Showing posts from December, 2016

Battle of Epicness - Cosmic Encounter vs Death by Coconut

Let's cut to the chase, Cosmic Encounter is Tom Vasel's #1 game of ALL TIME by FAR. If you don't know who Tom Vasel is, he is the authority in the board gaming industry. He is the creator of The Dice Tower, which is the largest board game reviewing network on YouTube that also has a popular podcast. He even hosts his own gaming convention (Dice Tower Con) and recently hosted a cruise boat for board gamers! Therefore, for someone who has played literally thousands of games (not me, Tom), Cosmic Encounter being his #1 overall is saying something.  In Cosmic Encounter, each player is the leader of an alien race.  The object of the game is to establish colonies in other players' planetary systems. The game involves heavy negotiation between players, strategy, and fun! Each alien race has its own special power to add to the mix. I just played this for the first time tonight, and I already see where the hype comes from.  It definitely shines in a group of four to five.

Murder Mystery Dinner meets Modern Times

Have you ever hosted your own Murder Mystery Party ? It is easier than it sounds! Just buy the kit online (in this case A Murder on the Grill ), and it comes with everything you need...invitations, character overviews, costume recommendations, scripts for each character to read, and a CD that will be the host for the night. I highly recommend checking it out for a night of fun with your friends (and it's a perfect replacement to game night).  In this scenario, the body of Tom Dooley was discovered at an outdoor barbeque, and you must solve the murder before the killer strikes again! This had a nice twist at the end, which one person figured out and properly solved the case!  As for the beer, we tasted a nice range of brews with a specific focus on Modern Times , including their Orderville IPA (yum), Protocosmos (yummy), and Fruitlands (yum-a-licious). Not to mention some great guest appearances from The Bruery, Paradox, and Toolbox Brewing...all sours of course. Finally, we had on