Beyond The Cover: Tabletop Gaming Magazine Issue 5

Tabletop gaming is a quarterly magazine that brings us new,reviews and interviews on current, Past and upcoming board games. I picked this up out of curiosity and thought I would do a quick look at it.

Seems right to start with the front cover story. TTG interview Kevin Wilson-Game designer of Arkham and Fury of Dracula fame and Kevin Eastman- Co creator of TMNT. We get a huge in sight in what to expect from this awesome looking game. Going with the IDW comic book stories and art, Turtles-Shadows of the past sounds like a future hit.

Dark Souls the board game is one of the most backed boardgames in Kickstarter history. Co-Founder of Steamforged Games Rich Loxam drops some tid bits on the creative approach taken with Dark Souls and a sneak peek at what we can expect.

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Interview with Matt Leacock and Z Man founder Zev Shlasinger. Its an interesting interview as they talk about the tag “Golden age of gaming” Z-Man games early days and whats next for Matt Leacock.

Through out the magazine TTG take a look at many games and highlight a few special ones. One that caught my eye was a game called Escape from the aliens in outer space: Ultimate edition. It gets a really good write up and even comes with a bonus 2 player scenario you can download and play. Well put it this way within minutes of finishing the article, I immediately ordered it from my favorite online seller.

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To be honest I haven’t even scratched the surface of how many good things are in this magazine. I mean there is a Guardians of the galaxy painting guide, A top 10 of best games to play with kids. The magazine is not bloated with adverts and events, Don’t get me wrong it has them but its minimal and actually fits into the spirit of the magazine. It is jam packed with interviews and previews of upcoming games.

I have since decided that a subscription to this magazine is a must for any board/card game player. It is 130 pages of board game bliss. I love the style of the articles and interviews. It treats you as an equal no matter what your knowledge. I mean the one downside I can see is it will financially cripple me as more and more games are discovered.

In conclusion its a must buy.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!