Can One Actually Win a Game of Cards Against Humanity?
June 9, 2019
No. But let’s stretch this out into a four-point blog.
Find Cards Against Humanity and several of their marvelous expansion packs at Game Goblins in central Arkansas. Check out expansion packs like the Absurd Box, Pride Pack, Theatre Pack, and more.
1. Do you consider knowing just how dark your opponents sense of humor goes winning?
This is a great game to play with absolute strangers if you want to determine their sense of humor. Or, more realistically, if they have one, what kind of demented jokes surface once their inner, dark sense of humor has been set loose.
Your co-workers could be absolute lunatics — the gravity of the situation only increases the lesser the amount of alcohol being consumed
2. Isn’t the real treasure/championship the friendships you built along the way?
If you’ve sprung out your handy dandy Cards Against Humanity deck, you are probably hosting or attending some kind of gathering. Once you’ve got a game going — assuming you have the right audience — there is no doubt laughter to be had. An inside joke that you cannot — like really can’t — mention in a business setting is created.
You’ve turned an office face and a name into a friend or an acquaintance, at the very least.
3. The game is over when you’ve really topped your comedic genius.
The game is designed to bring out a very certain kind of laughter. It’s a laughter mixed with embarrassment, trying desperately not to create mental imagery around the words that have just been laid out and humor.
Once you’re certain you’ve heard that laughter. My guy, you’ve won.
Speaking of comedic genius, did you know you can write CAH cards? Check it out.
4. A certain line has been crossed and you need to bring the humor back down to acceptable levels of poor taste.
Remember, you will most likely need to interact with the folks you are playing with again. In a non-CAH setting. What level of unacceptable humor do you want them to associate with you? If you have no qualms with being associated with naked pictures of Hitler, continue my friend. In a way, you have already won.
If you do have some concerns about the topics downgrading your social status, this game will be very healing for you.
Noctiluca | A Board Game Review And Some Ocean Trivia
June 9, 2019
Noctiluca is an ocean-themed strategy game with 104 colorful dice. Roll the dice, collect your fortune, but keep an eye on your fellow players.
The game is recommended for players ages eight and up. It takes about 30 minutes to complete a full game of Noctiluca. This can be played solo or with up to four players.
We like this game for many reasons. Firstly, Noctiluca is named after a mystical-yet-real-life, ocean-dwelling species of Dinoflagellate commonly referred to as “sea sparkle”. It is known for the shimmery glow it displays. Secondly, this strategy-packed game is challenging without being too overboard. The design of this game is rather straightforward. It’s the artwork that beautifully reflects this nautical theme.
The ocean is super freakin’ rad. If you think the sea sparkle is cool, keep reading for some more ocean trivia.
The ocean is doing its own thing.
The grand canyon is underwhelming compared to the canyons in the ocean. There is a waterfall in the Atlantic ocean that is larger than any waterfall on land, even Niagara Falls. There are currents of water that act like rivers at the bottom of the ocean. There are also still pockets of water that act like lakes.
Volcanoes erupt, earthquakes happen, unreasonably sized fish exist and it’s normal.
Basically, there is a whole world down there that is very similar to the one we live in on land. We have very little access to it. The current movement is shaping and moving the earth. We see very little of what all is going on.
Even with its depths, the ocean still has a huge impact on dry land.
The ocean does its own thing until the ocean can’t stay in the ocean anymore. Tsunamis are natural disasters that happen when there has been a seismic event, like an earthquake, occurs deep beneath the ocean.
A tsunami can travel up to 500 miles per hour in the ocean. Once they near the land they slow down but can reach heights of 100 feet.
Waves beneath the surface are even larger.
The ocean keeps us humble.
The ocean is full of treasure, artifacts — shipwrecks, and valuable minerals. All those valuables will remain in the ocean. We know about them. They are just unreachable due to deadly amounts of water pressure and other dangers.
With technology, we’ve been able to learn more about the ocean’s floor. Yet, we have only been able to actually explore a small fraction of it.
Are narrative board games your thing? Then you’ve probably already played a round of T.I.M.E. Stories.
If not, we highly recommend this board game. These adventures were created by truly adventurous, imaginative designers and writers. You’ll be surprised how much of an adventure you can actually go on just sitting at the kitchen table.
T.I.M.E. Stories needs two to four players to play a round. This game is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you are considering this game for a family game night, younger children could be included with help.
What is T.I.M.E. Stories?
T.I.M.E. Stories is a narrative decksporation game that takes players back in time. The “agent” each player plays as must make corrections in the time-space continuum — honestly, you had me at time travel — by taking a host in that time period.
