker Brewery!
King of Tokyo (KoT) - KoT is an epic 2-6 player game where you get to play as mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo. Every turn you roll six dice to gain points, attack opponents, heal yourself, or gain energy for which you can buy special cards. In order to win the game, you must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 victory points, or be the only surviving monster left! What I love about KoT is that is very easy to learn, so it's a great gateway game for non-gamers. Everyone can roll dice and choose what actions they pursue, yet there is enough depth here that seasoned gamers like it as well. For example, when you start playing the game, it really seems like it is survival of the fittest, and the winner will be the last person standing after everyone is dead. However, in the past two games I've played, the winner has won by scoring 20 victory points. Therefore, you have to balance the short term attacking and healing with the long term victory point acquisitions. Definitely a game you should pick up!
Now let's get to the King of California, Firestone Walker Brewery, which is the fourth largest craft brewery in California and easily one of the best. They have four locations (Paso Robles, Central Coast, Buellton, and now Venice Beach!). Their logo (see below) is an image of a lion fighting a bear. Why you ask? Because it has founders from both California and England, and they brew both British and California beer!
Adam Firestone - The Bear - Growing up on the Central Coast surrounded by vineyards and winemaking, Adam’s gravitation towards brewing started at an early age. The brewing ideas all launched in converted wine making equipment – mostly with mixed results. But the hook was set when the first recipe for Double Barrel Ale was attempted. All that was needed to take this idea beyond a pipe dream was a partner. Many were approached with the idea but none were interested. That is until he persuaded one lone Englishman who happened to be married to his sister.
David Walker - The Lion - British expatriate and Adam’s brother-in-law who brought a European twist to the proceedings. Together, they soon dreamed of building an unparalleled regional brewery, one that combined the authenticity of Old World craft with the innovative spirit of California.