The last-ever episode of excellent UK sitcom The IT Crowd aired on Friday, and you can watch it online right here. It was a brilliant double-length special, but much more importantly, it featured a scene making fun of online board game review shows.
It's the best thing we've seen all month, and not just because we've heard from the writer himself that he likes Shut Up & Sit Down, and is explicitly not making fun of us. Which is at once a relief and kind of a shame?
In this video we also find the time for a quick peek at gaming institution Once Upon a Time, which just recently received a gorgeous 3rd edition!
Which will win? The classic, or the newcomer? Or NEITHER? Or both! Such terrible tension! We'd click play and find out as soon as possible, if we were you.
"Make no mistake. This isn't just a great card game. It's one of the best two-player games I've ever played. It's at once a puzzle strong enough to leave you thinking about it when you go to sleep, and also profoundly human. Mage Wars gets the most out of the human opponent, because of its emphasis on surprise, countering and predicting."
It also features a very good joke about a staff meeting. Go read! WIZARD! Ahem.
No time for a long introduction! Grab your hat, coat, and thrashing-stick and come with me. This time I maunder about some house rules the Gaming Chums use to ratchet up the tension and increase the complexity of games, and possibly to increase the conflict and turn the finest of friends turn into slavering killbeasts*.
Yunnan will be arriving later this year, and it's a game of controlling a Chinese TEA DYNASTY. That distant, jangling noise you heard was the noise of our entire English readership simultaneously reaching for their wallets.
Paul: Right. After two years of you guys asking how you can give money to SU&SD, we're finally letting you. Please, go check out our fancy new donations section, our new video, and all of the fabulous rewards on offer.
Quinns: We're so proud of everything we've achieved since we began Shut Up & Sit Down, and we're stupidly excited about how we'll grow next. With your help, we'll be able to find out.
Paul: Thank you all very much.
Quinns: But you’ve already put the news in the title.
Quinns: So there’s not really anything to share now. I mean, there’s not much point in us writing any more. I guess we could get onto the details?
Paul: That’s not very exciting.
Quinns: Don’t get mad at me because you ruined it.
I hate that in parodying D&D so focusedly it erects walls around gaming as a whole, its 20 year-old injokes acting like barbed wire. I hate that it goes on for 30 minutes longer than anyone wants. I hate how the game is entirely based around attacking the lead player, rendering the entire first 60 minutes almost pointless. But most of all, I hate how it gets everywhere.
I'll be at the pub, explaining SU&SD to some friend or stranger or travelling pervert, and they'll say "Oh! Yeah, I've played Munchkin. It was OK!" And with that, all the icecubes will disappear from my drink, a new wrinkle will appear on my body and all the babies within two miles of us will start crying.
So here it is. My counter-offer. If you want a light, mad card game with a Dungeons & Dragons theme, buy Gauntlet of Fools instead, a game from no less than the creator of Dominion. Also, a game of battling trolls with a hangover, and getting skewered by spear traps while hopping on one leg.
Well, it is a little sexy, I guess. This is a miniatures game of unparalleled luxury. You're getting gorgeous, pre-painted golem things, and also a pen thing that reads the microdots on the miniatures' bases, so a companion app can act as "a referee, rule book, and tracking device all-in-one". Which is... good? And it might be... the future?
But that wasn't going to stop us from reviewing the year's hottest new family board game! Augustus is a simulation of dispatching Roman legions to different corners of the earth that recently got nominated for a very prestigious German award. Also, Quinns is back with another hot Netrunner tip. Have you heard of Netrunner? It's really good. You should play it.