Expansions to the original game offer new stories for players to experience.
The game must be won. If you fail, you must go back and retry. Such is the life of a temporal agent.
The game requires players to work together. Every temporal agent must play a role as a different person during every mission. Other mechanisms recognized in this game include dice rolling, time track, and voting.
Why is the expansion, Madame, so awesome?
Do you know the problem with time travel? It depends on who you ask. In this expansion, the problem is that all the other expansions have left behind plot points. This has created a whole separate storyline called “The White Cycle.”
The expansion isn’t just another story. It’s a story of the missions players completed in other expansions.
You must win.
To finish any round in a T.I.M.E. Stories game you have to complete the mission. If you fail, you are sent back to start over. Missions include puzzles, obstacles, working together, and more. These are worked into a fascinating storyline your temporal agent must navigate.
It’s available at Game Goblins?
Yes. Along with the original T.I.M.E. Stories and a the other expansions.
PSA: These games all have surprising plot twists and surprising endings. True Goblins do not spoil games for others.
Movies and Hot Wheels aren’t the only things with spoilers. Storytelling games have plot twist and shocking endings that need to be kept secret from those who have yet to play.
Many of our adventure games are just too good to keep secret. Stop by Game Goblins on Bowman road and find your next adventure.
Can’t keep a secret? We want to help you avoid unintentionally being that player. Here are a few tips on keeping things to yourself.
Secrets, secrets, are not fun.
It is not our intention to turn you into a pathological liar. Keeping secret shouldn’t be easy. But letting your friends and family experience the storytelling adventure without knowing the plot twists and ending is worth it.
Remember, it takes effort to not spoil a story.
Withholding information is stressful on your brain and your whole body. So, if at all possible, try to keep yourself out of these situations. Play the game with the players you so badly want to enjoy the adventure.
Remind yourself why it is a good idea to keep spoilers to yourself. Remember how fun the game was for you?
Write it down.
You need to get the excitement out somewhere. A journal will allow you to go full Goblin and geek out over every detail about the storytelling games and why you loved it.
Include any ideas you might have of where you would take the story next.
You will be surprised at how much stress that takes off your mind. The spoiler is in the world, not just in your head, and no one suffered.
Tell someone who won’t be bothered by the spoiler.
Know someone that is definitely not going to play the game or is 100% sure they want the spoilers — those kinds of players and movie-watchers are out there —? Tell them all about it.
Who knows? Maybe they will be so captivated by your retelling of the story, they’ll want to be in on the next expansion.
When all else fails, find a way to relieve the stress the spoiler is causing you. Pick up a puzzle. Write a novel. Re-organize your sock drawer. These are only a few ideas. Let your mind wander or work somewhere else.
Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $50 million for sick and injured kids. In 2018, Game Goblins was proud to support Extra Life and Arkansas Children’s Hospital with a $5,000 donation. This year, we committed to giving a minimum of $10,000, and we need the help of our customers and gaming community to make it happen. Beginning May 1st, whenever you make a purchase at Game Goblins, we’ll ask a simple question: “Would you like to round up for Extra Life and Arkansas Children’s Hospital?” If you do, we’ll round your purchase to the nearest dollar, and those pennies will go to Extra Life. In addition, Game Goblins will match every customer’s donation, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Together we can have fun, play games, and help Arkansas Children’s Hospital care for children in need. We hope you’ll join us!
4 Reasons To Use a Playmat For Tabletop Gaming
April 22, 2019
Thinking about getting a playmat? Find all the tabletop gaming accessories you need right here at your local game shop, Game Goblins. What kind of playmat are you looking for?
Playmats are popular among avid tabletop game players because they take away any card game’s most frustrating element, slippery cards.
1. It makes the cards easier to pick up.
Have you ever gone to pick up a card that is supposed to be kept hidden, only to have it flip under the pressure of your grip. The card is revealed. Depending on the game you are playing, this could mean resetting the whole round.
The number one reason players choose to play on a playmat is that it makes the cards much easier to pick up. No more trying to grab cards off a flat surface.
It also keeps you from having to slide the surface of your card across the table. This is especially important for games with collectible cards.
2. Playmats make it easier to organize the game.
Some playmats are designed for specific tabletop games. They could be an upgraded version of the game’s original board, or just an added convenience.
This makes it easier to keep cards organized. It also makes sure you have enough space to have all your decks neatly placed.
3. They are awesome.
The best kinds of playmats are made of neoprene. This material is like a thinner version of the material used to make mouse pads.
