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Review: 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat photo
Review: 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat
by Fraser Brown

Board game, wheel of fortune, a vast narrative spanning thousands of years -- 7 Grand Steps is a strange beast. Through simple slot machine mechanics, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and eventually actual strategy, one bloodline makes their way through a massive slice of human history, spinning a unique, if almost arbitrary, impersonal story. 

One-more-turn syndrome -- the deadly illness that turns minutes into hours and days into nights -- drives the game forward, and I found myself still playing long after I realized I was actually rather bored. It's as insidious as a fruit machine or a one-armed bandit, but deeper. Is it more rewarding? Well, you won't end up with the chance of a big payout at the end, but the millennium-spanning narrative might be worth the ride.  

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12:00 PM on 06.18.2013

Space Hulk unit sports stylish belt chain in new screens

We haven't seen much from the videogame adaptation of the board game Space Hulk since its initial reveal. During GDC this year, GameSpot was able to see a gameplay demo, and it looked rough around the edges, to put it li...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 06.17.2013

Batman Arkham City Escape the Board Game is a thing

Walking through my friendly local board game shop the other day, something caught my eye. On a display stand was a shiny box labeled Batman Arkham City Escape: the Board Game. We hadn't previously heard about it, but it has b...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 05.29.2013

Flower coming to Vita, IndieCade E3 lineup revealed

Here's a nice surprise! Hidden within the IndieCade E3 lineup was the announcement that thatgamecompany's Flower is officially heading to the PlayStation Vita. Oh, and like I said, the full IndieCade E3 lineup was revealed. Y...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 04.24.2013

BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia rulebook posted

We first heard about BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia just a few weeks ago, and this week, Plaid Hat Games has released a PDF of the game's rulebook for your perusal. Board game geeks may want to read it from cover to...

Darren Nakamura





7:00 AM on 04.20.2013

Behold, the first Mario game voiced by Charles Martinet

[Update: And I've just been informed that Mario was voiced in Mario Teaches Typing, which predates even Hotel Mario. The original 1991 DOS version used a different actor, but a 1995 CD-ROM re-release replaced him with Martin...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Homemade Fallout Monopoly makes the apocalypse worth it

Despite my love of board games, I rarely get a chance to play any. My friends and the people I can occasionally stomach socializing with have little interest in sitting down and playing them with me, so I have to content myse...

Fraser Brown

8:30 PM on 04.02.2013

BioShock Infinite goes cardboard in The Siege of Columbia

The Internet is abuzz about Irrational's long-awaited BioShock Infinite. Amidst all of the discussion and praise for the videogame, Plaid Hat Games has announced BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, a board game adaptati...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 03.26.2013

Play digital board games with physical DICE+

I love rolling dice. Gathering up a hoard of plastic polyhedra, rattling them around in my hands, spilling them on a table, and subsequently sorting through and interpreting the results is one of more satisfying aspects of t...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 03.18.2013

Be Jim Sterling in the Zpocalypse board game

Greenbrier Games' Kickstarted undead board game expansion, Zpocalypse Aftermath, is heading to stores around December time of this year. An expansion to the main Zpocalypse game, Aftermath adds new content -- including a play...

Jim Sterling



The next Zen Pinball takes us to the Star Wars universe photo
The next Zen Pinball takes us to the Star Wars universe
by Abel Girmay

There's not a whole lot of explaining needed when talking about pinball, unless you've been socially ignorant for the past forty years. There is a ball, and you must make sure that it doesn't fall off the board.

Sometimes, said boards are modeled after popular licenses. Case in point, Star Wars Pinball. Drawing from all across the series material, Star Wars Pinball is introducing ten new boards, and we got to check out the first three tables that will be released modeled after Empire Strikes Back, the Clone Wars TV series, and one that focuses on the adventures of Boba Fett.

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8:30 AM on 02.05.2013

New concept shots of Shadowrun Returns

The latest issue of Game Informer is making its way out and though the cover story has exciting news for RPG fans, it's the feature on Harebrained Scheme's upcoming Shadowrun Returns that has this tabletop player's heart...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 11.06.2012

Impressions: StarCraft Collector's Edition Risk

[Destructoid is considering adding board games (videogame-themed or not) to what we cover. Think it's a good idea? Want us to stick to videogames only? Let us know in the comments.] Themed variants of popular games like Monop...

Jonathan Ross

10:00 PM on 10.11.2012

IndieCade 2012 award winners announced

The winners of the IndieCade 2012 are a diverse group, the kind of groundbreaking games many of us would realistically never hear about were it not for the awards. Hopefully, you'll be curious enough to investigate further. H...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.12.2012

Hungry Hungry Koopas, another Kodykoala masterpiece

Well damn, son! I didn't think you'd be able to top Operation: Guts Man Edition, but lo and behold, I am spellbound by Hungry Hungry Koopas! Donald "Kodykoala" Kennedy has worked wonders once again by taking a classic board g...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 09.08.2012

The currency of Street Fighter Monopoly is Bison dollars

Earlier this year, we told you that USAopoly, the company that takes Parker Brothers games like Risk and Jenga and incorporates popular licenses like Spider-Man and The Simpson, was working on Monopoly: Street Fighter Collect...

Tony Ponce