I don’t often mention other peoples websites, blogs etc and to be fair I’m not sure why. Todays interactive communities are a big part of the board game and RPG scene. Hardly anyone I know today will buy a game without first checking it out online for reviews, unboxings, and to get good look at what people are actually saying about it before parting with their hard earned cash. For quite a while now there has been a link over there on the right of my pages to one such site, one where I know I will get a good honest and unbiased view – G*M*S Magazine.
I’m also a big fan of G*M*S Magazine as a result of their Kickstarter for their webshow Dice & Slice. A show which combines my favorite things, games and food. Dice & Slice may actually help get us off of the Doritos and Haribo, (other crispy and gooey snacks are available), and get us preparing some slightly more wholesome food to have with our games. I did a plug for Dice & Slice when the Kickstarter was up and running (you can find it here – watch the video, its good!) and as a result of backing that Kickstarter I got the chance to go and meet up with Paco and Martin from G*M*S Magazine and to film a game unboxing or two. It was great fun, I learnt a lot about what it takes to make a professional looking video (and what the clapboard is really for) and I got to run my hands over a number of really good games.
The first of those games was “Odins Table” from Mindwarrior Games – “Odin’s Table” is a strategic board game where two players, (assisted by the ancient Viking gods), try to move their game pieces to the enemies fortress in order to win in a quite strategic game of tactics and bluff. Take a look at the unboxing video and see what you think – I quite like it!
If you enjoyed the video then make sure to visit G*M*S Magazine and subscribe to their updates – you’ll get some great impartial views on games and be sure to look out for Dice & Slice, I’ve tasted one of the upcoming recipes and I’m looking forward to making it myself.
I want to draw your attention to a slightly different games related Kickstarter, with some very curious backer rewards. I have several reasons for doing so but possibly the best of which being that I really like the idea and just wish that I a) had thought of it myself and b) had the time and the talent to follow through on it. So… Feast, (literally), your eyes on G*M*S Magazine’s “Dice & Slice” Season One.
The basic idea is that the good folks at G*M*S Magazine – there’s a link in the sidebar – want to do a new kind of webshow about gamers, gaming and of course food. The basic premise is that each of the 15 episodes will look at a game (board game/RPG etc) but will also throw in a recipe or two for the players to munch on while they get to it. Maybe its partly because I’m advancing in years, but this really appeals to me – I love cooking, I love eating with friends and I really love playing games… Dammit, they are onto a winning formula. Here before we say anything else – checkout a muffin recipe.
Now at the top of the page I said that the Kickstarter offered some curious backer rewards, and it does. Ultimately the show will be about the gamers; the pledge levels and rewards reflect that and give backers a big say in how the show will be run. As backers you can help decide what games are played and possibly more importantly what recipes are cooked.
There are also opportunities to participate in playing the games with with the guys from G*M*S Magazine, or to join them to record an unboxing video. If you are a game designer/publisher then you could even back at a level to get your game featured in one of the shows. As far as Kickstarters go this is something different, its by someone who is clearly passionate about the games industry and G*M*S Magazine is a great site that will only be further enhanced by the addition of Dice & Slice. I for one can’t wait to see the web shows when they launch. The guys have already reached their minimum funding target (and first stretch goal), so this is something that is really going to happen. Throw them a few gold coins and help them hit their stretch goals, and help shape the shows – take a look at the Kickstarter and if nothing else try the muffin recipe (I’d suggest for my gaming group the addition of some very thinly sliced red and green chilis, candied in sugar sprinkled on the top of each muffin – but then we are a pretty hardcore bunch).