Playmats are the tabletop gamer’s extra bling. A seasoned Warhammer 40K player might have a playmat with the same kind of artwork you’d see on the cards. The surface provides an awesome Warhammer 40K universe for the miniatures to stand on.
Playmats come in handy when you need your board to adapt for an expansion.
4. A playmat will help protect the table, cards, and miniatures.
The practical reasoning behind playmat is that they make an ideal surface for gaming. It could be a real lifesaver if you are dealing a hand of Catan on your grandmother’s vintage dining room table.
If you are playing with some hand-crafted miniatures, playmats are highly recommended. Some miniatures have a tendency to topple. The playmat would soften their landing. It also keeps miniatures from sliding off the table.
How To Play Board Games When You Have A Cat Supervising
April 19, 2019
Has your world of Monopoly suffered the destruction of a sprawled-out kitty looking for some attention? Cats are known to invite themselves to game night and they have no idea how to play and rarely take any rules into consideration.
Instead of shutting your cat away when you host board game events, try training them to not jump on the table. This won’t be easy, but it can be done.
There are two things you need to do.
Give them somewhere else to go.
Make the table undesirable.
Step 1: Give them somewhere else to go.
Why does your cat want to be on the table? Your cat ends up on the table because they are curious and they love to climb. Higher vantage points are better for resting and safely observing their home.
Your cat could simply be curious about what is going on. They are familiar with the dining room table, but now there are new elements to explore. They want to investigate.
A cat tree or some strategically-placed shelving would be a great alternative for your feline friend. They can use that as their vantage point. Hopefully, this will allow them to satisfy their curiosity from afar.
Once you have established a suitable alternative, make it a positive place for your cat. Leave treats. Perhaps begin feeding them up there. You know your cat. Why do they love to chill where they chill? Treat and praise them when they land on this new spot.
Step 2: Make the table unattractive.
It is unwise to make the table unattractive until you have accomplished step 1. Cats are naturally unpredictable. This is their home too, you don’t want to make the whole room unwelcoming.
There are two things to keep in mind.
Your cat cannot find out that you don’t want them on the table.
Do not leave any unsupervised food on the table. Be vigilant about dishes and leftover snacks.
Your attempts to make the table undesirable must be stealthy. Here are a few ideas.
Make the surface of the table sticky. — Remember when we mentioned that this requires a little effort? You can buy plastic table runners that are sticky, get creative with double sided tape, spread strawberry jam all over the surface of the table and, for fun, offer no explanation to guests or the other members of your household, or use Sticky Paws for Cats. This product was created for this specific purpose.
Make the table loud. Cats are stealthy creatures by nature. They are startled by loud noises. For the most part, they avoid them at all costs — unless you are sleeping. A few cookie trays placed around the edge of the table would make for a louder landing when your cat jumps on the table.
The idea is to startle, but not harm your feline friend. You could also use jingle bells, a picture of the outside cat, a motion-sensored music device, or something else noisy. You may need to think outside the box. It is important that your cat does not associate this startle with you. The trap needs to be set without their knowledge, and ready to trigger when you are not around.
3 Reasons Why Screen-Free Game Nights Are Good For You
March 1, 2019
There is a certain age range of people who were told as children, “don’t sit too close to the television, it is bad for your eyes,” and now they stare directly into their smartphones, inches away from their face, for hours, every day.
Where did this screen-caution go? Were those parents right?
Turns out, screen time is bad for you. It doesn’t matter so much how close you are to the screen, it matters how much time you spend in front of a screen.
Game Goblins is here to save the day. We have a full selection of tabletop games that would be perfect for a game night. Here is how a weekly game night will benefit you and your fellow players.
1. You will sleep better.
The blue light emitted from television, computer, tablet, and phone screens can actually lower the amount of melatonin your body has to work with. Melatonin helps us get to sleep and sleep well.
A regular sleep schedule is very important for your health. The disruption caused by too much screen time will have a chain reaction on your overall health.
Instead of an evening glued to Fortnight, have your friends pick up some cards to play Flotsam Fight. Save your treasure from sinking to the bottom of the ocean. This might sound like a kids game, but it is only recommended for players ages eight and up.
Defeat your fellow explorers and then send them home for a good night of sleep.
2. You will lower your risk for health complications.
Spending time with friends is important. We don’t need science to tell us that. A happy life is full of meaningful connections. Another great reason to establish a game night! Check out the game Sunflower Valley. It is recommended for ages eight and up. Build a city and travel by train in this creative pen-and-paper, world-building game.
3. You can help lower the risk of childhood obesity for the small goblins in your life.
For kids, less screen time means they have a higher chance of maintaining a healthy weight. So, don’t forget to include the kiddos. Browse our kid-friendly board games and find something new for game night.
We have tactile games, games produced by Habba — a favorite for producing fun games for kids, storytelling games, games that require some basic strategy, and more!
Check out this backpack! | Available At Your Local Game Shop
March 1, 2019
Follow us on Facebook? Then you know that we regularly post about new games and re-stocks in our game shop. This past month we featured a backpack. It might look out-of-place, but, man oh man, it is certainly where it needs to be.
In this blog we are going to geek-out over the majestic, beautiful, life-altering, practical backpack we have at our game shop, that is the Ammonite Anti-Theft backpack.
Critics rumble and they have a point. If you left this backpack unattended, it could be picked up and carried off by a thief just like any backpack. The security features focus on the safety of the contents of the backpack while you wear it.
It is designed for transporting your gaming gear. Whether your game of choice is wargaming, Roleplaying, trading cards, collectible cards, or all of the above, this backpack is essential for safe transport. The Ammonite Anti-Theft also has RFID-secure pockets. These will keep your credit card and personal information safe as you go. There are convenient pockets and hidden zippers.
Protect your investment.
Gaming can get expensive. Even if you budget wisely, you’ll invest more and more over the years. You’ve got miniatures you’ve painted by hand, collectible cards you would be sorry to lose, or expensive gadgets that you want to be kept safe. Taking these things out into the world — like when you are going to a gaming event at a game shop like Game Goblins — is stressful enough as it is.
Protect your collection from the elements, and human error.
The backpack as a whole is water-resistant. Don’t submerge the Ammonite Anti-Theft and expect everything to be fine. The water-resistance is designed for rain — even heavy rain.
It also has anti-shock-foam and extra padding to help protect the contents of the backpack if you drop it, or if you are wearing it when you slip on some ice, falling right on your backside in front of a large crowd.
Events are more fun because your gear is organized.
The organization this backpack offers also helps you with easy access to your gear. Tired of losing things? This backpack is for you! It is designed with tabletop gamers in mind. The pockets are perfect for organizing your gear.
These pockets are secure enough to prevent items from damaging the items around them.
This includes the handy pockets located on the straps of the backpack. Need a pen so you can get an autograph from your favorite designer at a convention? Boom. Promise yourself you are going to be smart about purchasing merch at said convention, only to immediately change your mind when you step in the door? Your credit card is ready to go.
A Few Things You Should Know About Selling and Trading Pokémon Cards
February 5, 2019
A very fun aspect of any trading card game is learning how to use new cards and changing up your deck. Maybe you are trading Pokémon Cards to improve your deck. Maybe you are trading or selling because you’ve been playing your deck for a while and are ready for a new challenge.
Are you looking at trading Pokémon Cards to improve your deck, or set new challenges?
Here are a few tips on selling and trading your Pokémon Cards.
1. Condition matters.
The state your card is in is very important to the buyer or the other party in the trade. It is always a good idea to take care of your cards. Put them in sleeves that will protect them from UV light. Take care to protect them from getting dents or bends.
You can do this with cases, binders, and more.
On the flip side; it is not a good idea to buy or trade for a card that is not in good condition. Look for dents or bends. Are the edges frayed? White edges indicate the card has been tapped on the table a few to many times.
2. Keep it simple.
Sometimes players will trade their rare cards for multiple cards of lesser value. Don’t go too far with this kind of trade. One card for twenty is not a fair deal.
The best deal is a card for a card.
3. Show off your cards in battle.
If the card you are trying to trade with is not impressing the other party in the trade, show them how useful it is in battle. This a great excuse to play a hand of The Pokémon Card Game.
Remember, never feel pressured into a trade. If your gut is telling you it is a bad trade. Listen to it. You should also make sure that you are not pressuring the other party into the trade. In trading cards, there is very rarely a trade-back.
4. Know the value of your cards.
You know how your card plays on the battlefield, but how much is it selling for on ebay? Knowing the value of your card will save you from getting the lesser end of a deal.
The value of your card also depends on how useful or powerful it is in battle. What kind of strategy are you using to rebuild your deck? If you plan on trading, selling, or buying cards often, consider educating yourself to become a Pokémon master trainer. The extra insight to The Pokémon Card Game will be very valuable when deciding whether or not to make a trade.
5. Sell your cards at Game Goblins.
Your friendly local gaming store is a great place to sell trading cards. You can also meet fellow Pokémon Card Game players who are willing to trade.
Got some Pokémon Cards you are looking to sell? Check out our buy list to see how much we are willing to pay for it. We will buy your card for cash or store credit. Not sure about a card? Stop by and ask.